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We've already featured a roundup of the world’s best beaches, so we thought it was about time we wrote something for the more energetic beach-goer: a selection of surf hostels.
Scattered all over the world, some of these surf hostels offer surfing lessons, while others just do board hire. But they all give backpackers access to the very best surfing beaches around!
Rio Surf n’ Stay is a surf hostel through and through: as well as being just a stone’s throw from one of the best surf beaches around – Macumba Beach – they offer board hire and surfing lessons (for all levels) in a very cool, laidback setup.
A guest writes: ”Chilled out and a cool place to stay. Great place to unwind and learn to surf… great owners… and near enough (or far away enough depending on your perspective) to spend a day in the city and then return to relax.” (Review posted on 25th May, 2008)
Bondi Beach and Surfers Paradise are right up there, but when it comes to some of the best surfing in Australia, Margaret River is the place to be. What’s more, the nearby orchards of Donnybrook are also a great place to get fruit picking work to earn some extra cash to fund all the surfing!
A guest writes: ”Being a surfer, this hostel is close to all the best surf breaks in Margaret River.” (Review posted on 11 November, 2007)
Good city surf can be pretty hard to come by, which is what makes Surf City Hostel such a tempting proposition. You can spend all day surfing the waves that crash on Hermosa Beach, and then party like a rock star in the bars and clubs that line the seafront!
A guest writes: ”Location is the best, right on the beach and if you're lucky your room will looking onto the beach and you will see the sun set and rise from your 4 dorm bunk.” (Review posted on 6th April, 2008)
The best thing about this surf camp, set back off the famous surfing beach of Punta Hermosa, is what you get for the price: meals, transport and awesome waves. Being a great surf spot – as they put it, “Punta Hermosa is a surfers’ town” – it’s a friendly and pretty seriously chilled out place.
(This property is new to the site and hasn’t received any reviews yet)
Surfing lodges are usually pretty basic affairs. But SaltyCrax is positively luxurious (it even has its own pool!) As well as great nearby surfing beaches like Blouberg, SaltyCrax also helps backpackers get out on the ocean in a sailing boat, amongst a host of other water sports activities.
A guest writes: ”I loved the location… so close to the beach… the staff were awesome… especially the owner… we had so much fun and would LOVE to come back” (Review posted on 9th May, 2008)
Given that it’s got some of the best surfing in Cornwall (and thus in the British Isles), it’s hardly surprising that Newquay’s got a couple of great surfing hostels. But, looking out over the waves rolling in to Towan Beach, St Christopher’s could hardly be more spectacularly located.
A guest writes: ”The view from the windows was great – I was on the top floor facing the sea. Perfect!” (Review posted on 3rd September, 2007)
Cuesta Arriba Hostel is located in one of the prettiest surf spots around. Surrounded by lush palm trees (adorned with swinging hammocks), it gives onto the stunning Playa Santa Teresa. Just off the shore, meanwhile, the ‘La Lora’ break offers some of the best surfing in Costa Rica.
A guest writes: ”I liked the general setup of the hostel (rooms upstairs and kitchen/chill areas on the main level). I also liked the overall atmosphere of the place. Everyone was really friendly and relaxed.” (Review posted on 10th January, 2008)
Check out our Surf hostel video on YouTube for more surf hostels around the world.