Surf Spots in Jamaica

Surf Spots in JamaicaBefore I get into some of the surf spots in Jamaica, let’s learn a little about this country.  Jamaica is located in the Caribbean Sea and situated south of North America and north of South America.  Jamaica is approximately 237 miles south of Cuba.  The Caribbean Sea touches the entire coastline of Jamaica.

The capital of Jamaica is Kingston which is also its largest city, the official language of Jamaica is English.  When Spain ruled this country it was named Santiago, when Santiago was conquered by the United Kingdom they renamed the country Jamaica.  Jamaica gained its independence from England in 1962.  The Prime Minister of Jamaica is Andrew Holness.

According to Worldometers.com, Jamaica is ranked 141 in the World in population, with a population of over 2.8 million.  According to Statisticstimes.com, Jamaica is ranked 119 in the World in gross domestic product (GDP), which is one of the indicators of the health of a country’s economy.

Surf Spots in Jamaica

Bob Marley

Jamaica was and is home to many great artists and athletes.  The legendary singer songwriter, Bob Marley, was born and raised in Jamaica.  Bob Marley is the greatest reggae artist and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.  Bono, lead singer of U2, gave a fantastic induction speech for this legendary artist.  Usain Bolt, six (6) time gold medal winner and the current fastest man in the World, hails from this Island Country.

Since we now know a little about Jamaica, let’s learn about surf spots in Jamaica.  Though not known as a premier surf destination, Jamaica does have surf spots.  Here is some well-known surf spots in Jamaica: Boston Bay, Canon Cave, Discovery Bay, DNA, Lighthouse, Long Bay, Makka, Navy Island, Peenie Wally and Zoo.

Boston Bay

Boston Bay is a reef break with a wave that breaks both left and right, this surf spot is for surfers of all levels.  Boston Bay is located on the northeastern coast of Jamaica, and is approximately 68 miles northeast of the capital city of Kingston.

Canon Cave

Canon Cave is a reef break with a right breaking wave, this surf spot is for the experienced surfer.  Canon Cave is located near Runaway Bay Beach on the north central coastline of Jamaica, it is approximately 65 miles north of the capital city of Kingston.

Discovery Bay

Discovery Bay is a point break with a right breaking wave, this surf spot is for the experienced surfer.  Discovery Bay is on the north central coastline of Jamaica, it is approximately 71 miles north of the capital city of Kingston.

DNA

Surf Spots in Jamaica

Map of Jamaica – Click to enlarge

DNA is a reef break with a wave that breaks both left and right, this surf spot is for the very experienced surfer.  DNA is located northwest of the Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica on the north central coastline of Jamaica, it is approximately 67 miles north of the capital city of Kingston.

Lighthouse

Lighthouse is a reef break with a wave that breaks both left and right, this surf spot is for surfers of all levels.  Lighthouse is located near the Kingston Airport off of the Norman Manley Highway.

Long Bay

Long Bay is a beach break with a wave that breaks both left and right, this surf spot is for surfers of all levels.  Long Bay is located on the northeastern coast of Jamaica, and is approximately 67 miles northeast of the capital city of Kingston.

Makka

Makka is a point break with a left breaking wave, this surf spot is for surfers of all levels.  Makka is on the southeastern coastline of Jamaica, and is approximately 32 miles southeast of the capital city of Kingston.

Navy Island

Surf Spots in Jamaica

Runaway Bay

Navy Island is a beach break with a wave that breaks both left and right, this surf spot is for surfers of all levels.  Navy Island is off the northeast coastline of Jamaica, and is approximately 55 miles northeast of the capital city of Kingston.

Peenie Wally

Peenie Wally is a reef break with a right breaking wave, this surf spot is for surfers of all levels.  Peenie Wally is located at Buff Bay on the northeast coastline of Jamaica, and is approximately 37 miles northeast of the capital city of Kingston.

Zoo

Zoo is a reef break with a wave that breaks both left and right, this surf spot is for the experienced surfer.  Zoo is located on the southeastern coastline of Jamaica near Donald Quarrie Comprehensive High, and is approximately 12 miles southeast of the capital city of Kingston.

In Conclusion

Jamaica is located in the Caribbean Sea, situated south of North America and North of South America.  Jamaica is known for reggae music and its most famous reggae artist was the legendary Bob Marley.  Jamaica is also home to the fastest man in the World, Usain Bolt.  Though Jamaica is not known for surfing, you can definitely find some surf spots in Jamaica.

Check out my post: “Surfing Spots in Panama.”

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4 thoughts on “Surf Spots in Jamaica

  1. Love your article on surfing spots in jamacia. Im a beginner surfer and planning a trip there to paint (watercolor artist) and was looking for info on surfing location that i could incorporate with my painting. I was concerned being a new surfer, trying to find a place to surf that was at my experience level. So you really helped me with your article. Thank you !!

    • Hi Scott, I’m glad that you found my post helpful, and for a beginner surfer it’s good to know of surf spots that are within their capabilities.

      Thanks for the comments and dropping in!

  2. Hey there, first of all I must say, great site! I love the idea! I recently started surf. I actually went to Arugam bay in Sri Lanka for a month just to surf. It was awesome! I saw in the site a few great spots to surf that I never knew about.. I’m thinking about going to Canon Cave based on the recommendations in the site. Any suggestions on this place? Anyone been there lately?

    • Hi Lior, I have never surfed in Jamaica but would definitely like to do so, if I’m ever in that neck of the woods. If you do go surfing in Jamaica, I would definitely consult the locals for more surf spot information.

      Thanks for the comments and dropping in!

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