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Come with us as we profile some of our favorite places in the world for surfing. Whether you are just getting started or an experienced surfer, prefer stand-up or body boarding, we'll let you know some great places to go, how to get there, where to stay and who to talk to about catching the waves.
Did you know that Costa Rica, is the third most popular surfing destination in the world? Whether you are into long boarding, wind surfing or kite surfing you can do it someplace in the Caribbean. Many have excellent surf to enjoy and many cater to all levels of expertise. The best Caribbean Islands for surfing are Barbados, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Puerto Rico.
There are more than 1,000 miles of coastline to explore in Florida. With an average temperature of 78 degrees from May to September, it is easy to get involved in the sport. Each Florida region is diverse geographically and home to unique surfer personalities. With a substantial blend of professional and amateur wins, Florida surfing has a massive, active fan base of those attracted to the sport and about half of the East Coast surfers live in Florida.
Surfing is uniquely Hawaiian dating back to the late 1700's when native Hawaiians were seen riding a wood plank on the swells of Kealakekua Bay on Hawaii Island. It probably got its start long ago in ancient Polynesia, later thriving in Hawaii. It was once a sport only reserved for Hawaiian royalty, which is why surfing is often called the “sport of kings.” With the end of the Hawaiian taboo system in 1819, commoners were allowed to freely participate in the sport.