Seeking a surf-centric getaway? The properties ahead—which range from waterfront resorts to breezy boutique hotels and seaside inns—promise beautiful beaches, epic breaks, and top-notch instructors (because you don’t have to be a pro to satisfy your craving to carve).
Halcyon House | Cabarita Beach, Australia
Cabarita Beach, a boho surf town between the Gold Coast and Byron Bay, is a true hidden gem. This sublime setting is home to Halcyon House, a seaside sanctuary that’s peaceful and carefree. From the soothing hues and light wood to antique furniture and upholstered walls, the design plays an important role in creating the vacation-worthy environment; as do the amenities, which include pampering spa treatments and gratis McTavish boards.
Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club | Honolulu, Hawaii
There’s more to this hotspot than leis and luau. Taking cues from old-school Hawaii, the Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club evokes retro realness. Concerts, film screenings, and collaborations with local artists reflect the "hang loose" mentality of Waikiki. Speaking of, one of the highlights is the Instagrammable pool, which features a hand-painted graphic by Honolulu-based illustrator Matt Tapia. On top of that, guests can book surf lessons and kick back in 1960s-esque bungalows.
Hero Beach Club | Montauk, New York
While many Hamptons accommodations are all about late-night soirees and Instagram stories, Hero Beach Club takes a decidedly different approach to East End vacationing. Situated steps from the Atlantic, this newcomer puts an emphasis on what made Montauk such a desirable destination to begin with—and surfing is an undeniable piece of that. An influx of summer tourists has tested the bounds of tranquility at some of its neighbors, but that’s not the case here.
Surfhouse | Encinitas, California
Conceptualized for the modern adventurer with a penchant for frothing (though shubies will be stoked to stay here too), this hip hotel epitomizes Encinitas and puts thrills at your fingertips, err feet. Each of the eight rooms are named after local breaks. Beachy interiors are complemented by outdoor showers and cabanas. Guests also have access to yoga, stand up paddleboards, and cruiser bikes. Of course, there’s no shortage of beer or burritos either.
Cabo Surf Hotel & Spa | San José del Cabo, Mexico
Perched on Playa Acapulquito—renowned as one of the premier surfing spots in the Los Cabos area—this aptly named property caters to wave-riding enthusiasts. Turquoise waters, soft sands, and lush vegetation are enhanced by white stucco walls and red tile roofs. Rejuvenating services (like sun-damaged skin renewing facials and post-surf recovery massages) as well as fresh seafood up the appeal. Bonus: You’ll also find plenty of shopping, dining, and nightlife nearby.
Laguna Beach House | Laguna Beach, California
Located within walking distance of downtown and the ocean, Laguna Beach House channels a laid-back SoCal sensibility with a palette of airy neutrals, coastal décor, and vintage surf keepsakes. Think: boards above the beds, knotted rope lamps, and 1940s pin-up artwork. The owner, a former World Surf Kayaking champion, even offers private and group lessons. If relaxation is more your speed, sunbathing on the pool deck is always a great option.
The Harmony Hotel | Playa Guiones, Costa Rica
Sustainability, tropical ease, and barefoot minimalism are the cornerstones of The Harmony Hotel. Tucked away in the untouched natural beauty of Playa Guiones, it offers visitors an opportunity to experience the meaning of pura vida. Thatched-roof villas—equipped with private patios, hammocks, and outdoor showers—are connected by palm tree-trimmed pathways. There’s also sunrise yoga and a juice bar. And did we mention this oasis is a two-minute stroll to some of the Pacific's most epic swells?
COMO Uma Canggu | Canggu, Bali
Serene and sophisticated, COMO Uma Canggu puts visitors steps from the best breaks in Bali. A partnership with Tropicsurf gives guests of all levels hands-on training. Veterans can ride “bombs” to the right of the property, while rookies learn the basics under the watchful eye of instructors on the opposite (calmer) side. And the beach club is a contemporary twist on a traditional “surf shack” with locally sourced fare and DJs spinning tunes.