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Water sports, especially kiteboarding, is a must-try in Puerto Rico

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Being a tropical island with year-round beach season, Puerto Rico is heaven for adrenaline seekers and watersports fans. It's an ideal place to try surfing, windsurfing, or kiteboarding, which has become especially popular in recent years. There's quite a selection of rentals, schools, and kiteboarding shops throughout the main island.

Puerto Rico also enjoys a steady wind with predictable patterns throughout the year. The kitesurfing season generally coincides with the dry season from December through April. The strongest wind blows in January and February, ranging from 10 to 25 knots. This is the best time for advanced riders as the seas can get rather turbulent. The summer season from June through August is great for beginners due to calm waters and steady wind up to 18 knots.

The list of top kiteboarding destinations includes Isla Verde featuring the big bay and a wide beach area. Water is rather choppy in the winter and mostly flat during the summer. Isla Verde can be reached just by a 15 minutes drive from San Juan. Nearby Punta Las Marias is another great beach to try water sports.

Another great kiteboarding spot, Dorado Beach, is located a bit further from the capital and can be reached in 45 minutes. It has a few shops offering gear and lessons for surfers and kiteboarders.

The South coast of Puerto Rico also boasts a few decent kiteboarding beaches. Gilligan’s Bay has great steady wind but no launching pad, so it's only possible to launch from a boat. La Parguera Bay is the most popular beach on the south shore due to steady wind, flat water, and a large open area. At night, you can experience bioluminescent plankton in the bay, a unique natural phenomenon that shouldn't be missed.

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