The Caribbean is known for its excellent surfing, and almost any destination in the region will have something to offer, but these top five destinations have some of the best to be found anywhere in the region.
- Costa Rica is in the geographic position to offer excellent conditions in both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, and there is no shortage of beaches to choose from. Surf schools and rental shops are in abundance, and numerous hotels, guesthouses, and inns cater to the surfing crowd. Beaches with good conditions include Playa Avellana, Playa Bejuco, Playa Esterillos, Playa Hermosa, and Playa Negra, to name a few.
- Barbados offers year-round surfing on the island’s east coast and hosts regular international competitions in November, when wave conditions are optimal. The best surfers from around the world compete in this popular 2-day event held at the Soup Bowl on the rugged east coast of the island. The Soup Bowl is the most famous place for surfing and bodyboarding throughout the year. At certain times of the year, the south shore has tremendous waves hitting the shoreline, from Oistins to Needhams Point, and Silver Sands, South Point, and Accra are particularly popular when conditions are right, but there are numerous small bays and out-of-areas. in passing where the swell is good. There are several rental shops and training schools on the island, and accommodations that offer packages with good conditions on the outskirts.
- Martinique also has several beaches that offer excellent boarding opportunities, as well as equipment rentals and lessons for surfers of all levels, including beginners. Anse Cafard, Anse Ceron, Anse Diamant and Anse Trabaud are the most popular beaches on the island to enjoy good waves all year round.
- St Martin is another island that has been blessed with great waves. Baie aux Prunes, Baie de l’Embouchure, Baie Longue, Le Galion Beach and St Barthelemy are particularly popular and include bodyboarding. There are surf schools, equipment rental shops, as well as accommodations that offer packages to surfers with or without equipment and experience.
- The British Virgin Islands are also among the top five surfing destinations in the Caribbean, with most of the good areas found on the island of Tortola. Apple Bay Beach, Cane Garden Beach, and Josiah’s Bay Beach are the most popular, and there are surf schools, equipment rental shops, and accommodations nearby to meet visitor needs.