Surf in Taghazout, Morocco: Surfing North Africa’s Big Waves

Surfer carrying surfboard on beach at sunset, Taghazout via Depositphotos

Surfing in Taghazout, Morocco

When most people think of surfing, hot spots like the Hawaiian Islands, Australian, and South African coastlines immediately come to mind. However, Taghazout, an unassuming village along Morocco’s southwestern coast, is growing in reputation as a world-class surfing destination. If you’re interested in catching big warm waves, visit the region between September to April, winter, and early spring. It is located approximately 130 miles south of Marrakesh. The rural locale, populated by members of the Berber tribe, provides a quiet, relaxing atmosphere. It’s not as populated as other surfing destinations because many people don’t know about the village or its impressively long point breaks.

Sunset in Taghazout, Morocco
Sunset in Taghazout, Morocco

Getting There

The good news is that United States citizens can visit Morocco without a tourist visa for up to 90 days, but you must have a current passport to gain entry to the country. Numerous airlines fly to Morocco, which is already a top North African tourist destination. However, you may need to conduct a more detailed airline ticket search and be willing to pay a bit more to fly directly to Agadir.

Agadir is the largest city near Taghazout with an international airport, and it’s located about 10 miles north of the village. You can save big money by flying to Casablanca or Marrakesh from major U.S. hubs like Washington, D.C., and New York. You’ll then have a four-hour bus ride to the surfing village. Montreal, Canada, also offers inexpensive flights to Morocco on a daily basis, which provides an option for travelers who live close to the United States and Canada’s borders.

Taghazout Beach in Morocco
Taghazout Beach in Morocco
Taghazout Beach
Taghazout Beach

Where to Stay

Taghazout doesn’t have the usual accommodations found in larger Moroccan cities. Surfers typically stay in surf camps, which are shared apartments and houses right along the beach. To arrange accommodations, which range in price depending on your budget and the number of people in your surfing party, contact a surfing tour company. Many are run by English-speaking staff and provide customer service to international visitors online. Taghazout is a bit out of the way, so you can expect accommodations to include three meals a day consisting of local Moroccan cuisine.

Surf lessons for beginners in Taghazout, Morocco via Depositphotos
Surf lessons for beginners in Taghazout, Morocco via Depositphotos
Surfer carrying surfboard on beach at sunset, Taghazout via Depositphotos
Surfer carrying surfboard on beach at sunset, Taghazout via Depositphotos

When is the Best time to surf in Morocco?

The best season to visit Morocco for surfing is from late September until the month of April. The peak season is between December and March.

Surfing the Waves

Beginners can learn how to surf by signing up for surf lessons offered by certified local and international instructors. Ask the surfing tour company, that you were working with to make reservations, to connect you with instructors certified by the French Surfing Federation or the Moroccan Surfing Federation. Taghazout’s coastline features environments for surfers at various skill levels, ranging from beginner to advanced. A short drive along the coastline may be required to experience some of the more challenging breaks, depending on the location of your accommodations.

Painted sign of surfer in traditional clothing with a surfboard, Taghazout, Morocco photo via Depositphotos
Painted sign of surfer in traditional clothing with a surfboard, Taghazout, Morocco photo via Depositphotos

If surfing is your passion or something you wish to learn, Taghazout is a place you should visit. This small fishing village brings about huge waves that enhance the surfing experience. With warm sunny weather nearly all year long, it provides a never-ending stream of surfing opportunities. It’s an amazing travel destination for holidays, particularly during the colder months. Consider Taghazout for your next surfing destination. You won’t be disappointed!

Taghazout Travel and Tour Packages

To help you plan out your visit to Taghazout, Morocco, we listed places to visit and other amazing activities to do in Taghazout. We also listed some of the best travel and tour packages, as well as excellent flight deals and accommodation.

Searching for the best hotels, resorts, and affordable flights in the nearby Cities? Check out our list of affordable Taghazout hotels and resorts via Agoda, or you may also see available Airbnb properties in the city.

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