Lawrencetown Beach has developed a reputation as one of Nova Scotia’s premiere surfing beaches. Though it is popular and fairly good for learning to surf, Martinique Beach is more friendly and easier to surf for most learners. Click here for more information on surfing lessons at Martinique Beach.

  • Lawrencetown Beach is best at lower tides. On summer days with small surf, high tide will leave the surf breaking closely to the shore. This means very short rides on the waves and some potential danger of crashing into the shore.
  • Lawrencetown Beach often has small/medium stones along the shoreline. Martinique tends to be far less rocky, with more sand.
  • Lawrencetown Beach is 10 minutes closer to Halifax/Darmouth, than Martinique Beach. Hence, the crowds are 3-4x as high. If you’re looking for more space, consider surfing at Martinique. If you love the crowds and the scene, Lawrencetown may be your thing.
  • Another benefit of Martinique Beach is that it offers some shelter from the SW wind during the summer. Lawrencetown Beach is more exposed to the wind, so the waves become more choppy when the wind is blowing. Martinique will be a notch smoother in similar wind conditions.
  • During the summer, the waves to be on the smaller side most days. Martinique’s waves are usually one notch larger than those breaking at Lawrencetown. For example, if the waves at Lawrencetown are too small to surf, Martinique will be the place to go.




Halifax Surf School offers lessons at Martinique Beach everyday from May to October. This is a great place to learn to surf in Nova Scotia because of the sand bottom and gentle slope. The absence of rocks and shallower water allows the surf student to feel comfortable. The beach is also over 4km long, so there is no problem finding your own uncrowded wave. Avoid the stress of battling the crowds at Lawrencetown Beach and come check out surfing Martinique Beach on the beautiful eastern shore of Nova Scotia.