Are you planning to ride a few waves on a surfing holiday? Whether you’re a beginner or a professional, we’ve compiled a list of 5 top surfing locations to suit everyone…
Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
Located 600 Km west of Cape Town in the Eastern Cape Province. Jeffreys Bay is one of the popular surfing destination in South Africa, where waves have been reported to reach as high as 10ft! Surfing beginners can brush up on their surfing skills by attending the Surf Academy. The best time to visit is between May and August.
North Shore, Island of Oahu, Hawaii
The Hawaian island of Oahu with its white sandy beaches stretching for miles is a hot spot for keen surfers. The North Shore has been used as a location for numerous filming including the film Blue Crush and popular tv series Lost. Surfers and spectators are drawn to North Shore from around the world to watch the famous surf contests where waves can reach as high as 20ft. The best time to visit is in the winter months between October and February.
Gold Coast, Australia
The Gold Coast with its 70km of beaches is said to have some of the most consistent waves and is home to round one of the Association of Surfing Professionals world tour. For beginners, The Australian Surfer International Surfing School based in the Surfers Paradise area offers lessons to surf enthusiasts. The best time to ride the waves on the Gold Coast is between January and July.
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Tamarindo is a Central American hot spot for surfers. The best time to visit for surfing is between April and July. For those who want to hire their equipment local surf shops will rent everything from snorkeling equipment, boogie boards and surfboards. If you’re a beginner, there are also a couple of surf schools in the area – try Tamarindo Surf School or Witch’s Rock Surf Camp.
Mentawai Islands, Indonesia
The Mentawai Islands are one of the most consistent surf destinations in the entire world due to the exposure towards the southern Indian Ocean meaning there are great waves in this area year round. The most ideal time to surf in the Mentawai’s is during the dry season, late March to early November, the southern hemisphere’s winter.
Don’t forget your activity travel insurance!
You can purchase great value activity travel insurance to direct at 24/7 travel insurance. For 8-days Worldwide travel insurance cover, it will cost you only £25.52* – a small price to pay so you can enjoy surfing all the more!
*Premium £25.52 includes Insurance Premium Tax based on an adult aged under 55 taking out a “Standard” Single-trip 24/7 travel insurance policy for 8-days Worldwide travel insurance including USA, Canada & Caribbean cover excluding personal possessions cover and purchased within 14 days of departure date. Cover details and prices are correct at time of going to press (April 2010) and are subject to change.