Windsurfing in Aruba
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The southwestern coast's tranquil waters make windsurfing conditions ideal for both beginners and intermediates, as the winds are steady but sudden gusts rare. Experts will find the Atlantic coast, especially around Grapefield and Boca Grandi beaches, more challenging; winds are fierce and often shift course without warning. Most operators also offer complete windsurfing vacation packages. Kitesurfing (sometimes called kiteboarding) is also popular in Aruba.
Aruba Active Vacations. Aruba Active Vacations is a major windsurfing center on the island. near Fisherman's Huts, Malmok Beach. 297/586-0989. www.aruba-active-vacations.com.
Pelican Adventures Tours & Watersports. Pelican usually has rental boards and sails on hand. Pelican Pier, near Holiday Inn and Playa Linda hotels, Palm Beach. 297/586-3600. www.pelican-aruba.com.
Sailboard Vacations. Complete windsurfing packages, including accommodations, can be arranged with Sailboard Vacations. Equipment can be rented for $60 a day. L.G. Smith Blvd. 462, Malmok Beach. 297/586-2527. www.sailboardvacations.com.
Vela Aruba. This is the place to meet other windsurfers in town. It's a major kitesurfing center as well. L.G. Smith Blvd. 101, in front of the Marriott, Palm Beach. 297/586-3735. www.velawindsurf.com.
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