The Caribbean has always been a favorite travel destination for the surfers from the Northeastern US states. For the people who live in US, the Caribbean is definitely one of the easiest surf trips to make. A short flight from the East Coast gets you away from the snow, and into the warm trade winds of the BVI. With crystal clear waters below and stunning white sandy beaches around you Virgin Gorda is a surfing paradise.

Paddleboarder at St. Thomas Bay Virgin Gorda

Paddleboarder at St. Thomas Bay Virgin Gorda

Surfing tips

There are no surfboards rentals in Virgin Gorda. Bring extra leashes, wax, and a ding repair kit. If you want to travel with your surfboards the best airline to do that is Island Birds Charters.

Some 80km (50mi) east of Puerto Rico and the Greater Antilles, the Virgin Islands represent the beginning of the Leeward Islands. Like other islands on the outer arc of the Lesser Antilles, they are the peaks of submerged mountains rising only a few hundred feet above sea level. The 4 larger and 42 smaller islands consist mainly of rolling green hills and white sandy beaches, open to the Atlantic swell. Shallower waters offshore means that waves can't reach the size of those seen on Puerto Rico, however big winter swells will awaken the famous line up at Cane Garden Bay. On Tortola, there is a distinct lack of spots that work regularly, so utilizing a boat will increase the likelihood of finding surf. Unlike the US Virgin Islands to the south, the British Virgin Islands have maintained a strict development and environmental policy and can't be accused of having sold their soul to the tourism devil. The sea is warm all year round, about 26 °C (79 °F) from January to April, and 29 °C (84 °F).

You can rent paddle boards at Leverick Bay with Blue Rush Water Sports.

Plan the trip of your life during high season and enjoy the North swells that visit us every winter. You may see some locals, but we are talking numbers of 2 or 3 people in the water, and maybe some surfers from Puerto Rico. When the North swells hit the BVI, our Puerto Rican neighbors always visit to enjoy non crowded perfect waves.

Surf spots:

  • St. Thomas Bay: is located right beside the ferry dock in Spanish Town. The waves are just perfect when the swell is on. Reef Break. You can anchor your boat or dinghy and swim or just swim carefully from the ferry dock.

  • Copper Mine Bay in Virgin Gorda is an exposed beach break that has unreliable waves. Summer offers the best conditions for surfing. Offshore winds are from the northwest. Waves just as likely from local wind swells as from distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the southeast. Relatively few surfers here, even on good days. Sharks have been sighted.

  • Mosquito Island: Reef Break. A paradisiac location in the North Sound. Sharks have been sighted. Very shallow. Boat access only.

  • Necker Island: Reef Break. A paradisiac location in the North Sound. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds blow from the south Very shallow. Beware of rocks,reef,urchins,jellyfish and sharks. Boat access only.

Surfer at St. Thomas Bay Virgin Gorda

Surfer at St. Thomas Bay Virgin Gorda