Guide to Caribbean kiteboarding holidays

Dec 05, 2013 BY AWE365 Team

A Caribbean kitesurfing holiday is a great way to enjoy probably the most relaxing and laid back area of the world. With temperatures of 25 – 30 degrees all year round warming the crystal clear waters you will not need to bring your wetsuit. The trade winds predominantly blow in from the Atlantic and you will probably use your 12m kite the most.

Kitesurfari SXM British Virgin Islands image by Captain James

There are many great spots to head to in the Caribbean catering for a range of riding styles. For flat water then head to the west side of the islands. This is classed as the Caribbean side and the water is a lot flatter, although the wind here tends to be off shore and a little less predictable. The east side of the islands are known as the Atlantic side and the wind here is more predictable but the water is not quite as flat. On some islands you will find some good surf conditions like in Barbados at Bathsheba.

Flying time to most Caribbean Islands from the UK takes about 8 hours with some of the islands needing connection flights from Puerto Rico. Antigua is one of islands which you can fly direct to with Virgin Airlines and is a great island to head to for some great flat water riding. Well known international rider Dre is from the island and has made it well known for its slider park.

There are many kitesurf centres across the Caribbean such Skyriders and Mistral in St Lucia and Barbados. These centres offering tuition makes the Caribbean a great place for beginners and experienced riders alike. The St Lucia centre also offers great beachside accommodation at a very affordable price. The beach huts really do get you back to basics and leave you to concentrate on your Caribbean Kitesurfing holiday.

If you want to book a Caribbean kitesurfing holidays we recommend you shop around as there are bargains to be found. All the islands offer fantastic all inclusive accommodation down to self catering so you will not be limited in choice.


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