By Susan Hanson
In the classic 1966 documentary film The Endless Summer, two surfers travel the world in search of the perfect wave. The beaches may not be as empty as they were then, but Virtuoso travel advisor Ryan Dandy says that socializing is an intrinsic part of the surf vacation experience: “There’s something holistic about the raw beauty of a sunrise surf session that brings people together.” The self-professed surf enthusiast describes the culture as “all about mingling with like-minded locals who want to feel the ocean breeze, taste the salty air, and ride a sweet wave.”
Here, three destinations around the world where travelers can grab a surfboard and hang ten:
Peak Pura Vida in Costa Rica
The tiny Costa Rican village of Santa Teresa has become a haven for international riders, who carve it up on the consistent break off the white-sand beach. Another favorite is Mal Pais, which lies just south along the Nicoya Peninsula. A nine-day, round-trip-from-San José group tour with G Adventures features surfing lessons at both spots. Beyond the Break: Go zip-lining through the Monteverde Cloud Forest canopy and canyoneering in Arenal Volcano National Park, followed by a soak in the region’s famous hot springs. Departures: Multiple dates, June 22 to December 28, 2019; from $1,274.
Down Under with the Fam
Surf’s always up at sweeping Bondi Beach, Sydney’s most iconic stretch of sand. Your advisor can work with Virtuoso’s on-site connection, The Tailor, to develop a customized, family-themed itinerary that includes a private surf lesson on Bondi, along with plenty of time to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge and enjoy exclusive amenities at The Langham hotel. Beyond the Break: Spy koalas in the wild at Mikkira Station and snorkel along the Great Barrier Reef. 13-day, Sydney-to-Orpheus Island itineraries available through March 31, 2020; from $9,770 per person (based on two adults and two children).
On Board in France’s Basque Country
Surfing is a way of life in the French Basque city of Biarritz, where shaping boards has been elevated to an art form. Your travel advisor can partner with Virtuoso on-site Chocolatine to arrange a private, hands-on workshop at a local shaping room. Beyond the Break: Go stand-up paddleboarding and body surfing on Biarritz’s Grande Plage while staying at the Hôtel du Palais, which reopens in July following a total makeover. Contact your Virtuoso advisor for bespoke itinerary rates.
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