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Surfing In The British Virgin Islands

Surfing at Bomba Shack, BVI
Surfing at Bomba Shack
Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Some of the best surfing in the Caribbean can be found on Tortola and its surrounding islands. The surf is seasonal, roughly from mid November to late April, although during the summer months, swells do show up from passing storms on the northern side of the islands.

Many of the surf spots can be fickle to swell and wind direction, but when those conditions are right, they can be awesome. Size is another concern, where one of the best spots on Tortola needs to be near over head for it to go off. Water temperature during the winter is around eighty degrees and during the summer can push up toward the high eighties.

Surfing Apple Bay, BVI
Surfing Apple Bay
Tortola, British Virgin Islands

It's wise to bring all of your own surf supplies with you because the one surf shop is some ways away from the surfing spots. There are several spots that can only be reached by boats, but charters can be arranged for day and overnight trips with accommodations made with local hotels. Accommodations around the BVI can be pricey and scarce at times but there are some "basic" pads.

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Surf Spots
Apple Bay, Tortola
Located on the north shore, the surf spot breaks with waves 2'-10'. A beach break, with reef bottom. Right and left hand peaks.
Long Bay Beach, Tortola
A good beach for beginners but has a tendency to close out above 3'.
Cane Garden Bay
A point break with the waves wrapping around into the harbour. The waves need to be over 5' before the break is surfable. Size can reach 15'. Beware of exposed reef inside as the water sucks out. Not a safe spot for a beginner.
Coutins Bay
A left break that is surfable to 12'. The spot is only accessible by boat.
Josiah's Bay
A beach break that is sufable 2 - 8'. Tough paddle out at times, and closes out easily
Long Bay, Beef Island
A beach break with a sandy bottom, surfable 3 - 8'. Left and right peak
Sandy Spit, Jost Van Dyke
A left hand wave that breaks in front of a small island, wraps around the east end of the spit. Surfable 4-15' Easy paddle out to the line up. Beware of getting caught inside. Coral bottom, with reef lining the shore. Reachable only by boat.
Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda
The spot is located at the entrance to the yacht harbor. No beach, coral bottom, breaks into deeper water. Left hand wave, 4 - 8' range. Paddle out from inside harbour.
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