The Safest Family-Friendly Surf Destinations Around the World

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When it comes to the annual family holiday, sure hitting the beach is always relaxing. But what about doing something a bit different? Don’t worry, there’ll still be waves and plenty of clear crystal blue water, only you’ll also have a chance to surf and let the kids learn something new if they’ve never been on a board before. At Aloha Surf Bali, we offer the best surfing in Bali as well as a little something for everyone.

Here we wanted to talk a bit more about our family Bali surf trips and why they’re so safe and fun for everyone, so read on!

What to Look for in a Family Surf Holiday

First, if you’ve never been on a family surf holiday, you might be wondering what to look for and how to find the best one for you. Well, there are some important things that set the best surfing holidays apart from the rest including:

  • Affordability: You can’t travel comfortably on any trip and truly relax until you first work out the dollars and cents. Make sure the family surf vacation you’re planning is something you can afford with a little penny-pinching. All the surf lessons, yoga retreats, and accommodations are comfortable and affordable.
  • Comfort: Sure, you’ll want to surf and hit the beach but when you’re not our having fun in the sun, you need somewhere comfortable to relax. All our surf villas are spacious and boast a beautiful view of the ocean, as well as some of today’s leading amenities so you can truly relax.
  • Accessibility: Of course, there are loads of places to spend a family surf vacation, but some of them will be on the other side of the world and not easily accessible. However, there are still some prime locations relatively close to North and Central America that make for great getaways, which we’ll get more into below.
  • Quality & Convenience: No matter what type of surf camp or package you choose, the destination and company you work with should prioritize making things convenient for you. This means everything from getting to the airport to helping you get any information you need prior to your arrival. Once there, they should provide high-quality services like any standard surf camp, such as a range of lessons, activities for kids, as well as a kids club or nanny facility to keep your young ones safe while you hit the waves or practice yoga!  

Top 3 Family Surf Destinations

Now you know how to find a prime surf location, let’s look at some of the leading destinations the world has to offer that provide great family getaways. 


Portugal is known among surfers for having some of the best waves in Europe, however, there’s one town that sticks out, that of Ericeira. This is because not only is it a beautiful, quaint town with lots of activities and restaurants, but it boasts a great mix of surf spots for all different types of skill levels, giving everyone a chance to hit the waves at their own pace.

Additionally, for those worried about the safety of taking a European vacation, Portugal is considered the third safest place in the world, just behind New Zealand and Iceland.


Now, of course, you knew we were going to mention Bali. Not only is it home to Aloha Bali Surf, but it’s also one of nature’s most beautiful destinations. Also referred to as “The Island of the Gods,” it’s a small island in Indonesia, and again, what’s made it the perfect surfing location for decades is its variety of different types of waves, as well as its beauty and affordability.

Another great thing about Bali is, no matter what time of the year you visit, the water is always tropical and feels great!

Costa Rica

Another beautiful island on the list, the country of Costa Rica is safe and beautiful (in fact, it’s one of the only countries in Latin America that’s enjoyed around 70 years of peace and stability). There are lush jungles to explore during the day, as well as white, sandy beaches that make the perfect surfing destinations. One of the best things about the beaches in Costa Rica is that you can feel isolated and miles away from anywhere, when, you’re simply a stone’s throw away from places with great dining opportunities and all the other modern conveniences.

Looking for the best surfing in Bali? Contact us

For those looking to spend a weekend or two among the waves and sunshine, as well as learning how to surf and practice yoga, we have packages for everyone. At Aloha Bali Surf, we know that everyone will be at different levels, so our instructors are trained to help those who’ve never stepped on the board before to seasoned pros.

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