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Don’t Look Now, But The Bahamas Has Great Surfing

Destination & Tourism | Bahamas Ministry of Tourism | Bobbi Dempsey | April 14, 2016

Don’t Look Now, But The Bahamas Has Great Surfing

PHOTO: You can definitely catch a wave in the Bahamas! (Courtesy Thinkstock)

When surfers (or aspiring surfers) think about dream destinations that will give them the opportunity to catch that perfect wave, the Bahamas may not be one of the first options that spring to mind.

The Bahamas Ministry Of Tourism knows better, however.

Many people would likely be surprised to learn that this region can actually offer some amazing surfing spots. The area’s geographic location and natural characteristics seem designed with surfers in mind, as the almost strategically arranged reefs and coastlines serve as the perfect setup to carry swells originating from Asia and Europe.

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As a bonus, the fact that it’s sort of an undiscovered secret shared among only a few in-the-know insiders means you will likely have fewer crowds competing with you for that ideal wave.

Even better, this is your chance to be a trendsetter. Once you share tales of your incredible Bahamas surfing adventures with friends, they will all want to book their own trip to immerse themselves in this surfers’ nirvana.

Make a Quick Journey to The Abacos

If easy access is a high priority for you, consider checking out the Abacos Islands. Their proximity to the southern Florida coast makes this a quick and simple trip. Spanning 120 miles long, this chain of islands has enough variety within its boundaries to offer something for everyone. While surfers will be mainly interested in the beaches—such as the one on Treasure Cay that was voted one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world—there are also many other things to love about this area, including golf courses, picturesque small towns and many dining and entertainment options. Walker’s Cay is said to offer some of the best surfing in the Abacos, and as the northernmost island in the group, it also offers convenience and accessibility.

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Rum Cay is Worth the Trip

Rum Cay is like a mythical place that magically combines all of the dream elements every surfer has on their wish list. And yet somehow it has remained a little known hidden gem. In fact, it’s earned a reputation as being a “sleeping beauty” among locations in the area. That’s probably due in part to the fact that it’s one of the most remote locations in the Caribbean. But it is definitely worth the trip, as the payoff is huge for those willing to make the journey. It offers miles of the most pristine and undisturbed beaches in all of the Bahamas. The island’s sparking turquoise waters and rare combination of marine life makes this a brag-worthy adventure for divers, surfers and other water sports enthusiasts. The north coast in particular is said to offer perfect surfing conditions.

To learn more about little-known surfing locations or anything else related to the Bahamas, check out the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism website.

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