Surfing in the Caribbean: A Water Paradise

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A Water Paradise

Surfing in the Caribbean on its Turquoise shores. Where deep, azure blues meet pristine sands and soft, foamy surf in the Caribbean. The world’s most beautiful tropical paradise is a haven for watersports enthusiasts. As well as beachgoers with some of the best surf in the world. Throughout the Caribbean, international and regional surfing competitions fill up the festive calendar. While year-round surfers and spectators make the most of what the legendary sea has to offer. It’s the perfect destination for both seasoned surfers and beginners alike to try their hands. Or feet – at this fun pastime, and revel in the celebration surrounding it.

Prime Surf

With its wealth of beautiful locations and excellent beaches, most locales will suit the aspiring and seasoned surfer’s needs. The Caribbean is simply bursting with excellent surf spots, including:

  • Elbow Cay, Bahamas
  • Turtle Bay, Galley Bay and Sand Haven, Antigua & Barbuda
  • Tortola in Josiah’s Bay in the British Virgin Islands
  • Barbados’ Atlantic side
  • Calibishie and Pauga Bay, Dominica
  • Cabarete, Dominican Republic, which enjoys a whole tourist industry that caters to surfers; the best beaches include Playa Encuentro and the Camino del Sol
  • Commaret Point, St. Lucia
  • St. Maarten/St. Martin
  • Several locations in St. Vincent & the Grenadines
  • …and many other destinations

Even for surfers established in one area of the Caribbean, the proximity of the islands and travel time between means that many visitors can hop from place to place to get the most out of the water. Weather and marine patterns are vital considerations to take into account, however. For instance, Antigua – not usually associated with surfing – offers its best swell of the Atlantic in the southeast. Swells from the west will also dictate which locations are ideal to start from.

Surfing Celebrations

Some of the world’s best surfing competitions are hosted in the Caribbean, and these are usually accompanied by a myriad of songs, dances, and delicious food and drink. It’s a great time to witness some of the world’s most extraordinary talents and revel in the festive joys. Costa Rica is host to the most famous of these competitions, attracting thousands of spectators each year, while the renowned “Soup Bowl” in Barbados is another hot location.

Learning the Art

Many surfers will want to hone their skills while beginners require some initial lessons, and luckily, there are many schools and academies for surfing in the Caribbean which offer the programs to do this. Coconut Reef School is one of them, situated in St. Maarten. Swell Surf Camp on the north coast is designed exclusively for surfers of varying levels in the Dominican Republic- another surfing hotspot. Other popular schools include the Caribbean Surf School in Cabarete, Dominican Republic, and Zed’s Surfing Adventures in Barbados. Surfers can also use rentals here.

A Few Key Tips

Like many watersports, surfing can take patience to develop. It’s essential to give it time and look into a region ideal for beginners. As well as experts when starting at an early level. As always, practice the utmost safety and follow guidelines for each region. Safety concerns cover marine life, weather, tides, currents, and challenging landscapes like cliffs, reefs, and piers. Even experienced surfers should gain some knowledge of the area. Ideally, such as the optimal time to go and the conditions they will be facing.

Read the small Print.

Be sure to read the small print when purchasing the appropriate coverage for travel and health concerns. Local surf schools and rental businesses will be able to provide helpful information. Indeed about the best times to hit the surf; and where medical checkout points will be in the case of an emergency. For further information, surfers can consult some handy guides to keep updated on events and surf conditions.

Most importantly, respect the region where you surf, including the fragile marine life and the ecosystems in which they live. As one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, the Caribbean faces environmental challenges. Essentially due to its high congestion of tourism. Be a responsible traveler, purchase locally sourced goods and food, and leave as minimal an impact as possible.

Article was written by Anne Morgan

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