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Top 10 Caribbean Kiteboarding Launch Areas Featured Hot

Top 10 Caribbean Kiteboarding Launch Areas
Top 10 Caribbean Kiteboarding Launch Areas
Top 10 Caribbean Kiteboarding Launch Areas
Top 10 Caribbean Kiteboarding Launch Areas
Top 10 Caribbean Kiteboarding Launch Areas
Top 10 Caribbean Kiteboarding Launch Areas
Top 10 Caribbean Kiteboarding Launch Areas
Top 10 Caribbean Kiteboarding Launch Areas
Top 10 Caribbean Kiteboarding Launch Areas
Top 10 Caribbean Kiteboarding Launch Areas
Top 10 Caribbean Kiteboarding Launch Areas
Top 10 Caribbean Kiteboarding Launch Areas

We've kited everywhere, and talked to everyone to find the perfect Caribbean Kiteboarding spot. Here, we've gathered intelligence on the Top 10 Caribbean Kiteboarding Launch Areas.

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General Caribbean tips:

Traffic: Be careful. More Americans are struck by cars than anything else on islands where traffic drives on the left hand side.

Haggling is a way of life for vendors in the Caribbean.Don't be afraid to offer a lower price if you see something you like. Most vendors will gladly counter with a slightly higher price. Keep working until you both agree on a price. You’ll end up finding really great deals.

Do ask permission first if you want to take people's pictures - Rastafarians almost always refuse on religious grounds, while others may want to be paid.

The windy season starts from December and tapers off in mid-April. Winds blow in the 10-25 knots range and gets stronger as summer approaches. The North Atlantic high generates the trade winds that blow during late spring and summer at a steady 15-22 knots.

Rainy season is June – December.

Warm and sunny weather year round. Tropical marine, mild. Little seasonal temperature variation. Average temperatures: water 79°F; air 85°F. No wetsuit needed with maybe an exception to Bermuda in the winter.

Watch for sea urchins, especially around reef laden coasts.

  • Dominican Republic
  • Barbados
  • Bahamas
  • Cayman Islands
  • Grenadines
  • Guadeloupe
  • BVI's
  • Tobago
  • Turks & Cacos
  • Bermuda
  • Puerto Rico

Kiteboarding Cabarete, Dominican Republic>>> Budget Traveler
A geological mini-version of the entire Caribbean, the Dominican Republic pays homage to more kiters than any other Caribbean nation. It offers a pure essence of mirror water, huge waves, and extreme kiting conditions.

The small town of Cabarete has quickly become a kiteboarding universe center. It’s inexpensive with great winds and incredibly fun times at kiteboarding compounds surrounded by festive hang outs. Junkies love it so much some of the greatest kiteboarders choose this lively spot as their regular training camp.

A perfect day here will bring on 20-25 knot winds starting mid-afternoon. And, since locals are passionate about music and dance (meringue greets you everywhere), you’ll have time to sleep in. Once on the water, you might just get passed by Tito Martinez, the one-legged kiter, doing an inspirational downwinder.

Just remember, the Dominican Republic is huge and there’s much more beyond Cabarete. You can easily escape the insanity of crowds, currents, shore reef and windsurfers by getting away. See where the DR’s real beauty shines in spots like Cabeza de Toro, La Granja, Las Salinas. For sweet flat-water, head to Lopez Angostura, a manmade lake south of Santiago. A local tour will show you the best launches.

Dominic Republic Kiteboarding Quick Tips

  1. Cabarete’s infamous Kite Beach gets congested. Scope Bozo Beach found on the east side, but only if you’re a seasoned kiter.
  2. There are plenty of schools and equipment, but only in Cabarete.
  3. Live with the pros. Rent a room in the kite compound near Bozo Beach for about $150/month.
  4. Watch for pros and locals ripping. Many arrive novice and leave stoked!
  5. You’ll find the best drink prices at roadside shack bars. Ask for a Cerveza Grande Presdinte.

