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Barbados

Palm-fringed beaches, barefoot lifestyle and surf for all levels

Stay...

swanky self-catering apartments or all-inclusive hotels

Surf...

waves for all seasons, levels and swell directions

Eat...

Bajan classics and seafood served with local rum

Play...

pirate adventures, rope swings and snorkelling

Region: Caribbean
Just over 7hrs from London
Year round, best swells Nov-Jun
beginner to expert,
excellent surf schools

PALM-FRINGED BEACHES, BAREFOOT LIFESTYLE AND SURF FOR ALL LEVELS

Famous for its beautiful beaches, relaxed atmosphere, great food and rum, Barbados is one of the best and most consistent surfing destinations in the Caribbean. Its beaches offer waves for all levels, from world-class reef breaks for the experts, to mellow beaches and points, and everything in between.

Highlights

  • White sandy beaches and warm waves
  • Stylish self-catering apartments and luxury all-inclusive hotels
  • Direct flights from the UK
  • Easy to explore by hire car
  • Lots of wildlife from turtles to flying fish
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TRAVEL INFO
With a coral reef stretching around the island, there is always somewhere to surf in Barbados, no matter which direction the swell is travelling. The east coast is renowned for Soup Bowls (Kelly Slater’s favourite wave and one for experienced surfers), but the south and west are a dream destination for beginner and intermediate surfers, with a selection of fun waves with an idyllic backdrop. Family Surf Co. will set you up with a private surf guide and instructor to take you to the best waves for your ability. The best season for surf is October to March, when you’ll find clean waves on the west coast and bigger onshore waves on the east coast. June to October is classed as hurricane season and brings with it some hot, wet weather, but serious storms are rare and you can still get some classic surf on the southern tip. Water temp 25-28C year-round. When you book a holiday with Family Surf Co. we’ll send you a personalised family surfing guide to Barbados.
The island has lots more to offer than just beautiful beaches and surf. From caving to pirate-themed boat cruises, there are plenty of family adventures with a true Caribbean twist. We love donning a mask and snorkel to witness the turtles, parrotfish and squid in the underwater world, a day at the horse racing at the Garrison Savannah racetrack, and partying the night away to calypso bands at the harbour.
Known as ‘The Land of the Flying Fish’, the national dish in Barbados is Flying fish with Cou-Cou. Cou-Cou is a combination of cornmeal and okra with salt, pepper and Barbados' very own hot sauce. The Bajan cuisine includes lots of dishes that kids will love, including the traditional Caribbean Chicken with rice and beans. A trip to Oistins Fish Market is a great way to experience the Bajan culture and food – and dance to some Caribbean tunes. It’s open daily, but Friday evening is the best time to go, when there are stalls serving freshly grilled fish, salads and traditional Bajan dishes such as macaroni pie.
With direct flights from the UK to Barbados (flight time is just over 7 hours), the Caribbean culture and warm waves are really accessible for a family surfing holiday. It’s easy to arrange transfers from the airport to your hotel or apartment, but the island is small and easy to explore under your own steam, so we’d recommend hiring a car if you want to explore the surf breaks and diversity of this Caribbean gem. Book a surfing holiday with Family Surf Co. and we can help you organise flights, car hire or transfers to your destination. Main international airport: Grantley Adams International (GAI). Time zone: GMT -4. Currency: BBD (Barbados Dollar).  

Family Surfing Holidays in Barbados

Sugar Bay, Christchurch, Barbados, Luxury family beach hotel, Family Surf Co

SUGAR BAY – Christ Church

seastar-icon Luxury  
surfer-icon Beginner to advanced
family-friendly-icon Babies to teens
family-activities-iconSnorkelling, kayaking, sailing

All-inclusive, luxury beach hotel, Christ Church, Barbados

Proof that the most luxurious resorts in Barbados aren’t just for honeymooners. Sugar Bay is an all-inclusive, beachfront hotel where surfing families can enjoy everything from waves and beach life to Bajan cuisine and babysitters.
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MULLINS GROVE – Mullins Beach

seastar-iconBoutique

surfer-iconBeginner to advanced

family-friendly-iconBabies and 8+ to teens

family-activities-iconSnorkelling, wake-boarding

Luxury apartments with hotel service, Mullins Beach

Mullins Grove offers style, personal service and luxury in a boutique self-catering hotel. Make yourself at home in one of 14 cool and contemporary, fully serviced apartments, just 200m from the white sands and waves.
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Oceanfront Suite, Sea Breeze Beach House, Maxwell Beach, Christ Church, Barbados

SEA BREEZE – CHRIST CHURCH

seastar-icon Luxury  
surfer-iconBeginner to advanced

family-friendly-iconBabies +

family-activities-iconWatersports, cultural tours

All-inclusive, luxury beach hotel, Maxwell Beach, Barbados

Hemmed by the rainforest and the ocean, Sea Breeze Beach House is an idyllic location to combine surfing with a luxury beach holiday in Barbados. Step out onto white sands, and enjoy warm Bajan hospitality and the facilities of an award-winning resort within easy reach of surf for all levels.
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OCEAN TWO CHRIST CHURCH 

seastar-icon Luxury 
surfer-icon Beginner to advanced
family-friendly-icon Great for all ages
family-activities-iconSail, snorkel, yoga

Luxury family beach resort, Christ Church, Barbados

Soak up the sunshine and surf in style at this island escape on the edge of a pristine sandy beach. Wake up to the rolling waves, go from your bed to your surfboard in seconds, and immerse yourself in the buzzing Caribbean culture of  nearby St Lawrence Gap.  
Take me there…

OCEAN SPRAY – Inch Marlow

seastar-icon Casual  
surfer-icon Beginner to intermediate
family-friendly-icon Best for teens
family-activities-iconKitesurfing, windsurfing

Stylish beach apart-hotel, Surfer’s Point, Inch Marlow 

Make yourself at home in a laid-back apart-hotel beside Surfer’s Point – one of the best places to learn to surf in Barbados. Go from bed to board in seconds, fill up on fresh seafood buffets, or just bask under the swaying palms and watch the waves.
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THE ATLANTIS – NR BATHSHEBA 

seastar-icon Stylish 
surfer-icon Beginner to experienced
family-friendly-icon Babies and young children
family-activities-iconHiking, snorkelling

Elegant boutique hotel overlooking the waves, St Joseph

There is very little to do except surf, relax and enjoy Mother Nature at this boutique hotel beside the ocean. Brave one of Kelly Slater’s favourite breaks at Soup Bowl, opt for more mellow waves at Sand Bank, or simply swim and snorkel in crystal clear waters.
Take me there…

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Guest Reviews

Barbados is an easy and exotic family surfing destination, with waves for everyone and plenty of shade under the palm trees for toddlers when you’re on the beach. Being a small island, after a direct flight it’s also a short transfer to your hotel and it’s also easy to hire a car and explore outside of the resorts if you want to.

Will Bennet

Barbados is an awesome destination for a family surf holiday. The kids loved swimming with turtles and catching easy, warm waves. There are lots of fun longboard spots and more challenging spots on the west coast. There’s something for everyone. And it’s warm enough to surf in boardies!

Elliot Walker

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