KITEBOARDING IN CABARETE
With consistent trade winds 330 days a year, Cabarete provides some of the best kitesurfing conditions in the Caribbean! With a mix of flat water and wave spots, it’s the perfect location for all kitesurfing disciplines. In the 1980’s by Canadian windsurfer Jean Laporte who was blown away (literally) by the reliable trade winds. Cabarete was on the wind map! Since then, Cabarete has hosted many kitesurfing World Cup events and attracted countless professional, amateur and beginner kitesurfers all looking to improve without having to wear a wetsuit.
So, why is Cabarete so windy anyways?
The trade winds, the coral reef, and the mountains in the background, come together to create a unique and perfect thermal effect—which is a formula for strong and consistent winds. Additionally, the wind blows easterly, blessing Cabarete with a side-onshore wind direction. And to top it all off, the the water temperature is always about 26°C (79°F), which means, even in the winter, you can get in the water without a wetsuit.
And now we finally answer the question: When is it windy in Cabarete?
Before we start breaking it down, we have to say that it is important to take this information with a grain of salt. Just because it has statistically been windy during a certain time period does not mean it will definitely be windy. We are not Mother Nature and we cannot guarantee any of this. We can only compile and report the averages.
And it goes a little something like this:
January-April: 14-24 knots
May-August: 16-30 knots
September-December: 10-20 knots
December and January is “tourist season” and June through August is “kiteboarding/windsurfing season”. Tourist Season is when Cabarete see the most tourists. Kiteboarding/Windsurfing Season is the months we have the most consistent winds thanks to the thermal effect.