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Best Surf Beaches


Surfing is a great way to enjoy the beauty and excitement of the ocean and the beach. There are amazing spots to enjoy first-class waves throughout the country and throughout the year. Here are some of the best beaches and towns to enjoy on the East coast, West coast and Hawaii.  Even if you don’t surf, you can’t beat surf towns and their beaches for fun and funky culture.  Never surfed before?  Why not sign-up for a surf lesson and give it a try.

Best Surf Beaches | East Coast

Montauk, NY
This beach gets swell from the south, the west and the east. The exposure gives it the fantastic swell. Surfers will enjoy the different options, including sandbar tubes, reef and point options. Located in New York, this is a great option for surfers in the region.

Rockaway Beach, NY
This beach is known for its urban surfing location. There is a consistent break off the jetty, making it a great spot for surfers. It is one of the best surf spots in the country.

Ocean City, NJ
Ocean City is an amazing surfing destination. The beach has a sandbar, but the jetties give the surfing consistency. The nearby Central Coast has heavier surf for those seeking a more exhilarating experience.

Cape Hatteras, NC
Cape Hatteras and the surrounding area is one of the best spots to enjoy good surfing in the region. There are swells from all directions. In addition, surfers can find places to enjoy a less-crowded surfing experience.

Kill Devil Hills, NC
On the Outer Banks, Kill Devil Hills in North Carolina gets lots of swell throughout the year. Although not always consistent, it boasts some of the best consistency on the East coast. Surfers can enjoy the excitement throughout the year.

New Smyrna, FL
New Smyrna is a fantastic Florida surf spot. It has consistent break, and has great conditions for surfers interests in aerials. It can get crowded, since this is one of the popular destinations for surfers in the state.

Reef Road, Palm Beach, FL
Located in lovely Palm Beach, Reef Road is a great spot for surfers to enjoy. This beach has a fantastic sandy break which surfers will love. This is another destination that can get crowded though.

Sebastian Inlet, Vero Beach, FL
Sebastian Inlet is known for its powerful waves. These waves make it a great destination for surfers in Florida. It is especially good for experienced surfers.

Best Surf Beaches | West Coast

Fort Point, San Francisco, CA
Fort Point is located near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. In fact the best surfing is actually underneath the bridge. Surfers will enjoy the big swells, but they should be aware that this surf spot can be very dangerous.

Black Beach, San Diego, CA
Black Beach is a wonderful surfing spot for experienced surfers in San Diego. The swell is good, powerful and comes from all directions. In fact, Black Beach is one of the best surfing destinations in the country. The surfing is especially good during the winter.

Trestles, San Clemente, CA
The Trestles in San Clemente are just one of the great surf destination in the area. Surfers can enjoy the swell here almost year-round. There are consistent, powerful waves, which are especially good during the summer and winter. This area can get a bit crowded though.

Malibu Beach, Malibu, CA
Malibu Beach is another of California’s fantastic surfing destinations. The waves here are great, and are especially big during the summer. The region has a long stretch of coast, with many spots to surf. The summer and fall seasons are particularly good.

Huntington Beach, CA
This beach has a great break, which surfers will enjoy. In addition, it is easy to catch the waves off of the pier. Surfers will find that this is a good California surfing spot during the winter.

Encinitas, CA
Encinitas is a great spot for surfers, with multiple beaches in the area that offer great surfing. These beaches include Seaside, Cardiff Reef, Swamis and more. Surfers will find miles of beaches, which offer reefs, jetties and much more. Like other spots in California, these beaches can be crowded, but it is also possible find waves to surf without the crowds.

Santa Cruz, CA
This region has great swell throughout the year. Surfers will find beachbreaks, points, reefs and more. Surfers will find all sorts of places to surf in this region. There are all sorts of spots to enjoy the big waves, great for expert surfers.

Best Surf Beaches | Hawaii

Haleiwa, Oahu, HI
Located on the island of Oahu, surfers will find some of the best surfing in the country, as well as some of the best in the world. Oahu’s famous North Shore, stretches from Haleiwa to Turtle Bay. Surfers will find reefs and sandbars. The swells from September through May are especially extreme, and can be very deadly.

Paia, Maui, HI
Surfers traveling to Maui can visit Paia, which is a great destination to enjoy the surfing destinations of Maui’s north shore. The best spot to enjoy is Ho’okipa is a fantastic expert surfer spot. In addition, Paia is a good location for wind surfers and kiteboarders.s

Sunset Beach, Oahu, HI
Also located on Oahu’s North Shore, Sunset Beach is another good spot for surfers. Sunset Beach gets the huge swells that the North Shore is known for. Experienced surfers will really enjoy the fantastic swell, as well as the lovely beach. Located nearby are Pipeline and Waimea.

Waikiki, Oahu, HI
This beach is known for its sun, water and fantastic waves. The biggest breaks at this fantastic surf spot are over 20 feet. The beach has different sections, which offer good surfing for both beginners and experts.

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