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Aruba, Caribbean

Head to Aruba for a windsurfing or kitesurfing holiday with SUP, with stunning beaches, superb flat water conditions and some of the best wind year round, it's suitable for all levels of windsurfers, kitesurfers and SUP. Some of the top world ranking windsurfers and kitesurfers compete and train here. Part of the Dutch Antilles, located just 15 miles north of South America, it is part of the ABC islands made up of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao offers a mix of developed 'American' style facilities with mixed cultural influences from South America.

Sailing Spot & Conditions

Aruba has a windsurf and kitesurf zone located at the northern end of Palm beach. The  launch is from the sandy beach into knee to waist deep, clear blue water all the way out to the reef.  After approximately 250-300 meters there is an offshore reef which is marked by flag markers. The water here is flat and ideal for learning, freeride or freestyle. The closer you get to the reef there is more of a rolling swell and bump and jump conditions. There is a wave beach on the east side of the island for excursions but there is no centre, rescue or safety support there. The constant easterly trade winds average15 knots and over 75% numbers of days F4 days plus - that's year round including the low wind months of October and November but even then the wind is still F4 more that 65% of the time. The best time of year to go is from December through to September. Summer months (May-Sept) are best value with wind usually 16 to 17 knots for 90% with many days 20 knots. The winds start strong in the morning and generally are consistent all day with slightly less strong condition closer to shore. With average yearly temperatures averaging 28°C and little rain, it offers idyllic weather conditions, set below the hurricane belt it rarely has stormy weather.

Culture & Activities
If you are looking to laze on the beach and enjoy snorkelling boat trips, relax over a great meal, take the family, get married or celebrate a special occasion, there are few Caribbean islands that compete. There is also a lot more to do beside. The large highrise hotels are situated along Palm Beach. Here there are a many bars and restaurants to enjoy at any time of day or night. Dive boats, snorkelling and party boat catamarans head out past the big hotels where you can banana boat ride or just laze by the pool or on the beach. You won't get harrassed anywhere and everyone lives up to the island's motto of 'One happy Island'. It's easy to get a local bus or cab, go duty free shopping downtown or to one of the nightclubs. Alternatively, explore the interior desert cactus landscapes island on a buggy jeep tour or hire a car to the see spectacular rocky eastern shoreline. The weekly Carubbian carnival celebration for those who can't make the main Mardi Gras with local steel bands, carnival costume displays, food stalls serving local food and many bars offering rum punch and local beer offer a taste of the Caribbean festival spirit.

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Sailing Conditions

Winter On Shore Winter Off Shore Summer On Shore Summer Off Shore

Suitability:

Beginners 

Intermediates 

Freestyle 

Wave 

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Great Reasons to go to Aruba, Caribbean

Best Time: December - September.
Launch: Sandy beach with
250-300m of shallow waters.
Wind Direction: Strong Off Shore
Wind Type: Easterly Trade winds.
Shorebreak:
Water Conditions: Flat water
with swell, jumps and bumps
around the reef.
Suitability: All levels.
 

  • Year round destination
    suitable for all levels.
  • World cup location for flat
    water & bump & jump.
  • Wind 16-20 knots 90%+
    days Feb - July.
  • Beautiful sandy beaches &
    multisport options.
  • Lively island with lots to do
    and accommodation to
    suit all budgets.

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