THE LUREAruba lies in the heart of the southern Caribbean, 15 miles off the coast of Venezuela. At just 20 miles long and six miles across it's surrounded by wideopen seas that offer great adventure for any watersports fan.
THE SETUPFrom beginner to expert, you'll always find a suitable place to kitesurf in Aruba. The constant almost year-round trade winds, along with the variety of flat water locations and challenging wave conditions, have made Aruba a popular kitesurfing holiday venue. The shallow, warm waters make it a great learning spot and the island is also known for being one of the safest in the Caribbean, and for its friendly residents and beautiful beaches.
WIND, WATER & WEATHERBetween January and September the trade winds average between 17 and 28 knots. October to November sees a drop to between 11 and 19 knots. Air temperatures remain solid at 25°C. On one side of the island you get flat water and offshore winds, and on the other, onshore winds with waves. You'll find everything you need in Aruba's town areas. The average temperature is a sizzling 23°C.
OFF THE WATERAruba caters for the affluent traveller as well as those looking for a more moderately priced holiday. From luxury high-rise hotels to villas with private beaches through to affordable apartments. Many pool-side bars and restaurants have happy hours in the early evening and the mood really builds for the fun-seekers from there. In the evening in Aruba you'll be wined and dined and will generally find live music, exotic drinks, exciting shows and a welcoming atmosphere.
AIRPORTAruba - Queen Beatrix (AUA): The airport is close to everywhere as the island is small. Daily flights land from all over the US as well as from the Caribbean, South America and Europe.
GETTING ABOUTMost things on the island are within walking distance or at least within bus/taxi ride.
Lake Como | Italy
Just an hour from Milan and home of the Italian Freestyle Champion, Stefano Martinelli, you can be sure you’ll pack in the riding time on Lake Como. Mix your kitesurfing trip with beautiful food, historical site visits and there’s also a cable park filled with kickers and sliders just a ten minute bike ride from the spot of Colico.
Baraka Charters | The Caribbean
Embark on a week-long quest for waves and flat water spots in crystal-clear, warm seas, many that are only accessible by boat, creating your own dynamic adventure through the pristine Caribbean oceans. You’ll anchor at idyllic spots around remote tropical islands with the thrill of launching directly off the boat. Your kite spot will extend to the horizon, shared with only the handful of riders also onboard. A change of scenery everyday, this is the the freshest of experiences you could hope to have.
Cocos Keeling Islands | Australia
Warm, flat aqua-blue waters that you’ll find here are like the kiting conditions you see in your dreams. Perfect for beginner and advanced riders wanting 15 – 20 knot winds morning, noon and night. There’s no wonder that The Cocos Islands are growing in reputation for blissful kiteboarding and if you’re lucky you can kite with the turtles, reef sharks and manta rays.
Kalpitiya | Sri Lanka
Experience phenomenal kite safari opportunities or stay right at your boutique hotel situated right on the flat water lagoon, with the option of riding on the sea. You can even watch the conditions from the pool!
Ulcinj | Montenegro
A new kiting hotspot on mainland Europe is being developed in Montenegro, former Yugoslavia. Ulcinj (pronounced: ‘Ooltseenie’), the southernmost town in Montenegro features a 14 kilometre long sandy beach and super steady side-onshore thermal winds that blow every day in the summer!
Keros | Limnos | Greece
Keros is a super safe sandy kitesurfing bay with a variety of conditions, suitable for all. The whole set up is within a protected ecosystem where you can spot wildlife such as rabbits, flamingos and rare species of flora.
The Algarve | Portugal
Glassy morning wakeboarding or surfing sessions are the perfect way to kick the early hours off, then it’s over to an afternoon of regular 25 knot wind speeds for some kiting action, changing spots a few times a week.
Sotavento | Fuerteventura
A year-round kiting holiday-makers’ favourite, Sotavento has a huge wide-open tropical beach land where you can ride the warm, shallow lagoon or hop over to the bright blue ocean for more bump ‘n’ jump action. Check out the stats – it blows here!