Kiteboarding Barbados >>> The Honey Mooner
With a unique mixture of English traditions and Caribbean style, you’ll likely get blown off the water on a 5 meter at least once during a stay in Barbados. Even with plenty of white sand and beautiful flat water areas, true kiting is found on the southern coast and is often filled with heavy current, reef,and shore break. However, if you’re a confident kiter, explore around you’ll get stoked on the reef breaks, huge waves, cliffs, and sea tortoises.

You’ll get pumped on kites flocking above a boat skeleton as you approach Silver Rock beach, Barbados’ busiest launch area. Look out for Brian “Irie Man” Talma and his crew from local shop deAction! Get to know locals William and Hayden…they might just take you on a killer down winder.

Grab your surf board as Barbados rules Caribbean waves. Check out Surfer’s Point for great surfing and kiting. Or, head to Bathsheeba in a Moke for a truly tropical drop in.

There’s no need for a boat as Barbados is one solid mass and is easily traveled. With the sun setting daily around 6pm, be sure to bring to bring your significant other as there’s not much singles or night life action.

Barbados Kiteboarding Quick Tips

  1. A windy day could mean gridlock at Silver Rock with gobs of international kiteboarders and windsurfers. Launch and head straight to the reef for ‘deAction!’
  2. Winds are best in morning and late afternoon. Bring extra fin. You’ll need it to hold your edge in the chop and waves.
  3. From Long Beach, look for rock formations to the left. Steve from Redeye Kiteboarding can show you the way to this killer cliff-huck.
  4. Bring plenty of gear and spare parts. The local schools / shops have very limited supplies.
  5. Get stoked on the Kiteboarding DVD featuring Barbados:13 Daze.

Kiteboarding New Providence, Bahamas >>> Party Animal
While Nassau is filled with posh resorts and Vegas-type entertainment, explore outside the Bahamian capital and you’ll find incredible kiting done from tight launch areas. Find the right spot and you’re session will take you over the same ship and plane wrecks James Bond dove around.

Like butter? Then, scope out South Beach’s shallow crystal clear butter stretching about a mile. If you like having a launch area rite right outside your hotel, check out Coral Harbor. For a rum fix, stay in on Cable Beach where you can booze, cruise, gamble and kite…that is if you’ve waken up from a night’s partying.

For a sensational session, you must head out to surrounding islands and sandbars as the few beach areas can offer crowds, onshore winds, and sometimes pounding shore breaks. Hire a charter boat or take the high-speed ferry for pristine uninhabited launch sites among one the Bahamas’ 700 islands.

Often promoted as a Caribbean value, getting to New Providence is quick and cheap with vacation specials. Just know things aren’t so cheap once outside your room. However, with a heavy in wind and spring break culture, New Providence is a place to get your fix. Fast.

Bahamas Kiteboarding Quick Tips

  1. What might look like a mild water launch can get painful fast if you step on a sea urchin.
  2. Bring mid sized kites…and don’t break anything as there are no kiting supplies around.
  3. Prefer to travel light? Rent gear from Bahamas Kiteboarding located in Nassau.
  4. Avoid shopping. You’ll be hounded to buy crap. Instead, rent a car and head to Southwest Bay where you’ll spot reef sharks 40 feet below you board.
  5. Dive! Dive! Dive! They’ll pick you up on those no wind days and take you out scuba diving where Sean Connery filmed several James Bond scenes.

Kiteboarding The Cayman Islands >>> LifeStyles of the Rich and Famous
Though small compared to other Caribbean nations, the three neighboring islands known as the Caymans are “Top Shelf. ” Providing luxury on and off the water, heaven meets Hell (at least the town of) where you’ll likely ride solo since these lands remain relatively kiteboarding virgins.

Protected from surf and strong currents by both barrier reefs and Jamaica, the Cayman winds blow best from winter frontals November-April. Many beaches are long & narrow with water shallow enough to launch in. Each island boasts large enclosed lagoons where the depths reach a whopping 8 feet. Soft smooth waters only get choppy in heavy winds.

