best carribean island to surf

Discussion in 'Surf Travel' started by hickorywrestler64, Apr 29, 2013.

  1. hickorywrestler64

    hickorywrestler64 Member

    Aug 10, 2011
    my buddy and I are about to spend 10 days trekking through costa rica while surfing as many spots as possible. Which got us thinking that we have saved up enough to take another trip come winter time. We were thinking about the Caribbean. I know most people will say Puerto Rico, How ever he has been there atleast a dozen times and I have been few times as well. We were looking for input on DR, Barbados, Tortola, or any other islands that have consistent surf during winter. Your responses are much appreciated
  2. nynj

    nynj Well-Known Member

    Jul 27, 2012
    I love Barbados... A lot of different waves on a small island. Not the most consistent place in the world, but I've scored every time I've been. Been 5 times and never skunked. Wind is usually on shore on the east coast (soup bowl side)but it's still fun. When there's a solid swell there's a ton of spots.

  3. chicharronne

    chicharronne Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2006
    the best break on the Caribbean is in Costa. Some contend that the best break in Costa in on the Caribbean. all other "just fluff".
  4. superbust

    superbust Well-Known Member

    Nov 2, 2008
    Been to northern DR and NW PR.

    Encuentro is the surfing beach you're looking for in the DR. It is near Cabarete (might actually be in Cabarete). It has a good variety of breaks for being one area of beach. Good left and a good right. Locals have unparalleled hospitality. I would surf with all locals and we got along just fine. Be aware of nightlife though. I got in a pretty sketchy situation involving a sort of brothel....well, **** the story just be careful.

    PR is great. Just went for my 6th stay this past Xmas. The north side was definitely more hostile in my opinion. I had a teenage local splashing me in the face for calling him off a wave. Other than that, just explore PR. The north side will be less crowded but is definitely subject to more trade winds. The best breaks I surfed though were in Rincon (probably because the conditions are usually favorable around the corners).

    Check other threads as well, there are more than a million on this topic alone and of course, Good Luck!
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2013
  5. Kahuna Kai

    Kahuna Kai Well-Known Member

    Dec 13, 2010
    I had a teenage local splashing me in the face for calling him off a wave.

    Nice self control. I might have drowned that little bugger
  6. SearchForShacks

    SearchForShacks Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2009
    i had a middle aged local follow me to the beach at domes for spraying him as hes trying to drop in on me i was dumbfounded... pr locals sucked till it got massive then they were way cooler
  7. LBCrew

    LBCrew Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2009

    Just like everywhere else, I guess. When everybody's wave starved, there's way more aggro in the water. But when everybody's had a chance to get their ya-yas out, everybody's chill.
  8. stinkbug

    stinkbug Well-Known Member

    Dec 21, 2010
    PR or Barbados.
    The rest are just to fickle to plan a trip in advance. If you can pick up an go within a day or so there are other islands, but I think Tortola, DR, Bahamas are too fickle to plan a trip months or weeks in advance. You could get a serious skunking.
    Someday I will score Tortola good though I hope. When that spot is on it's the best in the Caribbean
  9. superbust

    superbust Well-Known Member

    Nov 2, 2008
    yea it was some self control (Im 22, he was probably 15-16) and I had no idea how many people this kid would have chasing me for beating his ass
  10. Kahuna Kai

    Kahuna Kai Well-Known Member

    Dec 13, 2010
  11. beachkat

    beachkat Well-Known Member

    Oct 16, 2009
    been to Tortola three years in a row for a week, and never were there 4 days in a row with a consistent size, it varied quite a bit in size and conditions.... hard to know what you will get. I went in March each year..
  12. johnxyz

    johnxyz Active Member

    Jun 29, 2008
    Caribbean side of Costa Rica

    That's interesting - I didn't realize that there was surf on the Carribean side of the country, as the Pacific side gets all the attention of traveling surfers. Anymore info on this? Thanks
  13. nynj

    nynj Well-Known Member

    Jul 27, 2012
    This is true... The caribbean side of Costa is sick... It's much heavier than the Pacific coast.

  14. scotty

    scotty Well-Known Member

    Aug 26, 2008
    Not just CR, but the Caribbean coast of Panama gets sick waves as well. During the winter season, these spots are probably some of the more consistent surf spots in the Caribbean.
  15. Swellinfo

    Swellinfo Administrator

    May 19, 2006
    Everyone has already nailed it, but just my confirmation that in the Caribbean, best waves are on Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Barbados, and the Caribbean side of Panama and Costa Rica. A lot of people forget about the Caribbean side of Costa Rica and Panama, which can be super good and consistent.

    If you look at a map of the Caribbean Islands, you'll see lots of other islands exposed to tons of swell, but most of them suffer from poor bathymetry profiles that dampen much of the swell energy.
  16. chicharronne

    chicharronne Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2006
    2 words, Salsa Brava.
  17. sailquik

    sailquik Well-Known Member

    Nov 23, 2012
    You guys seem to be forgetting you are guests in someone else's house.

    The "ass beating" comment implies a certain aggressiveness that probably shows up in your surfing as well, so maybe you should look inward and not outwards as the source of the problem.
  18. LightofTruth

    LightofTruth Member

    Apr 10, 2013
    Last trip to Tortola we got three major swells in one week. CG was perfect with like 5 people out. Just perfect rights. But friend went down this past winter and got nothing and spent a ton of money. Take plane to St.Thomas and take ferry to Tortola. Apple Bay may be a bit more consistent but just playful tho in my opinion. I would recommend another island as others had mentioned unless you can check the forcast a couple of days ahead of time and book a flight then to St.Thomas. It looks like Spirit airlines has cheap flights to there. Heard Tobago had a good wave. Never been. In Tortola u can stay in CG or Sebatians is really good. Good food and huge lobster dinners. Have fun!
  19. nynj

    nynj Well-Known Member

    Jul 27, 2012
    Heavy wave.... Not what most people picture when they think of Costa

  20. chicharronne

    chicharronne Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2006