Long Caye enjoys the only surf break in Belize that is both accessible and safe (not breaking over live coral). There are many places throughout Belize where the swells break on the barrier reefs and outside reefs of the atolls, and undoubtedly there are other nicely formed point breaks at various channels through the reef, but any such breaks are a long boat ride from inhabited areas or (usually) are breaking on live coral which has sharp points and ‘heads’ that make for unsafe conditions.
Our point break is almost always active at the end of the ring reef where the channel entrance intercepts the swells driven by Caribbean trade winds. The swells break on the end of this reef as it opens to form the channel between Long Caye and a neighboring island, and peel off to the right in long, running breaks that can go for several hundred yards. The bottom topography under this break is eroded coral rubble, with no live or sharp coral faces, creating a safe (but hard) bottom surface for the inevitable wipe-outs and swims.
If you want world-class, immaculately groomed long fetch overhead barrels – you should consider a destination such as Tavarua or the Mentawais. However, if you’re a paddleboard surfer planning to go to Glovers Atoll for the reefs and kayaking, windsurfing, etc. – you also might be rewarded with some very fun, uncrowded tropical surf.
Although our wave is perfect for surf kayaks and paddleboards, including beginners, it is not ideal for first timers on a regular surf board. This is due to the nature of falls (headfirst) that inevitably occur on a surfboard vs. a paddleboard or kayak. The shallow shoals that create the surf wave are composed of coral rubble, not sand. Beginners start out on surf kayaks, then move on to paddleboarding before trying out our surfboards. Beginners in all three sports wear helmets when surfing our wave.