Surfing in Trinidad and Tobago

Overview

Two islands make up the republic of Trinidad and Tobago which are located in front of the Venezuelan coast.

The country has yet to become as popular as other destinations so its tourism infrastructure is not as developed; however, for those looking to explore beautiful scenery off the beaten path, a visit to this area is a must. While visitors can encounter swampy areas, large mangrove forests, savannahs and lush rain forest-covered mountain ranges, the islands are probably best known for their picturesque sandy beaches and numerous little bays. This natural paradise is a huge contrast to the often hectic capital city of Port of Spain, which serves as the island’s business hub. You can find less hustle and bustle on Trinidad’s sister island of Tobago particularly in the north. 

Tobago is the ideal destination if you are looking to relax while also having the opportunity to experience small idyllic locales and cities with good nightlife. For those adventure seekers, there are traditional villages that do not cater to tourists in the most northern area of Tobago.

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Climate

The climate on Trinidad and Tobago is extremely tropical and the temperatures only vary slightly during the year.

The average maximum temperature in the southwest of the island occurs in January and July at about 31 degrees. The lowest temperatures drop is around 21 degrees. December through May is the driest time of the year with an average air humidity of 75%. The period from June to August is the rainiest time of the year with an average of 23 days of rain per month.

Thanks to the geographic location of Trinidad and Tobago, heavy hurricanes do not hit the island.

Waves

While Trinidad and Tobago have surfing, the islands are known for being a pure surf destination. This is because there are a lack of swells and the waves that actually hit the coasts are small and no challenge for advanced surfers.

The most famous surfing beach is close to the village of Sans Souci on the northern coast of Trinidad. Surfing is a relatively young sport on Trinidad, therefore you will find free beaches and empty line-ups even on days where conditions are favourable.

Due to the flat water and strong winds, surfers often have to share the breaks with kite surfers and windsurfers. 



Best surfing season for beginner: all year

Crowd factor: low

Travel information

Several airlines fly from all major European airports to Trinidad and Tobago’s Piarco International Airport (POS) regularly. Condor flies to Trinidad and Tobago twice a week from Frankfurt while Lauda Air offers frequent flights from the German speaking areas.

Beside the well-known European airlines, several airlines from America and Latin America operate flights to Trinidad and Tobago.

It takes around 30 minutes to get to the city from the airport via bus, taxi or rental car. Another travel option is to take the weekly ferry that connects Trinidad’s city of Chaguaramas to Venezuela’s Guiroa.