06/16/2012 09:41 am ET Updated Aug 16, 2012

5 Great Spots To Surf This Summer And Where To Stay (PHOTOS)

It happens to us every morning as we're commuting to work, we doze off and imagine we're among a throng of tanned, lean bodies flocking to the beach. A surfboard is under our arm.

This summer, stop daydreaming, get your boss to approve your time off, and catch the next flight out of town -- we've shared our favorite spots to practice the most popular, coolest summer sport. And whether you are an experienced surfer or just looking to learn, rest easy: we've got you covered.

-- Carolina Pirola,

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