Oui, si, or bai, no matter which langauge you speak, you'll want to say yes to a spell at the bohemian playground on the southwestern coast of France. To get the inside scoop, our friends at Roxy hooked us up with pro surfer and photographer , who hosts the longboard invitational during the Roxy Biarritz competition each year.
Best place to stay: on Côte des Basques beach.
Best surf break: Côte des Basque Castle Peak when it's good.
Best beach: Grande Plage.
Best spot to recover: .
Best locals-only spot: .
Best breakfast: I like to go to the local market in the morning for fresh fruit and chocolate croissants.
Best lunch: for pizza.
Best coffee: Margaux's Kitchen.
Best juice: Pandora's for fresh juice from the market produce we buy in the morning.
Best dinner: Chez Pilou (3 Rue Larralde; +33-5-59-24-11-73).
Best escape: Walking around the coves.
Best shop for gear: in Saint-Jean-de-Luz.
Best shop for gifts: There are so many in town. It's fun to just walk around.
I bring all my friends who are here for the first time to: Les 100 Marches for tapas, music, and the locals (square Jean Baptiste Lassalle; +1-33-05-5924-7561).
Best surprise: The night markets, marchés nocturne, in the main square where the morning markets are held.
I always bring back: I love to bring back sand from different beaches.
When I'm away, I miss: The French lifestyle. The long summer days and the late evening surfs.
I always go back for: My friends Margaux, Pandora, and Farielle. The dance parties. Tea in Margaux's garden. Juice parties at Pandora's and surfing out front on logs.
Bottom photo by Todd Glaser/courtesy of Roxy.