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Friday, February 14, 2014

Coolest surf towns in the world

So what is it that makes a surf town cool? Is it the magical waves or the plethora of accommodations? Is it the local culture or the wild nightlife? Delicious food or a number of activities to keep surfers entertained throughout their stay? Whether you love soaking up the magnificent atmosphere or simply wish to ride the ways, there is way too much to do in the best surf towns that the world has to offer. All places featuring in our list of the coolest surf towns in the world have been included not only because of their heavenly surfing opportunities, but also due to the fact that they offer an inviting range of sights and activities for tourists and locals alike.

Hanalei, Hawaii, USA

The town of Hanalei is located on the North Shore of Kauai and is known to be one of the most unspoilt and beautiful areas of the Hawaiian islands. Hanalei is famous for couples who wish to immerse themselves in the breathtaking natural beauty of the area while they are not surfing. It boasts of an extremely rich Polynesian culture and is a perfect place for those looking for some cultural and historical sights as well. Hanalei offers tourists with a number of surfing spots which range from the Hanalei Pier that is famous among newbies to the reef breaks which suit all sorts of surfing experts. The best time for a surfer to visit Hanalei is between the months of October – March.

Tofino, British Columbia, Canada

Tofino might be more popular for its breathtaking natural beauty, but it is also one of the most famous surf towns in the world. It is an ideal spot for outdoor lovers and nature worshippers as well. All beaches of Tofino offer newbie friendly surfing opportunities, especially during the summer months. Some of the best surf spots for newbies include the Long Beach and the South Chesterman Beach. Surf lovers would also be well advised to ensure that they visit the Clayoquot Sound while in Tofino. Clayoquot Sound is an area which consists of more than 350000 hectares of land and water and is brimming with exotic flora, spectacular scenery and mystical wildlife. The best time to visit Tofino is between the months of March – September.

Nosara, Costa Rica

This piece of paradise is famous among surfers for its magnificent wildlife and endless expanses of beaches. The surfers might head straight to the Playa Guiones which is known to be the best surfing spot in town, but wildlife lovers might want to take a little detour to the Ostional Beach which is home to thousands of sea turtles that crawl to the beach once every month to lay down their eggs. Nosara also boasts of a private biological reserve which is home to a number of bird species, creatures of the rainforest, howler monkeys and killer views.

Taghazout, Morocco

Taghazout is a place which is known to be an oasis for surfing. It boasts of a long coastline which is full of perfect surfing spots and is ideal for surfers who also wish to wander through old world cities in their spare time. Taghazout is also known to attract a fair share of history buffs. The town is an ancient encampment which transformed into an outpost for adventurers from Europe during the 1960s. Today, the town is full of Spanish and French surfers who love to mingle with the locals in a town that still seems to feel like an old-world frontier town rather than a world famous surfing location. Newbie surfers are advised to begin their surfing journeys from the Panoramas or Crocodiles beach and move on to the point breaks only when they have mastered the art of surfing. Taghazout is also one of those few surf towns which is ideal for surfing all through the year.

Encinitas, California

Encinitas is the ideal surfing destination for that perfect family destination. It allows tourists to enjoy the typical beach culture of California with a pinch of Mexicano in it. Most surfers who have had the fortune of visiting Encinitas would vouch for the fact that no other place in the US can offer a surfing holiday like Encinitas does year after year. Apart from some of the oldest and most famous surf shops of the country, it is also home to the famous La Paloma Theatre, the iconic theatre which has premiered innumerable surf films throughout its 84 year history. One of the most famous surfing spots in town is the Moonlight Beach which offers something for newbies as well as experts. Newbies can begin their surfing adventures from the central sections of the beach while the experts would feel more at home towards the north and south ends. The best time to visit Encinitas is during the autumn season.

Florianópolis, Brazil

With 4655 miles of coastlines to choose from and a crazy surfing culture, Florianópolis is on its way to the very top in terms of the coolest surf towns in the world. Florianópolis, popularly known as Floripa, is considered to be the best surfing destination in Brazil and it offers 42 different beaches that suit all sorts of surfers to choose from. The beginners would have a blast at the Barra Da Lagoa while the experts would simply fall in love with the Joaquina Beach. Remember that the surfing craze generally begins around midday as the wild parties go on till the early hours of dawn. Florianópolis is popular as a year round surfing destination, but you can get lesser crowds between the months of November – February.

Byron Bay, Australia

Byron Bay is ideal for a family of surfers and is known to attract people from all age brackets and backgrounds. Byron Bay is one of those surf towns which stand out among the countless others and could easily be termed as a surfing nation on its own. The area might come across as quite hip and trendy, but its true beauty lies within its hippie cultures, live bands, beautiful cafes and natural delights. Advanced surfers would love to visit the Broken Head which is known to boast of magnificent beach breaks and exciting points. The best time to visit Byron Bay is between the months of June – September.

Muizenberg, South Africa

Muizenberg is ideal for newbie surfers looking to stamp their authority in the world of surfing. It is primarily famous for its friendly surfing, friendlier locals and beautiful beachside cafes, exquisite wine and a loveable beach culture. South Africa might be known for its shark population, but the shark spotters of Muizenberg help to keep you safe while you have a blast learning how to surf. If you’ve already mastered the art of surfing, you would be better off visiting the Kalk Bay and the Danger Reef. Muizenberg is another surfing destination which can be visited all through the year.

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