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Tkb North American Travel Guide: Antigua

On February 22, 2021   |   By thekiteboarder.com

Antigua is a great spot for kiteboarding and travel due to its scenic location and beautiful coastline. Antiguaswindy season is from late November until June/July and boasts 365 beaches. We get gentle trade winds,which usually blow a solid 15-20 knots from the east, making Jabberwock Beach, the main kiteboarding spot,a desirable onshore location for kiteboarding, foiling and wingsurfing. There are many things to do to stay activeand outdoors on the no-wind days, such as hikes, swimming with stingrays and even jet ski tours. Antigua offersplenty of different restaurants, from the local more authentic food stops to 5-star cuisine restaurants. If youre lucky and youre here during an incoming swell, there is often some surfing too. Antigua has a sister island calledBarbuda, another dream-like kite location where you can kite in crystal clear, flat blue water off the south coast,and it also has one of the longest pink sand beaches. Here youll find fresh, locally caught lobster and even atour of the frigate bird sanctuary.


IDEAL DISCIPLINES:
Kiteboarding | Foilboarding | Wingsurfing

CLOSEST AIRPORT:
V.C. Bird International Airport (ANU).

DISTANCE TO LOCATION:
Jabberwok Beach is 5 minutes from the airport.

TRANSPORT TO LOCATION:
Taxis are around $20-40,but its highly recommended to rent a car if you are lookingto explore the island. Car rental can range anywhere from$35-65 a day.

BEST SEASON:
Late November through July is the bestkiteboarding season.

WIND RANGE:
During the high season, we average between 12-20 knots.

WATER TEMPERATURE:
Its always pretty warm, so boardshorts and swimsuits aresufficient, but from December through February, you mightwant a 2mm top if youre going to be in the water for along time.

OFF-SEASON:
August through September is the kiteboarding off-season.

LOCAL RULES/SAFETY HAZARDS:
Always make sure to talk to a local on the beach beforeheading out as there are a few reefs scattered acrossJabberwocks bay, which arent a big deal once you knowwhere they are, yet you wouldnt want to get stuck on one.

LODGING RECOMMENDATIONS:
The ideal accommodations are located in the north part ofthe island and close to Jabberwock Beach. Budget travelersshould check out Top House or the Ocean Vista Apartment(both found on Airbnb). Medium budget lodging options includeDutchmans Bay Cottages, located within a 5-minutedrive from Jabberwock Beach. You can also kite off of thebeach in front of the cottages, and they come with a fullyequipped kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. Right next doorthere is a fantastic farm to table restaurant too. You can alsocheck out Ocean Point Hotel and Hodges Bay Hotel formid-priced rooms. For higher-end accommodations, checkout Hodges Bay, a 5-minute drive from Jabberwock on theislands north side. Its an all-inclusive 5-star resort with aspa, private beach, and an incredible restaurant.

LOCAL CUISINE:
Antigua has a culturally local dish of saltfish and pepper pot; however, youll find local seafood such as mahimahi, tuna, or wahoo in many restaurants. The average meal out will cost you about $20-30 per person unlessyou seek out the local restaurants to find a meal for around $10 per person.

LOCAL SHOPS/SCHOOLS:
Kelsick Kiteboarding www.KelsickKiteboarding.com
Kitesurf Antigua www.KitesurfAntigua.com
40 Knots www.40Knots.net

LOCAL RESOURCES:
www.weather.com/en-BB/weather/today/ The weather channel offers hourly readings and is often the mostreliable
www.windguru.cz/52075 Wind Guru is fairly reliable but can often overread the wind
www.windy.com/?17.050,-61.800,5 Accurate readings, but pulls data from the airport

WHY JAKE KELSICKRECOMMENDS THIS SPOT:
“Growing up in Antigua as a sponsoredkiteboarder and now operating KelsickKiteboarding School with professionalcoach Megan Grant, Jabberwock is oneof the best beaches around, perfect forbeginner to advanced level riders with tonsof warm and insanely picturesque ridingspots to explore.”

THE ONE THING EVERYONE MUST DO:
Experience the kiting in the North Sound, or do adownwinder down to Jabberwock Beach. There aremany flat spots to explore and crystal clear blue wateron the way downwind.

NON-WIND ACTIVITIES:
Explore Antiguas multitude of beaches. CheckoutShirley Heights Lookout, especially on a Sundayevening as they often have a band playing. Visit thestingrays at Stingray City or signup with Jetski Antiguafor a jet ski tour of the west coast.


Tkb’s North American Travel Guideis chock full of destinations like this. Get the digital roadmap to more nooks and crannies than you could ever hope to explore in a North American season. Whether youre into kiteboarding, foilboarding, snowkiting or wingsurfing, this guides got all the in-depth travel info and insider intelyou need to plan your next North American kiteboarding adventure.If you’re already a Tkb subscriber, log into your account to view the entire North American Travel Guide Guide for free.

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