CARIBBEAN / ST LUCIA

COCONUT BAY ST. LUCIA, CARIBBEAN

GOOD FOR:

A relaxing kite trip to keep the whole family entertained in one of the Caribbean’s most picturesque locations.

WHEN TO GO: Peak Season: November – July Air Temp: 22 – 33°C / 80 - 90°F Water Temp: 25 - 29°C / 77 - 84°F

CONDITIONS: WAVES – 3 FLAT WATER – 3 BEGINNER – 4 WARM WATER - 5 STRONG WIND – 3

Safe, inside reef riding off Coconut Bay beach

ON THE WATER Coconut Bay is a super-accessible spot on the south coast of St Lucia with a chilled Caribbean feel and fun kiting conditions. Cross-shore, steady winds blow from the left with flat water on the upwind side of the bay. The easy launch from Coconut Bay is ideal for early intermediates and beginners, as is the riding inside the reef, because the curve of the bay catches you if you drift too far downwind. The swell never gets too big, so there’s only a little bit of shore-break to contend with and the water is shallow close to shore. Further out the water is deep enough for foiling and experienced riders can enjoy the rolling Atlantic swell at times, or kite out to uninhabited islands a kilometre offshore.

WIND, WEATHER AND WATER St. Lucia benefits from steady, reliable trade winds from November until April that blow cross / cross-onshore from the left. Most days are 15 – 20 knots while the stronger days can get up to 20 – 35 knots. The wind season can extend in to July, but the best months are January and February, regularly blowing 20 - 25 knot winds alongside an air temperature that ranges from 27°C / 80°F to 30°C / 86°F. Water temperatures average 25°C / 77°F to 27°C / 80°F throughout the year and you won’t need a wetsuit, but a rashie is recommended to protect you from the Caribbean sun. There are no sharp rocks but you might encounter the occasional urchin, so some people opt for booties.

“Caribbean vibes and a range of conditions, from waves to beginner-friendly waters. The coastal forest reserves are incredible, too.” MATT PEARCE / EX-KITEWORLD ASSOCIATE EDITOR

Coconut Bay

OTHER SPORTS & OFF THE WATER ACTIVITIES Vieux Fort, the island’s second largest town, is just a short walk / five minute drive away from the resort’s main entrance, and where you’ll find more bars and restaurants, shops and some vibrant nightlife. There’s a good party scene elsewhere on the island and the weekly fish fries / street parties in Gros Islet (approximately an hour’s drive away) are worth going to for an authentic St Lucian night out. St Lucia is pretty safe on the whole, but keep your wits about you in some areas, particularly at night as you would in any city, and don’t use unofficial taxis or buses. There are countless adventurous no-wind activities on offer. Coconut Bay resort offers SUPs, kayaks, snorkelling, paintballing, ziplining, yoga, spa, exercise classes, volleyball and tennis. There's also a petting zoo and water park with slides and a ' lazy river' tube ride. The kids will have a great time at the kids club while you kite! Alternatively, take guided walks through the jungle or around the Pitons World Heritage Site (some of the most impressive mountains in the Caribbean). Castries, the largest city on the island, is just over an hour away. 30 - 45 minutes away you'll find botanical gardens, waterfalls, volcano and hot springs, mud baths etc, so it's definitely a good idea to rent a car. Coconut Bay can also organise ATV and mountain biking tours as well as trips to former plantations, rainforest walks and some incredible waterfalls. Local buses run regularly, but with no particular timetable. Taxis are quite expensive.

Coconut Bay private beach

Shallow, easy learning

Harmony pool

ACCOMMODATION Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa celebrated their grand reopening on October 31, 2020 as a Government of Saint Lucia 'Covid-19 Certified' resort. The all-inclusive resort has prime location near the international airport, making it easy for your vacation to begin as soon as you arrive. You will be met with a cold towel and a choice of refreshments – champagne, rum punch or bottled water. Coconut Bay has two separate wings to choose from: the Splash wing which is mainly for families and features a waterpark, Kidz Klub and paintball range (to name just a few features), while the ‘Harmony’ section is a tucked away, adult-only area with a spa and a tiki-inspired pool bar at one end; ideal if you’re travelling with just your partner and want a quiet break. Attracting a wide variety of holiday-makers, Coconut Bay is a luxury villa-like hotel. There are ‘Surf and Stay’ packages available if you want to hire equipment or learn with Surf Shack, Coconut Bay’s kite school. The hotel has an impressive nine restaurants, seven bars serving Caribbean and international cuisine, five pools, a waterpark, a mile of private beach, oceanfront spa and more spread over 85 acres. COCONUT BAY RESORT & SPA www.cbayresort.com Resort Phone: +1 758 459 6000 UK & Europe Reservations: +44 (0) 1582 792260

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Here's what to expect!

AIRPORT

Two airports service St. Lucia: Hewanorra International (UVF) is on the south coast and is only a five minute drive from Coconut Bay and even closer to Sandy Beach. George F.L Charles (SLU) airport is just over an hour north. Most international flights land at UVF.

SCHOOLS COCONUT BAY’S SURF SHACK is open from November to August and teaches all levels at max ratio 2:1, including foil coaching. Experienced IKO certified instructors use radio helmets and safety boats and the center also has a wide range of equipment for hire. Gear lockers, showers, chill area and an air compressor all on-site. www.cbayresort.com/kite-surfing kitesurf@cbayresort.com

TRAVEL AGENTS SPORTIF TRAVEL www.sportif.travel +44 (0) 1273 844 919 PLANET KITESURF HOLIDAYS www.planetkitesurfholidays.com +44 (0) 1273 921 001

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