3 Not-So-Touristy Surf Spots Around The World

Taking a vacation to a beautiful and semi-remote surf spot seems dreamy and often out of reach for most of us inland boarders. While it may seem more possible to take frequent trips to the local coast to catch weekend waves during the season, there are actually a few lesser-known “swell” spots that are more accessible now than ever before. Trade in a couple of regular weekend road trips for a week or two at one of these outstanding and affordable vacation wonderlands. Check out these three not-so-touristy wave rider dream destinations for a peek at new culture, new terrain and most importantly, new adventures for you and your board…

Hongo Reef, Nicaragua

Hongo Reef, also called Puma Reef, is a short ride from the town of Gigante. Because of current economic conditions, U.S. visitors can find flights to this area of Central America for very low rates.

This reef is for experienced surfers and SUP boarders only, so amateurs beware. You can live or vacation here for about 10 U.S. dollars per day, if you plan and budget carefully, and spend most of the day riding beautiful swells and eating homemade Nicaraguan cuisine.

Water in this area is swimmer-friendly year-round, so venture here when your local water is too cold. Spanish skills are a major plus!

Bundoran, Ireland

This is Ireland’s surf Mecca. Your most serious expense here will be a plane ticket (unless you live in Europe); however, it is a small price to pay for cheap lodging, cheaper surf and SUP equipment and a chance to ride some of the greatest year-round waves in the world.

The best boarders visit Bundoran because, while it may not be a palm-tree-typical tourist paradise, the wave conditions are supreme. And if you already speak English, you will be able to communicate with the locals.

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

This North Coast surf spot is best from September through March. The water is warm and you can find plane tickets to the Dominican Republic during these months for as low as $100. A-frame reef waves range from 100-300 meters, so more experienced boarders can feel free to bring their novice riders along to learn on the smaller waves.

Vacationing in the Dominican Republic can range from super-budget hostel living to full-service resort accommodations, depending on your budget and style.

Also enjoyable and nearby are Sosúa and El Batey, short rides from Puerto Plata, for more intermediate-level waves.

One of the easiest and cheapest ways to travel with your board is to purchase an inflatable SUP board. These boards are made for traveling, are lightweight, and can roll up into a compact bag, not to mention extremely durable. Treat your self and take a trip to some of the worlds most breath taking spots with your best board at your side.

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9 Responses to 3 Not-So-Touristy Surf Spots Around The World

  1. Gabriel June 29, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

    I’ve been living in the Dominican Republic for over a year now and have to say that Encuentro Beach in Cabarete, just outside of Puerto Plata is what is pictured and depending on the time of year it can be VERYY crowded.

    If you come during low season though then you will not see too many people but when there are good waves the line up is packed after 8am. So if you do go then show up early!

    • Sofia June 30, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

      Thanks for the update, good to know that it depends on the season and time of the day!

  2. Becky Padmore June 30, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

    I’ve tried surfing a few times but it’s not something I’m naturally good at, I’ll stick to watching! Great list!

    • Sofia June 30, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

      Haha yeah watching is also fun 🙂 Nathan is a big fan of bodyboarding so we bought the whole kit with fins and all on our first trip around the world to use as we traveled around. I really loved it, but it also scared the sh*t out of me!

  3. Tim Horgan @ On and Off the Gringo Trail July 1, 2013 at 6:01 am #

    Here’s another one from Latin America – Puerto Chicama, Peru.

    It’s the longest left-hand break in the world

    Do you know it?

    • Sofia July 1, 2013 at 11:01 am #

      Thanks Tim for the tip, I’ve never heard of that one but it sounds awesome!

      • Tim Horgan @ On and Off the Gringo Trail July 2, 2013 at 8:58 am #

        No worries,

        It’s not far from Trujillo if you know where that is

  4. miaa July 5, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

    I would rather sit and watch thn get me self into it

  5. Ariana Louis July 23, 2013 at 8:52 am #

    Magnificent sites for surfing! I am not a surfer myself, but I am willing to dare this aqua sport if given the chance! Having travelled in Asia extensively, there are some surfing spots which you may find truly rare in Asia. You might want to include in your next adventure to surfing places in Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines! Bring your board by your side! And if you want to experience cheap tours to these locations, why don’t you visit the UK’s largest online travel agency, Mark Anderson!