Where to Learn Kitesurfing in the Caribbean
The Caribbean is known for its laid-back atmosphere, warm weather and delicious rum punch making the Caribbean a popular vacation destination for tourists around the world. The trade winds blow strong and consistent through the Caribbean Islands predominantly in the winter and summer months making it also an amazing kiteboarding destination. On some islands such as Aruba and Venezuela, the wind is kiteable through the entire year.
The water is warm, the air is hot and the wind is consistently making the islands some of the best and most enjoyable for learning. Here is a list of great destinations in the Caribbean for learning:
St Martin is an awesome place to learn whether you are an expert looking to advance your skills or a brand new rider. There is flat water which is best for learning as well as learning new tricks, a reef break which offers an amazing opportunity to learn to ride a surfboard in the waves and deep water for foil lessons. The wind blows an average of 15 knots year round, perfect for learning!
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Cartagena is on the north coast of Colombia with strong onshore and crosses onshore winds every day like clockwork. The best season is from mid-December to end of April, this wind still blows the rest of the year but not as consistently. This place is so great for learning because the water is shallow (but deep enough for safe learning conditions) and flat with wide open spaces with no obstacles such as swimmers, rocks or corals.
La Ventana, Mexico
La Ventana on the south-east tip of the Baja California Peninsula, Mexico. The best time of year to visit is October-April when the winds blow from the North. The water is flat with small chop- easy conditions for learning. The winds blow side onshore and since the bay is L-shaped, the bottom of the bay acts as a big safety net and you will always end up on the beach and not out to sea. The water is colder here so a thin 3/2mm wetsuit is recommended.
Los Roques, Venezuela
Los Roques is a unique location because it is located outside the Caribbean hurricane zone, meaning the kite season is almost the entire year. The best and windiest months are late December-June. The Roques are a group of small islands creating a kitesurfing paradise with wide open spaces and flat water which make it so great for beginners.
The above destinations mentioned are not the only places to learn in the Caribbean. Lessons are available at almost any kiteboarding spot including Dominican Republic, Aruba, British Virgin Islands, Union Island, Turks and Caicos, Cayman Islands, The Grenadines, Bonaire and Cuba.
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When is the best time to go?
As a beginner, uncrowded areas are the best and most comfortable areas for learning. Early and late season are the least crowded times for tourists and generally still have good wind days. The winds may be lighter in the early and late season and with lighter wind brings less choppy waters. Though these times make learning a more comfortable experience, learning with an instructor in strong winds and crowded areas can help you become a more confident rider in varying conditions. There are pros and cons of learning in early/late season or in peak season though no matter what you choose you will have the time of your life.
As far as learning conditions go, the Caribbean has some of the best. Hot, sunny weather and warm, flat waters. Learn kitesurfing Caribbean style!
If you are interested in learning the art of kiteboarding then you can go directly to a kitesurf school in the Caribbean and get taught the ropes.