The Caribbean gets great surf in winter time and although it doesn't get all that big, it is usually consistent with a mix of East or North East trade
windswell and Northerly, almost North Westerly groundswell that's produced as the cold fronts swing off the East Coast.
Some of the best waves that I have found tend to be on the Western Coasts or on the top corners of the islands where the trade
winds blow offshore
, but the waves still wrap in.
With a boat the possibilities are endless and I've always found a relatively decent anchorage close by, although,I admit, sometimes I resort to finding shelter and renting
a car to get to the waves.
The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos
have scores of isolated reef breaks, but they are very remote
and sharky. I base myself inside the reef at Provo and explore the nearby reefs
The BVI's have some great surf but the waves are quite crowded. Anchor in Cane Garden Bay and tender
over to Little Apple if the point at CGB isn't breaking. The North Coast of Tortola hold some nice secrets that can only be accessed by boat.
If the wind
is light and there's North swell, the reef at Anegada
can be awesome, but it's a rare event. If the swell is big, try the reef at Spanish Town on Virgin Gorda.
There's good waves on the Spanish Virgins. Puerto Rico
gets great waves on the Western corner but anchoring
can be tricky and in my opinion, the Mona Passage
is a very stressful place to go boating
The DR has lots of potential and I'm yet to fully explore the coves and headlands, but the charts
look promising and there's always swell when I sail past.
As for the main island chain, I've surfed every island and they all have pleasant waves. In St Maarten, I anchor in Marigot and tender
to the North Eastern point to surf the right point at Wilderness.
In St Barths the waves are great but can only be accessed by anchoring
in town and renting
a car to surf L'Orient or Point Milou.
I never found much on Antigua
. Rumors abound about a point break on the very North tip on St Kitts
which can be easily reached by anchoring further down the West Coast
and tendering back up.
gets great waves, but are hard to access by boat.
The real gem for great waves is Barbados. If you anchor at Port St Charles, you can surf the waves on the West coast by tender. Drive North to Maycocks and Duppies or South to Sandy Lane. If it's flat on that coast then go overland to the East Coast to the famous SoupBowls.
I surfed some good waves this past season in the Grenadines and was able to anchor inside the reefs, so it was ideal to surf by boat. My friends also swear by Tobago
, but I've never got that far, I've found that it gets a lot windier the further South so the best conditions for waves are further North between the Leewards and the Bahamas.
Good Luck - I'll be anchored at Cane Garden Bay this season - Hopefully see you there!