Grand Cayman Travel Guide

Wind- and Kitesurfing

The East End's reef-protected shallows extend for miles, offering ideal blustery conditions (15 to 35 mph in winter, 6- to 10-knot southerlies in summer) for windsurfing and kiteboarding. Boarders claim only rank amateurs will "tea-bag" (kite-speak for skidding in and out of the water) in those "nuking" winds. They also rarely "Hindenburg" (stall because of a lack of breeze) off West Bay's Palmetto Point and Conch Point.

Cayman Windsurfing with Red Sail Sports at Morritt's. This company offers a full range of top-flight equipment as well as lessons. Rentals start at $40 per hour; lessons are $65 per hour. Call ahead, as they may discontinue operations. Morritt's Tortuga Resort, Colliers, East End, Grand Cayman, KY1-1206. 345/947–2097. www.tortugadivers.com.

Kitesurf Cayman. Here you can take full advantage of the gusty conditions at Barkers Beach. Head instructor Jhon Mora is a member of the Columbian National Kitesurfing Team; lessons, including tricks such as loops and rolls, are geared toward experienced boarders. Group rates are $150 for two hours (private introductory courses are $250); hotel transfers are free with pre-booked lessons. Barkers, near Papagallo's Restaurant, West Bay, Grand Cayman, KY1-1207. 345/916–5483. www.kitesurfcayman.com.

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