Aruba is an awesome kitesurf destination
When you think of the Netherlands you don’t think of blue warm water and sunny skies. But we do have that… on the ABC-islands in the Caribbean! I am saving up for a winter getaway to Aruba, a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands just miles of the Venezuelan coast. This island knows almost no rainfall (oh, what a difference with the Netherlands), which makes it a windy destination almost year round! Ideal for a kite vacation I’d say.
The best kitesurf spots on Aruba
You can kite on multiple spots on this island. Car hire is recommended so you can get around easily and explore different spots. There isn’t a lot of accommodation near each spot. This will be short drives since the island is fairly small.
Fishermans Hut – Expect offshore and sometimes gusty conditions caused by the big hotels that are blocking the wind. This is the spot where you can find the only kiteschools on the island since the water is warm, flat and only waste deep.
Boca Grandi – The second most visited kitespot on Aruba. Boca Grandi is a 500 meter long bay with onshore wind. TThere is a stretch of flatwater along the shoreline and on the inside of the reef you’ll find little waves. This spot is not suited for beginners since you can find big waves on the outside of the reef.
Arashi – Secluded spot close by an old lighthouse on the North west of the island. This is for the more experienced kiter since the wind is offshore. You’ll find great flat water with the occasional small wave here.
Kitesurf season in Aruba – the best time to plan your kiteboarding holiday
Aruba has NE trade winds year-round, which makes it one of the windiest islands in the Caribbean. The best time is January to September, but also in October to December you should get decent winds. From January to September you can expect trade winds in the 18-27 knots range. There is plenty of choice when it comes to accommodation, from budget to luxurious. You can also go into town for a party once in a while since the nightlife is supposedly very good.
How do you get there
Pretty easypeasy for the Dutchies. You can book a direct ticket for around 600-700 euros. Flights leave on a daily basis and if you plan it right you can book a cheap lastminute to the ABC islands. That is going to be my strategy! Once on the island you can pick up your rental car at the airport and drive to your new home away from home.