Barbados belongs to the Windward Islands, sitting east of the main Caribbean chain, and about 350km (220m) northwest of Venezuela. Famous for its holiday resorts, clear blue water and white sand beaches, it also has the eastern Caribbean's most consistent surf. Strong, constant trade winds make for consistent, year-round swell on the east coast, while in winter, regular north swells light up the north and west coasts. Barbados offers some heavy waves, but it is best suited to the surfer who enjoys chilling-out on the beach and riding fun waves with an idyllic tropical backdrop. Most of the spots break onto flat coral reefs or on beautiful sandy beaches.