Nothing quite beats kitesurfing in the Caribbean. So, when I had the chance to take a kitesurfing catamaran cruise in the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, I was stoked. Barbados is an amazing kitesurfing destination, especially for wave lovers, but I was ready to get on some crystal-clear flat water and nail my upwind riding. In this blog, I’m going to take you along for the ride, and highlight some of the best spots for kitesurfing in the Grenadines.
Kitesurfing in the Grenadines
But first, watch the video compilation of the catamaran cruise and some of the best kitesurfing in the Grenadines:
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is located at the southern end of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean. It’s south of St Lucia and west of Barbados. The country comprises about 32 islands, including the main island, Saint Vincent, and a cluster of smaller islands known as the Grenadines. Only 9 islands in the Grenadines are inhabited, but the tropical paradise regularly attracts eco-adventurers, sailors, scuba-divers, and kitesurfers, and anyone looking to relax and hide away.
How to get there?
Flying to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines from Barbados is quite easy. We hopped on a regional airline, called SVGair, which took us directly to Union Island in 45 minutes. The airline offers regional and inter-island flights from other Caribbean destinations such as Saint Lucia or Grenada too. There is also a ferry that runs from the main island of Saint Vincent to Union Island, which is more affordable.
Where to stay?
The most popular spot for kitesurfing in the Grenadines is Union Island. Pro-rider, Jeremy Tronet, has a sweet setup right on the kite beach called JT Pro Center which is walking distance from the airport. You can rent accommodations directly on the beach or within a few-minutes walk.
Why the kitesurf catamaran cruise?
Simply put, it’s the best way to experience kitesurfing in the Grenadines. Want to know why? Check out this post: http://kitesirens.com/kitesurf-catamaran-cruise-caribbean/
Who should be kitesurfing in the Grenadines?
Everyone! These kitesurfing spots in the Grenadines will get you hooked. It’s a great kitesurfing destination for beginners and advanced-level kitesurfers. There’s also tons of variety, so you’ll be able to kitesurf on flat water and get your dose of waves too.
What are the conditions like?
Much like Barbados, the best kitesurfing in the Grenadines happens when the trade winds pick up from December through to June, with stronger winds from January through to March. While I was there in February, we saw winds speeds between 16-24 knots every day. Temperature is always a steady 30 degrees, so leave the wetsuits at home.
Best Spots for Kitesurfing in the Grenadines
Now for the good stuff. One of the biggest perks of taking a kitesurf catamaran cruise is the opportunity to explore many different kitesurfing spots in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Ready for the adventure? Here are the spots for the best kitesurfing in the Grenadines, and a bonus downwinder. (PS: Click the interactive map below and explore!)
Kitesurfing at Frigate Bay
When we arrived, our catamaran was already anchored in Frigate Bay. So, this is where we had our first kitesurfing session in the Grenadines. If you’re staying on Union Island, Frigate Island is a short boat ride away. Many beginners will come out there by boat with instructors for lessons. You can also pay locals to take you out for a session or two.
It’s a roomy flat water spot, ideal for easy riding and practicing your tricks. Launching and landing kites is a little tricky, because the island is quite narrow and there are jagged shells and rocks at the bay’s windward edge. But everyone figures it out quickly, and then it’s all about getting in the crystal blue water for a rocking session with lush mountainous backdrops.
Kitesurfing at Mayreau Island
Mayreau Island was our second stop. The boat anchored in the ever-beautiful and dreamy Salt Whistle Bay. Just a few meters from the boat on the windward side of the island is where all your kitesurfing dreams will come true.
Mayreau offers side-on wind and a reef barrier which creates ideal conditions for a little wave riding. The beach itself is long, but narrow. Most kiters will launch kites downwind on a small patch of grass off the beach. There’s another launch spot for beginners a little further upwind, which is also less crowded. With boats sailing by in the distance, it’s a nice spot to play and absorb untouched Caribbean scenery.
Downwinder from Turtle Cays to Mayreau Island
Turtles Cays is just a hop-skip over from Mayreau. When you get there, you’ll be blown away by the sheer beauty of this protected national park. Expect turquoise blues like you’ve never seen before and some of the best underwater exploration with friendly visits from turtles and other sea life. While kiting in the area is limited, we took advantage of being on a boat and prepped out gear for a downwinder.
Our crew of five kitesurfers launched our kites from the boat and ventured downwind from Turtle Cays back to Mayreau Island. One word: I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E. The wind was steady and the water was a bit choppy, but the entire ride was oh-so-much-fun. The catamaran sailed alongside us for some time, until we safely arrived passed the reef at Mayreau Island, joining other kiters for some more stoke.
Kitesurfing at Union Island
The final trek of our catamaran cruise was back to Union Island. It’s an incredible spot for advanced riders or those who can confidently kitesurf upwind. This is because the kite beach is next to a big boat anchorage which is protected by a large barrier reef. The boats are generally anchored closer to shore where the water is deeper, leaving a good amount of room to kite in stunning, shallow flat water.
Lucky for us, our captain was able to snag a spot right in front of the famous Happy Island bar. It’s a fun place to grab a drink after a great session and meet other boaters and kiters visiting the area.
Have You Been Kitesurfing in the Grenadines? Tell Us About It.
Would I go back? Absolutely, yes. And, I would definitely do the kitesurf catamaran experience again. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines a beautiful kitesurfing destination in the Caribbean, and offers so much variety, all within a short boat ride away. The best part is the Grenadines accommodate all different levels of kitesurfers, and the views, the mind-blowing views…they’re the icing on the cake.
Your turn. Have you been kitesurfing in the Grenadines yet? If so, what was it like? Would you go back again? Share your experience below!