Water Sports on Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao
Concierge.com's insider take:
A winning combination of strong, steady tradewinds and shallow, protected beaches make conditions in the ABCs perfect for windsurfing and kiteboarding. Lac Bay, a part of Bonaire National Marine Park on the island's untamed east coast, has an international reputation among windsurfers. Lessons and rentals are available at several shops in Sorobon along the western edge of the three-square-mile bay, including Jibe City (599-717-5233; jibecity.com). The best wind conditions stretch from December through June. It's also possible to rent sit-on-top kayaks at east-side Mangrove Info Center to explore Lac's mangrove forest (599-780-5353; mangrovecenter.com). A few spots along the lee shore are beginning to attract kiteboarders as well. For instruction or rental, head to the Atlantis dive site near the south end of the island, where Kiteboarding Bonaire offers three-hour lessons twice daily (599-701-5483; kiteboardingbonaire.com). Kiteboarding rules on Aruba, especially at Fisherman's Huts, an undeveloped stretch of beach a quarter-mile north of Palm Beach's high-rise resorts. Several operators, including Armando's Kite Shack, offer instruction and rental equipment (297-733-1515; kitesurfingaruba.com). The wind subsides during the October–November rainy season, but otherwise it's often blowing at 20 to 25 knotsperfect for shredding the seas.