I am writing this review for fellow kiteboarders. My husband and I are always looking for new kiteboarding destinations. For this trip, we decided to try Aruba because we read that it is the most consistently windy island in the Caribbean. We stayed at one of the high rise hotels on Palm Beach, hoping to kite at the Fisherman's Hut location on the north end of the beach near the Ritz Carleton (where Vela Kiteboarding and Armando's Kite School are located). I have to advise anyone planning to travel here - the kiting conditions are terrible! The wind is off-shore, and because it comes across the island to the beach, there are a ton of wind holes and shadows (from all the hotels!). It is chaotic with people everywhere, windsurfers, tons of beginners, boats and as such it gets super crowded. We kited here one day and then decided it just wasn't worth it.
Instead, we rented a car and drove to Boca Grandi beach after reading other reviews about the best kiting beaches on the island. Definitely recommend this beach! Boca Grandi is a bay with on-shore winds, nice small waves, and steady winds averaging 20-25 knots the week we were there. Just remember to pack a lunch because there are no restaurants around. And if you have a sun umbrella that would be helpful too - there is a rigged up little shack made of drift wood but that's about the only shelter providing any shade.
Don't bother with Fisherman's Hut at Palm Beach - go to Boca Grandi! The only downside is that it is remote, no restaurants nearby (although you could drive to the grocery store in San Nicolas) and there is only one accommodation there (Kite Inn). The drive from Palm Beach to Boca Grandi Beach is about 40-45 minutes depending on traffic on the main road.
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