For those who live and breathe the surf life, it’s a necessity to live in a town devoted to days of riding the waves. A perfect surf town isn’t just a city with a great beach; it needs to have the whole package—consistent waves, friendly locals, delicious food, good deals on surfboards, and a relaxed atmosphere.
Here’s a list of the world’s top surfing towns that are perfect for locals and visitors alike:
1. Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii
On the North Shore of Kauai is one of the least developed and most beautiful islands in Hawaii: Hanalei Town. The locals refer to it as “Ka poe Hawaii” in order to maintain the areas strong connection with its Polynesian roots.
The town is surrounded by surf. From beginner-friendly wave down at Hanalei Pier to expert level reef breaks further down, the area is diverse in waves, making it a perfect spot for ages and experience levels of surf.
When you’re not out on the waves, check out Hanalei Taro Company for real local cuisine or take a hike through the five valleys of the Napali Coast State Park.
2. Tofino, British Columbia
While Canada might not be the first area to come to mind when it comes to surfing, Tofino is the perfect surfing town. Once a fur trading and logging town, Tofino is located in one of the most beautiful spots on Vancouver Island. While the winters can be harsh and full of inclement weather, the spring and summer is full of great swells, outdoor markets, festivals, and cultural events. Although you’ll probably have to wear head-to-toe neoprene, the location and waves will make it all worth it.
3. Taghazout, Morocco
Taghazout has been a surfing oasis since the 1960s. While native Moroccans can always be found surfing down the rugged coastline, Taghazout is also home to plenty of surfers from Spanish to French to American. The surf is beautiful year around, which is what makes this place so popular, and the winds consistently blow offshore.
4. Encinitas, California
Southern California is the quintessential surfing area. The coast is packed with beautiful oceans and quaint beach towns that have the surfer vibe down pat. Encinitas in San Diego is one of the top California surfing towns as it’s a mix of easygoing West Coast counterculture.
Moonlight Beach is the best spot to catch a wave because of its ability to support all levels of expertise from beginners on the central sandbars to experienced down at the north and south ends.
5. Bundoran, Ireland
Known as Europe’s cold-water Indonesia, Bundoran should be on the bucket list for all surfers. The Emerald Isle gem might have cold water, but the swells that come through are amazing. Plus, once you’re through with your surf, you can stop by any pub where the local beer and food will warm you right up.
Most importantly, when it comes to a surf town, respect is key. Be friendly and personable with the locals, and they’ll offer you the same respect.
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