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Alan Burke's Barbados

Alan Burke's Barbados

Rootsy, pastel shacks punctuate ritzy resorts and oceanfront bars. A warm, vibrant ocean splashes playfully upon them all.

Why surf Barbados?

Why surf Barbados?

Why surf Barbados?

To many, a surf trip in the Caribbean sounds like a questionable endeavor. But due to its auspicious positioning at the swell-exposed bottom of the West Indies, Barbados holds more than just novelty allure. With four wave-rich coastlines and a unique blend of post-colonial and Afro-Caribbean roots, this compact island teems with culture and quality... show more

The G.O.A.T.’s Guy

The G.O.A.T.’s Guy

In island communities as tight-knit as that of Barbs, the key to unlocking the lively culture and surf scene is an expert guide. Kelly Slater knows this, which is why he has 8th-generation Bajan and former national champ, Alan Burke, on speed dial. Possibly more stoked than his two pro-surfer sons, “Burkie” knows every wave like the back of his sun... show more
I scored some of the best barrels of my life, and also was surprised to get some of the most fun, long and playful waves I’ve ever seen!

Your private adventure

Who’s it for

From reefs to beachies to long, cruisey points, you’re guaranteed to score a rideable wave nearly every day of the year. For the seasoned surfer looking for a challenge, Soup Bowl awaits up the windward coast.

When to go

September through April is peak season here. Although you can score waves year-round, Atlantic hurricanes can make conditions unpredictable during the summer months.

Make it yours

With no set itinerary, Alan’s trips are truly one-of-a-kind. Let him lead you to waves he’s known since childhood, bangin’ Bajan cuisine, Crop Over festivities, and white sand beaches that put their postcards to shame.

Alan's Picks

The practical scale of this pint-sized island makes any adventure within its shores feel pleasantly accessible.

Caribbean Keepsakes

Looking for an extra-special souvenir? Visit Burkie Boards, where Alan, his sons, and his wife collaborate on custom shapes.

Rum Diaries

Whether you tour a distillery or simply sip a rum punch with sand beneath your toes, this isle is abuzz with tasty options.

Bajan’s Best

If you haven’t eaten at Oistins Fish Fry, you haven’t been to Barbados. Stop by and see what the locals are on about.

People, Environment, Growth

Eat, learn, and enjoy the offerings of PEG, one of the island’s only holistic farms, cafés, and educational spaces.

Cruising Bridgetown

Take a stroll through the island’s historic capital city and pop into cafes and hole-in-the-wall bars for a rum punch.

Where you'll sleep

Stay in hidden homes and boutique hotels matched to your needs—from lux digs with a private chef to bohemian bungalows right on the beach, your spot is guaranteed to be dialed.

Eco Lifestyle + Lodge

Unwind and experience authentic, intentional living at this boutique hotel. Founded with a focus on sustainability and an easy pace of life, each deluxe room is furnished with upcycled, locally made, and artisanal goods. Tucked in the hills overlooking the dramatic eastern seascape, each morning’s sunrise will greet you and you’ll truly feel ‘away from it all’ while being just a short stroll from the charming Bathsheba village.

Cheez Don Bread

A play on the Bajan expression meaning ‘wow’ in regards to something impressive, the Burke family vacation rental is just that. Located just steps from the sand and mere minutes from the nearest airport, the spacious villa is fully amenitized to make the surf trip of your dreams a reality. Upon check-in, expect to be greeted by a fully-stocked fridge, waves within walking distance, and a few furry or feathered friends lounging in the backyard.

The Crane

The oldest operating hotel in the archipelago, this waterfront resort unites old-world charm with modern comforts in a picturesque and elegant setting. Overlooking what was once voted the "best beach in the Caribbean" is a stunning array of private suites, penthouses, lush gardens, and tranquil pools, all in a regal, tastefully adorned setting. Needless to say, this posh seaside spot will take your surf excursion to another level.
These are just a few of the special digs available. We need to know a bit about you to match the perfect spot for you and yours.


What makes a Thermal adventure different?
Surfing with the best local guide and staying in the perfect place is a unique and powerful combo. Go with a local to uncrowded spots and explore a new region of the world embedded in the local community.
How many surfers is this ideally for?
This adventure is designed for 2-6 travelers, but with its wide variety of waves and easily traversable size, Barbados is attractive to solo travelers as well.
How well do I need to surf?
Some experience is necessary but you don't need to rip by any means. Your guide will curate a roster of waves tailored to your group's abilities and tastes.
What is typically included?
This adventure includes daily guiding, private accommodations tailored to your group’s size and preferences, and the inside track on unique experiences to help you get the most out of your time in Barbados.
What’s not included?
We’ve got you covered on just about everything except flights, airport transfers, boards and meals. We can help with travel logistics if requested and your guide can point you to the best places to eat or get groceries if you want to cook at home.