18 destinations perfect for storm watching

The sounds of nature are incredible, but it’s not just the howling wind that makes your heart beat faster. We will share the best locations on Earth, why they make for an excellent storm watching experience and how best to get the most out of each destination.

Tofino, British Columbia, Canada

There have been waves as high as 30 feet during storms here, so it is not for the faint of heart. However, what makes Tofino so unique for storm watching is its location – it’s located right on the Pacific Ocean and offers some of the best views in all of Canada.

Shore Acres State Park, Oregon

From crashing waves reaching up 300 feet high to dramatic rock outcrops jutting into the air like fingers waiting for deliverance, it doesn’t matter how many times you see this phenomenon because each time brings something new and exciting.

Half Moon Bay, California

Further along the coast is Mavericks break which is one of the most popular surf beaches in California, so as you can imagine, the waves here get pretty high. The largest wave recorded here was over 80feet tall!

Puerto Escondido, Mexico

While sitting on the shore or even from a balcony at your hotel, if you get one with an ocean view, you can watch the storms roll in. And since it’s the powerful Pacific Ocean, beyond watching the storms, it’s also magnificent to hear the huge waves crashing onto the shore.

Puerto Progreso, Mexico

Progreso Beach is one of the windiest places in Mexico. It is well known as one of the best places for kitesurfing and windsurfing, especially on the western end of the beach, where you’ll find all the kiteboarding and windsurfing schools.

Molokai, Hawaii

As beautiful as this beach is, it is best enjoyed from the safety of the sand as it has sharp hidden coral reefs and swift, treacherous rip currents. It can be windy on Papohaku and waves can get quite substantial in size. If you don’t want to brave the storms from the beach there is a lookout that you can hike to watch from a distance.

Reynisfjara Beach, Iceland

Reynisfjara is famous for its tall waves and black volcanic sand. Basalt columns on the beach and sea stacks are fascinating for tourists and professional photographers. However, you should be very careful during your visit to Reynisfjara. It is also known as the most dangerous beach in Iceland.

North Berwick, Scotland

As much as a serene sea view can bring feelings of tranquillity and calm to your getaway, there’s nothing quite like a stormy sea and the drama and dynamism it brings to the coastal scenery.

Old Head of Kinsale, Ireland

The Old Head of Kinsale is the most southern point on the famed Wild Atlantic Way, one of the most popular road-trip routes globally! The vast and dramatic cliffs towering over the wild Atlantic Ocean below is one of the best photo opportunities in Ireland.

The Isles of Scilly, U.K.

It is very wild and rugged there and can be hard to get to in a large storm, but if you can fight the winds and the spray from the waves, it is the best area to view heavy waves crashing.

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