Best Surfing Vacations for Beginners
The sea is a temptation. Travelers flock each summer to the waves, wanting to dominate every swell and find thrills. Experience is needed to conquer the water, however, and those who lack it may find themselves overwhelmed. The five best surfing vacations for beginners must therefore be sought -- with every crest, barrel and beach-break noted, as well as the proximity of vacation rentals. Individuals will crave comfort after long afternoons of sand, sun and swimming.
Tucked beyond San Deigo -- where rental properties may tempt guests to stay with their modern amenities and easy luxuries -- is San Onofre Beach. This 3,000 acre park is a collection of golden beaches, high cliffs and gentle waves, making it the ideal location to begin a surfing journey. The temperate water ensures that unsteady boarders can find relief; and the popularity of the area offers security should any problems arise (there are always lifeguards available to supervise). San Onofre Beach is open throughout the year from dawn until dusk. There are no admission fees.
Nestled in the shadow of the Big Island is Oahu, where Pacific swells come tumbling in and white-sand shores await. On Canoes Beach (in Honolulu) travelers are greeted by easy waves and flat terrain. Coral reefs are submerged far within the depths and are therefore unable to cause alarm. A predictable current offers certainty and allows this to remain one of Hawaii's best surfing vacations for beginners. It is often touted as the favored spot of Duke Kahanamoku, who helped surfing to become recognized among the world. The wide availability of rental properties also assures support. Guests are able to indulge in the convenience of home before challenging the summer.
Cradled on the Pacific coast -- waiting just beyond Malibu vacation rentals and their endless comforts -- is Leo Carillo State Beach. This California favorite is sought by surfers each year, and its rhythmic waves prove why. The tidal currents are easy to conquer among the almost two miles of coastline. Leo Carillo allows those without the essential experience to explore the water with ease. All coves and inlets are kept close to the beach, ensuring that no undertows are created. The park is open from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily. There are no admission charges.
Straddling the borders of Mexico and California is Baja. This stunning network of deserts, peninsulas and beaches is a popular destination for beginner and professional surfers alike -- with its many inlets offering access to waves and slow rips. The coves of Playas de Tijuana, La Fonda, San Miguel and Punta San Jose offer thrills in the North: each ideal for those seeking to master the water. Temperatures are steady and so are the tides. Each mile can be explored without concern (especially when vacation rentals center guests within the many available coves, ensuring that no adventure is dismissed).