Cane Garden Bay Reviews and Ratings
(Tortola – BVI, British Virgin Islands)
Visitor reviews of Cane Garden Bay surf break
June 23, 2012
John K Morton from United States
I have spent many years on Tortola. The tourist industry is number one is number for the island economy. That being said the infrastructure is not well enough designed to accommodate the influx of day tourists from cruse ships. The travellers are bussed to spots like Cane Garden Bay for a day trip to find a pristine beach now lined with chairs from the islands protected vendors. There ware no toilet facilities for many years however the new facility now installed does not completely treat its material. There is a large pipe that dumped it's waste forming a plume. I witnessed this from my rented room overlooking the bay. This was done possibly on the going tide or a timed process.
We do not go back to Tortola for many reasons. The older residents we found were wonderful, however the younger people are less accommodating.
Cane Garden Bay Ratings
Based on 2 votes. Vote
Quality on a good day: 4.0
(1 star: Even when the swell and winds are optimum, the waves are poor quality, 5 stars: If conditions are right, the waves will be World Class).
Consistency of Surf: 1.0
(1: Cane Garden Bay is a fickle surf spot that only works a few times a year. 5: Reliable year-round spot).
Regional Rating: 4.0
(1: Cane Garden Bay is usually very poor quality compared to other spots in Tortola - BVI. 5: the best break in Tortola - BVI).
Difficulty Level: 4.0
(1: Suitable for Groms. 3: Intermediates. 5: Expert tow-in surfers only).
Onshore Wind: 3.0
(1: even a light onshore ruins the surf. 5: Cane Garden Bay can offer better rides with a light wind behind them).
Other Options: 5.0
(1: If wind or tide conditions are poor at Cane Garden Bay, it will be poor everywhere nearby. 5: other locations nearby provide a rich variety of wind and swell exposures).
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
(1: An unsuitable spot. 5: Wind and wave conditions at Cane Garden Bay are often excellent).
Water Quality: 4.0
(1: Known health risks from pollution. 5: Never any pollution).
(1: Often too crowded. 5: Cane Garden Bay is an isolated spot where you are unlikely to meet other surfers).
(1: Getting to Cane Garden Bay requires an overland expedition or chartering a boat. 3: A 30 minute walk from the nearest parking. 5: Park a vehicle right by the break).
(1: An ugly industrial backdrop. 5: A spectacular setting).
Local Attitude: 3.0
(1: Locals are hostile to visitors. 5: Either there are no locals who surf, or else they are accommodating and friendly).
(1: No convenient places to stay indoors. 5: A wide variety of accommodation near Cane Garden Bay for all budgets from hostels to luxury hotels).
(1: Camping at Cane Garden Bay is not possible. 3: Camping tolerated but no facilities. 5: A nearby camp ground has excellent facilities and a good vibe).
(1: Besides the surf and the solitude there is nothing to do when it is flat. 5: Cane Garden Bay is in such an interesting area to visit that getting wet is a bonus).
Equipment and Repairs: 1.0
(1: Nothing can be sourced, not even wax. 5: Quality surfing equipment can be purchased or hired. Major repairs can be fixed too).
(1: Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. 5: A wide variety of places to eat and drink at Cane Garden Bay, from fast food and cafes to fancy restaurants).
(1: Alcohol is not allowed in the country. 5: There is an excellent pub near Cane Garden Bay where you can stay or park a camper van overnight).