Surf's up, dude! This old holiday town is one of the centres of Ireland's hot surfing scene. Schools and stores dedicated to riding the waves cluster here, like surfers waiting for the perfect set.
For a more methodical water experience, Clare Kayak Hire offers tours on the rivers and lakes in the region and rentals at White Strand Beach near Spanish Point.
Lahinch (Leacht Uí Chonchubhair) has always owed its living to beach-seeking tourists. The town sits on protected Liscannor Bay and has a fine beach. Free-spending mobs descend in summer, many wielding golf clubs for play at the famous traditional-style Lahinch Golf Club. It dates from 1892 when it was laid out amid the dunes by Scottish soldiers.