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Vela St Martin

Address: Orient Beach, Orient Bay, St Maarten-St Martin
Phone Number: 800-223-5443
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We spent 2 weeks in sint marteen last month with my friends. I wanted to learn how to kite so I went to Wind Adventures and booked several lessons. First thing, I was really impressed by the team, they are really qualified and they re having a lot of fun playing around and joking with you! I was a little... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I was on vacation in St. Martin last month. I signed up for a lesson at Wind Adventures based on the positive reviews here. I am an intermediate-level kiter, and I had an individual lesson with Toon. He gave me some good tips, and I was riding upwind comfortably by the end of the 2 hour session. Manu, the manager... More 

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Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

We were on a Celebrity cruise and took the beach and lunch excursion from the ship. Orient beach is a very clean and exciting destination. My husband and I enjoy walking down the beach and the best beach area is on the nudist portion of the beach. The day we visited it was rougher on the family side of the... More 

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

The guys at Vela/Wind Adventures are great. They don't all speak English so well but we managed to understand and be understood. Great equipment. Difficult sea state to learn kiting but great once you get it.

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Tewksbury, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

We utilized Vela windsurfing at Orient Bay for the rental of windsurfing gear and a Hobie cat sailboat. Monsieur Tom, who runs the operation, could not have been more informative or helpful. Tom is multi-lingual as well as being an expert sailor. His windsurfing gear is modern and in great condition (some of the beginner gear is older and clearly... More 

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Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

Spent 1 week at Orient Beach and rented the "All I Can Do" package at Vela. Windsurfed 4 days. Conditions are great when it's windy - nice swell. The Vela staff was great - very helpful, especially in helping us get the equipment past the shorebreak for launching. Unfortunately, they really lacked decent gear since they were apparently awaiting a... More 

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Sedalia, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012 via mobile

We rented from Vela for five days in early December and were fortunate to experience contant winds above 20 knots. The wind at Orient Beach blows either on-shore or 45 degrees to the beach. In higher wind the surf break can be three to four foot high waves which make it difficult to launch. However, in those conditions the staff... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

My fiance and I had been wanting to take sailing lessons and we saw these nice Hobie Cats along the beach on Orient Bay. We walked into the beach shack next to them and we asked the person there if there was anybody who could give us some lessons. They said the shop was re-opening up next week for the... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

We had a 1 week couples package for our 25th wedding anniversary. The friendly staff got us set up with the right gear and by the end of the 3rd day for me and 5th day for my lovely wife we were able to windsurf to all points of sail, tack and jibe around the beautiful Orient Bay in wind... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2012

We arrived to St Martin by ferry boat from Anguilla using the public ferry which was very quick and well organized. Taxi service is right at the dock and our transportation to our hotel was provided by a local company Carline Taxi Service. She was so pleasant and efficient we decided to hire her to take us on a tour... More 

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