Jibe City Bonaire

Jibe City Bonaire is one of the best windsurfing destinations to target when looking to go windsurfing in the Caribbean. Bonaire in general is highly regarded within the world of windsurfing because of its favorable conditions. And Jibe City has everything that windsurfers will need to make the most of their visits to the island. That includes world class equipment and a privileged location on Lac Bay. Consistent onshore winds and shallow waist-high water with a mostly sandy bottom figure among the positive windsurfing elements at Lac Bay. The shallow areas are especially ideal for beginners and intermediates. For the advanced crowd, there are more challenging areas further out to sea and on the mangrove-laden edge of the bay.

Windsurfing Rentals and Lessons

Windsurfing Rentals and Lessons
Windsurfing Rentals and Lessons

At the Jibe City Bonaire windsurfing center, they offer the latest model year gear. The company prides itself on carefully selecting the top brands, and great attention is paid to stocking up on boards that are ideal for all conditions. To go with the boards is a wide range of sails to fit all conditions. In relation to lessons, Jibe City once again offers everything that guests should need. The lessons range from the Beginner Lesson I version, which covers the basics, on up to the Intermediate Lessons, which are designed to help new riders take their skills to the next level. The option to arrange private lessons is available. As you might imagine, the private lessons cost extra, but it’s arguably worth it if you can handle the rates. Jibe City recommends that the private lessons accelerate the process of learning. While the Jibe City lessons are typically geared towards beginners and intermediates, there are some more advanced lessons for those who want to go from good to great. It should be noted that Jibe City is more expensive than most, if not all of the other windsurfing destinations around Bonaire, but given the overall quality of the center, the rates are reasonable.

Bonaire Windsurfing Season

Bonaire Windsurfing Season
Bonaire Windsurfing Season

The Bonaire windsurfing season could be described as a year-round thing, as the island gets consistent onshore winds. Average air and water temperatures in the low 80s only lend to the quality of the experience. No wet suit required. This being said, there are some weather tendencies that can help windsurfers decide when to go. Basically, Bonaire has two kinds of wind seasons – the windy season and the very windy season. The windy season runs from September to mid-December, which means that the very windy season covers the rest of the year. During the windy season, the winds tend to blow between 12-18 knots. During the very windy season, they typically range between 15 to 25 knots. So, the windy season is arguably better for beginners, with the very windy season offering a little extra kick for the more advanced crowd. Major wind gusts are rare at any time of the year, which lends to the overall quality of Bonaire windsurfing.

Bonaire Windsurfing Vacations

Bonaire Windsurfing Vacations
Bonaire Windsurfing Vacations

Bonaire windsurfing vacations are about as good as windsurfing vacations get. The island’s reputation as one of the world’s finest windsurfing destinations is well established, and there is the option of adding kitesurfing to the picture as well if you want to switch it up a little. For both sports, the boomerang shape of Bonaire helps break up the winds, which in turn creates different wind intensities at varying spots. Only lending to the appeal of Bonaire windsurfing vacations is the fact that, like the other Dutch ABC islands of Aruba and Curacao, Bonaire lies outside of the hurricane belt. And Lac Bay, which is the main windsurfing spot on the island, is a protected marine park with beautiful turquoise water. No boats or other kinds of watercraft to get in the way. Bonaire vacation packages that include windsurfing are available, and there are Bonaire hotels that can make windsurfing-minded guests make the most of their vacations. When planning a Bonaire windsurfing vacation, it can be a good idea to shop around when it comes to lessons and equipment rentals. There are several local operations to consider, including Caesar Finie's Caribbean Flowstyle Windsurfing. His company offers semi-private lessons for groups of three with instructor Caesar Finies. For $300 per person, you get about 8 hours of instruction during the week.

Bonaire Windsurfing Hotels

Bonaire Windsurfing Hotels
Bonaire Windsurfing Hotels

Bonaire vacations that have windsurfing on the agenda should arguably include a stay at a hotel that makes windsurfing a major focus of its overall approach. One such hotel is the Sorobon Beach Resort (pictured). Much of the allure of this resort for windsurfers is the location next to Jibe City. It is also hard to find fault with the private beach, the oceanfront cottages, and the convenient meal plans. Another lodging idea for those who are planning on doing some Bonaire windsurfing is to arrange a stay at the Sonrisa Hotel through Bonaire Windsurf Place – a locally owned and operated windsurf shop at Lac Bay. The Sonrisa is a small boutique hotel that is minutes from Lac Bay. You can arrange a full package deal through Bonaire Windsurf Place that includes lodging, rentals and lessons. All in all, the accommodations that are closest to Lac Bay are the ideal places to start when planning Bonaire windsurfing vacations. Perhaps give the Lac Bay Casitas a look. These vacation rental units are little homes away from home and are just a short drive from Lac Bay.

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