With a warm Mediterranean climate, terrain similar to that of pre-development California, and perfect right-hand point breaks dotting the coast, Morocco is a true surfer’s paradise. While there are beachbreaks and the odd left scattered throughout, the real gems of Morocco are the right-handers. Beginning with the mystical and once secret Safi in the middle of the country and stretching south into the vast Sahara Desert (where there are rumors of Snapper-like points existing), Morocco welcomes the intrepid surf explorer. A wintertime destination, the best swells hit Morocco from November through February, when giant storm systems slam into Europe and send groomed swell down the coast.
WHAT TO KNOW
Water Temp: Low 60s-Upper 50s on the coldest days
Consistency: Most consistent December-March.
Crowds: While Euro’s have been coming here for years and the local surf scene is growing, crowds aren’t nearly as bad as Hawaii or California.
Local Scene: Ancient and beautiful. Make sure to sample the delicious tangine dishes, shop at the souks (outdoor markets), and make a run the walled city of Marrakech.
Watch Out For: Sea urchins, petty theft, boulders lining the shore, and goats in trees (true story).
Links: www.morocsurf.com; www.royalairmaroc.com