Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Transportation

Who will pick me up and drop me of at the airport?


Our team will be collecting flight information of all travelers ahead of the trip. You will be greeted at the airport by one of our hosts who will take you to your accommodations. You are welcome to arrive throughout the entire day.

Your host on the Island will always be with you to make sure you are having the best time of your life.

The check-out time is at noon (12pm). You will have an opportunity to store your luggage if you have a later departure in the day. You will be dropped off to the airport according to your departure time.




How do I get to surf spots?


We are providing transportation to/from surf spots on the Island. Our surf coaches will determine the best time and surf spot for the day based on the forecast for both beginner and intermediate surfers.




How do I get to the beach?


Your accommodations are located in the heart of Freights Bay, right across the best beginner surf break and minutes' walk to the white-pink sand beach.

You will enjoy Miami Beach, a popular sandy beach located within minutes of walk from Freight Bay. It offers calm waters and brilliant sunset views.

We also offer complimentary shared transportation to/from the beach.

If you would like to have some flexibility, we encourage you to rent a car. The majority of car rental companies have offers starting at $25 per day.




What if I want to explore all parts of the island?


You will have enough free time to explore the island. If you want some flexibility, we suggest renting a car. In Barbados, car rental is relatively inexpensive. On average you will pay $25 per day for renting an economy car. We will be hosting an Island Cruising + Wave Hunting adventure. This adventure is designed to explore all parts of the island: everything from the remote beaches and bays, stunning viewpoints, and local food. We will surf at remote places in Bathsheba that has to offer the best peeling waves at Parlours for beginner/intermediate surfers to fast barreling waves at Soup Bowl for advanced surfers. We will explore sunny and dry South Coast, green and lush East Coast, rugged and undeveloped North Coast, and finish the day on the West Coast with a stunning sunset and some rum punches.





Accommodations

Where will I be staying?


We picked one of the best locations you can dream of for your surf trip. Accommodations are located in the heart of Freights Bay, right across the best beginner surf break and minutes' walk to the white-pink sand beach. The house consists of private apartments. Each individual apartment accommodates 2 surfers in a shared room and 1 surfer in a private room. Each apartment comes with a fully equipped kitchen to cook your own lunches and dinners. There is also a BBQ in the yard. Barbados has to offer a lot of delicious food. We will provide you with a guide on what to eat and where.




In which room I will stay?


The room you will be staying at will be based on your booking. We offer both shared rooms and private rooms accommodations. Shared rooms accommodate two (2) surfers per room. If you are a couple, or two (2) friends traveling together, you can book a private room to share.




Is there WiFi?


Yes! Each apartment has a high-speed WiFi, but we doubt you will have time to use it!





Flights/Visa

What airport should I land to?


You will be landing at Grantley Adams International Airport.

If you are traveling from New York, we recommend purchasing direct Jet Blue flights that fly there every day.




Do I need a visa to enter the country?


The U.S., EU, and Canadian citizens using passports do not require a visa to enter Barbados for tourism under ninety (90) days.

You will need to bring a passport valid for the duration of your trip, return ticket to country of residence, and provide an intended address (we will supply this information). If you would like to rent your own car, don’t forget to bring a valid driving license!




What’s the ideal currency?


The U.S. dollar is accepted everywhere. We recommend you bring between $150 and $200 and a debit/credit card to be able to withdraw local currency in an ATM if needed.




What if I want to come earlier or stay a few extra days?


If you would like to come to the destination earlier or stay a few extra days - you are welcome to do so. You will need to arrange accommodations for the days that are outside of the paid trip package.

If you have any questions on where to stay, please don't hesitate to reach out to use. We are here to help!




What if I missed my plane, or my plane is delayed?


It is not Surf Tribe Escapes responsibility to ensure a client arrives/departs on time at the specified dates. Any conditions out of our control that can delay your arrival or departure and add to your costs such as extra charges caused by delays (late luggage, additional flights) or any variations from your itinerary (early arrival/departure) will be at client's expense.





Reservation/Cancellation

How do I book the trip?


Steps To Book The Surf Tribe Escapes Trip:

  • Select the trip date and room type
  • Add additional services (GoPro rental, other activities)
  • Make a payment to book your trip
After Your Booking:
  • You will receive a confirmation email with trip details and Liability Waiver
  • Read, sign and send back our Liability Waiver to info@surftribeescapes.com




I am travelling with a few friends – how do I ensure we go on the same trip?


If you are traveling in a group of 2 or more, we suggest checking availability on the website or by emailing our team at info@surftribeescapes.com. We will confirm the availability with you.




What is the cancellation policy?


