My home island offers some excellent opportunities for a Barbados surfing vacation. Being situated in the Atlantic Ocean allows waves to travel for thousands of miles, building up their strength and power ready to crash onto the coral reefs which surround this island.
The location of Barbados has therefore blessed us with the most consistent surf conditions in the Caribbean.
Whilst surfing in Barbados can be enjoyed all around the island, the east coast offers the very best surfing conditions throughout the year followed by the the south coast of the island.
Beginner surfers can enjoy a whole
holiday dedicated to surfing in Barbados. There are a range of hotels
and guesthouses situated in the towns of the top surfing
beaches with surfing
equipment hire and lessons readily available nearby. There are even
some surfing companies and tour operators which offer accommodation,
board hire and lessons as part of a surf package.
Just around the corner is South Point which has hosted numerous surfing competitions and is great for the intermediate to advanced surfer. Surf Barbados is a Barbados surf operator offering surf accommodations located both right at or near to South Point and Freights Bay that are great for a beginner Barbados surfing vacation.
Surfer’s Point is right at the point where the Caribbean meets the Atlantic and is a great place to learn how to surf. Surfer's point is also home to Zed Surf Adventures offering surf lessons and surf bungalows at this beginner Barbados surf spot.
is third south coast surf break, is located near Bridgetown and across
from the Garrison Savannah Thoroughbred Race Track. This surf
spot is good not only for beginners but all levels of surfers.
It is steps away from Dread
or Dead Surf Shop Barbados, a Barbados surf shop
where you can rent a surfboard, take a surf lesson or just purchase
Some even offer a surf course broken down into chunks over a number of days allowing you to surf numerous times during your Barbados vacation.
are also available for individuals or groups and for adults or
children, so the whole family can learn to surf!
Long boards, short boards, fun boards - you name it, you can rent it!
Surfboards can be rented from all of the surf schools and tour operators in Barbados, as well as most Barbados surf shops.
A couple of the
recommended accommodation options in this area are The Edgewater Hotel and Sea-U Guest House
Hotel. Since its refurbishment Edgewater has
become one of the largest hotels on the
east coast while Sea-U is a small, friendly option situated at Tent
Bay. Both of these accommodations cater towards surfers.
Soup Bowl is a world famous Barbados surf spot on the east coast of the island and is where you can find some of the best waves in the Caribbean. Even World Championship surfer Kelly Slater called his sessions at this surf break his best surf ever during a surf trip down to Barbados. This surf trip is featured in the June 2005 issue of Transworld Surf Magazine and Taylor Steele's surf DVD Campaign 2.
This Barbados surf spot is not recommended for beginners as the
waves can get really big, and the shallow reef is covered with sea
urchins. There is also a strong rip current. Experienced surfers only!
Point is a small exposed beach, it has fairly
consistent surf apart from in the summer, and it rarely gets crowded. Maycock's Bay is another north coast beach for experienced surfers, it is quite
remote, but gets large waves for parts of the year.
The best surf spot to watch surfers in Barbados while lying on the beach getting a tan is Brandons surf break. This surf sport is right next to The Hilton Barbados Hotel so if you choose to stay at this hotel during your trip take a stroll down the beach and come watch.
Freights Bay is also a great spectator surf break to visit in the evening. This is due to its cliff top view where you can taking in our beautiful the sunset .
Barbados is host to international surfing competitions that take place every year. The biggest and best of these competitions for spectators is the Independence Day Reef Classic in November. It normally takes place over three days, during the first weekend of November, and attracts great surfers from around the world, so come watch and enjoy! (Kelly Slater is a regular invitee)
The Barbados Surfing Association also hosts local surf contests throughout the year where local Barbados surfers compete to gain points and secure a spot on the island's international surf team. You are more than welcome to come watch one of these surf contest during your Barbados surfing vacation.
Learn More About Surfing in Barbados
Barbados Surf Reports - Want to know what the surf is like in Barbados right now? Learn how to forecast the island's surf with these Barbados surf reports.
Dread or Dead Surf Shop Barbados - The Dread Or Dead Surf Shop Barbados is one of the oldest and most popular surf shop in Barbados, located in the southern parish of Christ Church.