Best Windsurfing and Kitesurfing in the Caribbean

Best Windsurfing and Kitesurfing in the Caribbean
Best Windsurfing and Kitesurfing in the Caribbean

The best windsurfing and kitesurfing in the Caribbean depends on the island and the season. If you’re totally set on visiting a specific island and enjoying these wind sports, you could time your visit to when conditions are ideal for letting the wind fill your sails. If you only have a specific week for your vacation, it could be as simple as picking the island with the best surfing during that time. Thanks to the warm waters, cooling trade winds and countless beaches, the Caribbean is an ideal destination for windsurfing and kitesurfing throughout the year.

Whether you’re an accomplished surfer or you’re just looking to experience some adventure on the islands, it’s a thrill to experience these two watersports. Windsurfing, a combination of sailing and board surfing, once was the domain of professionals. Thanks to the new user-friendly rigs, it’s easier than ever to set sail. Kitesurfing has a number of techniques to master, but a good guide can show you the ropes and explain how to get some air. For either sport, outfitters throughout the Caribbean can equip you with the gear and knowledge to have fun and keep safe.

Antigua & Barbados

Antigua & Barbados

Antigua & Barbados

The quiet-laid back islands of Antigua and Barbados make up for the lack of glitz and glamor with long stretches of white-sand beaches. The best conditions for surfing come twice a year, between November and February and June and July. During these five months, wind and kite surfers gather along the shores of Jabberwock Bay on the north shore of Antigua. Local outfitters bring the equipment right to their resorts and get boarders started on this adventure with their user-friendly packages.

Bonaire & Aruba

Bonaire & Aruba

Bonaire & Aruba

As part of the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles, both Bonaire and Aruba are treated to conditions tailor-made for windsurfing. Between December and August, the center of the windsurfing seems to center on Bonaire. With varying conditions, including gentle waves and still waters, Bonaire is an ideal place for beginning surfers. Kitesurfing is best enjoyed along the beaches in the southwest of Bonaire, and windsuring is best along the eastern beaches. The rest of the year, surfers head to neighboring Aruba for this popular beach activity. The best winds begin in May and continue into July. On the leeward side of the island, a long string of public beaches are loved for their white-sand beaches and strong winds. The waters along Barcadera Beach Aruba, south of Oranjestad, seem perfect for surfing. There’s always some kind of wind stirring up the water, especially between January until the end of summer. The rest of the year, the winds slow down, but there’s still plenty of action to get you going.

Los Roques Archipelago & Coche Venezuela

Los Roques Archipelago & Coche Venezuela

Los Roques Archipelago & Coche Venezuela

The same winds that sweep across the beaches of Bonaire make it to the nearby coast of Venezuela. Its Caribbean beaches, especially along Los Roques Archipelago, are another place ideally suited for wind and kite surfing. Lying 80 miles to the north of La Guaira, the collection of cays and islands offer an abundance of beaches with shallow waters and plenty of trade winds. These coral islands, popular with European vacationers, have relatively steady winds all year, so there’s not a bad time to catch the wind and waves. The waters of Isla de Coche also are welcoming to boarders. Nestled between the mainland and Isla Margarita, Coche has flat waters great for beginners. The wind is strongest between January and March, and the rest of the year, they’re still strong enough for a thrilling experience.

Jamaica & Dominican Republic

Jamaica & Dominican Republic

Jamaica & Dominican Republic

Both Jamaica and the Dominican Republic are up-and-coming destinations for wind sports. While islands farther south in the Caribbean are more likely home to windsurfing resorts, it’s still a possibility here. Many cruise ship passengers want to try wind sports, so it’s not difficult to find lessons and equipment in the major beach towns, especially Ocho Rios and Montego Bay. On Jamaica, the winds are quietest in the morning, so it’s a great time for beginners to schedule their lessons. As the winds put up during the day, the more adventurous grab their boards and head to the beach. Cabarete Beach in the Dominican Republic is popular for wind and kite surfing as well as traditional board surfing whatever the time of day. Both of these islands have the best winds in July and August along with as early in the year from January to March.

Costa Maya Mexico

Costa Maya Mexico

Costa Maya Mexico

With the new cruise ship terminal, Costa Maya is one of Mexico’s newest vacation destinations. The Belize Barrier Reef, the longest reef system in North America, hugs the shore, making a paradise for divers and snorkelers. These same beaches also are great for wind sports. Wave conditions switch between flat waters, gentle waves and more active waters. Between May and November, some days are wind free, so it’s not the best time for windsurfing. By December, the winds kick up and are more consistent. The best season is actually January and February along the Caribbean coast of Mexico.

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