Barbados Surf Spots and Surfing Information

Plain and simple: Barbados surf spots deliver! Perfect waves peel along each coast of this beautiful little island that sits at the bottom of the Caribbean Island Chain, with the open Atlantic Ocean on the east coast and the Caribbean Sea on the west coast.

Though seldom thought of as a major surf destination, Barbados can serve up surf spots with a healthy dose of power, tubes and stoke. This is thanks to to its prime location in the southern Caribbean. Most surfers head for Bathsheba, a quaint beach town along the east coast that caters to surfers. Bathsheba is home to Soup Bowl, the crown jewel of Barbados surfing.

Unlike other Caribbean Islands, Barbados has surf 360 days a year, peaking November through June. Barbados’s east coast faces the open Atlantic Ocean and sits in an unobstructed position to pick up groomed groundswells from northern, eastern and southern storms, as well as a good amount of trade wind swell. This swell consistency keeps Barbados busy with traveling surfers from the East Coast of the United States.

Barbados was originally an English colony, but has been independent since 1966. It might be far from England, but her influence can be felt in the island’s stable government, economy and first-rate accommodations. However, unlike England, Barbados boasts a classic Caribbean climate: 350 days of sunshine per year, and year-round 80-degree water and air temperatures. Be forewarned - the spiced rum punch is deceptively strong with enough sweet stuff from local sugar cane to mask almost any amount of rum.

Barbados truly is a surfers paradise. Find a surf school in Barbados.

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Barbados Surf Breaks

Find the spot that’s right for you. Read through our detailed informational charts on the main surf spots in Barbados.


Soup bowl - East Coast

Surf Location In the village of Bathsheba
Best Swell Direction North
Best Tide Incoming low
Best Wind Direction South, Southwest
Best Surf Season November-March
Wave Quality This is the most famous surf spot in Barbados, and one of the best waves in the Caribbean. Soup Bowl is an epic right-hand reef break that offers freight train-like speed and huge, stand-up barrels.
The Surfers Very crowded and competitive. Lots of professional surfers visit Soup Bowl on a regular basis.
Boards Shortboard
Paddle Out Moderate to difficult depending on the swell
Skill Level Advanced
Bottom Reef
Watch Out For… Urchins and undertow
Water Condition Clean and clear

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Parlour - East Coast

Surf Location In the village of Bathsheba
Best Swell Direction Northeast
Best Tide Incoming low
Best Wind Direction South, Southwest
Best Surf Season November-March
Wave Quality This is THE big wave spot in Barbados when a big swell hits. Oddly, it’s also a good wave for beginners when it’s small. Parlour offers something for every surfing level.
The Surfers It gets crowded and competitive when there’s a big swell. Many surfers come here instead of fighting the maddening crowds at Soup Bowl.
Boards Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard; big wave gun when a large swell is present
Paddle Out Moderate, can be difficult
Skill Level Beginners and intermediate surfers when it’s small; when a big swell hits, Parlour is for advanced surfers only
Bottom Reef
Watch Out For… Urchins and undertow
Water Condition Clean and clear
 

Brandon - south coast

Surf Location In front of the Coconut Court Beach Hotel on the southwest coast of Barbados
Best Swell Direction South, Southwest
Best Tide High
Best Wind Direction Northeast
Best Surf Season November-March
Wave Quality Long left-hand reef break that does get hollow on the inside section, but watch out for the urchins covering the inside reef.
The Surfers This place isn’t one of the most popular, so the crowds are less then at most places
Boards Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Beginner to Advanced
Bottom Reef and sand
Watch Out For… Urchins on the reef
Water Condition Clean and clear
 

Freights Bay - South Coast

Surf Location On the south coast, within walking distance of the Clearwater Apartments
Best Swell Direction Needs a large south swell to break
Best Tide High
Best Wind Direction Northeast
Best Surf Season November-March
Wave Quality Long left-hand reef break that is great for beginners or longboarders looking for long backside rides
The Surfers Moderate crowd, everyone here is mellow
Boards Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Beginner to Advanced
Bottom Reef and sand
Watch Out For… Nothing
Water Condition Clean and clear
 

Duppy's - West Coast

Surf Location At the tip of the northwest coast
Best Swell Direction North
Best Tide High
Best Wind Direction South, Southeast
Best Surf Season November-March
Wave Quality Powerful right-hand reef break. This spot will break with some good power, so it’s best left to more advanced surfers looking for pitching lips, tubes and lots of speed.
The Surfers Does get crowded and competitive
Boards Shortboard
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Advanced
Bottom Reef
Watch Out For… Reef, late take-offs, freak sets
Water Condition Clean and clear
 

Tropicana - West Coast

Surf Location Across from John Moore’s Rum Shop, in front of the church
Best Swell Direction West and Northwest
Best Tide Definitely high tide, low tide is too shallow
Best Wind Direction South, Southeast
Best Surf Season November-March
Wave Quality Powerful left-hand reef break that breaks in shallow water. Waves are steep with great tube sections.
The Surfers Does get crowded and competitive
Boards Shortboard
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Advanced
Bottom Shallow reef
Watch Out For… Shallow reef covered with urchins
Water Condition Clean and clear

 

 

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