March is the perfect month to plan our tropical getaways while we wait for spring to arrive in our cold hometowns. Every beach vacation is made a little better with some activities, and this spring break we think everyone should try surfing for the first time! Standing up on a board is a daunting task, even in the smallest of waves. We've compiled a few surfing vacation spots where even the most beginner of surfers can learn and enjoy the sport!
Byron Bay, Australia
Byron Bay is easily one of the most iconic places to surf. The area is full of Australian locals who have dedicated their lives (and jobs) to surfing. As a beginner surfer, don't let this scare you away from Byron Bay's beautiful waters. There are plenty of beaches for amateurs to take a stab at their first waves. If you're looking for sloping, sandy shores, we recommend Clarkes Beach, where lazy waves make perfect conditions for beginners. Once you're up for the next step, head over to The Pass. Here you'll find a local hangout spot with some of Byron Bay's most beautiful waves. There are room for beginners here too!
La Jolla Shores, San Diego
For spring breakers looking to stay in the country, California's La Jolla coastline offers some amazing spots for surfers of all skills. Located in the center of a upscale coastal town,La Jolla Shores is the perfect place for beginners. The beach has consistent, reliable waves, so learners don't need to worry about that one giant wave waiting to scramble them! Catering to beginners, La Jolla Shores has a wide variety of surfing schools that can ease your way into the sport. As an added bonus, surfers can expect to play in the waters with native sea lions, or share waves with dolphins.
Cape Town, South Africa
Of the many things to do in Cape Town, surfing is a favorite among both tourists and locals. Cape Town surfing has long been a hot spot for professionals and beginners alike. Camping out to watch the professionals tackle the offshore Dungeons swells is great inspiration for the hopeful beginner, but Long Beach might be a little more welcoming to learners. Consistent, manageable waves means that Long Beach is crowded on the weekends, so make sure to plan your surfing extravaganzas on the weekdays. If you're looking for a good lesson, beginners love the Stoked School of Surf. These lessons are mobile - the academy picks up their clients and takes them to the beaches with the best conditions that day!
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a popular getaway for American surfers looking to catch some Caribbean waves. Located on Costa Rica's northwest Pacific Coast, Tamarindo is a surfing hot spot that welcomes beginners looking to ride their first waves. The beaches of Tamarindo are often referred to as "surfing safaris," as it's not unheard of to have a howler monkey try to hop on your board from the coastline's adjacent jungles. When you're exhausted from surfing all day in the sun, we recommend visiting a few of Costa Rica's many famed eco-tourism sites. Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse areas in the world, so experience the beauty of the country through eco-tourism activities!
Hawaii's list of amazing surfing destinations could go on forever. Some of the sport's best athletes have come from Hawaii, but the island isn't for professionals only. A beachfront neighborhood in Honolulu, Waikiki is best known for Waikiki Beach. Beginners can find some easy going waves on Waikiki Beach's white sand shores. No matter your ability, Waikiki surf schools promise that you'll be able to stand up on a long board at Waikiki Beach. If you're looking for a lesson, check out Nancy Emerson School of Surfing - the first surfing academy on Maui or Oahu. The school is run by veteran Nancy Emerson, who has been teaching since 1973.