Deposit & Payment Policy Full payment is due upon booking for any of our Surf Trips. Up until 91 days before the trip, full payment is fully refundable. Up until 61 - 90 days before the trip, 50% of the full payment becomes non-refundable, and within 60 days of the trip, all funds paid until that point are non-refundable. Cancellation Policy Cancellations must be made in writing to from the email used to book the reservation and are not considered canceled until acknowledged by return email. Cancellations made: A) 91 days or earlier before the trip, funds are refunded in full B) 61 - 90 days before the trip, 50% of paid funds are non-refundable C) Cancellation within 60 days before the trip will result in full forfeiture of the total $ amount of the booking Changes A change of trip or dates (re-booking), is considered a cancellation. Therefore cancellation fees apply. We do not sell TRIP INSURANCE. However, we recommend buying some if you think there will be potential changes in your vacation or with certain members of your group. If this possibility of cancellation concerns you, we highly suggest that you purchase trip cancellation insurance to avoid penalties due to a change in plans. The best company we recommend that also covers out of bounds insurance is World Nomads, and their website is at www.worldnomads.com Don't hesitate to let us know about your cancellation as soon as you know. We will try our best to transfer your trip to another date, but we cannot guarantee this.​





Surfing

Do I need to bring a board with me?


Surfboard rental is included in our surf escape packages. We will set you up with the right board, so you can learn quickly and have the most fun. If you have your own board, you are welcome to bring it with you.




How do you do surf coaching?


Before you join the surf escape, our team will gather information about your surf level, experience, and objectives for the trip. From the moment you arrive at Barbados, our surf coaches will be there to welcome you and work on your personal goals. Whether you are a complete newbie and want to learn to stand up for the first time, to understand how to generate speed or how to do a cutback, it is our goal to get you there quickly and efficiently. You can find more information on Our Surf Coaching Approach & Surf Levels.




Which waves will I surf?


You will start your surf adventure at Freights Bay!

Freights Bay is well-known for being one of the top surf spots on the South Coast of Barbados that is excellent for beginner and intermediate surfers. It is a long left break breaking over a coral reef with some sand patches right on the bottom of a cliff. The wind is usually offshore, clean, and with very little current.

As you progress, we will move on to the Drill Hall, which is an exposed reef break with left and right-hand break that has quite consistent surf. It offers slightly more challenging conditions, which will keep you excited.

If you are up for a real challenge, South Point is just around the corner walking distance from Freights Bay. It offers a more progressive and challenging wave. A better wave for short boarders than Freights offering rights and lefts. South Point can be super intimidating to the newbie surfer with lots of shoreline rocks and reef underneath. Depending on surf conditions and the group's level progression, we might be able to score a session there too.

During our Island Cruising + Wave Hunting Adventure tour, you will be able to surf at Parlours (optional). Parlours on a quiet day can produce some beautiful waves for beginner and intermediate surfers. There are less power and intensity than the Soup Bowl, and it can produce some left and right waves.




How many hours will I surf per day?


The sun rises at 6:00am and sets at 6:00pm. You may surf as much as you want –or can- in between. Our group lessons most likely will be scheduled in the morning based on the forecast. Our coaches will be doing dawn patrol every morning, so if you wish you can join them. The best surf sessions are in the morning or at sunset, which provides an entirely different soul-cleansing surf experience, with empty Bajan beaches and typically the lowest wind of each day – great for perfect waves.




Can I attach Gopro to the surf board?


If you have your own GoPro, you can attach it to the board. Don't forget to bring sticky mounts with you. We have GoPros available for rent. Reserve your GoPro rental in Our Store before the trip. We have a limited amount available.




Will I get photos and videos of me surfing?


One of our team members will be taking pictures and videos throughout the trip, including photos and videos of your surfing. We will also be videotaping all surf coaching sessions. You will receive good quality pictures/videos throughout the trip, and the rest will be sent to your mailbox.





General

How many travelers will there be on each trip?


Our goal is to offer an authentic small group hassle-free escapes while experiencing the very best the destination has to offer. Our surf trips have a minimum of six (6), and a maximum of nine (9) surfers per group. This allows you to connect to everyone and become real surf buddies. We offer the best guide/surfer ratio in Barbados. Two surf coaches will be in the water, helping you understand each spot, providing tips for you to catch the best waves. The other coach will be taking pictures and videos of the waves you take, as a souvenir and for further technical analysis.




I will be traveling alone on this trip. Will there be any other solo travelers on my trip?


The majority of our travelers are “solo travelers,” so you will most probably not be the only lone traveler in your group. Whether you are traveling with your friends, couples or by yourself, you will meet awesome people just like yourself who you will have a great time! Our surf escapes are designed for catching the waves and creating the best memories of your life!




I want to join a trip, but I don't want to surf. Can I still join?


Even though our trips are designed for people who want to learn to surf or who already surfs, we would be more than happy to have you join even though you don't feel like surfing. We promise that you will still have a blast!




I have never surfed in my life. Is this trip for me?


About 50% of our travelers have never touched a surfboard. We are here to help beginners learn how to surf, and help intermediate surfers progress faster.




How are the waves/temperature during month X?


Surf Tribe Escapes hosts surf trips during the best months for both temperature and waves. We don't host any trips during the rainy season and choose the best surf spots according to your level. Between October and April, Barbados feels warm and breezy with the air temperature around 84°F and ocean temperature approximately 81°F. Expect to have waves in a range of 2'0 - 8'0 ft depending on the surf break. The best surf conditions in Barbados are early mornings and late afternoons/sunset with almost no wind.





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