Caribbean kitesurfing brings up images of warm, turquoise, butterflat waters, warm trade winds and you kiting...ah yes the joys of dreaming - and if you're reading this you' half way there! But really kiteboarding the Caribbean offers such a wealth of spots that you can choose your local spot, wherever you decide to take you trip or go in search of you very own secret spot. Caribbean kite surfing is waiting to be discovered around every corner...
Mix this together with such a mix and match of different cultures from different times in history and you'll soon find out why the Caribbean kiting is a mix of everything...the Colonial, the Rasta, the Pirate, the Rockstar, the Celebrity and so much more...
Caribbean Kitesurfing : Kitefacts
Best winds: December - July
Best surf: November to March
Wind Conditions: 12-30 knots
Water Temp: Boardshorts/Bikini
Water Type: Flat water, Chop and Waves
Weather: tropical - warm to hot
Jeremie Tronet in the Caribbean, kitesurfing off Martinique. Ph: Ocean Rodeo
The winds of the Caribbean
Winds are pretty consistent throughout the Caribbean. Depending where you go to the windy season starts around October/November and goes to around May/June/July. Winds are stronger as it gets closer to summer in the 15 - 25knot range. Spring winds can be in the 10 - 15knot range.
The Caribbean tends to become windier, more consistent and drier as you go into the Southern Caribbean -like down to Aruba and Ilsa Margarita, Venezuela off the coast of South America.
Here's an opinion on Kitesurfing The Caribbean:
All year consistent winds: Aruba, Venezuela
Best boat trip: BVI, Turks and Caicos
Best wind and Waves: Barbados
Safest island: Aruba
Most Populated kiting: Dominican Republic
Best City with kiting: Bahamas, Nassau
A good way to experience the islands is to travel the Caribbean by catamaran yacht, so get ready for some boat launches too. But your options are limitless and finding a small sand spit creating butter flat water is where your dreams come true Caribbean kitesurfing.
There is an Island lifestyle to fit any person here too. Head for the city lights of Nassua, to the kite city of Cabarete in the Dominican. Or rustic towns of many islands like Barbados, St Lucia or smaller villages too. Wonder how the other half live - Island Lifestyle like no other?...head for the Caymans or hire a yacht and weave through the British Virgin Isles. Mellow Island Lifestyle...The very uninhabited Turks and Caicos Islands and Los Roche off Venezuela make for great down time and mellow kiting days with friends.
There's always lots to do when you're not kiting and if you actually have any down time Caribbean kitesurfing, you might spot the odd celeb like Amy Winehouse here getting air...
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