The Best East Coast Surf Spots

Surfer on the East Coast

This summer, take a surfing vacation to the East Coast. Wax up your boards, throw them in the truck, pack up the family with towels and snacks and head to the ocean to experience nature in all of its power and glory, get some sun and have a great time with friends and family. Surf’s up at these great resort destinations: Atlantic City, Daytona Beach, and Charleston.

Best East Coast Surf Spots

Ocean City, New Jersey

For years, Atlantic City has laid claim to being one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world. This New Jersey resort town, known for great casino gaming, is also lucky to be just 30 minutes from one of the best surfing spots. Avid surfers come to Ocean City, New Jersey, for the superior waves and a history of great surfing. In fact, the conditions are so conducive to perfecting surfing skills that in 2013, Ocean City High School won its 19th consecutive National Scholastic Surfing Association regional championship for a region that extends into Florida. As a result of jetties, the town’s hollow rights peel on a north or southeast swell. Ocean City remains one of the most consistent surf spots in the Northeast. Surf enthusiasts love the pounding, deepwater breaks of the Atlantic coast. The premier surf spots are beaches at North Street, 8th Street, and Waverly.

New Smyrna Beach, Florida

New Smyrna BeachIt should be no surprise that this town is a surfers’ mecca. That’s because it is a great spot to hit on your Daytona Beach vacation, home of 23 shimmering miles of sensational sand. The authentic, hardcore vibe of the surfers is apparent in the amount of locals who appear to be surf gods when they expertly catch waves. The area is one of the most consistent breaks along Florida’s expansive coastline. The premier surf spot is New Smyrna Inlet, which is tops for hitting the best waves.

Folly Beach, South Carolina

Folly Beach, near historic Charleston, offers the best South Carolina surfing in the wildly popular “Washout” area. This is the place to come for the biggest waves, and experts agree that this is one of the top surf spots up and down the East coast. Hurricane Hugo, 1989’s devastating Category 5 hurricane, was responsible for creating the Washout. Smooth winds now blow to the Folly River where there was once a block of houses. The after effects caused the waves to roll very well, creating a perfect scenario for the surfing fan. Folly Beach maintains a family-friendly feeling, ideal for vacationers.

There’s fine surfing up and down the East Coast, but it’s hard to top these three areas.