In most placesTop Surfing Locations of the country right now, surfing is one of the last things on their mind.

With the Holidays right around the corner, then New Years.

Oh, and also an expected snowy, winter season.

But doesn’t a beach sound really nice right about now?

Sit back, relax and dream about surfing on some of the most amazing beaches in the world for your next luxury surfing retreat.

Here is the list...

California

Best Surfing Spots

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To many, California is the surfing capital of the country, although I’m sure Hawaii has something to say about that.

Some of our favorite destinations in the Golden State include:

1. Mavericks, Half Moon Bay

The Mavericks is best known for being the cold water break in Northern California.

Being that this break can produce some pretty epic waves, many surfers will retreat here in the winter.

Warning: This is not a beginner’s beach by any means of the imagination.

2. Blacks Beach, San Diego

Below the bluffs of Torrey Pines, you’ll discover Blacks Beach.

This beach is certainly unique.

You’ll see several nudists and massive waves.

There’s actually an underwater canyon that produces some pretty powerful waves.

Again, not recommended for beginners.

If you’re looking for an eclectic surfing experience, Blacks Beach is the place.

3. Huntington, Huntington Beach

Welcome to Surf City, USA!

Huntington Beach offers perfect waves that are great for beginners, in addition to experienced surfers.

This is your typical California surfing beach.

Plenty of bikini babes, frat boys throwing footballs and everything in between.

In other words, it’s a ton of fun!

4. Malibu, Los Angeles

Welcome to luxury surfing at its finest.

Malibu is the home of Bay Watch, luxurious shopping and plenty of restaurants.

And the waves are perfect for a relaxing day of surfing.

If you’re planning your next surf retreat, plan on going during the week.

This place is packed on weekends.

5. Rincon, Santa Barbara

Located off Highway 101, there are three main breaks that you can surf on.

Beware, they can tire you out pretty quickly.

Many in California credit Rincon as the spot to bring surfing into the 21st Century, as many of today’s top surfers train here.

Hawaii

Amazing Surfing Sites

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California is quite luxurious, but there’s nothing like Hawaii.

Especially when it comes to surfing.

Here are some of our favorite beaches:

6. Castles, Oahu

Also known as Kalehuawehe, this surfing hot spot was renamed for the home of Samuel Northrop, a businessman whose castle was a prominent Waikiki landmark.

Allegedly, the Babe Ruth of surfing, Duke Kahanamoku, rode a wave for more than a mile in 1917.

Don’t believe me?

There’s a statue of Duke at the beach.

7. Honolua Bay, Maui

There isn’t much of a beach on Maui’s North Shore, making it an impeccable place to hit the waves and even snorkel.

There’s less tourists, giving you more time to ride some insane waves.

Be careful, however, this area has a knack of producing some pretty big waves.

Beginners: You’ve been warned.

8. Hanalei Bay, Kauai

This beach stretches for two miles and has been named as one of the best beaches in the U.S. for several years.

For surfers, you have plenty of landscapes to admire while riding long waves, including jaw-dropping mountains.

Looking to get away this winter?

Surfing is best here during the winter as the water tends to calm down during the summer.

9. Ala Moana Bowls, Oahu

Located west of the Castles, Ala Moana Bowls is where many of the local surfers hang out.

Don’t expect an easy day of surfing here.

In most of the spots in this surfing area, you need to paddle out more than 200 yards.

Once you’re there, however, it certainly becomes worth it.

10. Diamond Head Lighthouse, Oahu

The volcanic tuff cone that crowns Oahu is what is known as Diamond Head.

There are trade winds that consistently create waves ranging four- to six-feet in height, making it a perfect spot for beginner surfers.

Ireland

Luxury Surf Retreats

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You may have not known this, but one of Ireland’s best kept secrets is surfing.

There are several places to hit the waves in the land of the Irish.

These are some of our favorites:

11. Easkey, County Sligo

You’ll find this great surfing hotspot in Northwest Ireland.

There are two main waves — Easkey Left and Easkey Right that make this a legendary surfing location.

Because of the way the waves hit, you have a perfect spot to paddle in and out.

Being that it’s one of Ireland’s top surfing spots, it can get busy.

So hit the waves early if you want to avoid the crowds.

12. Lahinch, County Clare

Most people think northern County Clare is strictly a golfer’s paradise, but surfers are certainly challenging that notion.

The break the beach offers is ideal for beginners, but the Crab Island, which is more suited for experienced surfers, isn’t too far away.

If you’re here for the week, work your way up to Crab Island.

13. County Waterford

While all locations claim to be the best, County Waterford certainly is one of Ireland’s top surfing destinations, mainly because it’s a great place to learn how to surf.

Waves move a bit slower here, which is important for a new surfer.

It gives you plenty of opportunity to learn how to paddle out, and jump up on your board.

If the weather is right, you can run into some challenging waves here, however.

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