The 5 Best Surfing Spots in the Caribbean You Shouldn’t Miss in Your Lifetime

Ah… the Caribbean!!! Utter the words and you automatically dream about romance, the sexy language, beautiful and Miss Universe figure-like ladies, turquoise beach waters, and tasty food. For surfers, it is one of those places that offer some of the best surfing spots in the world. Planning to go there? You’ve come to the right page.

Puerto Rico

Let’s kick it off with Puerto Rico. The country already became popular decades ago when it hosted the 1968 World Surfing Championships. Get good quality rides on all seasons even on the summer, but the focal points here are the north and northwest coasts during winter swells. Therefore, if you want to tick off the country of Puerto Rico on your bucket list, give your attention to Aguadilla (at the northwestern tip of the country), and Rincon (located at the western coast).

The surf season begins from late summer to early spring, but still produces some good waves all year round. Since Puerto Rico is a very popular surfing spot, the huge crowd can be frustrating at times. Still, it is a best surfing and vacation spot for friends and families alike.

British Virgin Islands

Enjoy also a family-friendly kind of surfing trip when you visit the British Virgin Islands.  Josiah’s Bay at the northern point of Tortola provides waves from three to six feet only which makes it the best place for beginner to intermediate surfers. Also at the north coast of the island of Tortola you will find Apple Bay with world-class waves of crystal-clear blue waters. Waves can reach from six to more than eight inches of height from November through March. This is the perfect spot for advanced surfers.


This island also has amazing surfing spots to offer, so we wonder if Rihanna ever learned to surf at her native land! Soup Bowl on the east coast is the most popular surfing destination and is also one of the best waves in the Caribbean.  Various competitive surfers with short boards flock to this place located at the village of Bathsheba on a regular basis, which means that Soup Bowl is most ideal for advanced surfers.

For beginner surfers, you may choose among Parlour (also at Bathsheba) as well as Brandon or Freights Bay on the South Coast. Peak surfing seasons for this island is from November to March. However, Barbados is still a perfect place to surf any time of the year.


James Point, Eleuthera of the Bahamas has the best wave in the island. The surf season is from September to March as well and it can get really crowded with locals and tourists because of its epic left-hand point break waves. You may use your short, fish, fan, or long board. However there’s a catch, you need to keep your full attention on reef patches and….. sharks! Check out Garbanzos at Elbow Cay in Abaco Islands as well. The wind direction from west and northwest provides great rights and lefts over a shallow reef.

Costa Rica

We are not forgetting Costa Rica on the list. Santa Teresa catches the most swells coming from the north or the south. Surfing season is all 365 days of the year, but the biggest waves peak from May to November. The wave is usually faster and steeper. With Santa Teresa’s long beach line, you may choose between the spots of La Lora and Roca Mar for your ideal spots.

If you are a beginner surfer, go to the El Carmen beach break. The wave is long and slow. When you fall, it’s just sandy bottom. It is best on high tide, but you can still surf on a low tide.

Photo by The Costa Rica Star

Aside from surfing, there are plenty of other activities to do in any part of the Caribbean. Snorkeling, diving, hiking, sightseeing– any activity from land to sea can be offered by the islands. If you want the chance to surf and explore at the same time, pick any of the five listed above.

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