Kitesurfing in Aruba
Kitesurfing in Aruba
If you’re looking for an awesome place for kitesurfing in the southern Caribbean, with winds pretty much guaranteed, Aruba definitely is the place to go. Aruba offers crystal-clear, warm and shallow waters that are often only waist-deep. The trade winds from the east produce good kitesurfing conditions throughout the year. The high-wind season in Aruba is well-known among kitesurfing fans, as it is one of the longest in the entire Caribbean.
Average Wind Speeds
In May, June and July wind speeds in Aruba are highest, averaging out between 20 to 30 knots. From August to November wind speeds decrease to an average of approximately 10 to 18 knots. In December through April they reach an average speed of 15 to 20 knots. The reef offers good kitesurfing opportunities for beginners, while the waves outside the reef are challenging enough for the experienced kitesurfer. It is no surprise that The Aruba Hi-Winds Windsurfing and Kiteboarding tournament, held in Aruba every year in June and July, is a magnet for both professional and amateur kitesurfers.
The Best Kitesurfing Beaches of Aruba
The best beaches to go kitesurfing in Aruba are Hadicurari Beach and Boca Grandi. Hadicurari Beach, also known as the Fisherman Huts, offers powder-soft white sand and translucent shallow waters. It is located at the north-western side of the island, near Palm Beach. The beach is right next to the Aruba Marriott Resort and the Ritz Carlton Aruba – both high-rise hotels that make the winds rather gusty. It is an exciting kitesurfing spot for beginners, as they can learn the basics by taking kitesurfing lessons. Advanced kitesurfers who are not afraid to challenge the waves, currents, and strong offshore winds will have a field day.
At the south-eastern part of Aruba, you will find Boca Grandi. This is where the Aruba Hi-Winds kitesurfing and windsurfing contest takes place in June and July every year. Other kitesurfing spots on the west side of the island are Arashi Beach, Bushiri Beach, Druif Beach and Rodgers Beach.
Arashi Beach is recommended for the experienced kitesurfer only. This beach features shallow waters and is a popular place among swimmers and snorkelers too. Here, winds are offshore.
Bushiri Beach lies south of Druif Beach. At this beach, conditions are favorable as well. If you want to go kitesurfing here, just keep in mind not to get too close to the airport zone. Kitesurfing is prohibited in this area because of inbound and outbound flights.
Compared to Hadicurari Beach, the winds at this beach tend to be less gusty. Druif Beach is a good spot for amateurs because winds are blowing onshore from time to time. Other water sports facilities are very close by and the beach offers opportunities to take lessons as well.
At the south-western point of Aruba, you will find Rodgers Beach. Rodgers Beach is recommended for the advanced kitesurfer only. It is a quiet beach, it has no services. You will be on your own.
Hotel Near the Fisherman Huts
The Boardwalk Hotel has a long history of attracting windsurfers and kitesurfers who are looking for an active vacation in Aruba. The hotel’s proximity to Aruba’s best kitesurfing beach makes it the perfect place to chill out after a long day of hitting the sun-streaked waves. The hotel’s casual “casitas” (little houses and apartments) attract kitesurfers and windsurfers from all over the world. From the “casitas” on the first floor of the hotel, the view of the kites flying back and forth is just breathtaking. The Boardwalk Hotel used to be a windsurfing business but eventually picked up on the kitesurfing boom as well. It has been a long-time sponsor of the Aruba Hi-Winds tournament.
What’s The Difference Between Kiteboarding And Kitesurfing Anyway?
There is no difference.
People from the United States and Canada tend to say “let’s go kiteboarding in Aruba”, while people from Europe prefer the phrase “let’s go kitesurfing in Aruba”. Kiteboarding and kitesurfing are just different expressions for the same sport. They both refer to being pulled by a kite while riding a board on the water. That’s it. For practical reasons, we used the term ‘kitesurfing’ in this article.