We get it. The holidays are over, and it's back to work for another year… But it doesn't have to be like that with waves beckoning you this February and March. For those who already want to spend some quality time away from the boss, we have some suggestions for an early year surf trip.
Best Bet February/March: Where To Surf To Get The Most Out Of Your Trip
Winter escape Sri Lanka, everyone?
While Sri Lanka has been a popular destination for backpackers and surfers in recent years, it remains a country unvisited by the average traveler. One thing is for sure, this won't be the case for long, as Sri Lanka's popularity is definitely on the rise due to its incredible culture, cuisine, local hospitality, and coastline.
For the small nation's west coast, February and March bring some pretty hectic conditions. The well known Arugam Bay (aptly nicknamed 'The Surfer's Heaven') is battered with onshore winds and storms until about April when the season resumes. The only way around onshore winds and subpar surf? Point your compass south.
The tucked-away gem of the south - Hiriketiya Beach
Hiriketiya Beach is a quality first choice. Once your toes hit the sand and your hand gives the sun a salute, this small piece of heaven will have you rubbing your eyes in disbelief. The beach is quite remote and is best found either by hire car, scooter, or taxi.
There is plenty of room for longboarders and beginners, with lessons available for the rookies and beginners. Looking west while on the mushroom-shaped beach is a peeling left-hander that can often get juicy and steep if the swell hits the coast right. Look for a straight southerly swell for this wave to be at its best.
Locals are about but are usually very friendly. If you have a car (something I would recommend only to the confident road warriors), then explore the local areas for other breaks. Nearby Tangalle is another reasonably well-kept secret that produces a fun reef break. The town is a beautiful one, with plenty of fantastic fresh seafood options (as offered by most of Sri Lanka).
Embark on a surfing adventure to Sri Lanka’s southernmost coastline. Spoil yourself on a holiday to remember at the world-renown luxury hotel chain of Anantara.
This great value for money retreat is situated in a breathtaking bay which not only offers stunning views but awesome surf and yoga experiences.
A secluded tropical paradise getaway, hidden in the jungle of the coconut grove overlooking an uncrowded bay with a peeling left handed point break.
Step into surf territory at Weligama Bay
Heading east along the most southern part of Sri Lanka will put you at Weligama Bay. The township is much larger than Hiriketiya, with a solid backpacker vibe. This does amplify the crowds out in the water, but for a place that literally translates to 'sandy village,' you'll notice seemingly endless coastline to find your own bank.
Either grab a scooter or take a cab to nearby Midigama Beach or Unawatuna. Both locations offer reef breaks that will give you a much longer ride than Weligama (and gives you some time away the hoards of beginner surfers).
Fantastic hideaway bungalows situated in front of the beach in tropical surroundings with classes and guiding on offer!
Cape Weligama captures the quintessential essence of Sri Lankan luxury and is the epitome of exclusivity. Indulge in an unforgettable experience.
Set foot onto this beautiful island, once known as Ceylon, and experience the eclectic blend of rich culture and supreme surf.
Experience both the exotic nature and world famous surfing spots at this beachfront hotel in southern Sri Lanka, where you will find yourself enjoying the best of island living.
Perfect for beginner and intermediate surfers, with ideal conditions all year round.
Sri Lanka's premier address on the South West Coast - Hikkaduwa
Finally, ensure you give Hikkaduwa a visit. The place is extremely well known this time of year with families, backpackers, and surfers. This doesn't mean that it's overcrowded, though. If you're an early bird, you'll easily enjoy an hour or so after the first light of sharing rides with just a keen few.
Check out the waves from the sand of your own private beach in this superb estate. Families or groups of friends will love this tranquil holiday location.
Relaxed vibes and beach living at this ocean-side charming surf villa in fantastic surroundings with beautiful garden, Jacuzzi and lots of exciting wildlife.
Surf in some of the most consistent surf spots in Sri Lanka,all the while our guides will help to improve your technique!
Allow us to set you up on a wonderful trip to Sri Lanka and take you 'Elsewhere'. A surf camp ideal for young crowds that want to surf and socialise.
Where a surfer's dream comes true - Morocco
Pointbreaks and beyond at Taghazout & Tamraght
The Taghazout area in the nation's south is riddled with wave options.
An excellent place to start your trek off the beaten path is the area's jewel, Taghazout. It combines the perfect chilled hang out with several of Morocco's finest surf spots. Hash Point is a chilled righthander for beginners and intermediates. Over at Anchor Point, you'll find a long right-hand wave that can last up to 500 metres. For the Bodhi of the group (Point Break anyone?), a twenty-minute paddle out will find you in the crux of beastly waves on a whopping swell.
Taghazout itself has the straightest swell in the North Atlantic and has its season stretch through most of the year (with 320 days of sun, in fact). The area has an abundance of accommodation options, whatever your budget. Stay in classy resorts overlooking waves like Killers and Boilers or sleep like the locals' sleep in an authentic and traditional Moroccan setup. The choice is yours.
Viva La Vida - Central America
Offshore, Offshore, Offshore - Nicaragua
In this neck of the woods, you're likely to find waves all year long. Narrowing it down to just a couple of options, though, I'd confidently tell you to first head to Nicaragua.
The ugly winds generally steer clear of Nica in February/March, giving you plenty of offshore options. One of its most consistent waves is Popoyo in the southeast. The A-frame hands out shreddable lefts and rights and can break anywhere from 2 to 20 feet with no effect from a changing tide.
An outer reef produces some hefty slabs for the expert crew. Within a kilometre or two, you'll be able to find your own crowdless spot with plenty of breaks on offer. Just get out there and hunt them down.
Nicuragua is beautiful
Stylish surf resort in the heart of Nicaragua’s nature-rich hills, where you’ll find a mix of comfort, relaxation and adventure.
Relaxed, social surf camp within walking distance to the beach, just 35 km north-west from Lisbon and with some of the longest waves in Europe on your doorstep. Ericeira is an authentic old fishermen’s village with a young beating surfing heart.
World-class resort and residential community close to five distinct beaches nestled in their own hideaways. Offering a variety of surf services, yoga and other amenities.
Re-energise both the body and the mind with surfing and meditation classes at this beachfront Pacific paradise in Nicaragua.
Exclusive rent for 8 people is possible at this beach front camp with a swimming pool, open-sided palapa and wave right out front.
Welcome to Costa Rica
Known for its unbelievable vibe, Tamarindo in Costa Rica is one of the most popular destinations for an early-year vacation. You'll struggle to leave the stunning crystal blue waters of Costa's North Pacific region. Several breaks are on offer. El Estero is an exposed river mouth that works consistently. Avoid the local crowds by getting out there on a weekday.
Pico Pequeno is a fun righthander, while Isla Capitan is on a nearby island that is definitely worthwhile adventuring to. Renting a boat or even paddling out will get you there for an epic surf. Reserved for the experienced surfer, watch out for its shallow reef – especially as it works best on a low tide.
Get to know Tamarindo
The Hotel Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort is one of Costa Rica’s finest resorts with beachfront access, 4 swimming pools, 6 restaurants, 5 bars and much more!
Excellent value for money surf camp in one of the most wave-rich and stunning surf areas in Costa Rica, already coming with really cool inclusions on the room rates!
Modern boutique surf camp, located just across the road of one of the most famous surf breaks in Tamarindo Beach but also in walking distance to the restaurants and nightlife!
Comfortable rooms, suites or bungalows offered just 5 steps from the beach and super-consistent surf break with many extras, activities and excursions possible.