As a certified PADI Divemaster and marine biologist who lived in the
Florida Keys for several years, and who now lives and surfs in
southern California, I feel qualified to Answer your Question.
I'll list possible destinations for you here. The real trick is
finding a place that is good for both diving and surfing. I could list
a ton that are good for either or, but it's touch to come up with
places that have surfable waves and good diving that meet your
criteria. That said, here are my suggestions:
Ive been to the Bahamas with my girlfriend on a 1 week snorkeling
trip (shes not certified but is an avid snorkeller), so Ill start
off with that:
1. Nassau, Bahamas.-- Excellent snorkeling and SCUBA diving. Surf only
if you can charter a boat to take you to the outer reef breaks.
Theres not really surfable waves on the main island of Nausau, but
there are remote reef breaks if youre willing to pay a charter to
take you there. The diving is easy access. Besides that, night life is
there if you want it, as well as fine dining, gambling and just plain
relaxing on the white sand beaches.Cable Beach is the main beach
tourst area where most of the beach hotels are. English spoken
everywhere, US dollars accepted. U.S. passports are not necessary *if*
you have an original birth certificate with you as well as a driver
license. Youd probably fly from NY to MIA (Miami Airport or perhaps
Fort Lauderdale) and from their a smaller jet goes to the Nassau. Its
about a 45 min. flight from Miami to Nassau.
Search google for Nassau Bahamas and youll find plenty of info.
Atlantis is the fanciest resort there. Nassau Beach Hotel is about
as inexpensive as it gets to stay on the sand. If you stay in a hotel
downtown, out of the main tourism area, its much cheaper. Taxis and
2. Florida Keys
Again, fantastic snorkeling and SCUBA diving (John Pennekamp State
Park is there, in Key Largo), but here there is absolutely zero surf.
Diving in the Keys is best in Key Largo and Key West. There is also
some good diving in the middle Keys around Marathon, but youll need
an experienced boat captain to take you there.
Although there is no surf in the Keys, Sebastian Inlet, on the Florida
mainland, is known for good surf, depending on the conditions. Its
about a 6 hour drive north from Key Largo. So, you could conceivably
rent a car and head up there for a day or 2 out of your stay in the
Search Google for Florida Keys and youll find plenty of info.
Havent beent there myself, but I know people who have. Nice diving.
Surg occasionally if the conditions are right. Relatively close to you
Search Google for Bermuda. To find more details on the surf there,
search for Bermuda surfing and see what comes up.
4. North Carolina, Outer BanksGood diving here offshore, if you go on
the dive charter or six-pack boats. Also, there is surf both on the
mainland and the Outer Banks. Close proximity to you in NY.
Search Google for North Carolina Outer Banks diving and surfing
5. With a 7 hour flight range, you can make the west coast of the U.S.
North of Santa Barabara, California, it gets cold, so if youre
looking for warm, tropical water, this is not the place for you.
However, southern California, especially in the Summer, is pretty
warm, with water temps in the low 70s to upper 60s.
I recommend Catalina Island.
Fly from NY to LAX. From LA you can take the express ferries daily to
Catalina for about 80 bucks round trip for both of you. Its 22 miles
off the LA coast. Fantastic diving, if a little chilly, but with 1\8
to 1\4 inch wetsuites, youll be fine. Also, the backside of Catalina
has excellent surf, for the adventurous, and of course LA has reat
surf. Notably, Malibu beach, Zuma beach, El Porto and Palos Verdes,
among other spots.
Search Google for both Catalina Island and Los Angeles diving and
Los Angeles surfing
6. Baja California, Mexico.
Technically, this is beyond your flight range, but you could probably
fly to San Diego, California, from NY in about 7 hours. From there,
you could rent a car and drive south of the border into Mexico for 90
minutes to Ensenada, where both the diving and surfing is great. Water
temp similar to Los Angeles and Catalina, some freaky cold currents
aside. This would be an adventurous type of trip, but there are nice
hotels there if you choose. Or, you can camp along the beach.
Search Google for Diving and surfing in Baja California, Mexico.
Again, if you want warm tropical-ness, then Cabo San Lucas is the most
tropical place for you in Baja, but thats the tip of Baja, a solid 24
hours drive from San Diego.
I hope this gives you some good ideas. Have fun on your trip, and
remember to always dive and surf safely!
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