5 Resorts to Learn How to Surf on Vacation This Summer
Lyn Mettler – For travelers headed to a beach this summer who want to learn a new skill, several U.S. resorts offer surfing lessons for all ages. Within just a few hours, beach-goers can be hanging ten like a pro. Here are five resorts offering surf lessons for guests from the Carolinas to California:
1. Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort is centrally located and one of the largest resorts on Hilton Head Island. The resort sits on 3 miles of Atlantic Ocean beach and provides many other activities for all ages including three golf courses (including one of only two oceanfront courses on Hilton Head), a tennis center, an 11-mile inland lagoon system for fishing and kayaking, miles of paved bike trails, multiple restaurants and the resort’s entertainment district, Shelter Cove Harbour with live music, shopping, fishing charters, dining and more.
2. Sanderling Resort, Outer Banks (Duck), North Carolina
Sanderling Resort sits on 13 acres with stunning sunrises over the Atlantic and sunsets over the Currituck Sound. The resort was renovated in 2016 with all new guest rooms and offers indoor and outdoor pools, a full-service spa, several restaurants serving Southern coastal cuisine, as well as tours to see the wild horses roaming the beach in nearby Corolla.
3. Blockade Runner Beach Resort, Wrightsville, North Carolina
Instructors teach surfing basics on high-quality boards at $50 per hour for a group lesson or $100 per hour for private lessons. Guests can also rent boards by the hour or half-day to continue practicing on their own. Other area activities include sailing, fishing, SUP, a children’s program and fresh local seafood at the resort’s restaurants.
4. Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, Dana Point, California
Perhaps one of the resort's signature experiences is its Surf Tour, which gives guests personalized coaching for navigating advanced breaks that they can see crashing against the rocks outside their hotel window.
5. Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, California
After surfing, the resort, which is situated on Butterfly Beach with the Santa Ynez mountains in the background, offers plenty of recreation for active types, including tennis and golf, horseback riding and sailing, as well as a croquet lawn and complimentary bike rentals. Dine at two on-site restaurants and one lounge and enjoy luxurious treatments to soothe sore surfing muscles at The Spa.