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Surfing in Barbados

Choose from a variety of surfing breaks along the island's scenic coastline


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Barbados has everything to satisfy every type of surfer, including beginners and experts. The island is assuredly a surfer's dream destination with warm water temperatures, breathtaking sceneries, and year-round waves breaking onto sandy beaches and flat coral reefs.

Barbados surf season

Thanks to a year-round swell produced by the northeast trade winds, you can try and learn surfing in any season on Barbados' south and southeast coasts. Count on some rideable waves of 2–6 ft (1–2 m) most days around the island. Still, the best season lasts from October to March, when the north and west coasts face solid swells, and the east coast also gets bigger onshore waves. Early morning hours present the best conditions for surfing, as then the water is extra clean.

During the hurricane season, April through September, the wave scene is unpredictable and largely depends on wind direction. The chances are equal that Atlantic storms would result in some massive swells as well as total calm.

Barbados surf map

The coastline of Barbados boasts decent surfing breaks on each side. Should you stay in the south, explore South Point, Freights Bay, and Dover Beach, with options for every experience level. Sandy Lane Bay on the west coast and Maycocks Bay in the north are excellent for more advanced surfers. Lastly, the iconic Bathsheba Beach or Soup Bowl is the top surf destination in Barbados, home to international competitions in surfing.

As long as you decide on a surfing spot, find it on the map and book a stay nearby for your convenience. After all, the island is not that big, so you'll be able to travel from one coast to the other to compare different locations and get a fuller experience of surfing in Barbados.

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