We used our Surf Trip Finder to select the best surf spots in January and February for Beginners, Intermediates and Advanced levels. We have also added the nearest accommodation option so you can start planning your next trip...

1. Peniche, Portugal 

Who: Advanced Surfers 
Wetsuit needed: 4-5mm
Air Temperature: Around 16°C
Surf Trip Finder star rating: 5/5

Best Wave: Supertubos, arguably Portugal’s most famous wave. The WSL surf tour comes to Peniche every year and for good reason. Supertubos is one of Europe's most perfect beach break. The wave works best on a southwest swell and a north wind. If barrels are what you are looking for, Supertubos is the place! It's located on the South side of the Peniche peninsula . It is a very consistent wave in the winter making it one of the best places to surf in January and February.
Place to stay closest to the surf: Surfers Lodge 

2. Simeule Island, North Sumatra, Indonesia       

Who: Advanced Surfers 
Wet suit needed:
 None! 
Air Temp: 30°C
Surf Trip Finder star rating: 5/5

Best Wave:
Dylan’s Right. Probably the best wave on the island, a right hander that produces long powerful and hollow barrels. Simeule is one of the last uncrowded and undiscovered surf spots in the planet. Many waves are unknown and have not yet been named. A trip here is a trip of a lifetime, you will get more uncrowded waves than anywhere else. It's far far away but definitely one of the top places to surf in the new year.
Place to stay closest to the surf: Simeulue Surflodges - 100 metres from Dylan's Right.

3. Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Who: Intermediate Surfers
Wetsuit needed:
2-4mm
Air Temperature: 25°C 
Surf Trip Finder star rating: 4.5/5

Best Wave: Playa de Famara. One of Lanzarote's most famous beach breaks, Famara beach is 6 kilometres long with plenty of different areas to choose from. Famara works with all tides, handles around 2-8ft surf, and is so spread out that there is always room for everyone to surf in its different peaks. 
Place to stay closest to the surf: Zoopark Famara - 100 metres from Famara beach.

4. South Coast, Barbados

Who: Intermediate Surfer
Wetsuit needed:
Boardshorts and Rashvest
Air Temperature: 28°C 
Surf Trip Finder star rating: 5/5

Best Wave: Freights. Located on the South Coast of Barbados, Freights is a Left hand Point Break. Perfect for Intermediate surfers. With the pristine crystal blue sea and the long peeling left hander, it is one of the best places to surf in early 2016?  
Where to stay: Moonraker Surf Lodge - 750 metres from Freights

5. Fuerteventura, Canary Islands.

Who: Beginner Surfer
Wetsuit needed:
2-4mm
Air Temperature: 25°C 
Surf Trip Finder star rating: 4/5

Best Wave: Flag Beach. One of Fuerteventura's best learn to surf beaches.The beach has both left and right hand waves, making it a perfect wave for beginners. It is also a great beach for non-surfing partners to relax and take in the sun or explore the massive sand dunes. 
Where to stay:  Waveriders Surf Villa in Corralejo surf town. 

6. South Coast, Barbados 

Who: Beginner Surfer
Wetsuit needed:
Boardshorts and Rash vest.
Air Temperature: 28°C 
Surf Trip Finder star rating: 5/5

Best Wave: Surfers Point. Located on the beautiful South Cast of Barbados, this wave is perfect for beginners. Surfers Point is a fun long left bending into the bay. There are some rights too, with the emphasis on fun, easy rides, making it the ideal place to learn how to surf.
Place to stay closest to the surf: Ocean Spray Apartments - 100 metres from Surfer's Point

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That's just a brief overview of some of our recommended places to surf in January and February, for more choice head over to our Surf Camps page and see what other options we have.