If you don’t know by now, I’m a huge fan of surfing and travelint to new countries to discover their breaks and waves. Since the purpose of this blog is to journal my travels and to compile the best information about where to go and what countries have the best surf camps and surfing spots, I’ll kick it off with this list of 3 amazing (in my humble opinion) surfing spots including:
Jaco, Costa Rica
Playa Jaco’s proximity to San Jose (Costa Rica’s capital) makes it an easy choice for many surfers, so it’s not surprising that Jaco’s beaches are one of the most visited coasts in Costa Rica. With a 2.5 mile (4 km) sandy strip, Playa Jaco offers world class surfing!
Besides surfing and waves, Playa Jaco offers a host of other activities including: deep sea fishing, bike rentals, ATV tours, horseback riding and expeditions, crocodile safari (fun, but not as scary as you might think), visits to beautiful national parks and reserves, boat/kayak trips, white-water rafting, canopy tours and a very exciting night life.
Check out this tourist video:
If you think I’m being biased about Jaco, I am! I’ve been there over 5 times and every time it’s just so much fun that I can’t but praise it as a top surfing destinations.
I’ve had the chance to try out various surf camps in Jaco and while they’re all pretty good, some are better than others. If you need help choosing a good surf camp I recommend the following resources: Surf Costa Rica, Trip Advisor, or Surfer Today.
Papara Beach, Tahiti
If you’ve never been to Papara Beach in Tahiti, then you’re definitely missing out. Papara is pretty much an exposed beach and reef break with plenty of consitent surfing. The best time of the year to visit is Winter, so that’s perfect for most northern hemisphere travelers.
If you don’t know much about Tahiti, it’s the largest island in the Windward group of French Polynesia (an overseas country of the French Republic), which can be found in the southern Pacific Ocean. And being an island in that part of the world makes it a great escape from reality if that’s what you’re after.
Some extra surfer information: Papara beach typically receives distant groundswells and the best direction is from the south. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves so that covers just about anyone. On my last trip to Tahiti I didn’t sign up with a surf school, but the folks from Tahiti Surf School seemed like they were having a good time so they may be worth checking out.
I love Morocco for many reasons, but their surfing is one of driving factors I keep going back. There are many spots all over Morocco for surfing since the whole country is spread across the coast, but Taghazout’s relative quietness and remoteness (though I hear that the place is undergoing some massive development these days) from all the hustle is the reason I choose to stay there. Plus there are several beach options not too far from the tiny village. In addition to Taghazout beach there’s about 5 or 6 other beaches which offer some very good breaks and waves in the area.
Personally I like staying in Taghazout when visiting Morocco for surfing, but if you’ve never been to Morocco before, I definitely recommend staying in Agadir for a few days (or at least visit it). Agadir is a busy city to the south of Taghazout, but it’s not too far from it (18-20 km).
Here’s a picture from Taghazout for those wondering what the beaches look like:
So that’s my 2 cents on the subject. If you have any recommendations, please leave them in the comments.