Kiteboarding in Puerto Rico is best done during one time of the year and at certain beaches on the territory’s islands. If you’re new to kiteboarding, also known as kite surfing, a variety of businesses in Puerto Rico are willing to teach you the basics of the sport and provide you with the equipment you need, such as 15 Knots Kiteboarding School (15knots.com) and Velauno Paddleboarding (velaunopaddleboarding.com).
Puerto Rico is ideal for kiteboarding.
Although Puerto Rico experiences high winds during most of the year, some months are better than others for kiteboarding. December to April is when island experiences larger waves — earning this period the “waves sailing season” moniker — and is the ideal time for adventure-seeking kiteboarders to head for the island. If your kiteboarding skills aren’t quite to that level, July to September might be more to your liking. This time of year, known as the “flat-water sailing season,” produces smaller waves and calmer waters that are better suited to beginner kiteboarders.
San Juan Area
According to WindResorts.com, there are three primary areas in Puerto Rico that are ideal for kiteboarding: the northwest coast, south coast and San Juan metro area. The San Juan metro area features several kiteboarding beaches in close proximity of the capital city, including Isla Verde, Caballos and Punta Las Marias. Isla Verde is near the international airport and is a popular kiteboarding destination. Caballos is also near the airport and experiences large waves. Punta Las Maria sits about six miles east of San Juan.
Puerto Rico’s south coast has several beaches that are popular with the kiteboarding crowd, such as Gilligan’s Bay, Ballena Bay and La Parguera. If you plan to kiteboard in Gilligan’s Bay, you’ll have to launch from a boat because the bay doesn’t have any launching pads. The bay typically experiences steady winds and flat waters, which is a good combination for beginning kiteboarders. Ballena Bay also has flat water, but because of its mangrove trees that sit downwind from the bay, beginners should not attempt to kiteboard here. La Parguera is the largest kiteboarding area on this part of the island and features a large open area that provides plenty of room for water activity. These beaches are located about two hours southwest of San Juan and less than an hour west of Ponce.
Jobos Beach, one of the island’s better-known beaches for kiteboarding and windsurfing, is about an hour’s drive west of San Juan. Jobos consists of a natural pool that’s formed from a reef; it starts off shallow at the shoreline and gets deeper very quickly. Beginner and intermediate kiteboarders usually find the waters closer to the shore more to their liking, while experts prefer the outer edges of Jobos. Shacks Beach is located just west of Jobos. Considered the windiest part of Puerto Rico, Shacks’ kiteboarding conditions vary greatly from day to day and can even be too dangerous for kiteboarding at all. A shallow, sharp coral reef over which hollow waves crash makes Shacks a kiteboarding option that’s not for beginners.
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