Have you ever sat on the beach, watched the surfers do their thing and found yourself filled with a massive amount of admiration mingling with envy? The freedom, the thrill, those sweet yet salty waves lapping against tanned limbs; it looks pretty ideal no matter what ocean you’re gawking at. While watching seasoned surfers is one thing, actually daring to ride the waves yourself can be a daunting dream. Thankfully, there are resort destinationsall over the world that are there to help you live out your wave riding fantasies.
1. Del Watersports at Hotel del Coronado, San Diego, CA: The legendary Hotel del Coronado, famous for its cameo in Some Like it Hot, offers lots more than just old school Hollywood glamour. Along with the stunning architecture and a beachfront locale, they host all sorts of activities for guests including surfing. At Del Watersports, guests can sign up for a group or private surf lesson. They provide everything one needs: wetsuits, boards of all shapes and sizes, and seasoned instructors. Add on the Del Surf Photography package and have photos and videos captured on a GoPro by a surf instructor during the lesson to show off your new skills to friends and family.
2. Dreamsea Surf Camp, Various Locations: Surf camp Dreamsea takes surf students to waves all over the world at their locations in Bali, France, Nicaragua, Portugal, Spain, and Sri Lanka. Their accommodations range from sleeping in tents in France to staying in a beachfront villa in Sri Lanka. At all the locations there’s culinary delights, a wide variety of activities, and surfing instruction for every level.
3. Kalon Surf, Costa Rica: For a deep dive into surfing culture, head to Kalon Surf for a seven-night all-inclusive luxury surf experience. Minutes from their chic resort are pristine and crowd-free beaches where the surf coaches, who can address every skill level, will build confidence and surfing awareness with post surf video analysis and photo coaching. Along with surfing, they include gourmet meals, a mid-week massage, and beautifully appointed rooms.
4. The Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino, BC: When you think of surfing, you usually don’t think of British Columbia. But if you happen to be up north and are yearning to hit the waves, the concierge team at the well-appointed Wickaninnish Inn can help. Along with watching the surf from the guestrooms overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Chesterman Beach, you can ride the waves with customized surf experiences for beginners and experienced surfers.