The Bahamas is a dream holiday destination for all sorts of reasons. One of them is its windsurfing. With its warm waters, reliable winds and idyllic beaches, this collection of hundreds of islands and coral cays could just about be called paradise. Here’s what to expect from a Bahamas windsurfing holiday.
While the Bahamas is made up of over 700 islands, only a handful are inhabited. Those that are have great infrastructure, with some fantastic beachside hotels, and plenty of watersports operators. Larger hotels will often rent out equipment and arrange lessons for those who need them.
The windiest time to visit the Bahamas is during the winter months, when speeds get up to 25 knots. The summer months offer much more gentle winds with speeds of around 10 knots. Even in winter, temperatures are in mid-high twenties. The main rainy season is May to October.
New Providence is the Bahamas’ largest island and home to its capital, Nassau. It’s a bustling and friendly place fringed with beaches. It’s the ideal place for windsurfing beginners to get started, with easy access to lessons and equipment hire. There are also some great spots to be had, with excellent flat water sailing along the north coast. Wave sailors should head west to Lyford Cay. Grand Bahama is another good choice, with easy access to hire gear and lessons.
Those with experience and perhaps their own gear can really explore in the Bahamas. With a little local knowledge, you’ll find some fantastic spots around its many islands. Most of the Bahamas’ spots are flat-water – great for racers and freestylers.
Take a Bahamas windsurfing trip and you’ll see for yourself exactly what has made this one of the world’s favourite places.