Located in the south Caribbean, between the well known islands of St Lucia and Grenada, St Vincent and the Grenadines is an independent island-country constituted of St Vincent, the main island and the Grenadines archipelago. Without a doubt the island are amongst the most beautiful in the entire Caribbean.
Union island with its breathtaking scenery and perfectly clear water truly has become a kitesurfing holiday paradise. Located in the middle of the Grenadines, Union Island benefits from it's own airport which has daily flights from bigger Caribbean Islands like St Lucia and Barbados, along with a good standard of accommodation for a luxury kitesurf holiday.
Other islands in the archipelago are so close that you can kitesurf to them throughout your kitesurf holiday, or stay on another island and be picked up daily by the centre, for kitesurfing on Union Island. Kitesurfing tours are available to many of the islands, including Mayreau, and the unbelievable Tobago Cays. Boat charters are very common in the Grenadines, with plenty of places to moor up, and so many stunning places to discover. Planet Kitesurf have teamed up with Watersports Training to offer a kitesurf charter to St Vincent and The Grenadines which run in February. For all details, click here!
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The kitesurf school runs trips to the following locations, and can tailor make tours specific for you.
Mayreau - A neighbouring island located a short boat trip from Union Island. The spot on Mayreau is called Salt Whistle Bay and is a favored anchor spot among sailors visiting The Grenadines. A thin sand spit is separating the bay where the boat anchors from the kite spot. This makes it an excellent spot to bring non kiting friends and partners; they can relax in the calm bay protected from the wind, while you kite on the other side, just 10 meters away. The kiting bay is protected by a reef, and has waves on the outside, and small kickers to play with on the inside. Sometimes when there are fewer sailboats, experienced riders can also ride in Salt Whistle Bay on the flat water section. If you would like, there is the option to leave earlier, and you can downwind with your kite while the captain follows in the boat for safety.
Tobago Cays - Here you are guaranteed to see big leatherback turtles when snorkeling, in addition to a rich sea life, beautiful fish of all colours and sizes, and majestic rays floating by. The kiting area is a beautiful, huge lagoon of the clearest shades of blue. A Kite trip to the Tobago Cays when in the Grenadines is an absolute must! A combined tour of starting in the Cays, downwinding to Mayrau, kiting there, and then downwinding to Union is possible. Remember: Kiteboarding in the Cays is restricted, and it is important to respect the launch zones and rules. The rangers are there every day, making sure the rules are followed.
Big Sand (Union Island) - Big sand is the best spot for wave riding on Union Island. A wide beach of white sand with blue waves of varying size depending on the swell. The wind is side-shore and the waves are easy. On no wind days Big Sand is a good spot to learn surfing.
Palm Island - Kite like a millionaire on Palm island! This private island has some of the best wave spots of the Grenadines on the reef surrounding it.
The best time for wind in the Saint Vincent and The Grenadines is from December until the end of June. Throughout this period the wind is really reliable, with 90% of the month blowing between 17 and 24 knots.
The kitesurfing here is perfect for everyone, with butter flat shallow water absolutely idea for beginners, freestyle, and speed. There is also a variety of wave spots around the Grenadines which are great for wave riding, but also for surfing on light wind days. Our centre on Union Island run trips to all the wave spots for surfing and kitesurfing, they will accompany you on kite trips to find the waves.
Although the Island is small, and very typically Caribbean with a mellow vibe, there are loads of restaurants on the islands, and bars playing live music throughout the week. The island does have a nightclub which stays open late, and plays upbeat music. However the best nightlife of all is when the centre throws a full moon party, which they do for every full moon. They have the events sponsored for cheap drinks, and ensure there is always a good crowd. Easter is also a lively time on the island, with lots of people from the surrounding islands joining together on union island, for a week of partying.
There's not many off the water activities for kids, however, if they love the water the centre has 5 Optimist (oppies) kids sailing boats which they can play around in all day, and is a great way for kids to learn the basics of sailing. There is also snorkelling for kids, and if they are old enough they can learn to kitesurf.