Catch some waves on your next trip to Florida! Here’s a list of the 7 best surfing spots in the Sunshine State, so plan accordingly for your next family vacation!
On the southeast coast of Florida, Miami’s South Beach is home to some of the most glorious beaches in the nation—wide beaches where locals and out-of-towners alike flock for sandy fun. With the best beach-breaks from July to November, the zone near the jetty at First Street is one of the best surfing spots in Miami. The surf here is best at low- to mid-tide.
Wedged between the Atlantic and the Florida Everglades, Boyton Beach is known as “America’s Gateway to the Gulfstream”—a trait that lends cool summer breezes and warm winter rays to the area. Boynton Beach’s Oceanfront Park is not only alluring because of its beauty; it also plays host to the area’s best strip of shoreline for riding the waves.
Home to six-time world champion Kelly Slater and the world’s most famous surf shop’s flagship store, Cocoa Beach is a legendary spot for smaller crowds with great waves for beginners and longboarders. It’s also home to local surf contests like the decades-old Easter Surf Festival, where there are categories that range from men’s shortboard to tandem and dog surfing (that’s right, it’s home to the East Coast Dog Surfing Championships).
Just north of Daytona Beach, this quiet Atlantic getaway has a bit of resort-style glitz (it was once home to John D. Rockefeller) mixed in with its cozy, small-town feel. Known for its orange sand, thanks to an abundance coquina shells, and history of car racing on the beach, Ormond is also home to plenty of surf-worthy waves.
Known as America’s oldest city, St. Augustine, Florida, also has one of the oldest surf scenes. Now, the city is representing the sport louder and prouder than ever before, and although surfers may not come across the biggest, most intimidating waves upon stepping foot in the Atlantic, they will experience one of the tightest-knit communities of loyal surfers.
Home to the Annual Wave Masters Contest, where more than 200 competitors gather for a weekend of rivalry in the waves, Jacksonville Beach has an esteemed surfing reputation that is nothing short of tradition. The beach also plays host to the Annual Super Grom Surf Festival—this one is for the kids only—in June. During summer, Atlantic Beach is a prime spot for beginners. Travel south to Jacksonville Beach, near the new Jacksonville Beach Pier, to find abundant sand breaks at the end of every beach access. For surfers seeking the area’s largest, most challenging swells, plan a visit for fall or spring.
New Smyrna Beach
This 13-mile stretch of sandy white beach on Florida’s Atlantic coast harbors major breaks. Walk your board down to the beach, or load up the car and drive right onto the shore. New Smyrna’s waves are known to be some of the most consistent in the entire state, and if you’re looking for an ideal spot for trick riding, well, it’s a match made in surfing heaven.