Soma Surf ResortSurfcamp in Popoyo
The people, music and culture of Jamaica are unique and special, and with the excellent waves this really takes cultural surf travel to the next level. We have formed a one of a kind trip that will amaze and fascinate you.
Comfortable lodging complete with AC and wi-fi for all sizes of groups. Private passenger vans for large groups/airport pick ups and drop offs, guides and 4x4s for surf destinations. Delicious and nutritious meals from local organic farms and fresh caught seafood off the boats daily. Enjoy your choice of Reggae venues. Every night of the week Jamaica has the best roots and dancehall events on earth!
Your surf guide will help you to find the best spot given the daily conditions and tide. The typical day involves waking up early and hitting the surf followed by a big breakfast. Lounge around the pool our surf the reef out front of the house mid day and then continue on for a sunset surf session. Feast like a king for dinner and pass out early – ready to take on another day of intense surfing.
5 days / 4 nights $1095
7 days / 6 nights $1495
10 days /9 nights $2195
Our local guides were born and raised in Jamaica and have a full grasp of the surf conditions and forecasts. They also are dialed into the culture and music scene so we are ready to put together a trip ideal for your priorities!
A world away from the tourist areas of Montego Bay and Negril on the Western side of Jamaica, lies the Eastern half of the island’s south and north coasts, which are made up of largely right and left cobblestone point setups. Swells funnel down through the channel between Haiti and Cuba and produce punchy and consistent surf. The crowds are light and local surfers are friendly and many are highly skilled. Of course paddle lightly and give them that full respect they deserve! The most consistent wave season is November through February and June through August, but the reggae music scene is hitting hard every night all year long!
Being the third largest island in the Caribbean, Jamaica stands out on the map, but it is relatively obscure in terms of Caribbean surf destinations. Famous for Bob Marley, reggae music and Rastafarian culture, its natural bounty includes 120 rivers, 150mi (240km) of beaches and 6 mountain ranges, where the tallest peak reaches 7,402ft (2256m) in the Blue Mountains. Despite its size, only the eastern tip receives a decent amount of windswell worth exploring, with options for both north and south coasts. The north coast boasts some bigger NE swells, white-sand beaches and quality rivermouths favouring rights, but it is often onshore. The south shores enjoy better consistency and some good lefts, often brushed by NE offshores, along grey sand beaches with not a soul in sight!
The Rasta island is bigger than Puerto Rico , but has far less breaks, receiving far less swell. All the known spots are clustered around the eastern tip of Jamaica on both the north and south coasts to pick up the corresponding NE and SE windswells that arrive in winter and summer respectively. The north coast has waves all the way to Montego Bay, but the trade-winds usually destroy the quality and without them, there’s no waves anyway. A hurricane can bring SE and S groundswell to ignite bays and reefs that are usually flat year-round, especially along the southwest coast and the potential to ride junky wind-slop is always there, but generally speaking, stay east. Bad news is 2 shark attacks, 2 fatalities. Good news is no recorded attack since 1922!
When to Go
Located in the northwestern Caribbean Sea, Jamaica seems an unlikely place for swells to develop. Cut off from the large NE swells of the North Atlantic by Cuba and Haiti/Dominican Republic, Jamaica seems trapped in the middle of the tranquil Caribbean Sea, except when a hurricane passes by, which could provide a good S-SE swell or else slam into the island and wreak havoc! Winter (Dec-March) is the best time to expect NE-SE windswells, typically 2-6ft (0.6-2m) at 5-7 second period, producing fun, mellow waves that are a bit slow on the left points (except on the biggest swells up to 8ft), but strong enough on reefbreaks. Summer (June-Sept) also produces S-SE swells with plenty of small, playful waves on the south coast. Jamaica is blessed with an 8 month surf year and the 4 calm months are broken up into scattered 1-2 week flat spells. 3ft is the biggest semi-diurnal tide.