surfing moroccoIn the 1970s, a group of American and Australian surfers arrived in Morocco to explore the country’s coastline for the perfect wave. What they found was an unexpected but pleasant discovery:

Morocco is a fabulous surf destination.

For almost 40 years, Morocco has been a haven for surfers, and the popularity of its surf is gaining momentum. Several organizations have opened (or are on the verge of opening) surf schools and clubs for travelers who would like to learn how to surf when they visit the country.

If you’re a seasoned surfer or new to the sport but hoping to learn how once you arrive in Morocco, here are some of the best spots in the country to ride the waves:

Located in the southwestern part of Morocco, Agadir is one of the larger cities along the Atlantic coast. Twelve miles from Agadir is a small village called Taghazoute. It is a fishing village, but it is also one of the more popular surfing destinations in the country as well. With sandy beaches and waves for beginners to veterans, it is little wonder Taghazoute is starting to become overrun with surfers. Choose this destination for the perfect conditions, not for seclusion.

Also near Taghazoute is Anchor Point, which is not only a good surfing destination but a hot spot for celebrities. Mysteries, Dog Steps, The Source and Killer Point are other surfing spots near Anchors Point. Other hot spots along the Atlantic coast include Oualidia, Dar Bouazza, Sidi Ifni, El Haouzia Beach and Bouznika Beach.

If you head towards Moulay Bousselham, you will reach a fishing town near Kenitra. There are five good places to surf here. The Mouth of the Lagoon is the most sought after surfing spot, though the Oued and the Secret Spot are also quite popular.

Surfing is also available on the north coast in the Mediterranean Sea, however, the waters here are more violent with rip tides. The coast has a rocky shoreline with caves, cliffs and rough waves. Novice surfers and people who are not strong swimmers should stick to the Atlantic coast. The Mediterranean coast can be dangerous even for the most experienced surfers and swimmers.

Those who wish to surf in Morocco are asked to follow proper protocol to ensure the land is protected. Morocco depends on the coastline for fishing and water as well as to help sustain the country’s wildlife. Surfers and visitors to the beach are asked to clean up after themselves, and even others if necessary, so that the coastline and water sources are protected. Nothing should be dumped into the sea or left to harm the wildlife.

Posted by JoAnna Haugen, managing editor at Journey Beyond Travel and author of Kaleidoscopic Wandering.

Photo by thephotostrand.