Caribbean Windsurfing, Kitesurfing, Surfing
Constant trade winds are perfect for Caribbean windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing
In days gone by the winds in the Caribbean were perfect for trade, but today the constant trade winds combined with the warm waters are perfect for Caribbean windsurfing and kitesurfing. Whether you are a novice or an experienced surfer you will find lots of locations to pick from. Some islands are not as developed as others so before you go to the Caribbean check exactly what surfing gear you might need to take with you.
Trade winds especially blow during the months of June and July so that’s a good time for experienced Caribbean windsurfing and kitesurfing enthusiasts – it is hurricane season so expect big swells before and after winds build up. Before you decide on where to go, check out each Caribbean destination’s wind conditions, they do vary. Make sure you’re always up to date with what’s going on weather-wise during the hurricane season.
Caribbean windsurfing & kitesurfing hotspots
One of the best places in the world for windsurfing and kitesurfing is ARUBA, one of the southerly Dutch islands in the Caribbean, which annually holds the Hi Winds Amateur World Challenge Windsurfing Tournament. The months of May, June and July have the best winds. Aruba is a fantastic island for Caribbean windsurfing and kitesurfing, for both skilled surfers and for anyone who wants to learn how to windsurf or kitesurf in the Caribbean as there are windsurfing instructors in most hotels together with equipment for hire. Bodysurfing is also a popular water sport in Aruba.
Head for the north coast of the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, to Cabarete, for absolutely thrilling Caribbean windsurfing and kitesurfing opportunities and reef-protected waters – best winds are January, February and March, and June, July and August. The BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS are also one of the world’s windsurfing hotspots and is where the HiHo windsurfing competition (both Caribbean windsurfing and sailing) and is held annually. For uncrowded Caribbean windsurfing take yourself to the unspoilt island of Nevis for nice flat water and also waves (December, January, June, July). For strong winds choose TOBAGO for your Caribbean windsurfing and go to Pigeon Point (December to May).
Other islands that offer good locations and winds for Caribbean windsurfing and kitesurfing are: ANTIGUA (Nov-Feb and also June-July), BONAIRE (December to August), the CAYMAN ISLANDS (Grand Cayman, November to March), BARBADOS for winds and waves (December, January, June), the US VIRGIN ISLANDS (December, January, February, July) – St Croix, and St Thomas (the base for the Caribbean Team Boardsailing Championships), ST BARTS (December to February), ST LUCIA (December to June) and the GUADELOUPE ISLANDS (October to May). CURAÇAO holds its annual Curacao Challenge (May) – four days of freestyle action and extreme slalom runs.
PUERTO RICO is considered by some to be the Caribbean’s surfing capital – consider it as the “Maui” of the Caribbean! Head for the west coast where you’ll find lots of surf hotspots, Rincon being the hottest.
The surfing and bodyboarding season in the French GUADELOUPE ISLANDS runs from October to May, but that doesn’t mean the rest of the year isn’t suitable – there can be ideal conditions throughout the year. The Guadeloupe Islands have several great surf spots. There are around 14 surf hotspots in MARTINIQUE, another French Caribbean island, and are mostly in the north along the Atlantic coastline. Best time for surfing – November to March.
Exciting locations for Caribbean windsurfing, kitesurfing & surfing
Darren Fletcher, Barbados
British Virgin Islands
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