Biarritz Grande Plage Spot Guide

About Biarritz Grande Plage

A chic stretch of sand in downtown Biarritz, this can indeed be a Grande Plage. In clean, medium sized swells the beach can produce excellent, walling, occasionally hollow waves, especially at lower tides - the rocky outcrops to the south and swirling currents helping to sculpt consistent banks fought over by the large, local crew. It can of course also churn out slow, fat rollers – such is the beachbreak roll of the dice. Works through the tides but mid to low is best, the southern casino end is usually busiest but the beach can hold a crowd.

Source: Biarritz Grande Plage Surf Guide

Ability Level


Beg Int Adv

Intermediate to advanced

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Hard charging, competitive local crew.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Busy, the southern end by the casino is usually the most hotly contested

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Downtown Biarritz beachie serving up fun, quality, punchy peaks. Beginners are better off round the headland at Cote des Basques.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

As the swell kicks in, so does the rip.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty


Additional Information


Crowds, rips and heavy when big.


This is downtown Biarritz so parking is super tricky and can be expensive.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish, bodyboard



Best Season

September - March is the most consistent. Summer can be out of control busy on the beach and in the city.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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