6 Breathtaking Spots Around the World to Try Surfing for the First Time

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Time to add these beautiful surfing hot spots to your travel bucket list.

Surfing is one of those sports that gives off an effortlessly cool vibe. But as soon as you try it, you will realize there is nothing effortless about balancing on a slippery board over huge waves. The key to surfing is practice and in order to save yourself from some pretty painful wipeouts, its best to learn at a calm beach. Here’s a list of some of our top picks for beaches with calm waves and a better environment for beginner surfers.


Best beaches worldwide for first-time surf lesson:

Surfing in Costa Rica

Surfing in Costa Rica


Mal Pais, Costa Rica

Over the years this beautiful town has become a hot commodity for surfers. A local beach; Playa Carmen, has waves that are known to be ideal for beginners. Try out a lesson at Mal Pais Surf Camp and Resort


Byron Bay, Australia

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This hip surfer’s town has waves of all sizes with plenty of gentle waves. Beaches here are recognized as a great place to hop on a board for the first time. Check out Byron Bay Surf School for a lesson.



Surfing Bundoran, Ireland

Surfing Bundoran, Ireland

Bundoran, Ireland

10 years ago no one would have named Ireland as a great surf spot… now it’s one of Europe’s surf hotspots. Experience the incredible beaches of Ireland’s west coast with Bundoran Surf Co.



Welligama, Sri Lanka

Welligama, Sri Lanka

Weligama, Sri Lanka

Weligama is a quiet bay with small waves, perfect for a first-time surf lesson. The town is full of surf schools and rentals, but Surf ‘N Lanka is one of the best for beginners.


The calm waves of Florianopolis, Brazil

The calm waves of Florianopolis, Brazil

Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil

Florianopolis is packed with beaches, 42 in all; this charming Brazilian town offers something for every level surfer. Be sure to check out the incredible beach nightlife as well. Evandro Santos Surf School is highly recommended for beginners.

Colorful Taghazout, Morocco

Colorful Taghazout, Morocco

Taghazout, Morocco

This Moroccan town is gaining popularity among the surf community. Crocodiles and Panoramas are two beginner beaches to check out. Surf Bebere offers the perfect getaway where surfers can take lessons, rent gear, eat, and lodge at an affordable cost.