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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 . Taghazout, Morocco
In Morocco, travel and surf blend more harmoniously than anywhere else in the world. On the east coast are the Moroccan surf meccas of Taghazout and Imi Ouaddar, and that’s where you’ll be headed on this sky-to-surf trip that includes a guided surf lesson for beginners and those in need of a refresher. It’s just a three-and-a-half-hour drive from Marrakech, which will be your base for hiking the Atlas Mountains, exploring secret gardens and the maze-like medina. There’s also the chance to take a morning yoga lesson in Paradise Valley on your final day, before you hotfoot it back to camp for one last break.
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3 . 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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4 . 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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5 . Devon, UK
Surfing isn’t strictly included in our six-day Devon itinerary, but just about every other water sport is. For Londoners – or international visitors hoping to discover the UK’s rural side – it’s outdoor therapy at its best. There’s wild swimming in lakes and lidos, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding along rocky shores and stretches of open water, and more than a fair amount of guided hiking through Dartmoor National Park and along the beautiful South West Coast Path – leading you to one of the best-rated beaches in Devon.After your trip, you can head back to the beach and hire a surfboard for the day for more time on the water.
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Josh Taylor contributed additional reporting to this article.