Nazaré may have stolen the limelight, but it’s not all about the high adrenaline big waves. Santa Cruz is at the centre of the coast with deserted beaches and crowdless waves, suitable for all levels of surfing. One thing to note is it’s an exposed beach, so it picks up a lot of swell but is also sensitive to the wind. Unsure of what to pack? We always recommend our PM Half-Zip Spring Suit – a surf staple!