Florida is hot and mostly flat in the summer. Time to travel.
There are a couple types of surf trips you can take. They all share one common goal. “To be gone for as long as possible, while spending the least amount of money and scoring the best surf.”
Trip 1 – You are young, with few responsibilities, seasonal work and you’re attending school. The key goal for this trip is low budget.
Start with airfare… “Where can you go for $250 – $500?” You want to start searching flights around 90 days in advance. You may find some deals to Central America, which is a good choice in the summer time. Especially in June and July, when south swells are consistently coming through.
Then there is lodging, a budget option is to find surf locations with a hostel type lodging. As long as you can walk to the break it can be a good deal. They typically offer food and transportation. Sometimes they offer amenities to cook for yourself. This type of travel can usually be done with $800 or less.
The key to this trip is to keep the group under 3 persons. With a fourth person in your group, everything become more difficult.
Trip 2 – You’ve committed to a real job. They key to this trip is striking while the iron is hot. You need to score great surf, and you have a limited window to strike.
Start with consistent surf locations for the time of year you get to travel. You may have to fork up some extra air fare, but it’s going to be worth it when you score surf.
Rent a car, don’t rely on any third party to get you to the surf. A rental card allows you to get to the right spot, at the right tide and then transition to the next spot quickly.
Look at Hawaii, Peru, Costa Rica, Cabo San Lucas, Mainland Mexico, Nicaragua and El Salvador. Almost all of those destination can be done for around $1000 and offer quality surf.
The key to keeping cost low is to go as a group of 4.
Trip 3 – You’re doing well, go big. This is the all inclusive trip to a Surf Resort
You want to find a destination that has some simi-exclusive rights to a world class waves. If you are paying for all inclusive surf travel, they will pick you up from the airport, drop you off. They provide three meals a day and all of your transportation. This is the safest and most convenient way to go.
Trips like this usually start around $200 a day. So it’s not uncommon for a resort to charge $1,400 for a one week package. That doesn’t include airfare.
You can go as a solo traveler or in a large group, these destinations have worked out transporting groups and providing meals. As a solo traveler, you may find this is actually one of the most economical ways to travel.
There is a fourth type of travel. That is traveling with a surf family. It’s possible and a lot of people do it. The best way is to go travel to a destination with some friends, work out the details and then bring your family on the next trip.