Top 5 Surfing Spots in the Virgin Islands
Little is known about the outrageous waves and surfs that grace the United States and British Virgin Islands during warm seasons. During this time, approximately from mid-November to late April, the waves can reach up to eight-feet in height, and on bigger days may go as high as double overhead. And although waters in the VIs are pretty flat and dead the rest of the year, passing storms from its Northern part can still cook up some pretty exciting surf.
Sprat Bay, Water Island, USVI
Water Island, which can be accessed with a 10-minute ferry ride from St. Thomas, is better known for swimming and snorkeling. However, Sprat Bay, near the island’s Eastern end, has hollow fast, and ledgy right point breaks which can accommodate surfers of all levels, including beginners. Located in a mostly undeveloped island, Sprat Bay's crowd is somewhat limited, making it a neat place for "limin'" (chill and relax).
Hull Bay, St. Thomas, USVI
There's no other beach more associated with surfing in all of St. Thomas than Hull Bay. Found at the Island's Atlantic side, the bay generates four to ten-foot point/reef breaks from the Northeast swells. With fast and strong ledgy left and right point breaks, as well as having a coral and reef bottom, Hull Bay is recommended only for advanced surfers.
Cane Garden Bay, Tortola, BVI
The point break at Cane Garden Bay produces powerful waves that wrap around as they race down the inside bowl section of the harbor. Ideal surf conditions require waves to be over five feet, although waves can reach up to 15 feet. The bay's inside reefs are exposed as the water is sucked out, which can be unsafe for beginners.
Long Bay, Tortola, BVI
If you are looking for family friendly surf, Long Bay is an excellent spot. Its "learner's wave" is the reason for its popularity with kids and newbies. The beach has extensive sections of shallow water and has sandy bottom with soft rocks. Kids can ride wall after wall of whitewater that forms after the waves break further out.
Sandy Spit, Jost Van Dyke, BVI
Surfable four to fifteen-foot waves rise as left-hand waves break in front of Sandy Spit. Expect small but long waves that are curling round the point, especially at the Southern tip of this desert island paradise. Several reefs line up the Spit's shore on top of its coral bottom; recommended for advanced surfer dudes.
Many more surfing spots are found in the Virgin Islands, some are conveniently located near big towns while some might need a boat ride to reach. If you ever feel the need to surf up while in the VIs, these are the best places to go.
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