Windsurfing in Aruba
Aruba has all it takes for windsurfing: trade winds that average 15 knots year-round (peaking May–July), a sunny climate, and perfect azure-blue waters. With a few lessons from a certified instructor, even novices will be jibing in no time. The southwestern coast's tranquil waters make it ideal for both beginners and intermediates, as the winds are steady but sudden gusts rare. Experts will find the waters of the Atlantic, especially around Grapefield and Boca Grandi beaches, more challenging; winds are fierce and often shift without warning. Rentals average about $60 a day, and lessons range from $50 to $125. Many hotels include windsurfing in their watersports packages, and most operators can help you arrange complete windsurfing vacations.
Every June sees the Hi-Winds Pro-Am Windsurfing Competition, attracting professionals and amateurs from around the world. There are divisions for women, men, juniors, masters, and grand masters. Disciplines include slalom, course racing, long distance, and freestyle.
Aruba Beach Villas. You'll get first-rate instruction at Aruba Beach Villas. It's at Windsurf Village, a lodging complex created by and for windsurfers near Fisherman's Huts, a world-renowned sailing spot. The complex is also home to one of the Caribbean's largest and best-stocked windsurfing shops. L.G. Smith Blvd. 462, Malmok Beach. 297/586–2527; 800/320–9998 in U.S. www.sailboardvacations.com..
Sailboard Vacations. Complete windsurfing packages, including accommodations, can be arranged with Sailboard Vacations. Equipment can be rented for $60 a day. L.G. Smith Blvd. 462, Malmok Beach. 297/586–2527. www.sailboardvacations.com.
Vela Aruba. This is the place to meet other windsurfers in town. It's a major kitesurfing center as well. L.G. Smith Blvd. 101, in front of the Marriott, Palm Beach. 297/586–3735. www.velawindsurf.com.
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