Surfers may prefer the challenge of California, but Florida is just as gnarly. Although the Sunshine State’s waves aren’t quite as wild as the Golden State’s, they’re warm and open year-round. Here’s a rundown of the best Florida beaches for surfing.
You’ll have just as much fun exploring the attractions as the waves here. Cocoa Beach is sandwiched between the Kennedy Space Center and Disney World, so day trips are hard to resist. Meanwhile, sign up for some surfing lessons, and maybe even a scuba, snorkel, or deep sea fishing tour. The best Florida beaches for surfing include The Alan Shepard Park (great for viewing space shuttle launches), the Sidney Fischer Park, the Lori Wilson Park, and the Robert P. Murkshe Memorial Park.
Daytona Beach may be a tourist magnet, but it’s a well-rounded one. While the waves have their appeal (for all ages and skill levels, to boot), there’s plenty to do outside the beach, too – like playing golf on a championship course, splashing around at Daytona Lagoon Water Park, or test driving a race car at the Daytona International Speedway.
While there aren’t loads of things to do in Melbourne Beach, the town features one of the world’s best surf schools, Surfguys Surf School, which offers lessons throughout the year. So, if your focus is the surf, focus on booking a Melbourne Beach rental.
New Smyrna Beach
Not only is surfing popular here, but so is surf fishing! New Smyrna Beach is literally surrounded by ocean, and so the vibe is ultra-casual, with parasailers and jet skiiers all over the place. Luckily for beginners, it’s easy to learn to surf on New Smyrna Beach’s gentle waters. If you enjoy golf, don’t pass up the many scenic, local courses.
East coast surfing is at its very best here. Expect long, adventurous rides. For the most wicked opportunities, check out the North Side, home to the famed First, Second, and Third peaks. Saltwater fishing is also a favorite pastime in Sebastian.
Florida Surf Safety
Florida waters can be mild, but the swells are consistent and very often can lead to a wipeout. Make sure to check the local surf report, as well as recent shark sightings, before heading out. Oh, and in case you need a reminder...pile on that sunscreen.
How to Book Florida Beach Rentals
Vacation Rentals.com has a stellar selection of Florida beach rentals, in destinations ranging from Miami to Orlando. So, how are you supposed to find the right rental for your specific surf trip? With our guide to the best Florida beaches for surfing, you can book a vacation rental that’s not only amenity-packed and affordable, but provides easy access to the state’s heaviest waves.