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Cane Garden Bay Surf Guide

Cane Garden Bay in Tortola is a sheltered point break. Winter is the favoured time of year for surfing here. Works best in offshore winds from the east with some shelter here from east northeast winds. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the optimum swell angle is from the north. Sometimes crowded. Beware of rocks,reef,urchins,jellyfish and sharks.

Cane Garden Bay Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
rarely breaks
26.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Cane Garden Bay:

The best conditions reported for surf at Cane Garden Bay occur when a North swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Cane Garden Bay (for consistent clean waves)?

decemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Cane Garden Bay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of December. Clean surfable waves are typically found 8% of the time in December while 1% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 91% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

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Interactive Cane Garden Bay surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The closest passenger airport to Cane Garden Bay is Terrance B Lettsome International (Roadtown/beef Island) Airport (EIS) in Virgin Isl., 13 km (8 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Cane Garden Bay is Cyril E King (St. Thomas) Airport (STT), also in Virgin Isl., 34 km (21 miles) away.

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Cane Garden Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 20 March 2023, 12:34 Local Time
Monday 20
Wave (m)
Period (s) 13 13 13 13
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
off off

Swell History at Cane Garden Bay

Surf stats for Cane Garden Bay, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Cane Garden Bay

Wind stats for Cane Garden Bay, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Cane Garden Bay Reviews:

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Based on 2 votes.
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  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s44.0
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s11.0
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s44.0
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s11.0
  • Crowds:Icon  s43.5
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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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.

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