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Tobago Surfing

Tobago is not known as a world rated surfing location however if you are a holiday visitor you can easily go surfing. One of the enjoyable aspects of including surfing as part of your Tobago vacation is that the beaches suitable for surfing are not far for the popular hotel accommodations.

The best location for surfing in Tobago is at Mount Irvine beach. Here you will probably find someone surfing on the beach every day, although that may be the only person surfing on the beach. Mount Irvine is very rarely ever crowded during the week although the number of persons increases on a weekend. At Mount Irvine the waves break right on an offshore coral reef on the north eastern section of the bay. Both long and short boarders enjoy the curl of the wave here. An enjoyable feature of Mount Irvine is that when you are not surfing you can grab a quick bite to eat or drink at Surfer’s Restaurant which is just on the shore. There are changing rooms and toilets at the Beach facility and cabanas scattered around the grounds. The almond trees at the edge of the beach create an ideal location for watching the sunset at the end of the day.

Just to the south of Mount Irvine is Old Grange Beach. For most of the year, the water is very flat but at certain times of the year the waves rise tremendously creating a surfer’s paradise.

To the north of Bacolet Point is Minister Bay and this bay is almost certain to provide surfing action, especially if the waves at Mount Irvine are too small to ride.

While Tobago may not be world rated for surfing, when it comes to windsurfing and kite surfing, Tobago is a world ranked destination. It is considered an ideal location for basic level and intermediate level windsurfers. For several years the Test Team from Boards Magazine has used Tobago to test new models of wind surfing boards. Part of the reason for Tobago’s popularity as a wind and kite surfing vacation spot is that winds of 10-15 knots blow almost every day and in June go up to 25 knots. When coupled with water that is amazingly blue you have a great windsurfing holiday destination. The main windsurfing season is from the middle of December through to July.

The premier location for windsurfing in Tobago is at Pigeon Point. Here you find white sand beaches with graceful coconut trees and clear water that allows you see straight to the bottom, all protected by an offshore coral reef that results in the water being very flat. The Buccoo Reef has resulted in a large blue tropical lagoon that allows you to surf for miles across the water. Board rentals are easily available at Pigeon Point and there are bars, shops, changing rooms, showers and toilets throughout the beach area.

For adding variety in your windsurfing, Little Rockly Bay which is backed by the Tobago Plantations villa development provides another location for windsurfing. Lined with coconut palms and a consistent onshore breeze, this bay has moderate surf of around 3 feet that is good for kite surfers and provides some wave action for wind surfers.


To learn more about Tobago visit our other Tobago pages;

bulletAn Introduction to Tobago
bulletTobago Birding Hotspots
bulletTobago Places of Interest
bulletTobago Other Attractions
bulletCastara Baking
bulletBacolet Beach
bulletFort King George
bulletTobago Waterfalls
bulletTobago Kayaking
bulletTobago Beaches
bulletTobago Camping
bulletTurtle watching in Tobago
bulletTobago Surfing









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