Kitesurfing in the Caribbean
The Caribbean Islands are home to some of the greatest kiteboarding conditions in the world. Since the islands are spread over a large area, different regions of the Caribbean have shorter and longer seasons with varying wind strengths and conditions. In general, the season starts in November and goes through until July, though on some islands such as Venezuela and Aruba the trade winds are kiteable throughout the entire year.
Bring your surfboard, foil or twin tip, the choice is yours! The Caribbean offers conditions for every rider- surf the waves in Barbados, improve your freestyle in Venezuela or enjoy a little bit of everything on a kite cruise.
Freeride and Freestyle:
Kitesurfing Caribbean flat waters- there are so many places to choose from! Los Roques, Venezuela is one of the best. It is made up of 40 tiny islands offering endless kite spots with butter flat, crystal clear water. The best wind comes to late December-June though it is kiteable the whole year. The wind blows offshore the north coast of Aruba creating amazing flat water conditions for freestyle and freeriding. The wind blows the entire year though May-September are the most consistent months.
Other awesome flat water spots include: Cabarete, Union Island, St Lucia, Martinique, St Martin, Cabo de Vela and Punta Gallinas (Columbia), Turks and Caicos Islands, La Ventana Mexico, Bonaire, El Cuyo Mexico
BSTOKED KITESURFING EXPERIENCES IN THE CARIBBEAN
For the Surfer:
Waves, waves, waves. For the surfers looking for the perfect wind/wave combination, the Caribbean has a few great options.
Santa Veronica and St Martin are two of the best wave spots in the Caribbean. Galleon Bay, on the east side of St Martin offers amazing wave riding conditions on an outer reef break bringing 1-3m waves. The best winds are November-March and again June-September. Santa Verónica offers excellent conditions for wave riding..The trade wind direction is predominantly side/side-on ranging between 25 to 35 knots from December to the end of April, and 15 to 25 knots from May to July
Other wave spots include: Cabarete, Aruba (South coast), Barbados, Tulum Mexico
For the Adventurer:
The best kite holidays are always the ones which offer more adventure and activities than just kiting. The Caribbean is known for its laid-back lifestyle, drinking rum on the beach and soaking up the sunshine but for some of us, chilling all day just doesn’t cut it!
The Cabarete Dominican Republic is the adventure capital of the Caribbean. The best months for wind are January-March and June-August, the no-wind activities are endless. You can train for the circus, float down the river in a tube, cliff jump down 27 waterfalls, go mountain biking, learn to scuba dive and so much more. There is not stop nightlife for the partiers and kite conditions for every style.
Bonaire is another amazing adventure destination with great wind almost all year. Visit Bonaires highest peak, Brandaris, or The Pekelmeer Flamingo Sanctuary – one of only four areas in the world where Flamingos breed. Rent a car and go sightseeing to The Washington Slagbaai National Park, the Salt Pans or downtown Bonaire’s capital city, Kralendijk. Don’t miss out on the amazing coral reefs home to over 350 species of fish. You don’t have to be a diver to enjoy these amazing sites as some of the reefs are only a few meters from the surface easily accessible by snorkeling.
Other adventure destinations include: the British Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Aruba, Cayman Islands, Haiti
The Caribbean is an amazing place to learn kiteboarding, with warm water often without swell or a strong current. It’s best to learn without too many kiters on the water so early and late season are the best time to go. This will ensure you are comfortable and not worrying about other kites. Certified and experienced instructors can be found at most windy destinations in the Caribbean who will keep your lessons safe and help you progress at your own pace. Flatwater spots are the easiest for learning, though learning in waves can boost your skills and confidence when heading to new spots.
Great spots for learning include: Los Roques Venezuela, La Ventana, St Martin, Cartagena Colombia, Turks and Caicos, Aruba
Cruise and Get a Little Bit of Everything:
If you are interested in a little bit of everything- surfing some waves, practicing your freestyle, adventuring on the islands and relaxing in the sun with a rum and coke, then a Caribbean Kite Cruise is definitely for you!
Cruises are offered by many different crews based out of different Caribbean Islands including the British Virgin Islands, the Grenadines, St Martin, Los Roques and more. A kite cruise is one of the best ways to experience the Caribbean islands. You will live aboard a sailing yacht while traveling from island to island with an experienced captain who will show you the best untouched and uncrowded spots- some accessible only by boat. You will get the opportunity to explore different islands, kite in incredible spots including waves and flat water as well as unlimited downwinders. Relax aboard the yacht anytime you want or snorkel, SUP or swim before the wind starts.
Cruises often offer lessons and boat launches from their onboard instructor where others are for independent riders only. This type of holiday is suitable for everyone.
In general, the weather in the Caribbean is hot and sunny around 24-30 degrees the whole year. The water stays warm meaning no wetsuit is needed, though a rash guard is recommended for sun protection. The islands have a friendly, laid-back atmosphere each with its own culture.
The Caribbean is an amazing getaway destination and wind can be found on one island or another any time of the year. The sun is always shining and the water is always warm. Whether you are looking for a relaxing holiday, a non-stop kite vacation or a holiday the whole family can enjoy, the Caribbean has something for you!