If staying on the largest island, Grand Cayman, be sure to charter a day cruise by boat or plane to its smaller cousins. You’ll find more launch areas with fewer crowds and less of a resort feel. Hotels offer transfers, but you’ll probably not need them as the down winders here will turn you into an insomniac.

The Caymans are well known for being the cleanest and safest Caribbean Country. Their incredibly secure and reliable financial services could be why. Respect the rules, the people and the country. “Financial Security” has new meaning here.

Cayman Islands Kiteboarding Quick Tips

  1. Rum Point on Grand Cayman is great for launching, reef riding and for…um…rum.
  2. End your on 7-Mile Beach downy with a Cayman Colada in bar swings at the Lazy Lizard.
  3. Get to know the locals. They might introduce you to private land owners where pumping up is done in paradise.
  4. Send yourself a postcard from Hell, the town made of sun baked lava on Grand Cayman.
  5. No shops = have your gear ready.

Kiteboarding The Grenadines >>> Family Man
With only a few known kiters, you might be the first person kiting many spots found in the rolling, mountainous islands covered with fragrant spice trees of the Grenadines. Tempered by the steady and cooling trade winds, they make the perfect hub for the kiteboarding family.

Wave riders will stoke the windy Atlantic side beaches while flat water fans will find paradise in one of the many protected coves. For some truly awesome kiting, take the ferry from Grenada, the largest island, to Carriacou and then on to one of the small island chains. Your best bet is a boat hire who can in turn guide you to tropical spots rivaling “Blue Lagoon.” Scope spots on Canouen, Mustique, and Bequia.

Grenada’s best kite launch areas are found around the North and South Coasts. Winds typically hover around 20 knots in winter and vary a good bit with season. Put 2-3 kites in your travel quiver and you’ll be kiting on most islands. Some pristine areas have very tight launches and may require a boat to access. Cruise toward resort areas near St. George and St. Vincent. Also head to the island’s east side and launch from the old airport.

Grenadines Kiteboarding Quick Tips

  1. For kite info and some kite supplies, find Derek at Big Bamboo, located in Grand Anse.
  2. Forget staying in one place, charter a yacht around the Grenadines from www.friendshipbaycharters.com
  3. Better than a charter is a guided kiting vacation on a catamaran from Caraibe Kite Aventure.
  4. Don't call anyone from Carriacou a Grenadian.
  5. No wind…explore the dwarf forests and crater lakes in the mountainous volcanic region.

Kiteboarding Guadeloupe >>> Kite Girls
A visit to Guadeloupe can be as varied as the kiting found on the seven idyllic isles making up this archipelago. Offering a piece of Paris amongst palm trees, many will appreciate the “Chic” style wind culture hospitality. You might even find a Frenchman offering you a bladder repair with and iron.

Guadeloupe is actually two islands in a butterfly shape joined by a bridge. The most popular launch areas are found on the eastern wing, Grande-Terre. Base yourself in either St. Francois or St. Anne on the southeast coast. About 200 yards out are coral reef rings lying in bays along the coastline. The bathtubs they create make epic conditions.

You must rent a car to take in all the varied kiting spots. Especially on the north coast where reef breaks allow kiters to ride both head-high surf and flat water in one session.

If you aren’t into many of the Club Med type beaches, be sure to investigate the French islands off of Guadeloupe with a taxi boat. These areas offer relaxed atmospheres and insane trade winds. Get to Isle a Caret, where the entire island is just a sandy beach with a few palm trees in the middle.

Guadeloupe Kiteboarding Quick Tips

  1. Cruise to Le Moule Beach Park for the best waves.
  2. Book your trip in February, when you’re practically guaranteed the sickest kiting conditions daily.
  3. Offer a few extra coins to a fishing boat “Taxi” and you’ll have a day long chase boat that will guide you to sensational kiting on smaller islands and hidden areas.
  4. Watch for large sea urchins among the shore reef.
  5. For local kiting conditions, information and gear help, contact Action Kite Caraibes.

