If you are looking for some winter sun and great waves, no matter your ability, then our guide on where to surf in December is here to show you to the perfect spot. 

From far away destinations such as Sri Lanka to the easier to reach locations such as the Canary Islands, there are so many options to choose from! To help you we have used our ‘Surf Trip Finder’ to select the best surf spots to visit.


We have also categorised them into beginners, intermediates and advanced levels to help you find the best surf for your ability:       


Beginner Surfers - Europe: 

1. Algarve, Portugal  

In December it is best for: Beginner & Intermediate Surfers

Wetsuit needed: 5/4 Full Wetsuit

Air temperature: 18 - 22°c 
Surf Trip Finder star rating: 4/5 
Best Wave: Hard to narrow it down to just one wave as there are dozens from the South West tip in Sagres up to start of the Alentejo province. Arrifana is one of our favourites, perfect for beginner & intermediates, with the cliffs providing good shelter from the wind. For Advanced there is Kanguru which can produce epic right hand barrels.

Best Surf package: Arrifana Surf School & Camp's Full Surfer Package for only €340

The Algarve stretches all along the south coast of Portugal but the surf is best from the South West corner of Sagres on up along the Vicentina Coast. Winter is uncrowded and one of Europe's best kept surf secrets. The majority head to Morocco and the Canaries leaving plenty of empty beaches to surf! And it can still be warm enough for t-shirts during the day



Beginner Surfers - Rest of the World: 

2. Taghazout, Morocco   

In December it is best for: Beginner Surfers, Intermediate & Advanced

Wetsuit needed: 3/2mm 
Air temperature: 18 - 26°c 
Surf Trip Finder star rating: 5/5 
Best Wave: Panorama Beach is right at our door steps, and is a wide beach with several peaks, where surfers from all levels can enjoy surfing fun and easy waves on a sand bottom surf spot. Anchor Point is arguably Moroccos best wave - for Intermediates & Advanced.  
Best Surf package: Easy Maroc's Surf Coach Beginner package: 7 Night, 6 day Surf course, All Meals & Airport Transfers for €499 per person.


Taghazout is the surf capital of Morocco and has enjoyed legendary status as the place to escape the cold miserable winters of northern Europe! Taghazout surf offers year round waves , sunshine and an unrivalled choice of beaches and points for beginner surfers. 




Intermediate Surfers - Europe:

3. Fuerteventura, Canary Islands    

In December it is best for: Beginner & Intermediate Surfers

Wetsuit needed: Spring suit or a 2/2mm full suit 
Air temperature: 21 - 26°c 
Surf Trip Finder star rating: 5/5 
Best Wave: Boneyards is a great intermediate reef break located close to the Majanicho, a fishing village on the North Shore. It mainly produces left hand waves but there is a faster and shallower right hander for the regular footers. If you are looking for where to surf in Decemeber Fuerteventura is a great option because it's small size it easy to get to many different facing beaches! 
Best Surf package: Surf Riders 7 night + 5 days surfing (and free t-shirt!) for €386 per person.   



Surfing Fuerteventura is often compared with surfing in Hawaii. The island has often been called the 'Hawaii of Europe' due to its laid back island surf culture, year round consistent waves and 365 days of sunshine.  




Intermediate Surfers - Rest of the World: 

4. Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

In December it is best for: Beginner & Intermediate Surfers

Wetsuit needed: Board shorts, rash guard, reef boots, hat and sunscreen  
Air temperature: 31°c  
Surf Trip Finder star rating: 5/5  
Best Wave: The main beach in Santa Teresa is a beautiful long white sandy strtch of paradise with two main peaks. It can suit Intermediates best, at low tide. Playa Carmen is a perfect beginners break outside town. 
Best Surf package: Selina's Surf & Yoga Package for €598 per person


Santa Teresa is our favourite spot in Costa Rica. Not as busy as Tamarindo, and full of a really interesting mix of international & local culture. You wont want to leave!  




Advanced Surfers - Europe: 

5. Lisbon, Portugal  

In December it is best for: Intermediate & Advanced Surfers
Wetsuit needed: 4/3mm and boots for the early morning session 
Air temperature: 17 - 20°c  
Surf Trip Finder star rating: 4/5  
Best Wave: Carcavelos. Hands down, when it is pumping! But the beauty of Lisbon is that it is 30 mins from Ericeira, an hour from Peniche and an hour 10 to Nazaré...so its the best place to base yourself for surfing Portugals most epic coastline.

Best Surf package: Surf Lisbon's Surf School Package for only €385. Nuno is a legend who will get you surfing the best waves in the area 




Advanced Surfers - Rest of the World:  

6. Barbados   

In December it is best for: Beginners, Intermediate & Advanced Surfers
Wetsuit needed:
 Boardshorts and Rash vest  
Air temperature: 26 - 30°C  
Surf Trip Finder star rating: 5/5   
Best Wave: Soup Bowl is a hollow right hand wave that breaks over a shallow reef slab, and it almost always has waves and is one of the GOAT Kelly Slater’s favourite waves in the world!Respect the locals and watch out for the urchins on the inside and some of the sharper rocks. For beginners Freights Bay on the South Coast is a beautiful wave. 

Place to stay closet to the surf:
Zed's Surfer Point All Incl Pack for €1,460 for 2 people


Barbados is one estination you must visit. Surfing in turqouise waters is paradise! The eastern coast of Barbados tends to be more rugged than the calm western side and the more developed South coast. It is home to small local fishing villages, unspoiled beaches, a tropical rain-forest and the best surf in Barbados.  Half way along the East coastline is the fishing and surf village of Bathsheba. A great place for nature lovers and home to Barbados' most famous wave, Soup Bowl. 




Whilst the months ahead are some of the best in terms of waves, the cold can be a little daunting for some, and with great weather and awesome waves just a plane ride away, these optios for where to surf in December offer a fantastic escape aroun the Christmas madness. Reset your body and get some much need wave riding in some of the most beautiful locations in the world.