If your passion is hanging ten, or merely just hanging out, these homes in prime surfing destinations boast a backyard with some of the best swells and sandy expanses that Planet Earth has to offer. Hardcore surfers can catch a wave—to quote those bards of surf, the Beach Boys—and you’ll be sittin’ on top of the world. Those who prefer a less nail-biting ride can enjoy more forgiving waves, but still feel on top of the world when the board successfully makes it to shore. Surfing is not even required to fully appreciate the crash of waves and the ocean’s magnificent and mesmerizing power. Sprawl on your patio lounge and watch the surfers shred—thrills by association.
Montauk Beachfront Paradise
Montauk, New York
The beach at this estate isn’t private but it is so secluded that it may as well be. The surf at Montauk is an East Coast mainstay, thanks to the Atlantic’s stormy volatility. In stark contrast to the ocean’s roiling forces of nature, Montauk Beachfront Paradise exudes Asian serenity with its signature blue pitched roof, feng shui aesthetic, and soothing wall expanses perfect for the display of large-scale art. Commanding its own 36-acre nature preserve, the gated compound is extremely private, adorned with the owner’s artistic touches and perched on a high bluff to frame the exquisite ocean views.
Bali Hai Villa
Oahu boasts the high temple of surfing—North Shore’s Pipeline. That said the neighboring island of Kauai is no slouch when it comes to waves. . .or cinematic raves. The Bali Hai estate pays homage to the Rogers and Hammerstein classic film “South Pacific.” The mountain, which served as a siren song to naval enlistees during WWII (stream the movie to learn more), is on magnificent view from the 3.7-acre property. The location is nothing short of enchanting, on a white sand beach with crystal blue waters. The home exudes old Hawaiian charm.
With some 37,000 kilometers of coastline, Australia offers the full gamut of surf thrills from heart-gripping monsters to confidence-building rollers. Laguna, a contemporary tour de force nestled among rainforests, also includes a vast lawn, roomy enough for a helicopter landing. The setting is outstandingly private, bordered by Cooloola National Park and encompassing 470 meters of beach frontage. The home is designed for large-scale entertaining—from the chef’s kitchen to the multiple alfresco areas to the recreation wing with a billiards room and bar.
Cabrera, Dominican Republic
Big surf usually means big chill—cold water and wet suits. In the Dominican Republic, waves are whipped up with Atlantic-caliber curls but without the frigidity. Villa Castellamonte, sited on an aerie above Orchid Bay, perfectly showcases the ocean froth rolling in. The home is a superb vacation enclave—two gourmet kitchens and eight bedrooms each with an en suite bath. The amenities are sublime—game room, exercise room, 600-bottle wine cellar, secluded beach, and a masterpiece of a swimming pool with zero-entry, swim-through tunnel and diving rock.
Luxury Beach House
Western Cape, South Africa
In South Africa, surf beaches have daunting names and reputations: Tombstone, Washing Machine and Dungeons. There are also beaches as calm as, well, a day at the beach. Just steps from the sand, in the picturesque seaside village of Kommetjie, this elegant home features a cigar lounge, an expansive deck overlooking the ocean, a sparkling pool, a pizza oven, and state-of-the-art security. Frolic in the sea’s lapping waves while enjoying the views of Cape Town’s Table Mountain landmark—on full display from the home’s expansive windows and from your sandy backyard.
Dana Point, California
“The Endless Summer,” the 1960s globetrotting surf cult classic, was produced in Dana Point. With that film’s release, surfing’s international appeal took wing. The ocean, headliner in that enduring film, again takes center stage at this Camino Capistrano cliff-side estate with expansive views of the Pacific and Catalina Island. The home is appointed with imported architectural fixtures, a two-story library with a spiral staircase, and opulent master suites. Outdoor entertainment areas include fire pits and glass railings designed to enhance the spectacular ocean views.
Playa Blanca Beachfront
Barra de Potosi, Mexico
Shhh. This well-kept beachfront secret is perhaps Mexico’s most authentic slice of untouched beach heaven and neighbors a protected biosphere. The surf needle here registers on the gentle side, the location is a step back in time. The village of 400—mostly fishermen and coconut workers—exudes charm yet is a mere 10 minutes from Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo International Airport. The gated compound is composed of three luxury villas constructed with traditional materials such as palapa roofs, adobe, local stone, and tropical hardwoods. An orchard, lily ponds, a yoga pavilion, and a breathtaking infinity pool complete the serene setting.