Although there are some truly incredible surfing destinations across the globe, that doesn’t mean you have to leave the U.S. to catch some great waves. If you want to go on a surfing trip and are trying to decide where to book it for, you can count on any of the following six destinations to provide an awesome experience.
If you’ve been into surfing for awhile, chances are you’ve heard of this destination. However, don’t let that deter you from considering San Onofre for your trip. Although crowded spots are often terrible choices for surfing, the welcoming atmosphere at this 3,000-acre beach, bluffs and campground creates a space that people of any age can enjoy. Most surfing enthusiasts agree that the waves here are ideal for beginners.
While this is an awesome spot for big waves, it’s not a place where beginners should go. But if you’ve been surfing for some time and are looking for a real challenge, the big waves, exposed reef and rocks at Ruggles may be exactly what you want. And if you’re not completely worn out after a day on the water, you can also go for a 3.5 mile run on the extremely scenic Cliff Walk.
It’s true that this destination does go through flat spells. The reason that shouldn’t deter you is flat spells are an issue with just about every surf spot on the East Coast. Instead of getting stuck without any waves, you’re much more likely to spend as many awesome days as you’re there getting barreled!
Not only is this a great destination by U.S. standards, but it consistently ranks as one of the top twenty surf towns in the entire world. Since that’s quite an accomplishment, you can be confident that you’ll have a blast surfing at Moonlight Beach. And not only does this town have a lot of great places to eat, but if you rent a house on the bluff for the duration of your stay, you’ll be able to fully enjoy your surroundings even when you’re not out on the water.
While many surfing enthusiasts in Oregon take regular trips to different spots in California, if you ask them about their favorite place to go on their home turf, Short Sands is the place they’ll more than likely tell you.
Even if you’re full of confidence, when you’re a beginning surfer, it’s important to stick to locations that are challenging but not overwhelming. Cowell’s Beach is the perfect example of a place that will provide that experience. The one thing to remember is since this location has a reputation for being chilly, be sure to bring your wetsuit!
Last but not least. If your spouse has a different idea when it comes to a beach vacation, check out Roamright’s Exploring America’s Most Tranquil Beaches. Some of the ones on this list are pretty close to the surfing hotspots, making your vacation plans that much easier.
Now that you know just how many great surfing destinations there are in the U.S., all that’s left for you to do is pick your favorite one and book your tickets to it!
Kimberley Laws is a regular contributor to HowDoYou.com and the author of two blogs, The Embiggens Project and Searching for Barry Weiss. A "Jill of all trades," she is a High School English Teacher and Certified Career Counselor with a background in makeup artistry, retail banking, and graphic design. She is also a scrapbooking, PEZ-collecting, car enthusiast who loves travelling and New York City.
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