Towns from Hanelei, Kaui in Hawaii, to Tofino, British Columbia, to Bundoran, Ireland to Taghazout, Morocco make the top 20 list of the world’s best surf towns, according to Tetsuhiko Endo at National Geographic.
“A great surf town is the nearly magical sum of consistent waves, inviting accommodations, friendly locals, fun nightlife, delicious food, and plenty of activities should the ocean go flat. The following is a list of the world’s best surf towns, picked not necessarily because they are home to the best waves, but because the sum of their parts makes them inviting for locals and visitors alike,” Endo writes in the article.
Each post on the list also includes tips on where to eat, stay and play, provided by locals. For example, San Sebastian in Spain is best for: “Couples who want to spend nights enjoying the bars and world-class restaurants in one of the most romantic small cities in Europe and afternoons surfing off their hangovers.”
Check out the top 20 surf towns here.