Best time to visit Florida

Kiteboarding and Windsurfing

One of top-five wind sports destinations in the United States

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Florida boasts 1,350 miles (about 2,170 km) of coastline, endless miles of vast sandy beaches, warm climate year-round, and strong, steady winds. All of it makes Florida one of the best destinations in the US for kitesurfing and windsurfing. The strongest winds start to blow on Florida's coast in October–November after the hurricane season, and it lasts until April or May. Winter season is also better for windsurfers and kitesurfers because the beaches are significantly less crowded.

Kitesurfing near the Tampa Bay Bridge 2020
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Kiteboarding in South Florida

Southeast Florida is not only the warmest area in the colder season. It also boasts consistent winds and lots of infrastructure and amenities. In the Miami area, kiteboarders and windsurfers flock to North Miami Beach and Crandon Park, located on Key Biscayne. Calm, waist-deep, clear water, and access to the ocean make it a perfect spot for all levels. Check out Jupiter, located within a 1.5-hour ride from Miami, if you are an advanced rider. Islamorada and other Florida Keys destinations offer exciting wave-riding.

Kiteboarding in Central Florida

Central Florida is another rival for the title of the best kiteboarding destination in the state. North and Northwest winds bring large waves in the ocean, while there are still flat waters in sheltered areas. Cocoa Beach, located not far from Orlando, is one of the prime kitesurfing spots as it has some flat areas around Banana River. About 20 miles south of Cocoa Beach, there is another spot popular with kiters—Melbourne with some excellent intracoastal launch sites.

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Kiteboarding in Northeast Florida

Northeast Florida has some excellent launch spots that offer both flat water and waves. In winter, cold fronts usually bring strong Northerly winds and big waves. In St. Augustine, kiteboarders dot the sea and the like at Matanzas Inlet and Porpoise Point. Jacksonville lures kitesurfers to Jax Beach and Neptune Beach.

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Kiteboarding in Florida

Kiteboarding on the West Coast of Florida

Western Coast of Florida is washed by the Gulf of Mexico and has plenty of kitesurfing locations in Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater area. In this part of Western Florida, check out Treasure Island, Fort Desoto Park, and Picnic Island—all excellent kitesurfing locations.

Windsurfing in Florida

American windsurfing tour traditionally starts in Florida, which has always been a primary destination for this sport. You will find plenty of rentals and schools in Miami-Dade County. Check out Windsurfer Beach on Biscayne Bay, Virginia Key, Crandon Park, and Matheson Hammock Park. Most of these locations have a good mix of wind, waves, and flat water.

Windsurfing on the West Coast and in South Florida

Westerly winds blow on the Gulf of Mexico coast. Destin, Marco Island, and Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park are popular destinations along the west coast of Florida. The Florida Keys are of course another top place for sailing and windsurfing, especially Islamorada and Key West.

Windsurfing on the East Coast of Florida

In the central part of the state, Merritt Island is indeed a unique location due to its fantastic nature and wildlife. Cocoa Beach, Fort Pierce, and Jupiter also have something to offer for a great windsurfing experience.