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Foiling destinations and options in Carribean - resort style with non-kiters

Postby hgustavson » Sun Nov 11, 2018 7:26 pm

Investigating a family vacation to Atlantis resort in Bahamas with wife and daughter in February 2019. There seems to be no recent information on kiting let alone foiling options. Does anyone have direct experience staying at Atlantis and foiling on the island at that time of year?

Are there better options in the Caribbean that provides a nice resort feel for the non-kiters and has, ideally, foiling options directly off the beach or nearby?

I'm sure there are many of you who have similar situations that have great destination suggestions.

Cheers,

Hg

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Re: Foiling destinations and options in Carribean - resort style with non-kiters

Postby Sbrinckman » Sun Nov 11, 2018 7:53 pm

Cabarete in Dominican Republic, Viva Windham Tangerine is good with family and kids. Kiting / foiling from the beach of hotel

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Re: Foiling destinations and options in Carribean - resort style with non-kiters

Postby deniska » Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:45 am

hgustavson wrote:
Sun Nov 11, 2018 7:26 pm
Investigating a family vacation to Atlantis resort in Bahamas with wife and daughter in February 2019. There seems to be no recent information on kiting let alone foiling options. Does anyone have direct experience staying at Atlantis and foiling on the island at that time of year?

Are there better options in the Caribbean that provides a nice resort feel for the non-kiters and has, ideally, foiling options directly off the beach or nearby?

I'm sure there are many of you who have similar situations that have great destination suggestions.

Cheers,

Hg
I am at Atlantis now and the wind sucks ass..
but maybe it's different in February...
To answer your question... you can kite/foil on anything north although swell can be intimidating (to enter with foil) on direct north wind. The lifeguards will not give you any trouble if you try to stay away from beach goers and don't make an ass of yourself..
E/W can be sketchy for lightwind foiling as wind is not steady enough and if you drop the kite under 10kts it could be long swim.
And south is super sketchy.. There is a small beach on the south facing side of paradise island next to tennis courts.
You can launch from there and it gets deep after 20 feet.. but the winds are usually gusty, coming from the main island.. and the channel is pretty busy with power boats with clueless captains, who never seen kiters before. Super sketchy but doable:
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I had bad experience with South beach at Nassau... The forecast was ok (15-20kts S), the airport meter was showing 14kts all day and it seemed windy at Atlantis, but there was no wind at the south side of Nassau for some reason.. Besides the South Beach does not seem like a good choice for foiling as it's pretty shallow for at least half a mile (maybe more??)...
Don't count on the east facing beaches on Paradise island - they are private property and are off limits..
And one last thing, if you never been to Atlantis - dining is super expensive there.. prepare to spend $400-$500 (on family of 4) on food and drinks daily or eat junk food... cheapest beer on the resort will cost you $9-10 and a decent dinner for 2 - $300 easy...

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Re: Foiling destinations and options in Carribean - resort style with non-kiters

Postby deniska » Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:07 am

Sbrinckman wrote:
Sun Nov 11, 2018 7:53 pm
Cabarete in Dominican Republic, Viva Windham Tangerine is good with family and kids. Kiting / foiling from the beach of hotel
yep February is ok at Cabarete.. foiling is a sure bet as almost every day will get to 10kts at some point..
I am not sure I'd stay at Windham Tangerine though.. there are so much better non-all-inclusive choices there..
Check out Ultravioletta, Seawinds, Millennium properties... less crowded and cleaner, imho...

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Re: Foiling destinations and options in Carribean - resort style with non-kiters

Postby TomW » Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:33 pm

cabarete is good with family. went with non kiting wife and 13 year old who took some kite lessons.
I stayed at Hotel Villa Tiana. get a room on " beach side", not road side. simple but nice place. Feels famliy run. Millennium is posh compared.
Last year it was super choppy in february- there was 2-3 m swell coming over the reef, then cross wind chop on top and reflected/refracted swell that sneaks through the reef gap.
It lends itself to some exciting foiling!
we had freaky weather too, with rain squalls 3-4 times a day with wind coming and going with clouds- hard to predict and you had to be observant to not get stuck out in it.
Theres good family stuff to do. the waterfalls tour is totally undersold- it was fantastic canyoning. Quad ride was fun, but dangerous riding on roads with traffic.
The village is a bit rough, its not a polished place- i liked it.
along the beach east from Villa Tiana theres a bunch of restaurants on the beach that are good- dont do all inclusive at hotel- these place have good food and value.
Get your e-coli vaccination ( Dukoral) !

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Re: Foiling destinations and options in Carribean - resort style with non-kiters

Postby tkaraszewski » Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:55 pm

I'm at Seawinds in Cabarete with my wife and two kids (1 and 7) right now and it's fantastic.


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