Best Surf Towns In The U.S.

From the west coast to the east coast and away from the mainland in Hawaii, there are many great surfing spots throughout the country.

Are you ready to hit the waves?

Each of the top destinations bring something a little different to the table. Some are better known for waves and conditions that cater to more advanced surfers, while others are good for beginners, too.

Here are some of the best surf towns in the U.S.

New Smyrna Beach, CA

Would you have guessed that one of the best surf towns was along the Florida coastline? New Smyrna Beach features Smyrna Inlet, the best spot for wave riders in the sunshine state and one of the best surfing locations along the east coast. You might have thought Daytona Beach or some other spot in Florida would have made the list vs New Smyrna Beach, but just ask the pros. They will tell you that Smyrna Inlet is where it’s at for sure. You might even meet some surfing stars traveling the east coast.

Malibu, CA

 Now it’s time to head to the west coast and the beautiful state of California. Can you guess the spot? It’s Malibu CA, or ‘The Blu’ as it is known by the surfing locals. You’re primarily headed to Surfrider Beach for the best spot, as well as both the Big & Little Dume. The culture of Malibu sets quite the scene, and believe it or not, the area has a small town feel. It’s not LA; instead, it’s a surfer’s paradise.

Paia, HI

 You knew Hawaii was going to be mentioned sooner than later. The next spot is Paia HI, which is nearby Honolulu. The best surfing spot in Paia is Ho’okipa, and by the way, the average water temperature there is a nice 76 degrees. Head on over to Maui’s north shore, and see why all the surfers say that Paia is a must visit spot for wave riding.


Haleiwa & Turtle Bay, HI

The next surf town is also in Hawaii. You are off to Haleiwa and Turtle Bay. One of the things you will realize about all the surfing spots mentioned is that they aren’t just the best surf towns in the U.S. but some of the best in the world. Haleiwa is a surfer’s paradise that is away from all the hustle and bustle. All the great surfers know about this place.


Santa Cruz, CA

For the last spot, you are headed back to California. What city is it going to be? It’s Santa Cruz, and you may have heard of Pleasure Point. You may also have heard of Steamer Lane and Wadell Creek. Those are the three major spots to hit in Santa Cruz for riding the waves. The water is a little colder there, but it’s still one of the best surfing spots in the country.


So what do you think about some of the best surf towns in the US? There are others, but these are definitely some of the favorites. Pick a spot from this list, and head off to catch some waves on vacation. At any one of the locations mentioned, you might just meet some professional surfers that you know!

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