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World's Coolest Surf Towns

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Ride the waves or just soak up the good vibes—these surf towns welcome all comers.

Byron Bay, Australia

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Miles of sandy crescents put Byron Bay high on the must-see list for beachcombers and surfers lured by the omnipresent swells at Wategos and The Pass. And this tight-knit community nearly 500 miles up the eastern coast from Sydney happily welcomes travelers into its midst. To mingle, stop by The Top Shop, a popular post-surf coffee and breakfast hangout, or belly up at Woody’s, founded by surfers back in the ’70s. If you can get up by sunrise, a hike to the lighthouse (start at The Pass) will prove well worth it.

World's Coolest Surf Towns

Byron Bay, Australia

Miles of sandy crescents put Byron Bay high on the must-see list for beachcombers and surfers lured by the omnipresent swells at Wategos and The Pass. And this tight-knit community nearly 500 miles up the eastern coast from Sydney happily welcomes travelers into its midst. To mingle, stop by The Top Shop, a popular post-surf coffee and breakfast hangout, or belly up at Woody’s, founded by surfers back in the ’70s. If you can get up by sunrise, a hike to the lighthouse (start at The Pass) will prove well worth it.

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