Kiteboarding  The British Virgin Islands (BVI's) >>> Bangers & Mash

If you want the best of everything on your vacation, try the British Virgin Islands. Sail in Kool-Aid-Blue water, surrounded by lush, towering islands, and kite with people who don't have a worry in the world. See how the other half lives, as there aren't too many places in the world where just about anything you want is at your fingertips.


Boat transportation is necessary for the best kite session in the BVI's. While the resorts are five-star, being locked on a small island is no fun unless, of course, that island happens to be in the harbor for a cruise ship during your stay. The best way to go is to charter a 65-foot catamaran with a group of friends. Sail around the island and explore the numerous flat-water spots. If there's a sell, sail to the windward point of many of the islands to find some great wave riding.


You can catch island-hopper ferries or even rent small boats at some of the resorts, such as the Bitter End Yacht Club. Every island seems to have its own hot night. You can usually find a ferry that is going to the hot party every night.

British Virgin Islands Kiteboarding Quick Tips

  1. Drink a lot of water while you are in the British Virgin Islands. There is not a whole lot of escape from the Sun.
  2. Go to the Bomba Shack on Tortola for the full-moon party of a lifetime.
  3. Check out the cliff diving at The Baths.
  4. Visit the only non-volcanic island in the Caribbean, Anegada. It has fantastic wind for kiteboarding, the kite surfing is great, and the launches are luxurious.
  5. Spend at least one day sailing around the islands on a yacht.

 

Kiteboarding Tobago >>> Honey Mooner
Sure the Caribbean is tropical and lush, but Tobago is a little island with a secret kept virtually untouched by tourism: it’s a kiting paradise! Here you’ll find places where you can still boast to have been one of the first - if not the first - to ride in its cool trade winds.

Unlike other Caribbean islands, Tobago’s southern latitude offers stronger winds in late summer / fall, before December’s rainy season. You don't have to be a seasoned rider as ample calm flat water and wave spots abound the coast. Try staying at lesser crowded Little Rockly Bay, near Tobago’s longest beach. Or try the popular kiting spot, Pigeon Point, on the leeward side. Here, thermals typically create stronger winds, though they can be gustier.

Perfect for those seeking the romantic visions, Tobago is a secluded place great for kiting couples. Since the island is only 26 miles long and 7 miles wide, discovering a pristine launch area is never far away. Grab a rental car and get away from Crown Point and local tourist areas. Take a drive up the coast on the south side towards Scarborough and beyond. You’ll hit spots few people have seen.

Tobago Kiteboarding Quick Tips

  1. Most local kiters hang out at Pigeon Point. Save $10 for a weekly pass to get there.
  2. The East and North shore are very rocky and a bit hazardous.
  3. Canoe Bay is a nice wide beach. As long as you don’t mind the topless Euro grandmas.
  4. Lessons (sometimes gear rentals) are available at World of Water Sports found in Little Rockly Bay and Pigeon Point.
  5. Don't expect good service during Carnival (your waiters will be out partying in the streets).

Kiteboarding Turks & Caicos >>> Family Man
Its amazing kiteboarding has left the Turks & Caicos somewhat untouched. Especially since these relatively flat islands offer kiteable winds 90% of the year. And, with sugar-white beaches covering 230 miles of coastline, there’s enormous launching room.

An archipelago made up of 40 islands and cays, the Turks & Caicos have only 8 inhabited by humans. Each offers a unique kiting qulaities with exceptionally clear water as they are surrounded by the 3rd largest barrier reef in the world. A charter boat will get you kiting amongst the healthiest population of Rock Iguanas.

The 12 mile beach of Provo’s (Providenciales) Grace Bay offers the easiest launching and water access. For the epic of the epic downwinders, head out to the barrier reef and follow it. Just be aware the reef is way out there (in some places a mile or more) and should only be kited with several buddies or a ready chase boat. Less dramatic: launch at Club Med and downwind it to Beaches Resort.

