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Latitude: 18° 4.48' N
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This is on the east side of the island, near Orient Beach (the clothing optional beach). You have to take a boat to the spot, and the French-owned and operated staff have a boat to take you out, called the "Ecole de Surf de St. Martin". Follow signs to Galleon beach, then signs to the Butterfly farm. Go straight til you hit the beach at the end of a sandy road.
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Public access
Special accessPaddle > 20mn or Boat
Alternative name El Galleon, Coconut grove
DirectionRight and left
BottomReef (coral,sharp rocks etc..) with sand
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell directionEast
Good wind directionSouthWest
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementFalling tide
Week crowdFew surfers
Week-end crowdFew surfers
Park at the end of road of Galleon beach, follow signs to the Butterfly farm, then go to the end of the sandy road. "Club de Surf" is on the right, on the beach. All shapes and sizes available to rent.
Locals are great, but be prepared to speak combat English/French to find out what you need. Cost for board rental and a boat ride is $18US.
A lot of fun, and way better than doing the typical tourist stuff! Stay away from the fatties on Orient Beach, where you'll find way more senior citizens walking around naked than you ever thought possible.
By erik , 28-01-2008
Le Galion (Dec 2007) - Waves were small but not a very crowded spot. Great for beginners. You can rent equipment at the surf shop and take lessons. It's a bit expensive but staff very friendly. They only speak french tho, so dont take a lesson if you don't speak french as it will be a waste.
By salvo , 17-05-2007
great spot - surf there about 2 times a year and always catch surf.the paddle is not bad. its calm and you go through a channel to get to the line up.also its le galleon not el galleon.if your in st.martin also surf bowls,wilderness,and cupecoy.bowls is across the bay from le galleon wilderness is the n.e.point and cupecoy on the carribean.dont forget your sunscreen!
By Anonymous , 31-03-2007
walk to the point - indeed, walk to the point: into the water, watch for the urchins and in 10 minutes you are in the line up:always something to ride> nice bowl section on the inside and try to go left!
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