Barbados, Guadeloupe and Martinique comprise the Windward Islands, a chain of islands with excellent surf prospects. Named after the easterly trade winds which hit these islands before hitting their northern cousins. Peak surf season is from October to March with the region regularly hit by swells moving down from America's East Coast. The trade winds bring consistent onshore swell to the east of the island but it is rarely of a high quality. As on all the islands here surfing is mainly conducted off their northern reaches with numerous high quality reef breaks across the region. Barbados's Soup Bowls and Martinique's Anse Couleuvere being particular highlights. Generally all the best waves here are reefs and points with some average beach breaks. Sea temperatures remain between 25 and 28°C or 77 to 82°F.