Many surf enthusiasts are familiar with the most popular surf spots in the world like Bondi Beach in Australia and Playa Grande in Costa Rica. But here are three of the best of the lesser-known surf spots in the world — some you may not have heard of and will want to add to your next surfing excursion.
With advanced-level, point break waves, Pico de Loro is perfect for surfers who have a developed skill. The rocky shoreline has powerful waves that break there and jutting from the sea — staggered outcrops.
This beach isn’t accessible except by a boat ride, but it’s well worth it for the humpback whales, vibrant bird life, and of course waves you can ride with consistent swells.
If you’re looking for a chance to throw on your wetsuit no matter what level you’re at, La Saladita at Guerrero, Mexico, has a pristine beach that offers point break waves perfect for all skill levels. It has one of the longest rides in Mexico with its long-peeling, smooth left point break. Best of all, it’s just 40 minutes from hotels and apartments, so you can get away from it all easily.
If you are a real pro at surfing, Philippes, Ngor Island in Dakar, Senegal, has reef break waves that are world class. You’ll find a heavy wave, picking up right from the swell of the Atlantic Ocean. You get a rocky, short ride because of the 50-meter deep spot which allows just a few meters of standing waves before breaking. One of the perks of this spot is that if you are a pro, it is an awesome locale, but at Ngor Island there are spots for everyone. Our friends at NGor Island Surf Camp
There are plenty of other stellar lesser-known surf spots in the world like Black’s Beach, The Bubble, Arugam Bay, Biarritz, Halawa Beach Park, and Praia da Amoreira. All you need is your favorite wetsuit, a surf board, and a way to get there for the surfing trip of your life — and at a place that isn’t usually overcrowded.