5 Family Surf Vacations

Family Surfing VacationsSurfing isn’t just for coastal youth, anymore. With hundreds of breaks throughout the world at varying ability levels, surfing is now a great activity for the whole family. Finding the right spot to introduce kids, or even rookie parents, to surfing can seem difficult, but these 5 family surf vacations offer gentle waves, reputable instructors, and affordable family accommodations for the perfect trip together:

1. Narragansett, Rhode Island

This small east-coast town offers gentle and consistent waves, easy paddling, and plenty of room to spread out, making Narragansett a perfect spot for beginners and young surfers. The town also boasts mild weather and a family-friendly atmosphere, with plenty of surf shops available for rentals, wetsuits, and expert instruction. Families can save money and enjoy some private time together by taking advantage of a beach home or waterside condo from VacationRentals.com, ensuring a good night's sleep for some early morning wave-catching.

2. Canoes Beach – Waikiki, Hawaii

Perhaps the best-known beginner spot in Oahu, Canoes Beach has everything a family needs to start surfing. The instruction is some of the best in the world, the waves are easy to catch, and on the water is a communal spirit of “aloha.” While this spot can get crowed quickly, the learning curve to better waters is gentle, and there are plenty of intermediate breaks nearby to test newly-learned skills. For the family's surfing superstar, Hawaii offers no shortage of advanced waves as well. While a trip to Hawaii can be expensive, VacationRentals.com lists nearly 100 condos and villas at affordable prices with money-saving amenities.

3. New Buffalo – Lake Michigan

A perfect Labor Day escape, New Buffalo is at its best in the fall, when the waves become more consistent and the water temperature remains a pleasant 70 degrees. Determined surfers can explore even better breaks in winter, but families seeking warm-weather adventures can expect a good roll starting in August. New Buffalo has become enough of a surf town that rentals, wet suits, and instruction are available nearby as well. Families can enjoy their own beach house or waterside cottage from VacationRentals.com right near shops, restaurants, and the quaint, friendly downtown area.

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4. The Devil’s Punchbowl – Otter Rock, Oregon

Known as the “Waikiki of Oregon,” Devil’s Punch Bowl is the most popular novice surf spot in the Pacific Northwest, with calm waves and a huge headline to protect the beach from wind and giant swells. Otter Beach’s friendly environment carries none of the competitive wave-grabbing that often accompanies popular territory, making it a perfect place to take kids for their first try deurring your family surf vacation. Reputable instruction within rental shops is abundant as well, so parents can feel confident about their little ones' safety. One drawback to northwestern waters is the frigid temperature, so prepare to rent a wetsuit. Families can warm up at their own scenic beach home from VacationRentals.com in DePoe Bay, which is nestled next to Otter Rock, or the nearby Newport, just seven miles from the surf.

5. Corolla Beach – Corolla, North Carolina

The perfect spring break escape for active families, Corolla Beach offer gentle waves, warm water, few crowds, and plenty of adventure, making it easily one of the top 5 family surf vacations in the country. The quaint town of 500 year-round residents is even home to a classic surfboard museum. Aside from catching waves, kids and parents can try scuba diving, fishing, golfing, or hang gliding for an action-packed vacation.

A little research can produce even more family surf vacations in different nooks throughout the country, and chances are VacationRentals.com has a home perfect for your family.

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