South Florida is lucky to have warm ocean waters and consistent tradewinds, which makes it an excellent destination for both kiteboarding and windsurfing. From Jupiter, Florida, located within a 1.5-hour ride from Miami, all the way to the Florida Keys, the southeast coast of the peninsula offers splendid watersports locations. The most consistent winds and best overall conditions for kiteboarding and windsurfing in South Florida are during the winter season. From November and April, riders have good chances for a big swell and trade winds. Summer is the worst time due to hurricane season in the Caribbean.
Miami, Florida is a prime spot for kiteboarding with powerful waves on North Miami Beach and safe waters of Crandon Park and Matheson Hammock. Frustratingly, many of Miami’s beaches are under strict limitations on kitesurfing. Yet, here are a few great places where you can get some quality time with the water. Miami and South Beach boast a good mix of easy and slightly technical launches, most being fairly easily accessible.
Crandon Park, located on Key Biscayne, is a perfect spot for beginners with waist-deep, clear water and access to the ocean. The water stays perfectly flat and warm at low tide, and it's a couple of miles away from downtown. If you are looking for stronger winds, Jupiter and Islamorada, which are up to two-hour drive from Miami, offer powerful waves and world-class conditions. On windless days, cable parks in Marathon and Deerfield Beach can be a good solution, even though it' might take an hour or two to get there from Miami.
Windsurfers must check out Windsurfer Beach on the Biscayne Bay. It offers warm water, a safe environment, and reliable moderate winds that are perfect for beginners but are also exciting enough for advanced riders. Windsurfing lessons are available at the beach. Besides, Windsurfer Beach boasts beautiful views of Biscayne Bay and Miami. Generally, windsurfing is possible in the Miami area all year round, but winter months promise the best conditions.