No need to jockey for position while Surfing Karon beach. A widespread beach break spanning about 3 km (almost 2 miles) long can be identified by the big white roundabout intersection located about midway down the beach. There are no particular take off spots to suggest here but you will find some A-frame peaks along the beach when conditions are favorable. It does pick up various swell angles quite easily but the wind direction will be the limiting factor.
The pearly white sandy beach is highly exposed to wind, which makes it vulnerable to having victory at sea type conditions when significant onshore winds blow. This does tend to be the case here but light winds and offshore conditions can offer really fun surf in an empty or thinly spread out line up. Luckily, the majority of this beach is easily visible from the street allowing you to make a quick surf check to see if it’s worth it for you. Check Kata (a more protected bay) just south from here if conditions aren’t surfable.
Karon is considered one of Phuket’s finest beaches because of its incredible open stretch of white powdery, squeaky sand. Yeah, that’s right. Squeaky. Just take a few steps on the sand and you will hear it for yourself. It also offers some of the best views of Phuket’s famed west coast sunsets because of the lack of obstructing beachfront properties here. Patak Road separates a lot of the hotels, guesthouses, and restaurants from the seashore wonderland. Carefully walk across the street to avoid the zooming motorbikes, tuk tuks, tour buses and vans that are typical during the high season of November to April. Low season has much less traffic making it a whole lot easier (and safer!) to cross the street. If you’re looking to stay right on the beach, exact hotel location should be verified prior to booking, especially if you’re traveling with young children or elderly individuals.
Karon’s aquamarine waters and bright white sand is very alluring often drawing a lot of tourists looking to relax and playfully swim in the warm enticing ocean. Throughout Phuket’s surf season of April to October, however, is a time that tourists and locals alike must be well aware of the major threat of rip currents. Please be aware of any red flags notifying swimmers of no swim zone areas!
Best Swell Direction:
SW, W, NW
Beginner to intermediate
May to October
Park along the coastal road where you want to paddle out; there’s also a dirt lot in the northern region of the beach
Empty and spread out
Paddle Out Power:
3/10 (1=easy peasy; 10=feels like paddling on a treadmill)
1-6; can get messy when it rains
(1=clean; 10=dingleberries in the lineup)
Strong rip currents; boats, jet skis, banana boats; free flowing ice cold beers across the street