For your next surf trip, just stay here

Every surfer enjoys a good surf trip. Getting out of town and heading off to a tropical destination in search of perfect waves is every surfer’s dream. But let’s face it, not every surfer can afford trips to exotic locales like Fiji or Bali.

Lucky for you, you live in one of the finest cities for surfers on the entire planet. I suggest that if times are tough and you can’t swing that $10,000 holiday to a far-off destination, find ways to enjoy your incredible hometown.

Here are a few suggestions.

Rent a room at Estancia La Jolla

In the hills above Black’s Beach lies the Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, one of San Diego’s premier getaways. Take a couple days to lounge by the pool, enjoy the accommodations and stoke out your significant other at this 4-star hotel. The accommodations are not unlike something you would find in the South Pacific, and you can drink the water without fear of Montezuma’s revenge. During the day while your partner takes a bronze by the pool, you can score insane waves below the cliffs or take an epic beach hike along Torrey Pines.

Estancia Hotel, 9700 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla.

Head south

Just 30 minutes south of the border is beautiful Rosarito Beach. This area has long been a favorite destination for surfers and families. As a kid, my dad took me horseback riding on the beach and then we would motor down for brunch at the La Fonda Hotel. The surf breaks nearby are some of the best in northern Baja. Baja Malibu, K-38 and dozens more line the hillside bluffs. Hotels such as Las Rocas and Motel del Sol offer cheap weekday rates, but can sell out quickly on weekends. Check them out on

Las Rocas Hotel, Carretera Libre Tijuana-Ensenada, Kilometer 38.5, 22710 Rosarito. Motel del Sol, Carretera Libre Tijuana-Ensenada, Kilometer 26.8, Villas Corona del Mar, 22710 Rosarito.

Head north

A fun alternative is to take a road trip up to our beautiful North County to spend a few days in Carlsbad. One of my favorite options is to camp at Carlsbad State Beach. The bluffside camping offers beautiful views of the ocean and the waves out in front of the campground are always empty and fun. If camping isn’t your style, no worries; head over to the beautiful Park Hyatt Aviara Resort. With a world-class golf course on its grounds and stunning views of the Batiquitos Lagoon, Aviara is a fancy getaway right in our own backyard. While not as cheap as some hotels in the area, it beats spending thousands of dollars on hotels and airfare to different parts of the globe.

As a lifelong San Diegan, Ken Lewis has surfing and ocean life in his DNA. A 30-year surfer himself, Lewis has worked in the surf and skate industry for most of his career. Send him thoughts about the surfing and fitness worlds to or follow him on Instagram @hanger18.

Source: DiscoverSD