An Antigua and Barbuda kitesurfing holiday is all about luxury and the laid back atmosphere. Temperatures on these Caribbean islands are normally between 25 and 30 degrees all year round.
There is a warm trade wind that blows across these twin islands. It’s at its strongest from December to July, making these the peak months for anyone looking to kitesurf.
It is best to head to these islands outside of the hurricane season which runs from September to December. Outside of these months you will get 60 – 80% of the days with force 4 winds (16mph) upwards. So bring your 10 and 12m kites.
There are many spots along the coast but on both islands you will get more wind on the east (Atlantic side) than the west (Caribbean). However on the east coasts you will get more chop and waves.
There are lots of wave breaks to conquer, with shore and reef breaks being fairly easy to find around both islands. Just look for the other kites in the sky and you’ll find them. Don’t go thinking the waters are too crowded though. And, this being the Caribbean, all the other riders should be friendly and willing to share local knowledge.
Antigua is the more popular location and Jabberwock bay is the preferred location located in the beautiful National Park of Antigua. It is suitable for all riders with flat sandy conditions inside the reef. Past the reef you will find the darker deeper water.
Due to the size of Antigua you are never too far away from the kite spots. So, the pick of accommodation is yours. Some of the best hotels are on the east (Caribbean) side of the island. Cocobay is a couple’s orientated resort and offers some basic bungalow style apartments.
The VC bird international airport is in the capital of the island and is just a short transfer from most hotels. In St Johns you will find short flights or boat trips over to Barbuda.
Not so long ago, Barbuda was probably the most untouched of all the Caribbean islands. While things are slightly more developed these days, it’s still got the feel of a desert island paradise. The locals definitely haven’t lost their laid back Caribbean charm, even if there are slightly more tourists there these days
This island is a lot less populated but you will find some great locations to ride. The best being just south of the Airport on the southern most tip of the island. It is worth speaking to a local kitesurfer or kite school before heading there.
Part of the thrill of Antigua and Barbuda kitesurfing holidays is the sheer quality of life that exists here. Local people are always happy to help and it’s hard not to fall in love with the place once you’re here. Stunning Caribbean views of white sand, palm trees and sunsets are perhaps only bettered by the amount of fun you can have out on the water.