LAST UPDATED 27/08/2008
Bookmark and Share

Level of surfing


Quality of surf


Call code


Net code





1,771 km


Tropical; semiarid where mountains in east cut off trade winds


Severe Storms, War / Conflict, Coup / Civil Unrest

Best Months

October - December




Gourde (HTG) gourdes per US dollar - 40.232 (2006)

Time Zone

(UTC-5) DST (UTC-4)

Special Requirements

Private Beaches, Lengthy VISA Process, Non tourist Friendly


Spyder00Boi: Ile a Vache, Haiti; 2007

The Caribbean, she is a harsh mistress. All of the islands in the Greater and Lesser Antilles share at least some aspect towards the North Atlantic and therefore are exposed to any passing fronts that generate of the East American Coast and transit the North Atlantic. These fronts often pass a good way to the north and swell decay can be a problem.

Regular windswell is a constant on the east coast of all of the island groups and hence there is almost always something to keep you occupied and off the rum for a few hours. too much wind can be a bad thing though and onshore days are very common, no matter how early in the morning you manage to peel yourself out of your cot and stumble down to the beach.

The third source of swell in the region are from passing hurricanes. Some of the strongest storm ever recorded on the planet file through here regularly. Technically the season spans June to November with early September being the peak. The ideal scenario is for the hurricane mass to pass clear of any inhabited areas and sit well offshore in the deep Carribean for a few days prior to disipating. The result is typically 3-5 days of western swell that lights up the hidden western points and reefs of the Caribbean. The persistant NE/E trade winds will gently fan these breaks all day long. It is then that some of the rarer points and breaks of Haiti come to life. Surf exploration doesent get any better than this.

what to pack

Flashdance: A pair of very simple Moroccan flip flops called "Cabjuks"; 25 May 2007

Pack light when travelling to Haiti! You may want to bring back heaps of souvenirs for your relatives and friends!

Make sure you take a good sunscreen (SPF 30+); a good insect repellent will be very useful. Bring on the medicines you are used to take. Comfortable walking shoes, sandals, hat and natural fabrics (such as cotton or linen) clothes will be great. Also take something warm just in case. Don't forget a backpack, sandals and comfortable walking shoes that might be usefull if your planning to travel around.

You won't regret swimming and snorkelling gear! 

You must be a registered user to comment. Click here to register.

surfing divisions