Rocks jut out of the sand at Hanalei Bay on Kauai's northern shore.

Best Beaches in Hanalei, Kaua‘i

The best beaches in Hanalei are along Hanalei Bay & Waikoko Beach, all excellent for sun, sand, and surf. Hanalei Bay is big, popular, and full of conveniences, while Waikoko is smaller and less-crowded but still located close to Hanalei’s amenities.

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

Surfing Nicaragua

The secret is out: Nicaragua’s breaks are perfect. Here are some practical surfing Nicaragua tips on where to make home base and recommended outfitters.

Spectators on the beach watch surfers ride Oahu's famous pipeline.

Wintertime Surf in Hawaii

Hawaii is known for its giant wintertime surf and December is one of the best months to be a surf spectator as waves on Hawaii’s north- and west-facing shores can easily reach 20 to 40 feet high.