If you’re a surfer, you know very well that there are some locations in the world with better waves, views, and surf-culture than others.
In the United States, that’s southern California. In the whole world, it could include the Maldives, Philippines, or Australia.
Despite all the popular places to surf in this world, Morocco is one of the best, and for whatever reason, one of the most forgotten.
It has beautiful beaches with over a thousand miles of coastline, great weather, and other enticing surfing necessities. If you want to plan a surf trip to Morocco, here’s how to do it.
Pick a Time to Visit
Although one of the things Morocco is known for is its beautiful weather, not all of that weather would be suitable for surfing.
Morocco’s weather trends tend to be similar to the trends in most of the United States. It’s warmest months are June through August.
During that time, temperatures are averaged between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, whereas its cooler months average in the 60’s.
You might initially think you want to go during the warmest months, but experienced surfers know that heat isn’t the only requirement when it comes to surf weather.
Although many people surf in Morocco year-round, the best time is actually September through April. This is because the wind tends to be calmer during these months and the waves are more consistent.
Pick a Place to Stay
Because there’s so much coastline, and Morocco is a relatively small country, you really can’t go wrong when picking a place to stay!
Some of the more popular locations for surfers are obviously along the coast in cities such as Agadir, Essaouira, and Dakhla.
These cities all have wonderful beaches, but they are hours apart from each other, so you’ll have to choose wisely.
If you’re the more adventurous type, which you probably are since you’re a surfer, you could always spend a few days in each location and spend your trip travelling up the coast.
Figure Out Where You’re Surfing
Once you have your dates and living situation figured out, now comes the fun part.
This is the point where you get to research all the wonderful places there are to surf in Morocco, and decide if and when you want to go to each one. Here are some of the best surfing locations to look into:
Located in Agadir, Taghazout Beach is one of the most popular surfing destinations in the world.
When you step foot in Taghazout, you’ll be shocked to learn that the whole town is dedicated to surfing. It’s as if there’s nothing else to do in the town, but people aren’t mad about it!
In fact, Taghazout is a surfer’s dream. It has smaller waves for beginners as well as waves that will challenge even the most experienced surfer.
Essaouira Beach will be one of the most crowded surf spots you visit in Morocco, but there’s certainly a reason for that. With a large hotel, shops along the beach, and all sorts of water activities, it’s impossible to get bored there. Plus, the waves are some of the best in the country.
There’s not much more you can ask for! If you’re seriously interested in spending a lot of time here, consider staying at the hotel so you can have access to the private section of the beach.
About 15 miles south of Essaouira lies a rural beach called Sidi Kaouki. Locals praise this beach because it’s less of a tourist destination like Essaouira Beach, and more of a hidden gem.
The beach is large, clean, and relaxing. There’s also a lot more you can do here than surf if you’re ever in need of a break.
You can fly kites, go horseback riding, go camel riding, and eat seafood on the beach.
Dakhla Beach has always been considered part of Morocco. This beach is significantly farther south than the rest of the beaches on this list, but is worth the drive.
Whether you want to wind surf, wave surf, take lessons, or go solo, you are guaranteed to enjoy the view of the ocean and the lighthouses that line the beach.
Now that you know how to plan the perfect surf trip to Morocco, what are you waiting for? Go explore its long beaches, watch the camels walk in the sand, and surf to your heart’s content!