Great if you are just starting out on your surfing journey or an intermediate surfer. The beach has a soft sand bottom is best at high tide with light north wind. The entire bay is protected by the Isle de Mogador and spans a full 180 degrees. Where you surf depends on the swell size. When it is big you surf nearer to the port and when it is small you go to the other end of the beach near the lighthouse.
A favourite place for surfers in Essaouira. It’s located on the other side of town from the bay and there are two spots; the first is a left that breaks in front of the abandoned factory at the beginning of the beach. The second is the main beach with lefts and rights located further north. Safi Beach is tricky with sand and rock bottoms so be careful. Both spots are best from mid to high tide.
A long sandy beach provides ideal conditions for intermediate to advanced surfers, the spot offers fabulous long waves and is best when the wind is light and the tide is high.
The Cave/La Grotte
The Cave/La Grotte boasts the biggest waves in the area and is approximately 10 miles from Essaouira on the road to Sidi Kaouki. When everything else is closed and windy the waves will still be working well here. It is best accessed by 4wd, but you can also drive to the little village near the Cap Sim Lighthouse and walk.
Imessouane (100km south of Essaouira)
Imessouane offers a great experience for all level of surfers. There are two main spots to surf:
Starting on a beach break with several right and left peaks, and ends on a reef which provides a perfect break (left handed). Good at high tide or mid−high tide when the swell is less than 5/6 feet, and the point at low tide when the swell is over 5 feet.
This is the most popular spot of Imessouane. The sand banks make it perfect for beginners. The surf here is best at low tide, with a right handed break that starts at the harbour and ends at the hills for a 600 meters ride!