Kitesurfing - Barbados


LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

Barbados Grantley Adams (BGI) airport is just 15 minutes from Silver Sands. If you're staying in Silver Rock, Silver Sands or Surfer's Bay, you won't need a hire car, but as you can drive around Barbados over a long afternoon, it's well worth hiring one, even if just for a few days. You can catch buses to most places on the island, though. Rent anything from rooms in surf hostels or hotels to apartments and beautiful beach front houses. Silver Rock has a lot of choice from budget to really upmarket.

Oistins is just a ten minute bus ride away and is crammed with umpteen fish bars and a large fish market area. Chicken Rita's is a classic Caribbean joint, more like a local's house turned into a restaurant, and is well worth finding close to Silver Sands.

An intimate little beach bar in Surfer's Bay filled with candle lit tables serves cocktails and beers along with freshly cooked food from a different menu each night. (The owner really helpful and also has a kite school called Red Eye.) A little further and for the more lively, St. Lawrence Gap is a 1.3 kilometre stretch of road in Christ Church and is the island's party capital, lying just west of Oistins. Head even further west for more 'sophisticated' wining and dining.


NON KITING KICKS

The world famous surf spot of Bathsheba. For small waves, south of Surfer's Bay is 'Freights' - pure magic for all levels. Stunning views around every undulating cliff-top corner in the north. The vast sugar cane fields and the rum distilleries. The west coast for idyllic picture-postcard destinations... and where you'll spot celebrities.


POCKET MONEY

CURRENCY: Barbadian Dollar (BBD) - £1 = BBD2.9 / €1 = BBD 2.7 / $1 = BBD2
BEER = BBD7
AVERAGE RESTAURANT MEAL (no alcohol) = BBD30
AVERAGE HOTEL = BBD150-200


SNAPSHOT

Situated just outside of the Caribbean arc of islands to the east, Barbados has been famous for its wind and waves among windsurfers for years but more recently has been on the radar of many kiteboarders who enjoy the steady winds, clear warm waters and varied off-the-water Caribbean lifestyle and entertainment.


THE KITING

Silver Rock is the main kitesurfing spot tucked away in the southeast of the island on the wild Atlantic coast. Silver Sands lies 100 metres south around a small rocky headland, but is a windsurfing only spot. Silver Rock beach is quite small at just 350 metres long and there are a couple of schools that operate in the area. The wind is gustier at the upwind section as it wraps around a huge boulder at the north end, but as soon as you're off the beach, the wind cleans up and there's loads of room for everyone.

A reef lies 500 metres offshore providing a protected lagoon on the inside where beginners and intermediates can safely improve their skills, while wave riders can revel in the exquisite cross-shore conditions with the wind coming from the left. You will also regularly spot turtles popping up to see what's happening and this is just part of the joy of riding in the Caribbean... and in board shorts! Other spots include Long Beach, a few beaches south, which is often deserted apart from the occasional small group having some kiting lessons or couples enjoying a quiet romantic stroll.


WATER, WIND AND WEATHER

Barbados is famous for its steady trade winds that mostly kick in between 12 and 20 knots, with the best months being December to March (and for waves, too). The water temperature is stunning and you'll only need your board shorts, although a rash vest is recommended to shield you from the sun which can beat down in the middle of the day.

 

 


Barbados The Caribean

Barbados The Caribean
Barbados The Caribean

 


Added: 2008-03-19

Region: Central America & Caribbean

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