Top 10 alternative surfing spots around the world
Posted on 25/05/2017


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Here are our top 10 alternative surfing destinations, some of which are hidden gems within wider-known sites.

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  • Paia, Maui
    Paia, Maui

    Although an entire island, surfing on the west and northwest coasts of Maui is as close to perfection as you can get. Although there are many world-class spots, Paia is an alternative, family-friendly surf town that isn't overrun with tourists.

  • Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
    Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

    Although Costa Rica has long served as a mecca for surfers, on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsular lies Santa Teresa, a small surf town. With powder-white beaches and year-round surf on offer, what's not to like?

  • Watergate Bay, Cornwall
    Watergate Bay, Cornwall

    Although the UK hosts some questionable rollers when it comes to consistency, Watergate Bay is a lesser-known diamond on the Cornish coast. Crouching in the shadows of famous Fistral Beach in Newquay, this craggy cove is not only gorgeous, but a fabulous spot for some surfing, too.

  • Byron Bay, Australia
    Byron Bay, Australia

    This epic surf spot is no secret, but we couldn't resist including it in our list. Boasting 43 miles of sand hugging the shore, Byron is best surfed between June and September. The beach itself is peppered with hidden gems, where you'll be able to catch some waves in peace.

  • Florianópolis, Brazil
    Florianópolis, Brazil

    Florianópolis, fondly known as Floripa, is a striking island off the southeast coast of Brazil. Fringed by dramatic scenery and azure waters, Santa Catarina in particular is home to consistently good waves.


Whether you're a dab-hand on a surfboard or just enjoy the laid-back atmosphere synonymous with surf spots, it's hard to argue with one of these destinations as your holiday spot of choice for this year.

From catching the early morning swell in Costa Rica to marveling at the turquoise rollers which the Caribbean boasts, one thing's for sure - you're going to have a whale of a time frolicking in the waves.

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