Kiteboarding and Puerto Rico go hand in hand. The thrills, the adventure, the views — it all adds up to an experience you’ll remember for the rest of your life. But with so many kiteboarding options on the island, how do you know which is best?
Here are some of the best kiteboarding spots in Puerto Rico
San Juan Kiteboarding Spots
As Lou Martin of USA Today tells us, the San Juan area offers several kiteboarding beaches worth exploring. Visitors near the capital city should take the time to check out Isla Verde, Caballos, and Punta Las Marias. All three locales are just minutes away from the international airport and are known for their large waves.
Numero Uno’s affiliated kite boarding and surfing outfit, Kite Puerto Rico, offers part day, single day and multi-day options for all ability and interest levels. Recently added: a downwinding experience that wraps all the way around San Juan’s oceanfront.
It’s easy to see what makes Gilligan’s Bay one of the most notable kiteboarding beaches on Puerto Rico’s south coast. Shallow crystal water and remarkable vistas everywhere you look will have you wanting to come back again and again. Note that you’ll have to launch from a boat because there are no launching pads at the bay.
If you’re willing to drive further away from San Juan, La Parguera could be the ultimate kiteboarding destination. La Parguera is one of three bioluminescent bays found along the region’s coastline. However, swimming and kiteboarding are only allowed in La Parguera.
Those looking to plan a kiteboarding trip on the northwest coast should have Jobos Beach at the top of their list. The water starts off shallow at the shoreline before quickly getting deeper. Whereas beginning kiteboarders typically prefer waters near the shore, more experienced kiteboarders favor the outer edges of this spot.
Put your skills to the test with a kiteboarding adventure in some of the more difficult conditions in Puerto Rico. Shacks Beach, located near Jacobs, features a sharp coral reef where waves crash throughout the day. We suggest assessing the conditions once you arrive and only kiteboard if you’re well-versed in the activity.
When’s the best time to kiteboard in Puerto Rico?
Except for September and October, which are typically hot, low-wind months, Puerto Rico has fairly consistent wind throughout the year. You could say conditions are often perfect for kiteboarding, with winds ranging from 15-18 knots. However, even during the offseason, we can still experience up to 20 windy days a month!
We suggest experienced kitesurfers visiting the island between December and April for the best waves and conditions. Trust us; the wind can make all the difference in your sessions! Don’t hesitate to talk to a kiteboarding instructor about the forecast once you arrive.
Where to Learn Kiteboarding in Puerto Rico
If you’re new to Puerto Rico, you want to experience everything the area has to offer! You’ll learn right away that kiteboarding and other water activities are a huge part of the lifestyle here. That’s why we suggest booking a few sessions with a professional who can show you the proper skills and techniques before you venture out to any of the above beaches.
Kite Puerto Rico is the premier kiteboarding school on the island. Not only do they have IKO-certified instructors on their staff, but they have a real passion for kiteboarding. These people love sharing their knowledge and then watching customers become independent kiteboarders in a matter of hours.
Whether you’re new to the activity or consider yourself an expert, Kite Puerto Rico has a lesson with your name on it. Sessions include both instruction and equipment, so all you have to do is show up and enjoy yourself. In addition to ensuring customers have the time of their lives, the Kite Puerto Rico staff always make safety a top priority.
So, what are you waiting for? Book a lesson at Kite Puerto Rico today!