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.

A surfer on a longboard turns into a crumbling wave.

Costa Rica’s Best Surf Spots

For many, the search for the perfect wave has ended in Costa Rica, the “Hawaii of Latin American surf.” You’re spoiled for choice, with dozens of world-class venues and no shortage of surf camps, surf schools, and rental outlets. Out of them all, for beginners to experts and all through the year, here are the best places to catch a wave in Costa Rica.

Surf boards in red and white on a Maui beach in Hawaii.

Best Surf Spots in South Maui

It’s the southwest swells of summer that bring the best waves to South Maui, but large northwest winter swells can also wrap into select areas to provide the occasional out of season surf. Here’s where to go for beginner, intermediate and advanced surfers.

A surfer gets out in front of an enormous wave on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii.

Surfing in Hale‘iwa and Turtle Bay

Dubbed the “Seven Mile Miracle,” O‘ahu’s North Shore has more high-quality surf breaks packed into the scenic coastline from Hale‘iwa to Turtle Bay than in any other place in the world. Here’s where to join surfers from around the world on these legendary waves.

Lei-covered statue of Duke Kahanamoku in Waikiki.

Hawaiian History: The Story of the Waikiki Beachboys

If there’s something about Waikiki that sets it apart from other tropical sea destinations, it’s the Waikiki beachboys. Hailing back a century, the Waikiki beachboy culture has evolved with the changing face of tourism in Hawaii, but the gentlemen in the red shorts still practice the same core values of sharing the sports of surfing, outrigger canoe riding, and aloha with visitors.

The Kohala Coast from a stand-up paddleboard.

Water Sports in Kohala on the Big Island

Activity fees and rentals for water sports in Kohala tend to be higher when purchased through hotels; you’d be better off to go directly to the source to get a better price. With that in mind, here’s everything you need to know about locales and outfitters to plan a day in the water.

Leleiwi Beach Park is one of the top spots for snorkeling and diving.

Hilo Water Sports on the Big Island

Although all water sports are possible in Hilo, it’s more difficult to rent equipment on this side of the island. Here are all the best locales for Hilo’s various sports, from kayaking to diving to surfing and more, along with the best outfitters to try for equipment if you don’t have your own.

A surfer on the waves at El Zonte in El Salvador.

Best Surf Spots in El Salvador

The rumors are true. El Salvador is a warm-water, right point haven with enough waves to keep everyone happy. The surf season here is March to October and coincides with the rainy season, when swells coming from the south can reach up to three meters high. For novices and experts alike, here are the best surf spots in El Salvador.