In case you didn’t realize it, there’s a brand-new summer season right around the corner. That means if you were unlucky enough to live in a place where you had to stay cooped up all winter, it’s time to dig out your surfboard, put on some fresh wax, and head out to catch your first waves of the season. The only real challenge is deciding where to go. We can help. Here’s a look at some of the hottest surfing spots for the 2019 season.
When you think of the places around the globe that cater to surfers, you usually think of places like Hawaii, Australia, or maybe South Africa. Portugal isn’t usually one of the first places named, but it should be. It’s probably the most surfer-friendly country in the world, and it welcomes surfers of all skill levels, making it one of the best places to learn to surf, too. If you want the best the country has to offer, head to the central coast, which hosts some of the biggest waves in Europe.
Many people consider Indonesia to be among the best surfing destinations in the world. Well, we think that those people are right. The country offers literally thousands of miles of beaches, where you’ll find not only incredible surfing but equally incredible resorts and food options. If you need to pinpoint the perfect spot in Indonesia for your next surfing vacation, you can’t go wrong with Bali. You’ll find legendary breaks and beaches that are perfect for beginners, too.
Costa Rica is a great surfing destination, year-round. But the waves are especially powerful during the summer months, making it a great spot for those wanting to catch some serious swells. But you don’t have to be an expert surfer to enjoy the waves that Costa Rica offers. The country also hosts some great options for beginning surfers, too. Plus, you can head to either coast—be it Pacific or Caribbean—and find that the surfing is just as great.
While the waves in the Maldives aren’t the biggest in the world, they might just be the most perfect. You’ll find barrel after barrel, perfect in every way. That’s pretty unique for any surfing destination. The other thing that makes these waves so unique is that the majority of them can only be found at the outer reefs, meaning you’ll need to line up a boat to get to them. The experience is worth the extra effort, though.