About Balandra

Located on the East Coast of Trinidad, Balandra Bay could be one of the best waves on the island. Plagued by east-northeast trade winds, even that does not hinder this wave if the sandbars are right.

Known locally as "Rough Side," this wave is not unlike Soup Bowls on neighboring Barbados. The most consistent wave in Trinidad, it usually has some sort of wave to ride even when everywhere else is flat.

Source: Balandra Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

Intermediate to advanced

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Mellow. Be cool and keep it that way.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Normally not an issue.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Consistent but generally plagued with onshore winds.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Depends on the swell -- more work as it gets bigger.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Some issues.

Additional Information


Not much.


Park on the fishing depot and walk over past the coconut trees.

Bring Your



Sand and rocks

Best Season

Pretty consistent through the year.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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