Tucked in the far western part of the Caribbean, Roatan – one of the Bay Islands of Honduras – boasts authentic charm and unspoiled nature. The hotel Camp Bay Lodge is ideally located in front of the main spot – a beautiful white sand beach surrounded by crystal clear waters and lush green hills. The reef system enclosing the island attracts scuba divers from all around the world. The Caribbean Trade Winds spoils this location with consistent winds from December till September. However, the most reliable period is from February till the end of August. Ideal for foiling, cruising, bump and jump. You’ll find flat water and waves. Kitesurf Roatan provides beach & rescue service, storage boxes, beginner to advanced lessons, rental gear from CORE Kiteboarding and a small shop and repair service. Take it easy and launch right there, or join unforgettable boat excursions and downwinders to the best spots around.

The modern history of Roatan has resulted in a blend of Caribbean & Latin culture & cuisine. The onsite restaurant provides fresh & healthy locally inspired food. Daily yoga sessions & massage treatments combined with the slow pace make this a perfect getaway for nature lovers, soul seekers and explorers.

THE LOWDOWN

You’d be forgiven for never having heard of Roatán… nestled away in the far western part of the Caribbean, among the Bay Islands of Honduras. However, for the secret spot seeker, this gem boasts eight months of perfect conditions thanks to the Caribbean Trade Winds, along with authentic charm and pure, unspoiled nature. Lush green island hills reach down to white sand beaches and crystal-clear warm waters surrounded by the world’s second-largest reef system.

FOILING SET UP

A variety of spots offer a playground for any riding preference. The main spot is a huge kite zone, ideal for all skill levels and a true foiler’s paradise as the water drops off quickly to 2m depth with no rocky hazards. A short boat ride away, there are shallow areas for beginners and nice flat water for freestylers. Join the boat excursions to explore the best spots and downwinders around. Everything is on-site here. Accommodation is right on the beach at Camp Bay Lodge, and the kite school provides a beach and boat rescue service, offers beginner to advanced lessons, and rents out top-quality gear (including CORE boards and kites, Prolimit harnesses, NSP SUP boards, Slingshot foilboards).

WHEN IS BEST TO GO?

From February to August, the trade winds offer the most reliable conditions – usually 15-20 knots ESE in the morning, moving to ENE in the afternoon and picking up in strength until sunset (20-30 knots). January to March, the conditions are favorable for wave riding. April and May are the dry season and bring the strongest winds of the season. From June to the end of August, it’s warm with very consistent winds.

NO WIND?

The magnificent Mesoamerican Barrier Reef encloses the entire island, making Roatán a top scuba diving location with a spectacular underwater world. You can also enjoy the water by SUP or kayak, visit nearby islands and the Mangrove Canals, hike the hills, or go fishing (deep-sea or fly-fish). Camp Bay Lodge has a calm and mindful vibe. Here, you can take advantage of daily yoga, restorative massage, hang in the hammocks, and wander barefoot along the pristine beach.

Getting There

Direct flights available from the US and El Salvador, with seasonal flights and charters from Canada and Madrid.

Gear Options

Recommended wing size? Average size 3-6m.

Recommended mast length? Any size works.

Which Wetsuit?

No need, the water is a balmy 24-28 degrees, so boardies/bikini plus sun protection.

Beer

Expect to pay $2-3 for a local beer.

Typical Dinner

Rice and beans with chicken or fish and plantains.

Late Night

Local nights are chilled. Visit West Bay on Saturdays for a bigger night out and a great choice of restaurants and bars, or visit the local dancehall parties at Punta Gorda on Fridays or Sundays.