Like it’s US counterpart, surfing season on the British Virgin Islands is November through March, where the waves can reach between six and eight feet or more in height. The rest of the year, the waters are pretty flat and unsurfable. The north coast of the island of Tortola offers world-class surfing in a pristine tropical paradise, with white sandy beaches and warm, clear blue waters. Apple Bay on the west end, or Capoon’s Bay as the locals like to call it, is the area best known for surfing in the BVI. No trip here is complete without having a rum cocktail at Bombas Surfside Shack, a popular surfer hangout. Further up the coastline is Cane Garden Bay. On the east end when the swell is big, there’s point break that can go up to 300 yards, and rivals the waves on Oahu’s North Shore in both size and class. When this break is on, you’ll see photographers lined up to get a good shot. At the very north point of Tortola is Josiah’s Bay, and here you’ll find more “family-friendly” surfing, with waves reaching no larger then six feet and averaging between three and four feet. Every Sunday at Josiah’s Bay is family day, and moms, dads, kids, and everyone else turn out for a day-long surfing party. The mood of the locals is friendly and welcoming, and crime here is almost non-existent. If you’re planning a surfing trip to the BVI, be sure to give yourself at least a couple of weeks time since the surf is inconsistent and waters can go flat for days at a stretch. Another downside is that this is one of the pricier places to stay in the Caribbean. But overall, when conditions are right, it is an outstanding location for surfing.


Surf Location West end of the island.
Best Swell Direction Northwest
Best Tide All
Best Wind Direction Southeast
Best Surf Season Fall, Winter, early Spring
Wave Quality Consistently good.
The Surfers Can get crowded, some localism.
Boards Shortboard
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Total beginner to advanced
Bottom Reef
Watch Out For… Sharp coral.
Water Condition Very clean

Surf Location Far northeast corner of the island
Best Swell Direction North
Best Tide All
Best Wind Direction East
Best Surf Season Fall through Early Spring
Wave Quality Mellow, usually three to four feet.
The Surfers Family-friendly, mellow vibe.
Boards Funboard
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Beginner to Advanced
Bottom Sand
Watch Out For… No hazards.
Water Condition Very clean.