Travel is about doing something new. Something unique. Something adventurous. Though almost every surfer day dreams about traveling somewhere to score the perfect, empty lineup, it never happens without a cost.
Often, once every expense is added together, traveling can seem nearly impossible for surfers on a budget. On top of that, if you end up spending a pretty penny on accommodations, it’s likely you’re not getting the most unique, adventurous experience possible. Most traveling websites direct you to the most popular destinations, where thousands of people came before you, left, and told the same old stories when they got home.
Now imagine enjoying your next surf trip in a bedroom on a school bus in Hawai’i, or a traditional Mexican style apartment in Playa Del Carmen. The Surf Channel presents a list of ’10 Cheap & Adventurous Places for Surfers to Crash’ so you can make the most out of your travel dreams.
If you want a surf trip that meets your artistic side, then hop on the Aloha Love Bus.
Located on the east side of the Big Island, the Aloha Bus is a school bus converted into a furnished room. Complete with all the luxury you’d expect from your middle school bus, it has two single beds, plenty of shelf space, and sensual artwork painted on the interior.
Location: The Big Island, Pahoa
Experience the rich culture of one of the second largest cities in Brazil on a surfer’s budget. For just $39/night, guests will enjoy free wifi, a personal bathroom, and shared kitchen in a safe urban community vibrant with music, food, art, and fun. Most importantly, Rio is known for surf spots sprinkled up and down the coastline and was the birthplace to some of the sport’s best: Raoni Monteiro, Bruno Santos, Maya Gabeira.
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This spot is what it’s all about. Sleeping outdoors on a hammock in a fully enclosed back patio. It’s 2.5 blocks from the beach, and let’s face it, beds are overrated. Included in your stay will be a bathroom, shower, access to stove/BBQ, shared fridge, whole-house water filter, and private parking for 3 cars.
Location: San Juan del Sur, Rivas, Nicaragua
Hermosa Beach, California
This chic spot located in Southern California is perfect for the surf staycation. Just two blocks from the heart of Hermosa Beach, surfers can take advantage of heavy winter swell in the south bay at Manhattan Beach or PV, and the majestic sunsets in the evening.
Luckily, if you live in Southern California, a visit down into Mexico is a weekend surf trip. Just about 2.5 hours from Los Angeles, this Casita in Rosarito is located in the Popotla mobile home/RV park in Northern Baja California. Easily walk outside to surf Popotla, or explore a new spot each session up and down the coastline. Fill your car up with buddies because this hovel accommodates 6 people. Don’t worry about crowds here, Mexico is ideal for relatively spacious lineups and plenty of waves.
Location: Rosarito Beach, Baja California
Though the Big Island isn’t the most famous for surfing in all of the Hawaiian islands, this centrally located, clean, no frills studio is just a 5-10 minute walk to white sandy beaches. Located near Kahalu`u Beach in Kailua-Kona, expert surfers have plenty of coastline to explore, and beginner surfers will especially have a good time taking lessons in paradise.
Location: Big Island, Hawai’i
The Riverside Sanctuary is perfect for surfers venturing on a lengthy Aussie trip, and want to see more than just the waves when visiting Victoria. Located just over an hour away from Melbourne, this hexagon hut is beautifully rustic, environmental, and private, with lush greenery surrounding the little escape. Included will be a double futon bed, wood fire, tea, coffee, milk, solar lights, mood candles, slippers, outdoor compost toilet, plenty of birdlife, access to a beautiful clean river, and more.
Location: Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia
Get the full local experience with the Happiness Apartment, a traditional Mexican style apartment in Playa Del Carmen. This one bedroom apartment in Casa Naranja features a full size bed, closet, dresser, small living/dining room, utensils, cookware, bathroom, shower, hot water heater, and more.
Location: Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
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