The perfect kiteboarding destination can be hard to find, and as the sport grows, so does the number of must-visit locations all over the world. We’ve put together a list of 10 incredible places that are a must see for new and experienced riders. These beaches all offer strong consistent winds, silky smooth water, and plenty to do and see even when you’re not riding. So read on and get ready to plan your next trip.
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1. Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Grand Cayman has some of the best kiteboarding conditions in the world. The wind tends to be steady and warm, and the protected bays situated all over the island offer lots of room for experienced riders to cruise around and for beginners to build their skills. If you’re new to the sport or not interested in traveling with all your gear, check out Sweet Spot Watersports for rentals and lesson packages.
After a long day on the water, get cleaned up and try out Bombay Chopsticks on the east end of the Island. The tiny restaurant serves up delicious Chinese-Indian fusion dishes to rave reviews. For an all day relaxing hang out spot, try Royal Palms Beach Club. They have food, drinks, snorkel rentals, night time entertainment, and more.
2. Nabq Bay, Egypt
This beautiful beach town offers a riding area guarded by reefs, which create relatively shallow and flat waters, and the wind blows at least 20 knots on most days. The reef also means that the riding area is minimally affected by tides, giving you hours of uninterrupted play time. For lessons on rentals try Kite Junkies, located right on the beach.
For another sort of adventure, head south to Ras Mohammed National Park and book a snorkeling trip. This is Egypt’s most famous national park and one of the most famous diving sites in the world. If you’re ready for sight seeing, head to the Musical Fountain in Soho Square or visit any one of the many historical churches or mosques in the area.
3. Maui, Hawaii
Maui is arguably the best known kiteboarding destination in the world, and Kite Beach is probably the best place to experience all that Maui has to offer. The beautiful tropical beach has clean, warm water, steady trade winds, long stretches of calm water, and gentle waves for more experienced riders. The area is full of world-class instructors and amazing athletes. Want to try kiteboarding? Check out Action Sports Maui for lessons and gear.
Kite Beach isn’t open to kiteboarding until 11am, which leaves plenty of time for some relaxing morning activities. On Saturday morning, spend a couple hours at the Maui Swap Meet and find tasty street food and island souvenirs, or sit down at Da Kitchen Kahului for a Hawaiian style feast.
4. CALAMIANES ISLANDS, PHILIPPINES
The unspoiled tranquility of the Calamines Islands may be a plane and a boat ride away, but the perfect and uncrowded kitesurfing conditions make the extra effort worth it. The secluded area has conditions for every skill level: open water chop or silky smooth water all surrounded by unspoiled beauty. For island tours, lessons, and equipment get in touch with the solar powered kite camp 250K Kitesurf Camp.
The nearest town to the islands is Coron, and it’s a great outdoor destination for any kind of tropical adventure. Take a kayak tour through mangroves, snorkel through Japanese ship wrecks, or trek through the jungle. For local cuisine after a long day exploring, try Winnie’s Restaurant or Sinugba Sa Balay.
5. Jupiter, Florida
This beach town sits on the southeast coast of Florida, and the water here offers everything from glossy flat water to big swells for the advanced riders. Head down to the part of Juno Beach appropriately named Kite Beach and get ready to launch. The locals here are known for being super friendly, and you can check out Jupiter Kiteboarding for lessons, rentals, or some local knowledge.
If the wind isn’t blowing down at Kite Beach, buy tickets for a local or spring training baseball game at Roger Dean Stadium. Jupiter is home to the Marlin’s class ‘A’ affiliate the Jupiter Hammerheads. If baseball isn’t your thing, climb to the top of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, a historic lighthouse that was built in 1860.
6. TARIFA, SPAIN
Tarifa has grown in to the most popular meccas for kitesurfing in Europe, and with nearly 300 days of wind and sun every year, it’s easy to see why. The area is full of great beaches for kitesurfing (try Los Lances or Valdevaqueros), and the Strait of Gibraltar forms the ideal wind tunnel to bring consistent winds year round. The area’s popularity means that the water can get crowded, but that’s only a testament to the perfect conditions in Tarifa.
Luckily, Spain is also full of amazing food, wine, and beautiful scenery. Visit the 800-year-old Castillo de Guzman el Bueno for a bit of history and an amazing view from top of the walls. If you’re hungry for some traditional food, try El Rancho or El Lobo, and for a cozy breakfast spot with a great atmosphere, head to Surla.
7. Cumbuco, Brazil
The fact that the beaches in Cumbuco are a popular training spot for kiteboarding pros is just the first sign that this Brazilian fishing village offers prime kiteboarding conditions. The beach here is 6 Kilometers long, giving everyone plenty of space to enjoy the strong and consistent winds, the shallow, flat lagoon, and the small breaking waves just off the shore. Windtown Brazil sits right along the beach and offers rentals and lessons.
Cumbuco is a small village, and activities are centered around the beach, but if you’re looking for great food try Secret Spot or Castanha. For more options, drive just 25 kilometers to Fortaleza. Bar Pirata offers a fun night life atmosphere and Arena Castelao can give you a front row seat to Brazilian futbol.
8. TAVEUNI ISLAND, FIJI
This island is a picture perfect kiteboarding spot blessed with strong consistent winds funneled between the islands around Taveuni. The nearby reef creates an expanse of shallow flat water; travel outside the reef for a more difficult ride and explore the surrounding uninhabited islands. To explore the area even more, sign up with Moon Tours and take a Catamaran tour to ride some untouched waves.
Taveuni is the third largest island in Fiji, and it offers plenty of activities for a day off of kiteboarding. Explore one of Fiji’s many famous dive sites with Taveuni Ocean Sports, hike out to the Tavoro Waterfalls, or grab dinner at the Coconut Grove Restaurant and enjoy Fijan cuisine with an ocean view.
9. Cabarete, Dominican Republic
If you have a kiteboarding bucket list, a trip to Cabarete should definitely be on it. The beaches in the area are protected by a reef, which means silky smooth water inside the reef and breaking waves just outside. Cabarete Beach is perfect for beginning or advanced riders and La Policia Beach serves up beautiful breaking waves for a more difficult ride. The wind here is strong all year round, but it’s most reliable in the Summer and early Fall and the waters stay nice and flat. Head to Star Kiteboarding for lessons and equipment.
When you’re not on the water, Cabarete has plenty to see and do. During the day, try taking a yoga class at the beach with Yoga 4 SUP, get a delicious, fresh meal at Gordito’s Fresh Mex, and treat yourself to a fresh mojito from Mojito Bar before dancing all night at one of the beachfront bars.
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10. LA VENTANA, BAJA CALIFORNIA
Baja California Sur's beautiful town of La Ventana is consistently rated as one of the best places for kiteboarding. Visitors can enjoy warm water and great wind from fall through spring, making it a great stop for winter breakers and spring breakers alike looking to learn how to kiteboard as well as experts looking to practice or show off. Local activities range from watersports, snorkeling, kayaking, diving, fishing to just relaxing on the beach. Beginners should visit Elevation Kiteboarding to schedule lessons with International Kiteboarding Organization (IKO) trained instructors.
This article was written by Alexis Hartmann and edited by Tripping.com Content Specialist Lexi Perman.