Surfboards stacked in the grass near the beach at Amigas Surf Retreat in Nicaragua.

The Best Surf Spots in Nicaragua

The secret is out: Nicaragua is the new frontier for world-class waves. Most surfers head straight to San Juan del Sur; there are plenty of breaks to explore up and down the Pacific coastline. To catch the best breaks from beginner to expert, here’s where to go.

Guatemala makes a great place for Spanish-language study. Photo © Al Argueta.

Study Spanish in Guatemala

Guatemala is a popular place for Spanish-language study, particularly Antigua and Quetzaltenango. In terms of value for the money you spend and variety of locales in which to learn, you really can’t beat Spanish-language instruction in Guatemala. Here are a few basic things to look out for when deciding where to study.

Surfboard rack on the ocean shore in Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Surfing Lessons and Outfitters in Waikiki

You’ll find surfing is a way of life in Waikiki. There’s a long history here of welcoming visitors to learn how to catch a break and ride the big one that continues on today with several surf schools offering private, group, and customized surf tours for reasonable prices, as well as boards and gear.

A woman sits cross-legged on the beach with her surfboard.

Surfing Lessons and Rentals in South Maui

In South Maui, you’ll find plenty of outfitters and instructors ready to give you a lesson or set you up with some gear based on your level of skill. Since choosing which school or outfitter to go with is more of a challenge, here’s all the info you need to make it easy.

A surfer contemplates the waves at Honolua Bay on Maui.

Best West Maui Surf Spots

Surfing is more than a hobby in West Maui—it’s a way of life. Here you’ll find the best surf spots in West Maui for visitors from beginners to experts, as well as plentiful recommendations for lessons and where to rent a board.

A surfer rides a wave at Koki Beach in Hana, Maui.

East Maui Surfing

Surfing in East Maui is reserved for only intermediate and advanced surfers. Here’s where to go for the best surfing in Pa‘ia and Hana, where to rent boards, and schools in the area that cater to more skilled surfers.

Hulopo‘e Beach on Lana‘i, Hawaii.

Best Surf Spots on Lana‘i

The best surf spots on Lana‘i cater to more experienced surfers for the most part, but that doesn’t mean beginners are out of luck. With one exception, getting to these locations is going to take more than simply parking at the beach, and the trade-off there is that you won’t have the same crowds at the more accessible beach. With all that said, here’s where to go, plus rental shops and lessons.

Windsurfing Maui on a beautiful sunny day.

Kitesurfing and Windsurfing Lessons in Central Maui

Since Maui can offer some of the most exhilarating, yet challenging, conditions for windsurfing and kitesurfing, those who want to pick up the sports can save themselves hours of frustration by taking lessons from a pro. Here are schools in the area, the packages they offer, and rental shops for gear.