Life’s a Beach


Barbados is known for its beautiful beaches and is a popular destination for surfers due to its consistent waves and warm waters. Here are some of the best beaches in Barbados for surfing:

  1. Soup Bowl (Bathsheba):
    • Located on the east coast of Barbados, Soup Bowl is renowned for its powerful and consistent waves, making it a favourite among experienced surfers. Primarily a right wave, Soup Bowl can be exceptionally powerful during substantial swells. Breaking in approximately 7 feet of water over a protruding rock shelf into the Atlantic Ocean, it is renowned for its heavy barrels and substantial surf. It is a world-class surf spot and often hosts international surfing competitions.
  2. Freights  Bay:
    • Freights Bay, on the south coast, is a popular spot for surfers of all levels. The waves are more forgiving, and the bay is sheltered, making it suitable for beginners. It boasts the longest left wave in Barbados, making it an ideal spot for longboarders, intermediate surfers, and beginners due to its moderate power. With swells exceeding 6 feet, the wave transforms into a hollow, perfect playground for shortboard enthusiasts. Breaking in about 4 feet of water, the bottom comprises mostly sand and reef, ensuring a safe surfing experience for all skill levels.
  3. Tropicana (Thunder Bay):
    • Located on the west coast, Tropicana, also known as Brandons, is a beach break that offers a variety of waves suitable for surfers of different skill levels. It’s a more relaxed surf spot with a friendly atmosphere. Caution: Shallow left barrel, which is extreme at low tide. Beware of fire coral bottom. Avoid going right due to dry reef. Ideal for beachside watching, but watch out for powerful shore break.
  1. Sandy Lane Beach:
    • Situated on the west coast, Sandy Lane Beach has consistent waves, during the winter months. The waves can vary in size, providing opportunities for both beginners and more advanced surfers.
  2. Batts Rock:
    • Positioned on Barbados’ West Coast, near to La Cabanne West, Batts Rock is the primary spot to explore for quality surf during a north swell. Offering a left wave breaking in around 7 feet of water, it is considered one of the safest surfing locations on the west side of the island. The swells gracefully ascend onto the reef, forming a flawless barrel that extends all the way to the beach. With a steep drop and wedges resembling Pipeline, Batts Rock provides an exhilarating surfing experience.
  3. South Point:
    • South Point is on the south coast and is known for its reef break. The waves can be powerful, and it’s a favourite spot for experienced surfers. The location is also known for its vibrant coral reefs.
  4. Silver Sands:
    • Located on the south coast, Silver Sands is a popular beach with a mix of beach breaks and reef breaks. It’s known for its strong winds, making it a great spot for windsurfing and kite surfing as well.
  5. Accra Beach (Rockley Beach):
    • Accra Beach, also known as Rockley Beach, is located on the south coast and offers consistent waves, making it suitable for surfers of various skill levels. The beach has a lively atmosphere and is close to amenities.
  6. Brandons:
    • Brandons, situated on the South Coast near The Garrison Racetrack and Bridgetown, offers a long left wave suitable for all skill levels. The expansive face is ideal for hitting the lip and enjoying extended rides. Breaking on a reef, Brandons reels for approximately 75 meters. Optimal surfing conditions occur during a South East wind swell, particularly at low tide. The picturesque beach attracts locals who enjoy picnics on weekends while their children surf.
  7. Maycocks Bay:
    • Maycocks Bay, situated on the north-west coast, is known for its powerful an exceptionally lengthy right wave, when it breaks waves, especially during the winter months. It’s a more secluded spot, offering a quieter surfing experience. Maycocks reaches its peak during low tide, forming hollow sections that enhance the wave’s character. If you have the fortune to visit Barbados and surf Maycocks during a north swell, the experience will be etched in your memory forever.
  8. Long Beach:
    • Long Beach, on the south-east coast, is a spacious and less crowded beach with a mix of sand and rocks. It’s suitable for experienced surfers, and the waves can be challenging.

Before heading out to surf, it’s essential to check current surf conditions, tides, and weather forecasts. Additionally, if you’re new to surfing or unfamiliar with the local breaks, consider taking lessons from a reputable surf school on the island.