5 Places To Take Surfing Lessons On Vacation This Summer #travel

5 Places To Take Surfing Lessons On Vacation This Summer

Photo ​Credit: Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort

Are you looking to try something new out this summer on vacation? No matter your age, surfing lessons might be the perfect outdoor activity for you. What a fun and unique way to bond with your family while enjoying a gorgeous beach. Today we are sharing with you 5 great places to take surfing lessons while on vacation this summer.

5 Places To Take Surfing Lessons On Vacation This Summer

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:

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
One of the largest resorts on Hilton Head Island with 3 miles of Atlantic Ocean beach, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort offers surfing lessons as a tradition every summer. Would-be surfers can sign up for an hour and a half Surf School that focuses on the fundamentals and water safety, starting on the sand and then moving into the water. Everyone is guaranteed to get up and ride a wave by the end of the lesson. Every lesson ends with a delicious snack of juicy watermelon. Choose to join in a group lesson ($90/person) or schedule a private one-on-one session ($125/person).

Sanderling Resort, Outer Banks (Duck), North Carolina
Ages 7 and older can take a spin on a surfboard at the Sanderling Beach Resort in the Outer Banks. In less than two hours, students learn ocean safety, such as identifying rip currents and reading ocean conditions, proper paddling and how to catch your first wave. Classes are $65 per person.

Blockade Runner Beach Resort, Wrightsville, North Carolina
Learn to surf during low tide each day at with Blockade Runner Adventures at Blockade Runner Beach Resort in Wrightsville, a popular area for surfing. 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.

Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, Dana Point, California
Guests can try their hand at surfing some of California’s most impressive waves at this luxury beach resort in Southern California. The resort’s Surf Tour option gives guests personalized coaching for navigating advanced breaks.

Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, California
This beautiful resort in Santa Barbara lets guests “Surf With a Legend.” Spend the day with surfing talent Tom Curren, heading to some of his favorite breaks for lessons for any skill level followed by a gourmet picnic lunch.

About Dawn McAlexander

Dawn is a full time travel and lifestyle blogger. Besides Cheap Is The New Classy, she also owns and writes for EatPlayRock.com, an entertainment site. Her interests include traveling, home decor, DIY projects, organizing her home and enjoying a nice cup of coffee {or two}. She currently resides in North Carolina with her dog, Daisy.


  1. It’s good to know there are some nice resorts I can go to nearby. I would love to be able to learn so I could surf on my own!

  2. robin rue says:

    I can’t swim, but I would LOVE to watch my husband and kids learn to serf. They would love it.

  3. This post makes me want to try my hand at surfing again. I took a couple of lessons back in the day. It was… unsuccessful. LOL

  4. Learning to surf in any of those spots would be so much fun! We have a running list of places we want to visit, and all of these are going on there.

  5. Pam Wattenbarger says:

    I’ve been to the Sanderling Resort and I agree, it is the perfect place to take surfing lessons!

  6. My kids love the water and have become quite good at boogie and body boarding. I think actual surfing is the next step and look forward to watching them learn!

  7. Looks like I need to head to california right now! I’ve always wanted to learn how to surf!

  8. Surfing is very popular here as I live in a seashore community. I have never tried surfing but somehow suspect I am not quite coordinated enough for it.

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  10. Surfing does sound like fun. But it sounds a little spooky, like sky-diving.
    Thing is, I would not mind trying both of these! That would spice things up a bit.

  11. I have always wanted to surf and would definitely want lessons from a professional before just trying it out. I would love to try surfing in California!

  12. Thanks for mentioning Hilton Head! People don’t usually think of our resident resort town for surfing, but it is really awesome.

  13. Our Family World says:

    My boys would love this! They’ve taken an interest in surfing so I will have to include one or two of these places you’ve mentioned in our travel plans this summer.

  14. I’ve always wanted to learn how to surf! This is such great info!

  15. I don’t think I could even stand up on one. However, my boy would love to learn!

  16. My husband and I have always wanted to learn something wild. This sounds like it would be a great plan and one of these places is near us!

  17. Michelle Waller says:

    We don’t live far from Hilton Head. We might have to take a weekend trip and learn how to surf! I didn’t know they offered something there!

  18. Surfing is definitely some serious business. I would love to have my kids take surfing lessons if it were possible. Thanks for sharing.

  19. It must be so much fun to learn riding the waves. I wish I learned how to do that when I was young, but since I grew up in a land-locked city, it was not always possible to travel miles and miles to get to a beach. I am just amazed to see how some kids can easily pick up the skill to surf!

  20. I am pretty close to Hilton Head SC, and i know my husband would love to get a surfing lesson. We have never been there but have always wanted to, this is a good reason to go!

  21. I’ve never taken any surf lessons before and it’s good to know where to find good ones. I really appreciate this list. I’ve always wanted to learn how to surf. It’s never too late!

  22. Oh my husband would love this. He is addicted to surfing!