What is possibly more exciting than a surf adventure roundup? Absolutely nothing! Up and down the Pacific Coast, stunning adventure destinations exist that offer the best surfing in the world. From Southern California, where newcomers to the sport can take to the waves on friendly foam boards, to the Hawaiian Islands where reef breaks offer consistent waves year around and emerald blue coves present scenic views that are unmatched on this earth. Whatever you are looking for out of a summer vacation, we have a few ocean inspired resorts that will take your breath away and tempt you to join a local surf lesson while your at it.
Have you ever dreamed of surfing in Central America? Starting in Nicaragua where folks at Mukul are celebrating The Endless Summer’s 50th by partnering with the film to offer bespoke surf safaris in 4x4s, custom surf boards built by the film’s star Robert August at his outfit at Robert August Surf Company. The thought alone of riding a Robert August custom board on the beach break in Nicaragua, in celebration of The Endless Summer is truly a bit overwhelming for most of us at Gearminded.
In celebration we have curated a list of once-in-a-lifetime destinations, that present surfing, golfing, and unmatched dining opportunities. The team at Gearminded has visited many of these dream destinations personally and is confident that they will exceed your expectations for travel and adventure. So what do you say, let’s get out there and explore life beyond our daily comfort zone.
START IN NICARAGUA…
Guacalito de Isla, Nicaragua
On its world-class beaches, Nicaragua’s first luxury resort is host to a new partnership with iconic surf film, The Endless Summer in celebration of the film’s 50th anniversary. Guests can embark on a film-inspired surf safari up the Emerald Coast under the guidance of the experts at TropicSurf with an incredible take-home souvenir: surfboards custom-built by the film’s star talent, Robert August, which can be readied in advance of or after their stay. The experience continues with in-room streaming of The Endless Summer and a live screening of the film at the end of July.
UP TO MEXICO…
Punta Mita, Bahia de Banderas, Nayarit, Mexico
Guests have access to unique surf breaks poised to make the bucket list of the most discerning adventure travelers. Local guides from Punta Mita Destinations expedition company, as well as curated surf programming through TropicSurf at the Four Seasons Punta Mita offer expert surf lessons and daytrips for novices and experts alike. What’s unique about the surf breaks in Punta Mita is that in a range of 10 miles, you can find around 20 different spots for surfing – depending on swell direction, tide and wind – and find a spot suitable for all levels from beginners to experts.
La Jolla, California
Through its partnership with locally-loved Surf Diva Surf School, Hyatt Regency La Jolla provides guests with a direct link to the beach with individual and group surfing and standup paddleboard lessons year-round for women, men and children. From competitive coaching to lessons for the beginner, guests can learn to navigate the waters around some of America’s top beaches. Also perfect for bringing the boardwalk to the beach, corporate groups staying at Hyatt Regency La Jolla can partake in clinics in team building challenges with Surf Divas that teach you to be present in the moment and mindful of the environment around you.
La Costa Surf School provides guests with the experience, thrill and rush that can only come from catching a wave. Their instructors are experienced, dedicated surfers who love introducing newcomers to the sport while helping experienced surfers perfect their talent. Lessons are taught on the pristine beaches of Encinitas, California, a short drive away from the resort.
Dana Point, CA
Surf Host Service is a seaside offering for guests of Monarch Beach Resort – Surf Hosts coordinate the beachside set-up of lounge chairs, umbrellas, towels and any other beach goer needs on the resort’s private shores. When guests are ready to take to the swells, Surf Hosts provide a private one-on-one surf lesson. The new Miraval Life in Balance Spa also offers surf-inspired wellness classes such as IndoBoard Yoga that resembles paddle boarding – on dry land.
FINALLY ENDING IN HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIFORNIA AKA “SURF CITY, USA”
“Surf City USA,” aka Huntington Beach, California is home to legendary waves perfect for all forms of water fun, most notably… surfing. Through the resort’s on-property surf shop and school, Toes on the Nose, guests can dive into the official pastime with expert instruction, apparel fitting, all needed equipment for sessions in the Pacific, just in front of the resort, and now – Go Pro action camera rental to record the water works and pocket the memories to take home and show off.
IF YOU’RE NOT READY TO HANG YOUR BOARD UP, TAKE A DETOUR ACROSS THE PACIFIC TO HAWAII…
For an adventure with a view, Hotel Wailea offers a customizable kitesurfing experience through their Kitesurfing Academy in which adventurous wanderlusts can enroll in the resort’s accredited academy Kiteboarding School of Maui, Inc. Through one-on-one instruction, passionate instructors provide insider training and information for the exhilarating sport, helping to fine-tune guests’ skills and harness the power of the wind, gliding across the Maui waters in the famed North Shore. For skilled kitesurfers, KSMaui offers advanced lessons and has a variety of top brand equipment available to rent or purchase. Guests can build their kitesurfing package as they please.
Hawaii’s Most Hawaiian Hotel offers a new ocean activities center, Hale Huaka’i, featuring 2 hour surf lessons for beginner or advanced levels with certified instructors; all guests are guaranteed to surf in their first lesson. The Hale Huaka’i activities center offers guests the chance to go beyond their traditional water activity experience, through complimentary and paid offerings, dedicated to providing an authentic Hawaiian presentation of water sports and Oceanside living. From surf to paddle board lessons, each guest who visits the Hale Huaka’i leaves with a true understanding of how the Hawaiians traditionally immersed themselves within their surrounding environment.
Home to one of the world’s most famous surf breaks, Oahu’s North Shore is a premiere surfing destination for locals, surfing legends and visitors. Waves are suitable for beginners to veterans and the great, calm bays of Kuilima Cove and Kawela Bay offer the ideal setting for beginners. Turtle Bay Resort, the only resort located on the fabled North Shore, offers private, group, semi-private and group lessons with resort ambassador Rocky Canon (a North Shore local) and his famous surfing dog, Hina! The surfing instructors inspire participants with knowledge, confidence and motivation to tackle any wave.