Travel Information

Land Environment
Country Currency Safety
Mexico Pesos Organized crime,
Banditos, Driving at Night
U. S. U.S. Dollars Violent crime, theft.
Costa Rica Colones Theft, use caution at
night, driving hazards.
Barbados Barbadian
Safe, but getting more
Caution at night.
Driving hazards.
Puerto Rico U.S. Dollars Violent crime, theft.

Surf Information

Ocean Environment
Place Wetsuit Wave Size
Baja Full, Booties, Trunks waist high to
California Spring, Full,
waist high to
Florida Trunks, Spring,
waist high to
Costa Rica Trunks waist high to
double overhead
Barbados Trunks, Top waist high to
double overhead
Trunks, Top waist high to
triple overhead
Puerto Rico Trunks waist high to

North Florida

Extending from the Georgia-Florida border on down to Cape Canaveral is the coastline of North Florida. This stretch of the Florida coastline probably has the best surf in all of Florida primarily because of two spots: Mayport Poles and the New Smyrna Inlet.

View of beach from St. Augustine Pier

North Florida gets a decent amount of surf, but like most of the East Coast there is a wave drought during the summer months. The fall, winter, and spring bring in a good amount of swell and sometimes even the summer can provide some decent surf from a passing hurricane or a wind swell.

The water temp can get fairly cold in the winter time and a fullsuit with booties is desirable. In the remaining months, springsuits, trunks, and a wetsuit top will suffice.

Boards that work on this coastline include fish, longboards, shortboards, etc. Actually a traveler may want to have one of each of those boards: a fish/hybrid, a longboard, and a standard shortboard. There are surf stores here so it’s no problem buying what you need.

Hazards include sharks, currents, hypothermia, and sharks. Sharky areas tend to bring out the social butterfly in surfers who ordinarily shun other surfers, but there is plenty of open space for a surfer to get their own peak.