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Kiteboarding in the Bahamas: top 10 spots to catch the wind

Peter Whitehead | February 9, 2024

1. Cable Beach, Nassau: adventure and luxury, All in One

This is the spot if you are looking for a bit of urban charm mixed with luxurious accommodations. The steady winds and long stretches of powdery sand create an ideal environment for freestyle riders.
Are you looking for the whole package? Here you can have breakfast at your rental and just walk to your private beach and ride the wind for hours!

2. Greenwood: the must-know spot

This is one of the most famous kitesurfing spots in the Bahamas but that doesn’t mean it is crowded. With more than 10 kilometers of fine sandy beach, you can catch the best exposure to the easterly trade winds.
In this location, kitesurfing has a unique plus. You can get to the Little Winding Bay which is a peaceful paradise ¡Only accessible by kite! Make sure to check the tides, you may not have a place to land if the tides are too high.

3. Eleuthera: Kiteboarders hotspot

If you want to get to know other kitesurfers, you should try Surfer’s Beach in Central Eleuthera.
Like most of the islands of the Bahamas, Eleuthera has a tropical climate that provides consistent trade winds often blowing from the east which provides the perfect conditions for this amazing sport. Especially on the peak of the kitesurfing season which is from November to April, then you can enjoy the Thermal and Frontal winds with NE, ENE, and E direction.
In this astonishing location, you can find multiple academies with IkO certification that ensures a safe but adrenaline-packed experience for beginners.

4. Cat Island in Central Bahamas, the wild gem for beginners and advanced riders

Cat Island is the most isolated island and an incredible kitesurfing spot. Is considered one of the gems of the Bahamas because of the miles of unspoiled beaches where you can feel lost in paradise and reconnect with nature. It has a big area to play in with waves, flat and chop in the lagoon.
The best months to visit are from October to May because of the thermal trade winds with mostly an E direction. Especially in this type of location, it is important to have a local’s opinion, they will give you the best tips to live The Good Life in The Bahamas.

5. Cays Land and Sea Park, George Town, Exuma: the perfect group destination

This spot inside a National Park near George Town is the true kitesurfer’s paradise with vast, shallow flats that are perfect for beginners who are looking to learn the ropes or advanced kiteboarders who want to try freestyle pirouettes. Along with amazing views, this National Park can be a whole family destination.

6. Freeport: only for explorers

Freeport, like many Bahamian islands, benefits from consistent trade winds. The prevailing winds often blow from the east, providing ideal conditions for kitesurfing enthusiasts.
While specific kitesurfing spots in Freeport might not be as well-documented as in other areas of the Bahamas, you can explore the island’s various beaches for kitesurfing potential and make your own adventure in these turquoise waters.

7. Paradise Bay: the go-to place for beginners

Paradise Bay Beach is ideal for trying every water sport but especially for first-timers because it has a kiteboarding school, where you can take classes or rent the equipment if you are more experienced.
Being far from crowded places is an ideal place to enjoy the amazing view while you have fun sliding on the crystal clear waters.

8. Port Howe, Cat Island: enjoy the south breeze

Different from most of the other spots, Port Howe has a S/SW wind. This Lagoon has a sandy button that allows you to walk everywhere but also try your freestyle.
Depending on the tide the water goes from knee level to waist level. This beautiful spot makes you feel immersed in nature while you ride the tides.

9. Harbour Island: pink sand paradise

Harbour Island is a hidden gem in the Bahamas, known for its pink sandy beaches, clear turquoise waters, and friendly locals. It is a perfect spot for intermediate and advanced kite surfers, with its choppy waters and strong winds. The best time to visit Harbour Island for kitesurfing is from November to April, when the winds are most potent.

10. Hawknest, Cat Island: our little secret

If you read until this part you must be a true kite lover, so we’ll let you know our little local secret. Hawknest is a mini spot, not longer than 600 feet bay that has a unique charm with lots of wildlife and shallow waters.

Safety requirements for kiteboarding in the Bahamas

As with every extreme sport, if you are going to kitesurf, you need to take some safety measures to avoid unnecessary risks. Here are some of the things you should consider:

Wear proper safety gear

Using a harness, life jacket, and a helmet is a must in this type of sport.

Take lessons from certified instructors

If you are a beginner in this exciting world, take lessons from IKO-certified instructors. They are trained to provide the best services so you only have to worry about enjoying your time in paradise.

Know your equipment

Familiarize yourself with the safety systems of your kite, including quick release mechanisms, and know how to use them in case of emergencies.

Check climate conditions

In every kite sport, it is essential to be aware of the wind conditions. Knowing the strength and direction of the wind to about accidents.

Always maintain a safe distance

Sometimes beaches get a little bit crowded so it’s important to always keep a safe distance from kiteboarders, swimmers, and boats. Everyone has the right to enjoy the sea safely!

Be aware of local regulations

You should always check local regulations for any specific rules in the area you plan to visit.

Be respectful of  marine life and protected areas

Be mindful of marine life, coral reefs, and protected areas. Follow guidelines to minimize your impact on the environment.

Be prepared for emergencies

Even though we are doing everything to avoid them, accidents may happen so it is important to carry communication devices and a first aid kit.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

What is the best time of year for kiteboarding in the Bahamas?

The windy season is when you can really catch the wind and usually goes from November to March.

What is considered good wind for kitesurfing?

It depends on how much the surfer weighs. The average kiteboarder needs about 12mph of wind to get up and ride. Lighter riders can stay upwind and ride in less wind, while heavier riders (over 200lbs) may need 15mph.

What are the dangerous practices in kitesurfing?

Kiteboarding is an extreme sport so there are a few things that you have to be careful of. Choosing to kitesurf in cross-offshore or offshore winds is malpractice as you risk getting blown out to sea. If this happens consider releasing your kite, leaving your board, and swimming back to shore. Jumping in shallow water is also dangerous and not worth the risk.

Do I need any special permits or licenses to kiteboard in the Bahamas?

You only need an IKO certification if you are interested in teaching at a professional level. Otherwise, you don’t need any permits but it is always recommended to check the local regulations of the specific places you want to explore.