Bahamas Surf Spots – Abaco Islands,
Eleuthera & Cat Island

Often overlooked, Bahamas surfing is definitely on the rise thanks to traveling US East Coast surfers looking for a consistent warm water paradise during the winter months. Surf in the Bahamas holds incredible wave potential, much of which is still being discovered. True Bahamas surf exploration will require a boat. There are many offshore reefs and ledges yet to be ridden on the right swell.

The Bahamas has great surf year-round. Typically, May–July holds smaller surf; however, once hurricane season is underway, the Bahamas can see very large, powerful surf, even by Hawaiian standards. Once fall sets in, the Caribbean surf spots come alive with consistent north swells from low-pressure systems moving off the east coast of the US. This keeps the swell consistent on north-facing beaches throughout the Out Islands of The Abacos and Eleuthera.

The islands of the Bahamas pick up swell from the north, east and south. The majority of Bahamas surfing spots are located on the Out Islands of Abaco, Eleuthera & Cat Island. Its 700+ islands hold more potential than any other unexplored area of the Caribbean.

Surfing in the Bahamas is a great option for US East Coast surfers. Located just 70 miles east of Florida, it’s a short/easy flight, and the US dollar is widely accepted.

The weather and water temps in the Bahamas differ slightly from summer to winter. Water temps will stay in the 80’s from May to November, and will hover in the low 70’s from December to March. So, a spring suit is a good option for Bahamas surfing during the winter months.

There is no shortage of adventure while surfing the Bahamas. You will need to pack your own board, as there are very few quality surfboard rentals. If the surf goes flat, no worries: each island is filled with incredible snorkeling, free diving and fishing opportunities.

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Surf Breaks in the Bahamas


Surfers Beach, Eleuthera

Surf Location Northeast coast of Eleuthera
Best Swell Direction North and Northeast
Best Tide Any
Best Wind Direction West and Southwest
Best Surf Season September-March
Wave Quality Most consistent surf spot in the Bahamas. Mainly a left with good form. Surfers Beach can hold some size from large north swells.
The Surfers Can get crowded with locals and tourists
Boards Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard
Paddle Out Moderate to difficult
Skill Level Intermediate to Advanced
Bottom Reef and sand
Watch Out For… Sharks, reef patches
Water Condition Clean and clear

James Point, Eleuthera

Surf Location East coast of Eleuthera, about 30 miles south of Gregory Town
Best Swell Direction North and Northeast
Best Tide Any
Best Wind Direction West and Southwest
Best Surf Season September-March
Wave Quality Epic left-hand point beak wave. Best wave on the island. Totally epic when it’s on. Long lines break from the rocky headland into the cove.
The Surfers Can get crowded with locals and tourists, =
Boards Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard
Paddle Out Easy, sometimes a dry hair paddle-out
Skill Level Intermediate to Advanced
Bottom Reef and sand
Watch Out For… Sharks, reef patches
Water Condition Clean and clear

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Garbanzos, Elbow Cay – Abaco IslandS

Surf Location East coast of Elbow Cay in the Abaco Islands chain
Best Swell Direction Very exposed, picks up swell from north to south
Best Tide High
Best Wind Direction West and Northwest
Best Surf Season September-March
Wave Quality Rights and lefts break over a shallow reef. Can get perfect!!
The Surfers Can get crowded with locals and tourists
Boards Shortboard
Paddle Out Moderate to difficult
Skill Level Advanced
Bottom Shallow reef
Watch Out For… Reef, sharks
Water Condition Clean and clear

Indicas, Elbow Cay – Abaco Islands

Surf Location East coast of Elbow Cay in the Abaco Islands chain
Best Swell Direction Very exposed, picks up swell from north to south
Best Tide High
Best Wind Direction West
Best Surf Season September-March
Wave Quality Very hollow left breaking over a rock reef. Can get very hollow and speedy.
The Surfers Can get crowded, but mellow vibe
Boards Shortboard, longboard
Paddle Out Moderate to difficult
Skill Level Advanced
Bottom Rock reef
Watch Out For… The reef, rocks, sharks
Water Condition Clean and clear

Rush Reef, Elbow Cay – Abaco Islands

Surf Location In front of the Abaco Inn on Elbow Cay in the Abaco Islands chain
Best Swell Direction North and Northeast
Best Tide High
Best Wind Direction West
Best Surf Season September-March
Wave Quality Consistent reef break, with hollow rights and lefts
The Surfers Rarely crowded.
Boards Shortboard, fish, longobard
Paddle Out Moderate to difficult
Skill Level Advanced
Bottom Shallow reef
Watch Out For… The reef
Water Condition Clean and clear

Williwaw, Great Guana Cay– Abaco Islands

Surf Location Ferry access only
Best Swell Direction North and Northeast
Best Tide High
Best Wind Direction West and Southwest
Best Surf Season September-March
Wave Quality Steep, speedy waves with hollow sections. Can get epic.
The Surfers Can get crowded with locals and tourists
Boards Shortboard, longobard
Paddle Out Moderate to difficult
Skill Level Advanced
Bottom Shallow reef
Watch Out For… Sharks
Water Condition Clean and clear
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