Nestled along the sun-kissed Moroccan coast, Banana Point boasts an iconic status among surfing aficionados. As its playful name suggests, the waves here peel perfectly, offering rides that can seem to stretch for an eternity. Located near the quaint village of Aourir, known affectionately as ‘Banana Village’ for its abundant banana plantations, this right-hand point break provides a harmonious blend of adventure and local charm.
Banana Point’s allure lies in its versatility. The waves here cater to an array of surfers, from those just getting to grips with the ocean’s ebb and flow to seasoned riders looking for a challenge. When the swell direction hits just right, surfers can revel in long, cruising waves that offer ample opportunity for playful cuts and carves. For those seeking a bit of exhilaration, certain swells transform parts of Banana Point into a playground for more aggressive surfing, with opportunities to duck into quick barrels and execute tight snaps.
|Type of Break||Beach Break|
|Break Direction||Right Hander|
|Bottom||Sand & Rock|
|Optimal Tide||High tide on a NW swell offers the longest rides; mid-tide can see more shape and variety|
|Distance||5km. Approx. 10 mins|
|Access||Easily accessible by road, with parking available near the beach. A short walk from Taghazout leads directly to the surf spot.|
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A session at Banana Point isn’t complete without indulging in the local fare. Just steps from the beach, surfers can wander into ‘Banana Surf Shop & Cafe’ to refuel. This laid-back spot serves up heartwarming tagines and refreshing smoothies, often made with bananas plucked from the neighboring fields. It’s a place where tales of the day’s surfing are exchanged over mint tea and where every meal is a chance to savor the authentic flavors of Morocco.
Banana Point is as much about the culture surrounding the surf as it is about the break itself. The spot thrives on the rhythm of the sea and the communal spirit it fosters. It’s where you’ll find both locals and travelers engrossed in the ritual of wave-watching, often leading to impromptu surf sessions that carry on until the sun dips below the horizon.
The generous Moroccan climate means that Banana Point can be enjoyed throughout the year. However, the best conditions tend to present themselves from autumn to spring when the North Atlantic awakens and swells march toward the coast in a steady rhythm, giving the point its legendary status.
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