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Barbados, Caribbean

For a Caribbean windsurfing & Kitesurfing holiday Barbados offers great waves, SUP, surfing and other activities such as scuba diving. The most easterly of the Caribbean Islands, Barbados is regarded as the gateway to the West Indies. Its British colonial past is visible in the plantation houses around the island. This is the pure Caribbean, with white beaches, turquoise water, wind and waves, a vibrating night life, reggae and fun-loving locals and retains it's Caribbean charm. With its numerous different spots, warm water, and idyllic beaches, Barbados is the perfect choice to improve your wave sailing.

Sailing Spot & Conditions
Barbados best windsurf and kitesurf spots are at Silver Point and Silver Sands beaches on the south west coast. In  the main winter season you will find full on wave sailing. You will need to be able to competantly water start and gybe to deal with the full on conditions. Kitesurfers must be confidentaly able to ride up wind. There are no limits to your sailing here with perfect conditions for both classic wave riding and for new moves. A 1-2 meters deep reef 250 meters from the shore creates a clean wave for riding downwind. The wind varies between a constant cross-offshore or cross-onshore trade wind, which usually levels off between 15 to 25 knots in the peak season, between December and March and you can enjoy good wind right up until July. Occasionally there are less strong wind days and then there will be the opportunity for beginners to learn - mainly off Long beach that dives more room for maneover. You can also enjoy SUP and surfing off the beach.

Culture & Activities
It's all about beach life in Barbados. You can take your pick from windsurfing, kitesurfing, surfing or SUP. There are also top quality scuba diving centres, motorised watersports on the east coast, paragliding  plus SUP tours. St James is the area to splash the cash in the designer boutiques and a la carte restaurants. More locally, enjoy the bars & eateries at the St Lawrence Gap in the south Christchurch area overlooking the picturesque Dover beach. Weekly the Oistin Fish Market offers dreadlocked men chop up tuna fish with their machetes, freshly caught fish sizzle everywhere, radios blare out Caribbean music and the party start up after sunset. Enjoy a Rum Punch or local beer jump up to the reggae beat!

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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 Barbados, Caribbean

Best Time: December - March.
Launch: Sand beach shelving
slowly into deep water.
Wind Direction: Cross shore
from left.
Wind Type: Northly tradewind.
Shorebreak: Moderate.
Water Conditions: Whitewater in shore with breaking wave on reef.
Suitability: Intermediate/Advanced +.
  • Best wave venue in Caribbean.
  • Windsurfing, Kitesurfing
    SUP & Surfing all possible.
  • Most popular board
    size 85 - 103 L.
  • Most popular sail
    size 4.7 - 5.3 M.
  • St Lawrence Gap for bars & restaurants
  • Oistens for a 'jump up'
  • Island caters well for families, couples, friends and singles.

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