Breaking news for surfing enthusiasts: The new website Wavecation.com—think of it as a HomeAway or VRBO tailored to the surfing community—lists hotels, private homes, and other rental options close to ride-worthy waves all over the globe. The most important criteria? The property has to be oceanfront (or front-row, in cases when a jungle or other natural barrier blocks coastal views) to the water and surf spots. “These places are the equivalent of ski-in, ski-out properties on a snow mountain,” says founder Matt Thomson, who has turned down a number of interested homeowners to maintain his super specific standards. The Austin-based resident is surf-obsessed himself. He started riding when he was 12 and has traveled the world—from the coasts of Nicaragua and Mexico to Hawaii and California—in search of the best breaks.
Wavecation currently has 150-plus accommodations ranging from Ritz-Carlton and Joie de Vivre properties in California to rustic eco-lodges in Belize. All places are accurately pinpointed on a Google map (no small feat with some of the more remote properties) and give detailed descriptions of the closest surf spots. The only thing left to do is pack up your board—and hit the waves.
Stirling Kelso is an Austin-based freelance writer and regular contributor to Travel + Leisure.