Surfers Paradise ( Surf, Sand, & Sun)
Ride Waves in Portugal
Portugal is a must-visit for wave riders. While professionals come here for the famous “Supertubos” break in Peniche or the monster waves of Nazaré, there are excellent beginner breaks throughout the country—from the Algarve in the south up through Porto on the northern coast.
Surfing around Lisbon
Portugal’s capital and largest city, Lisbon has plenty of surf spots within a 30-minute drive of the city center. The town of Peniche, which features some of the country’s most famous breaks, is only an hour north of the city.
Surfing around Porto
The water is cool on Portugal’s northern coast, but the crowds are small and there’s no shortage of excellent breaks. If you don’t want to travel far, Porto’s Matosinhos Beach is accessible by subway from the city.
Explore the SUP scene in Portugal
In addition to surfing, Portugal offers plenty of calm rivers and lagoons for stand-up paddleboarding.
Stay near surfing beaches in the Algarve
Portugal’s sunniest and hottest region, the Algarve is home to countless great beaches. Located on the southwestern tip of the country, the oceanfront village of Sagres is close to a handful of excellent surf spots.
Hotel Eva, Faro, Portugal
Pousada Palacio de Estoi- Monument Hotel & SLH, Estoi, Portugal
Quinta dos Poetas, Hotel Rural, Olhao, Portugal
Hotel Monaco, Faro, Portugal
Surf & Paddle in California
Modern surfing may have been born in Hawaii, but it was California that took surf culture mainstream. From bikinis and boardshorts to the reverb-soaked guitars of surf rock, beach culture exploded in Los Angeles in the 1950s and today the city’s home to the World Surf League. But you don’t have to stick to sunny Southern California—with a coastline that stretches nearly 900 miles, you can catch waves all the way up the scenic Pacific Coast Highway.
Surf famous LA beaches
Stand-up paddleboarding in San Diego
California’s second-largest city has 70 miles of shoreline, so finding calm waters for a long ride is easy. Mission Bay is a perfect place to learn, Coronado Beach offers incredible city views, and La Jolla Cove is packed with marine life.
Stay near venice beach
Stay in a world-famous beach destination known for its mellow waves, laid-back vibe, and eclectic boardwalk.
Samesun Venice Beach
Venice Beach Suites and Hotel
Venice Beach ECO Cottages
Surfing Days in Hawaii
Surfing is an essential part of Hawaiian culture. Once a sport reserved for Hawaiian royalty—aliʻi—it’s now a favorite pastime shared throughout the islands. Popularized in Hawaii by legendary surfers like Duke Kahanamoku, surfing is now enjoyed around the world. Winter is famous big wave season on the North Shore when you can watch the pros in action. Catch your first wave in the islands on your next trip.
Go surfing in world-famous Oahu
Oahu is one of the world’s great surfing destinations for beginners and pros alike. Waikiki Beach—the birthplace of modern surfing—is still the best spot to catch your first wave. For experienced pros, winter swells bring epic big wave surfing to the North Shore.
Discover Surf spots in maui
If you’re looking to catch your first wave, head to chill beaches near Lahaina and Kaʻanapali. If you’re a thrill-seeking expert, head to North Shore spots like Honolua Bay or the legendary “Jaws”—one of the world’s largest waves, which can surpass 60 feet in height.
Stay near Oahu’s famous North Shore
The North Shore is famous for its big wave surfing, but it’s also an ideal getaway for those looking to stay in small towns like Haleiwa, which offer laid-back country vibes, casual beach homes, and easy access to snorkeling and diving.