One of the images that is often seen in Jamaican tourist brochures is that of windsurfing on a beautiful ocean just off a golden beach. It’s almost a cliché. But the reality is that if the picture caught your attention, not to mention imagination, you can be trying your hand windsurfing almost as soon as you check into your hotel! If you arrive on a day when there’s not even much of a breeze, you’d be better to do something else that day and save the windsurfing for a day when the wind has a little strength behind it. You also need to have a day when the wind is blowing in the right direction – it’s not exactly a science, but you will learn which are the ideal windsurfing conditions for the location you’re staying in. Booking your vacation between November and April is the best time of year if you hope to spend a lot of time windsurfing as the winds are more favorable to the sport at that time of year.
Many of the major hotels in Jamaica offer windsurfing as one of their activities and not only have the equipment, but also the experts who can help get you started and keep you safe whilst you find your sea legs. If your hotel doesn’t have facilities, they are bound to know where you can find them – make sure you ask about hiring equipment if you don’t have your own as this isn’t always easy to find in Jamaica. If you haven’t windsurfed before, you need to get a little expert coaching before you get started. If you are an experienced windsurfer, you’ll know how to find the best wave/wind combination on the Island. Of course one of the best places for established windsurfers is at the Silver Sands area, but if you’re just starting out, or aren’t very confident in the water, this is not the place for you.
Windsurfing is an exhilarating experience but it’s not something that’s for everyone so if it’s something that you think you want to try, make your accommodation reservation with a hotel that offers it on-site amongst other activities. That way, you’ll have other options to pick from if you decide this one isn’t for you.