WHERE TO SURF IN GUADELOUPE?
You can surf all the year round in Guadeloupe and the water ans air temperatures are balmy. Guadeloupe comprises of five islands in total: Basse-Terre, Grande-Terre (separated from Basse-Terre by a narrow sea channel called salt river) with the adjacent islands of La Désirade, Les Saintes and Marie-Galante.
Further to the north, Saint-Barthélemy and the French part of Saint Martin come under the jurisdiction of Guadeloupe. With approx. 306 km’s of coastline these islands are littered with ‘secret spots’.
The western island, Basse-Terre is best during the cyclone season with S-SE swells. The eastern island of Grande-Terre is open to the Atlantic and receives most of the swells and has more consistent surf. The best season is the winter (October through to March) with an average of 4 to 6′, sometines 10′. As we mentioned earlier some spots produce surf worthy of getting your big wave gun out for.
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At the moment we offer surfing holidays in St. François in Grande-Terre. When the swells, wind and weather conditions are right, surfers joining one of our Guadeloupe surfaris may hop over to one of the neighbouring islands: Les Saintes, Marie Galante, Désirade, Petite Terre and Grand Cul de Sac Marin.
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Guadeloupe is an archipelago located in the eastern Caribbean Sea at 16°15’N 61°35’W, with a total area of 1,780 square kilometres (687 sq. mi). It is an overseas département (département d’outre-mer, or DOM) of France. Like the other DOMs, Guadeloupe is also one of the 26 régions of France (as a région d’outre-mer), and an integral part of the Republic. As part of France, Guadeloupe is part of the European Union, and the currency in use is the euro.
Basse-Terre is volcanic in origin with interior mountains while Grande-Terre is low limestone formation; most of the seven other islands in the archipelago are volcanic in origin. Guadeloupe has a subtropical climate tempered by trade winds.
The surf season lasts from October until May, but the other months can offer ideal conditions too. The waves break on coral, lava or rocky reefs. In winter they’ll be of 1,5m to 2,5m. The Trade Winds, blowing nearly the whole year, are more intense in spring/summer, with swells of 1m to 2m. The small tidal range means most spots work through all the tides. During hurricane season (September and October), experienced surfers can enjoy the great swells either following or preceeding hurricanes in the Caribbean.
WHAT’S ON OFFER?
We offer ‘Learn to surf’ holidays for newbies & beginners Surf clinics for intermediate surfers and surfaris for advanced or experienced surfers in Saint François on Grande-Terre. The Surf Camp is located right in front of the beach and the surf spot.
LEARN TO SURF
Newbies & Beginners: The Gauadeloupe surf experience is a great way to immerse yourself in the surf travel lifestyle and learn how to surf or perfect your surfing techniques. We offer Learn-to-surf courses in St. François with Professional Surfing Tuition, backed by proven coaching techniques, to anybody who’s got the passion to learn or improve their surfing.
Intermediate surfers: The St. François surf clinics are aimed at those who have surfed before or followed a beginner course at some time. This way you don’t have to go through all the basics again. The focus of the clinic is on your individual surfing. Timely error correction and professional surf coaching will ensure that your surfing develops quickly and properly.
Experienced surfers: If you are an experienced surfer looking for more challenging waves then minimise your time driving around and maximise your time in the water by joining one of our Guadeloupe surfaris. There are dozens of ‘secret spots’ on Grande-Terre and some excellent reefs on some of the smaller islands, your local Surf Guide knows just when and where the waves are breaking and will always pull out all the stops to get you into the best waves on any given day.
SURFING & KITESURFING
Anybody & Everybody: This is a multi-adventure, multi-activity holiday where you get an introduction to both surfing and kiteboarding. Fully qualified surf and kitesurfing instructors will teach you the basics in a fun, relaxed and safe environment. This is an ideal option for those months when the swell is less consistent and the trade winds are blowing.
CUSTOM SURFING TRIPS
Anybody & Everybody: Our Custom Surf Trips offer you the chance to put together your own Guadeloupe surfing holiday and we can arrange anything from your surfing accommodation, car hire and surfing lessons to personal surf guides, equipment hire or a round of golf.
WHO’S IT FOR?
The quality and quantity of the waves, the warm water, friendly locals, excellent weather and good tourist and great food make Guadeloupe a suitable destination for all levels of surfers, all year round. Especially suitable for those surfers looking to enjoy the laid-back Caribbean lifestyle, to chill out and watch the world go by.
Experienced surfers will find a wide range of challenging hollow waves from autumn through to spring (September through march) when the swells are bigger and the waves more consistant.
People new to surfing and beginners will prefer the waves in summer the swell tends to be a bit smaller with fun surf available at the many beach breaks.
For more information on Guadeloupe please see our ‘Island Guide‘