10 of the World’s Top Surfing Destinations

Goldcoast, Australia

To just pinpoint one surfing destination in Goldcoast would not do it justice, so we’re citing a few of the incredible locations you should visit while you’re there. In the south, you can head over to Snapper Rocks to catch some ridiculously good waves. Its southern points—Kirra, Rainbow Bay, and Duranbah—form what is called the Superbank, said to be a favorite of avid surfers and the location of the yearly Quicksilver Pro Gold Coast.

The coast of Surfer's Paradise in Gold Coast.

The coast of Surfer’s Paradise in Gold Coast.

Of the three, Rainbow Bay is the one most suitable for beginners. Heavily patrolled, it has a sheltered swimming area, making it a family friendly spot. If you’re visiting from now until November, an additional treat is seeing some humpback whales swimming from afar.

Other good spots are Currumbin Alley and Burleigh Heads, which are more suitable for advanced surfers. Burleigh is a nice neighborhood with hip cafes and shops selling organic produce, so there are plenty of things to see and do after a morning spent catching waves.

Bird's eye view of a surfer catching the waves.

Bird’s eye view of a surfer catching the waves.

Meanwhile, Currumbin is the home of a wildlife sanctuary that happens to be one of the Gold Coast’s most popular destinations. Have a photo taken with its koalas and kangaroos while you’re in town.      

Our top picks of accommodations: Turtle Beach Resort (US$185 per night), Hilton Surfer’s Paradise (US$196 per night), Palazzo Versace (US $230 per night)

 

Lagos, Portugal

Perhaps one of the world’s best waves, Lagos offers something for all levels. Located in the southwest corner of the Algarve, the island is divided into a few different sections, but you can start off from the town of Meia Praia where the serene and inviting waves are suitable for beginners. If you continue on to drive towards the west, experienced surfers will find their haven in the more challenging waves. Reef breaks and beach breaks come in abundance, so we’re sure a trip up there is worth it.

Captivating view of a beach in Lagos.

Captivating view of a beach in Lagos.

Beginners looking for a surfing school can visit the Surf Experience, FilSurf, or Algarve Surf School.

However, surfing isn’t the only thing Lagos is loved for. The historical port town boasts great seafood restaurants, bars, and beach club parties that have brought people from all over Europe to visit this exotic getaway every summer. Visit these Michelin Guide-approved fabulous restaurants that includes Dom Sebastião, Bon Bon, and Dos Artistas and get a taste of Portugese cuisine.

Algarve's signature rocks and caves.

Algarve’s signature rocks and caves.

Our top picks of accommodations: Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa (US$590 per night), Tivoli Marina Vilamoura (US$277 per night), Epic Sana Algarve Hotel (US$658 per night)

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