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The Best Places to Go Surfing in South Florida

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Updated: 19 October 2017
Miami might not be known as a prime surfing destination, but the year-round warm Atlantic coast gets a few thrilling waves here and there. Read our guide to the best beach spots for surfing in the city.

South Pointe on South Beach

Grab your board and head to the southern end of South Beach. Right across South Point Park, just before the pier (which has decent fishing) is where the waves are strongest. Paddle out, but watch for rocks and shallow shore. This spot is a tourist favorite, so be prepared to share the beach with other surfers. You can also shop for paddleboards, wake boards, and other water sports gear at the famous Island Water Sports on the beach.

Haulover Beach

On the northern tip of Miami Beach lies the Haulover Beach inlet, where you’re free to surf in open waters. Waves rarely break, and you’re faced with pristine waters and soft white sand. It’s not recommended to surf before or during a hurricane, but the best waves come at the end of the season, which runs June through November. Prepare your trip for the best waves during October—otherwise you won’t catch a single rideable ripple in Miami’s flat waters.

Jupiter Inlet on Jupiter Beach

A favorite surf spot for decades, the Jupiter Inlet on Jupiter Beach, along the East coast offers low tides. Visit Locals Surf Shop for boards, suits and all your gear needs. Surfers of all levels will find helpful lessons at Aloha Surfing School, and they even offer camps for children, in case you have a mini-me who wants to learn!

Boynton Beach

South of Palm Beach, Boynton Beach inlet produces long, hollow lefts when a big Northeast swell combines with a low incoming tide. The beautiful long strip of shoreline is one of the most stunning beaches in Florida, but beware of the sharks. That aside, there are plenty of surf shops if you need any equipment. Visit Nomad Surf Shop or North 2 Board Sports.

Pompano Beach

Not too far from Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach shines with brilliant coastline and consistent waves. A popular spot for surfing in Broward County, surfers will find swells around three feet holding up to eight feet, with hollow barrels producing rideable waves. Surfers of all levels will find suitable waves here. Plus, if you need new gear, you can head to 2nd ST Surf Shop right across the street.