- Type: Beaches
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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It's Barbados' relative isolation in the Atlantic Ocean that creates its awesome surfing waves. The New York Times says, "A wave can travel nearly three thousand miles in the open ocean, undisturbed by sandbars, reefs or land, before it breaks here -- on an unlikely little island shaped like a teardrop, off the radar of all but the most devoted surfers." The Soup Bowl, one of the island's most famous breakers, is a phenomenon that occurs on Barbados' east coast at Bathsheba Beach. Labeled one of the best waves in the world, Soup Bowl regularly lures hard-core surfers to the island.
You shouldn't tackle the enormous swells at Bathsheba unless you're a truly proficient swimmer and surfer. But a day trip to witness the Soup Bowl in all its glory could still be worth it. A vacationer tells TripAdvisor that he and his party "watched about a dozen experienced surfers take turns riding waves, sometimes two at a time, just off the coast. … Just across the parking access, there is the Surf Bowl Café. Great place to watch and have a beer even if the weather is bad." It's also a very scenic spot with several mushroom-like rocks jutting out of the sand and water, so bring your camera.
If you really want to see awesome surfing, visit Barbados and Bathsheba Beach in November during the Independence Classic Surfing Championship (Call 246-228-5117 for details). Otherwise, the beach is public and free to enjoy any time of day.