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Panama vs Cuba in November

Postby dimo79 » Wed Jun 22, 2022 10:17 am

Looking for a destination in SA or Caribbean to travel with the family Nov 1 - Dec 15. Panama and Cuba are the front runners after my initial research. We have two young kids so comfy accommodation (preferably airbnb or apartment accommodation and not a hotel) is important. Also important is the proximity to the kite beach (aka no driving). Please let me know pros/cons of you have been to Panama or Cuba for kiting.

I mainly ride directional and want to get better on the foil. Wife is on a TT, getting ready for the foil.

Suggestions for other destinations in the region are welcome, except for Cabarette as we already have a trip booked there.

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Re: Panama vs Cuba in November

Postby Windigo1 » Wed Jun 22, 2022 12:09 pm

Most of the kiting spots in Cuba are in the Cayos and it's only all inclusive hotels. In Havana you might find something to rent but not AirBNB US companies can't do business in Cuba. The wind is never guaranteed in Cuba but November is usually good.

In Panama Punta Chame is your best bet nice spot but the wind is light in November.

If you want guaranteed wind and easy to find accommodation Brazil or Aruba/Bonnaire are places to consider.

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Re: Panama vs Cuba in November

Postby Havre » Wed Jun 22, 2022 12:45 pm

How much kiting do you want to do? Are you OK with the occasional day over those 45 days - or would you kite every day if you could?

I never went to Cuba, but I have done a lot of research about kiting there as I used to go to the Caribbean every winter for some years. From what I could gather wind isn't fantastic in Cuba if you want to kite every day, but you should definitely get some.

Cumbuco. You can basically stay on the beach. Should have much better wind than most places in the Caribbean. Nice beach and should be easy to find an apartment. On the downside it is a bit sketchy at night I would imagine if you are going out with kids. If you are just planning to stay at home in the evening then I would say no problem.

I have also been to Martinique and Guadeloupe. Might be a bit too early? Both places should be fairly decent with kids I would imagine (in Martinique it is possible to basically stay at the kite spot in La Vauclin - not sure if they got apartments for rent there though - in Guadeloupe I'm not sure - for me it was a bit of a walk from where I stayed, but I guess there are more than one spot there), but similar to Cuba I don't think you get fantastic wind there day out and day in. I was there in February and the wind was OK. Quite similar to Cabarete I would say.

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Re: Panama vs Cuba in November

Postby Delta99 » Wed Jun 22, 2022 4:31 pm

As Windigo1 points out, wind is very light in Punta Chame in November. Not predictable before January.

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Re: Panama vs Cuba in November

Postby Eduardo » Wed Jun 22, 2022 5:56 pm

I agree with the posts above: only go there if you're happy to kite only a couple days a week. if your main goal is kiting more like 6 days a week, then I suggest to start the search over and start with windy spots and then narrow it down from there based on budget, beach front, conditions, kid friendly, ... has statistics.

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