Union Island Kitesurfing Holiday and Travel Guide

Union Island

Saint Vincent and The Grenadines

Why Visit?

The JT Pro Center kitesurfing spot of Union Island in the Grenadines is one of the top kitesurfing destinations of the moment from November to July winter season. The island has a lot of charm with the real deep Caribbean spirit far from all of the usual all-inclusive resorts. The trade winds blow between 15 to 25 knots 24/7 with very few no wind days during the windy season.

It is also one of the most beautiful kitesurfing spots in the world with crystal clear water making it the perfect location to bring back insane memories, pictures and videos.

A lot of pro kiteboarders and brands like Duotone (previously known as North Kiteboarding) have elected this spot as one of their top destinations to do their annual photo and video shoots.

The spot is perfect for learners with the kitesurfing school of the JT Pro Centre, which offer complete beginner lessons dinghy assisted with private instructors and private boat drivers in extremely flat, warm, clear and shallow water.

Once at the JT Pro Center on Union Island you will want to discover all the neighbouring islands and kite spots with some of the kite centre day tours with speedboats or sailboats. The centre can take you any time for a full day or half day tour and kite the neighbouring Grenadines Islands in less than a 15-minute boat ride.

Wind and Weather

The wind blows day and night from November to July. The windiest months are December to February with an average of 20 to 25 knots. The rest of the trade wind season offers an average of 18 to 20 knots, so it is enough to kite every day. No wetsuit required, bring sunglasses long sleeve rash guard if you are sensitive with the sun and a lot of strong sunscreens. Do not look at online weather apps as they do not depict an accurate weather value of Union Island and the Grenadines.

Getting Around

Getting around Union Island is extremely easy, you do not need to rent a car, the offered accommodation is at a walking distance to the kite spot, centre of town and restaurant and bars. When going to discover the neighbouring Grenadines Islands, the kite centre can arrange water taxis.

Food and Drink

Union Island has a lot of charming little restaurants; we recommend the newly opened Snack Shack Bar and Restaurant which serves the best breakfast on the island and has some amazing desserts and great cocktails for the night entertainment. Do not hesitate to check out the Barracuda Restaurant as well as one of our top local favourite, Big Citi located in front of the Snack Shack.

Nightlife

One of Union Islands top nightlife activities is the JT Pro Center Full Moon party happening at every full moon on the kiting spot from December to May including beach BBQs, laser light show as well as a night kitesurfing show with fire and led lights set the party once a month. There are a couple of nice bars on the island as well with the local live music Twilight or the Snack Shack deep house parties.

No Wind?

There are a lot of activities available if you are unlucky with the wind for a day or two, but the wind rarely stops for more than a couple of days in the trade wind season. You can choose to take a beautiful day tour with the Scaramouche Schooner and snorkel with turtles in the amazing Tobago Cays, or go spend a relaxing day on one of the most beautiful beach of the Grenadines at Big Sand (5 minutes from the JT Pro Centre) with their free shuttle and enjoy cocktails and food right on the beach. You can also rent bicycles and have a little tour of the island and discover the various remote beaches and go hike one of the hills for a beautiful view. Diving, sightseeing and the various beaches will keep you busy if you are not kitesurfing or if your partner is looking for something than watching you kite all day.

Internet

All of the bars, restaurants and hotels offer reliable internet connection which allows you to stream youtube videos or do skype calls. If you are looking for a faster connection, you can always purchase a 4G chip and buy data for 4G internet speed on your phone.

Accommodation

The JT Pro Center website is the online platform to find all the information about accommodation on Union island. We offer the kite beach bungalows located right on the kite spot as well as more affordable rooms. You can also have a look at http://www.union-island.com for more information or private villa rentals.

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Saint Vincent and The Grenadines

Currency
East Caribbean dollar (XCD)
Language
English
Population
109,991
Capital
Kingstown
Time Zone
UTC-04:00

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Where are the Best Kitesurfing Beaches in Union Island?

The Kite Beach at the JT Pro Center is one of the most popular kite spots. The colour of the water here is fantastic and the flat water makes it easy to try out new tricks.

The spot is not very big and has a few sailboats located downwind, so only kiteboarders who can stay upwind are allowed to kite here unless they take lessons with the centre.
This is the spot where you can have a drink at the famous Happy Island Bar with your kite in the air in the middle of the kite spot !!

The beach is excellent with a great lounge area protected by the wind and the JT Pro Center Beach Bar.

  • Wind: Cross on to onshore from the left
  • Waves: Out on the reef ( 15 minutes ride upwind)
  • Shorebreak: No

Fregatte is one of the best flat water spots of the whole Caribbean. The wind comes from behind a small land strip making the water extremely flat and perfect to load any pop or unhooked tricks. This is the spot used by the kite centre for all of their board lessons. The wind can be a little gustier than at the JT Pro Center when it is located from the North/North East.

The JT Pro Center offers downwind trip to the Fregatte spot every day.

  • Wind: Offshore
  • Waves: No
  • Shorebreak: No

Mayreau is one of the top favourite spots for waves and flat water. The spot is divided in two, one flat water spot only for advanced kiters and maximum two kiters at the time. The upwind part is a small lagoon with flat water and small fun waves to play with.

The JT Pro Center also offers water taxis and kite tours to Mayreau located 15 min from Union Island.

  • Wind: Onshore/Offshore
  • Waves: Yes
  • Shorebreak: No

When is the Best Time to go Kitesurfing in Union Island?

The windy months to go kitesurfing in Union Island are January, February, March, April, May, June, July, November, December

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Saint Vincent and The Grenadines

Currency
East Caribbean dollar (XCD)
Language
English
Population
109,991
Capital
Kingstown
Time Zone
UTC-04:00

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