If you’re looking to try your hand at surfing this summer, there’s no better place to pick up a board than California. For decades, California’s surf beaches have beckoned rookies and professionals alike with their laidback atmosphere and consistent waves. Dozens of surf schools line the coast, offering instruction from beginner to advanced. But if time is limited and research intimidating, look up the following hotels, which offer surf packages on California’s gnarliest beaches to help ease the introduction.
Huntington Beach, Orange County
Huntington Beach Surf Experience at Shorebreak, a Joie de Vivre Hotel
Includes: accommodations, equipment rental, a bar of Organic Surf Wax, an “Endless Summer” DVD, and a two-hour surf lesson.
Available through September 30.
Coronado Island, San Diego
Hang Ten, Then Hang Out at the Hotel Solamar, a Kimpton Hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter
Includes: accommodations, equipment rental, transportation to Coronado Island, picnic lunch, surf lessons for two at the Coronado Surfing Academy.
Available September 6 through December 31.
%Gallery-160800%Malibu Beach, Los Angeles
Room and Board Package at The Four Seasons Westlake Village
Includes: accommodations, surf-themed welcome amenity, equipment rental, surf lessons for two at Learn to Surf LA. Option to add on a 2012 Jeep Wrangler car rental.
Salt Creek Beach at Dana Point, Orange County
So Cal Surf Experience at the Ritz Carlton-Laguna Niguel
Includes: accommodations, equipment rental, a two-hour surf lesson for one person per night.
Available through December 31.
Redondo Beach, Los Angeles
Noble Adventures – Surf & Sand at The Portofino Hotel & Marina
Includes: two nights accommodations, $100 dining credit, Beachcomber cruiser bike rentals for two, surf lessons for four at Campsurf.
Available through September 1.
[Flickr image via *~Dawn~*]