Surfing in Mount Irvine Bay, Tobago, Trinidad & Tobago

Skill Level:
Intermediate And Advanced Surfers
Offshore Winds:
Trinidad and Tobago is an island country that is situated just off the coast of northeastern Venezuela. Both Trinidad and Tobago islands surprise visitors with their unspoiled natural beauty that is not found in most of the other Caribbean islands. The climate here is classified as tropical with two seasons annually, the dry and rainy season and the winds are usually influenced by the northeast trade winds. The islands are known not only for their beautiful sandy beaches, but also for their carnivals.

Tobago is an outstanding location, where you can lose yourself in the beauty of its sandy beaches and pristine waters. But, if you want more than just a tropical holiday destination, then you should definitely visit this place! Favored by the ideal weather conditions, this island offers a wide range of watersports. Mount Irvine Bay, also known as Little Courland Bay, is situated on west side of Tobago.

The beach is divided in two sections. The first one is known as the ‘hotel beach’ and it is popular among swimmers and families. The second section of the beach lies a little further north and it is popular with surfers. This spot is an exposed reef and point break that offers reliable surf. The swell size starts working at 1 m-1.5 m/3 ft-5 ft and holds up to 4 m/12 ft. The best tide position is mid and high tide and the ideal tide movement is rising and falling tides.

Mount Irvine is suitable for intermediate and advanced surfers. In addition, offshore winds blow from the southeast and the optimum swell direction is from the northeast. At summer the wind blows offshore 84%, at autumn it blows 72%, at winter 48% and at spring 78%. Finally, the top season for waves runs from December to March. Note: be careful of sharks, rocks and urchins.