The Best Hotels For Surfing Vacations

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Maui

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea’s white sand beaches beckon surfers to test the waters, and when you’re done, there’s plenty else to do. The Five-Star resort has lively pools and bars, plus activities from croquet to Pilates.      

Low-level, rolling waves break on a sand bar in front of the resort, offering a beginner's dream for surfers or stand-up paddlers. Lessons and equipment are available on the beach, or you can wait for February's surf camp, when experts like big-wave legend Dave Kalama come to teach.

Long Beach Lodge Resort, Tofino, British Columbia

You'll need a wetsuit (plus a hood, gloves and booties) to surf the rugged coastal waters around Vancouver Island's Long Beach Lodge Resort, but the on-site surf school and equipment will get you ready for the Cox Bay break right at the hotel. The North or South Chesterman Beach breaks are just a few minutes away by car.
The boutique resort offers 21 rooms in a main lodge and 20 two-bedroom “rainforest” cottages spread over eight oceanfront acres. The private cottages have full kitchens, fireplaces and outdoor hot tubs.


Round House, Bathsheba, Barbados

Built in the early 1800s, the colonial-style main house overlooks a white sand beach studded with natural tidal pools. The four-room Barbados inn also provides surfing lessons and on-site equipment rental for its guests.      
Round House is just a 200-yard walk down the sand from Barbado's famous Soup Bowl, a break that gets crowded with locals and famous surfers (such as icon Kelly Slater) during high swells. Beginners can hit it during smaller waves, or stick to Cattlewash, a mellow sand bar break just steps from the resort.

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, Calif.

This Mediterranean-style Four-Star resort sits 150 feet above Salt Creek Beach, on a bluff overlooking the ocean. The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel staff will set you up with equipment, wetsuits and customized lessons on stand-up paddleboards or surfboards

Find a mix of waves among the breaks at Salt Creek Beach, or head to the formerly experts-only Doheny point break, which has mellowed to a great spot for intermediate surfers. Outdoor fireplaces on your room's private patio offer relaxation after your day on the waves.

The Grand Del Mar, San Diego

This Five-Star resort is another reason to visit the beautiful beaches of San Diego, especially if Five-Star spa service is your idea of a perfect follow-up to a workout on the water. The hotel arranges private and group surf lessons—plus equipment rental—for everyone from kids to experts.
Surfers can explore the rugged breaks of nearby towns such as La Jolla and Rancho Santa Fe.


Turtle Bay Resort, Oahu, Hawaii

This Hawaii resort tries to channel the spirit of the "Waterman," a Polynesian tradition that includes the skills of surfing, paddling and rowing—they offer instruction covering all three. Hundreds of beach cottages and suites overlooking the breaks make this beachfront resort on Oahu's North Shore worth a visit.  
Located right on the "seven-mile miracle," a famous stretch of surfing waters on Oahu's North Shore, Turtle Bay Resort has the Hans Hedemann Surf Center right next to the hotel lobby. Schedule lessons for surfing and stand-up paddling for all abilities, including multi-day packages that take advantage of nearby breaks.


The St. Regis Monarch Beach, Dana Point, Calif.

This Five-Star Dana Point resort offers luxurious rooms, of course, but you can also find a variety of wave-riding instruction, including surf packages complete with equipment. Head into the waves from the resort's private oceanfront beach club, the Monarch Bay Club.      
The St. Regis Monarch Beach is right off Salt Creek Beach Park in Dana Point, where surfers can find three or four different breaks along a single stretch of coastline. Surf the Middles break or go a little further north for intermediate-level Gravels.

Cabo Surf Hotel, Los Cabos, Mexico

This Spanish-style Los Cabos beach resort has only 22 rooms, including small villas with kitchens, private terraces and Jacuzzis. It's located directly on white-sand Playa Acapulquito and has an on-site surf shop that offers lessons using beginner soft boards as well as long boards and stand-up paddleboards
Cabo Surf Hotel is located on two popular surf spots, including approachable Old Man's break and rocky La Roca, a reef break for more skilled surfers. Experts can also head 100 yards down the shore to Zippers, a famous break that draws locals and tourists alike.

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