Everyone should try surfing at least once in their life. Granted, this activity isn’t for everyone but most people find it is satisfying. What is most interesting is that the majority of surfers develop a love/hate relationship with the activity.
The simple truth is that it can be hard to find and then ride the perfect wave. You’ll spend much of your time looking for it, sitting in the ocean waiting for it, and falling off your board. But, when you find it the feeling is amazing and you’ll want to experience it all over again.
This is also when you’ll want to share it and you’ll be glad that your family share your surf relationship. You’ll then have a desire to find the perfect surf together and search for the best family-friendly surf vacations in the world.
The good news is that many of them are in Australia where you are also lucky enough to have plenty of lifesavers on the beaches. You will hopefully never need them but you’ll be glad they are there if you do. It’s worth noting that many of the surf lifesavers are volunteers. You should think about that when you’re next considering community fundraising and the fact that every $1 invested in Surf Life Saving gives over $20 of value to the local community.
Let’s take a look at the best family-friendly surf vacations, it’s time you booked yours.
1. Noosa Heads, Sunshine Coast, Australia
The Sunshine Coast sits just above Brisbane and is home to a variety of good surfing spots. Noosa Heads is one of just 10 surfing reserves in the world and has some of the best point breaks. The fact that it sits in a stunning national park is a bonus.
This is a popular spot to learn to surf as it has an array of wave sizes. Even non-surfers will love the experience here as there is plenty of history, shopping, and nightlife. That’s alongside the stunning location.
2. The Gold Coast, Australia
Australia’s Gold Coast is one of the most popular surfing destinations in the world. It’s similar to the Sunshine Coast but has more crowds, highrises, and activities. This could make it the better choice if you have non-surfers in the family.
Surfers will enjoy the Superbank at Snapper Rocks but just don’t the coast you’ll find quieter spots that are perfect for children to learn the art of surfing. There are also theme parks, stunning beaches, and great nightlife to ensure everyone is happy.
3. Honolulu, Hawaii
Hawaii is full of surfers and is home to some of the best waves in the world. What is particularly good about this destination is its appeal to the entire family. Amateur surfers can enjoy the smaller waves and warm waters of the south coast of Oahu while more experienced surfers can try the larger waves on the northern side of the island.
You’ll also find Waikiki is a great place for kids to learn surfing and any non-surfers in the family will find a host of sea-based activities. This includes the aquarium, whale-watching trips, and snorkeling in the clear waters off the island.
Don’t forget, there are plenty of shopping and dining experiences here, making sure the whole family is happy.
4. Ericeira, Portugal
Ericeira is known as one of the best surfing spots in Europe. Surfers tend to head to this spot as the west coast of Portugal has a great collection of waves, giving something for the beginner surfer and those with more experience. Of course, Portugal also has plenty of shops and culture, ensuring non-surfers can enjoy their vacation.
There are also a host of other activities to keep family members busy, such as fishing, mountain biking, volleyball, and even skateboarding.
It’s worth noting that the swell is consistent in this area, virtually guaranteeing you a chance to enjoy some surfing.
Samoa is often compared to Hawaii in that it has an array of stunning beaches, waves big enough to challenge experienced surfers, and yet is still an inviting choice for beginners. There are several surf camps in the area that will get you standing on a board for the first time.
The culture is laid-back, the beaches are generally less crowded than Hawaii, and the food is excellent. Be prepared to unwind.
6. Kuta, Bali
The Bukit peninsula in Bali is home to some of the heaviest reef breaks in the world, perfect if you’ve got plenty of experience. Fortunately, if you’re newer to surfing, or looking to get started, there are plenty of gentle breaks off the Kuta beaches.
It’s known across the globe for its long sandy beach and inviting culture. Non-surfers can immerse themselves in the culture, snorkeling, and the beach. The entire family will enjoy the bars, restaurants, and shopping options.
7. Byron Bay, Australia
Byron Bay is one of the most famous beaches in the world and for good reason. It’s a stunning location with plenty for the non-surfer to do. The waves are small enough for beginners to master and, if you’re looking for something a little more challenging, there is The Pass. It’s located at one end of Clarkes Beach and will give you some of the best surfing of your life. However, it can get busy so choose your time carefully.
Non-surfers will love the culture, the shopping facilities, bars, hot air balloon rides, and the energy of the place.
Now you know there are plenty of places that offer family-friendly surf options it’s time you decided which one you want to try first. All you have to do is consider which location offers the best experience for the entire family. That will depend on how many family members can or want to surf. Make a decision then book it and enjoy it. Whichever destination you choose it will be a great choice. But remember to take care of the surf lifesavers, you never know when you may need them.