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Top Travel and Surf Holidays Around the World

From Costa Rica to Bali – hit the water and ride the waves on these surfing TRIPS by Culture Trip across the globe.
Siobhan Grogan
11 Dec 2021
The ocean isn’t always a crucial ingredient when it comes to travel. Yet for surfers or would-be surfers, there’s no compromise. If there’s no ocean, there’s no fun. That’s why you can now find – and book – dedicated surfing trips and holidays in some of the world’s best surfing spots. Often this also means the chance to dabble in other water sports like sailing, snorkelling and stand-up paddleboarding – not to mention fire-lit beach parties and fresh seafood served up every day. So pack your swimwear and book on to one of these water-centric TRIPS by Culture Trip.
1 . Bali, Indonesia
Surrounded by warm water and rolling waves, Bali is another hotspot for combining travel and surf to great effect. On our trip, you’ll have the chance to surf at Echo Beach and Batu Bolong – and get to swim with turtles along Gili Meno’s west coast. When you’re ready to come out of the water, there will be picture-perfect beaches waiting, both on Bali and the smaller island of Gili Trawangan. If you can handle bigger waves, your knowledgeable local insider will be on hand to give you top tips on where to find the island’s best surfing spots.
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2 . Tamarindo, Costa Rica
There are a few surfing hotspots in Central America, but none quite so popular as Tamarindo in Costa Rica. Surf travellers from all over the world flock here to ride Pacific rollers – and indulge a little (or a lot) in the vibrant nightlife. It’s also a great place to come and learn how to surf, with countless surf camps and schools for beginners to choose from.Save yourself the headache by joining our nine-day Costa Rican trip. Not only will you have a chance to surf in Tamarindo, but you’ll also get to go white-water rafting in La Fortuna, stay in a luxury ecolodge in the Arenal Volcano National Park, spot sloths in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and hike through tropical forests to look for secret waterfalls.
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3 . Comporta, Portugal
There’s a whole lot of ocean to the west of Portugal, and surfers couldn’t be happier about it. Atlantic waves batter the coast all year round, and they come in all shapes and sizes. So whether you’re a beginner, intermediate level, or a surfing pro, you won’t feel out of your comfort zone.Our nine-day trip to Portugal includes a full day by the white-sand beaches of Comporta, where you can spend all day surfing if you wish – you’ll certainly need the exercise after a naughty food-and-wine affair in Porto, and another to come in Lisbon.
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Josh Taylor contributed additional reporting to this article.