Many extreme sports aficionados are often surprised to hear that Miami has a legitimate surfing scene. The diverse Floridian coastline, with its range of picturesque beaches, is nothing short of a road-tripper’s paradise. Don’t limit your Miami trip to wining, dinning and shopping – let your sightseeing adventure coincide with surfing’s oxy-moronic combination of relaxation and exhilaration. If you haven’t done so already, set up the roof racks, wind down the window and let the swell chart dictate your next destination.
Miami’s coast is beset with over 10 surf spots that all offer the extreme sports enthusiast something a little different. The excellent American roads enable travelers to reach every spot, without too much difficulty.
The Best Spots
South Beach – Miami’s most renowned beach has also become a firm favorite for the local surfers. This spot can become a bit crowded at times, but the locals are reasonably amicable. South Beach is great for beginners because the waves are small and surfing lessons are often given here. If you are looking for some bigger swell, then you have to wait for a storm, or move onto a beach a little further north.
Dania South Beach – Drive just past Fort Lauderdale and find Dania South Beach. This lesser known gem has been known to throw up some excellent almond-shaped barrels from time to time. The spot is a little fickle, so don’t feel disheartened if you find the surf flat. The spot is relatively uncrowded during the week, but be prepared to hustle for waves over the weekend.
Harbor House – This spot lies just north of Miami Beach and it’s perfect for a beginner, but can become a little annoying for someone who has been surfing for a while. The small waves in this area make it a perfect beach for an amateur to learn. If you are desperate for an overhead swell, then it’s best to wait for a cyclone or surf elsewhere.
Spoils – This spot is strictly for experienced surfers and it is therefore generally uncrowded. Whereas all the other spots have a sandy bottom, this one features the rocks and coral reef. The spot breaks very far out and you have to be a good surfer if you even want to try and surf here. The take off wedges and becomes very steep – you could easily end up landing face-first on the reef if you don’t know what you are doing.
Picking up lessons
There are various sites on the net that offer surf lessons in the Miami area. You could either book before your arrival; or, just stroll along the beach and find someone surrounded by surfboards. The Miami locals are renowned for their friendliness, so don’t ever hesitate to ask someone.
Do something a little different
Surfing is just one of the activities that you can participate in. There are a wide range of excellent opportunities that can meet the desires of every traveler. When you visit Miami, you should try to open your mind and experience as much as possible. There are so many things to see in Miami and you should never let your fears stop you from enjoying a fulfilling experience. Use your Miami holiday to reacquaint yourself with your inner-daredevil.