The northeast region tends to have moderate winds, so bring mid sized kites. Try staying anywhere near Coral Gardens. The further west you go, the less wind and more rain you’ll get. Be sure to get in touch with Michael Rosati at Windsurfing Provo for the latest conditions and best spots to launch.

Turks & Cacos Kiteboarding Quick Tips

  1. For a truly unique session, kite Chalk Bay for its beautiful sandy bottom and shallow water.
  2. There are rumors of a kite shop/school coming fall 2005. In the meantime, be sure to bring all your gear and any spare parts.
  3. Kiting on uninhabited islands is only about 10 to 25 minutes by air from Providenciales or can be reached by boat. Also, there are regular ferries from North to Middle Caicos.
  4. There’s little exploring to do as the real attractions are on the beach and sea.
  5. Winds predominant SE and most consistent in summertime.

Kiteboarding Bermuda >>> Party Animal
With a chain of some 180 coral islands and islets lying 650 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, these islands have produced several of the world’s best sailors. And, and for good reason. Bermuda swanks a remarkably mild sub-tropical climate that is frequently fanned by sea breezes.

Kiteboarding in Bermuda is now regulated by the Bermuda Kiteboarding Association in conjunction with the Bermuda Ministry of Youth & Sport. Be sure you understand the rules before you take your gear onto the beaches.

With four primary launch regions, get your kiting fix either inside glassy, reef lined coves or on the outside with well formed head high waves. Watch out for the many small reefs and rocks located along many beaches.

For the flattest of flats, trek to Daniels Head and Somerset Long Bay. Other reefed areas only tone surf down instead of breaking it. Expect well formed 1-4 foot waves on the inside with head high plus outside reefs in areas such as Horseshoe Beach.

Do some discovering and find out how epic this island chain really is. Get yourself a private boat tour you’ll hit areas that’ll have you convulsing.

Bermuda Kiteboarding Quick Tips

  1. Portuguese Man o' War frequent Bermuda’s waters, especially during strong winds.
  2. 9-Beaches resort is right on flat water spots. They offer gear rentals and may soon be an IKO center.
  3. Don’t expect to rent a car as this is not an option for visitors.
  4. Cuisine not to miss: shark hash. Drink not to miss: Dark 'n Stormy.
  5. Learn the Gombey, a unique island dance that may just inspire some new tricks.

Kiteboarding Puerto Rico >>> Solo Traveler
A USA Territory and larger Caribbean Island, traveling solo in Pureto Rico is quick, cheap and offers kiting condition combinations rarely found in one spot. “Kiting extremes” are words often used by riders. And, many areas remain un-touched as there’s ample room for kiteboarding along its entire coast.

Easily accessible off the plane, San Juan beaches are wide and long with big barrier reefs, and few hazards. Winds are a constant 15 to 20 knots every month except November-December. If you’re pumped for waves, you’ll find them about a mile out along the reef.

About a 2-hour drive from San Juan you’ll find big wave action with incredible breaks along the Northwest Coast. Most popular are Shacks and Jobos Beaches, which boast similar conditions to Hookipa. Be sure to explore as they are only 2 of 30 sailing spots found in the region and often have stronger winds than the eastern side.

Head south and you’ll find unpopulated areas with conditions similar to San Juan, only with stronger winds and less crowds. The protected mangroves along the southwest bank supply butter water. The epic glassy flats are mostly accessible through the mangroves by boat. Hire one in the small fishing village La Parguera.

Puerto Rico Kiteboarding Quick Tips

  1. Most of the Northwest wave riding area is for advanced riders only.
  2. Best wave riding is from December through April, and so is the tourist season.
  3. Most kite shops are located in San Juan. There are several US based schools / shops who organize kite trips / camps January – April.
  4. It can blow in the Northwest and be dead in the South, and vice versa. If it’s windy where you are, kite it.
  5. The locals drive ‘loco’. If you’re the one behind the wheel, get ready for big city meets the circus driving.

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