Find the perfect remtal for your surf vacation. Photo: Shutterstock

Find the perfect rental for your surf vacation. Photo: Shutterstock

Securing the perfect vacation rental can be a daunting and somewhat burdensome endeavor.

If you’re on a surf adventure and have a penchant for localism, becoming acquainted with a new stretch of coastline and getting creative with your sleeping arrangements, here are three vacation rental sites that may solve your next rental conundrum.

Swap & Surf

a good place for a swap !

Posted by swap and surf on Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Swap & Surf is a home exchange for surfers.

This bare bones site features international and domestic rentals and offers just the basics for salty travelers interested in swapping their digs with like-minded folks.

With no money transfers required and free membership, it’s a dream for those traveling a great distance, or on a tight budget.

“We want to make your dream surf trip within reach and more affordable, by giving you the opportunity to swap houses or host one another, within a community of surfers that shares similar traveling and surfing tastes and ideals,” said the Biarritz-born cofounders.

Good for: The bro who’s looking for waves in all the right places.


If you’re travel budget is limited but you’re geared up, self sufficient and flexible, HomeCamp will hook you up.

Available in Australia, the site offers a listing of campers, looking for places to lay their heads, and private landowners, who have space to accommodate tents, campervans or motorhomes.

Landowner with an interest in meeting new people and open to making their private space available, list their space on HomeCamp. Campers on the prowl for cool sites, connect and the rest is travel history.

And no one's getting rich or losing money on this deal: Most Homecamp sites (without facilities) charge $10-$20 per night for adults and $5-$10 per night for children.

Good for: The nomad whose home is where they park it and the private landowner looking for some extra funds to grow (and share) their garden with.

Surfbreak Rentals

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Posted by Surfbreak Rentals on Friday, June 12, 2015

Surfbreak Rentals is dedicated to helping travelers “Stay Where You Surf."

The site functions like a typical rental site, with one caveat: you can search worldwide for rentals by surf break.

Browse the site for houses, hotels, surf camps and rooms anywhere across the globe, all within close proximity to your ideal wave. Don’t know the local wave? The site offers a list of local waves in the region searched to choose from.

While rental costs can range on the pricey side, access to the local lifestyle might balance the budget.

Good for: Single, silicon valley types looking for bucket list weekenders spent surfing and living like a locavore.

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