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Neil Font
post Jan 4 2007, 12:23 PM
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To all:

I am going to Cuba, in May 07 biggrin.gif , and I was looking for some input. My skill level is less than an intermediate boarder, I can get up and ride for a while but I need more kite time.

1) Knowing that it is difficult to get things in Cuba, what would you suggest I take so that I could trade or sell while I'm there?

2) Are there any good schools, or hot spots where Kiteboarders hang out?

3) Does anyone have a good contact of someone in Cuba that I could touch base with on the Internet or while I'm there?

4) Are there any areas where I should stay away from?

Any information at all would be greatly appreciated as I want to make the most of my time there.

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Neil
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post Jan 4 2007, 07:27 PM
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I have been to varadero about 4 times and Holquin cuba once but not kiteboarding. I would say Varadero is good choice if you want a bit more to do. But this is cuba so don't expect much....day trip to Havana good idea on non windy day. The Beach at Varadero is very long (about 7miles total) so I would say you could stay at any one of the resorts and be a short walk along the beach to a kite friendly launch spot. However stay away from the extreme ends of the beach(bad hotels and launch areas..jelly fish etc).

My parents stayed at Cayo Coco and didn't like it because it was too windy....therefore I say go for this location biggrin.gif
Also one of the guys at Silent sports in Toronto take his son to Cayo Coco every year for kiteboarding. He stays at Cayo Coco MElia hotel and says it was very good.(life gaurds at hotel very helpfull in launching and landing your kite if you give them a couple of buck during your stay) Shallow for a great distance out with white sandy bottom and miles of beach and great wind. Only complaint he said was the sind tends to be more on shore rather than side shore. He said he had no trouble bringing his equipment on Air Transat.....however they do have new wieght restrictions.

I have heard of a kite school in Cay Guillermo which is just a bit further up the peninsula from Cayo Coco. I would bring some old kiteboarding mags for the locals. They really don't have much access to the internet though.

I too am researching vacation spots for Feb and late march so keep us up to date on any info you may have on good resorts or locations in cuba.

I found a web site that details some of the kiting beaches in the Caribean including Cuba which I found really informative. It is http://www.kitebeaches.com

One last note is that in my experience Varadero and Cayo coco etc can some times be chilly during Jan Feb so bring a shorty (light jacket and sweater for the evenings). They get these cold winds when the jet stream dips really low they call them the El Norte....good wind though
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Paul
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Neil Font   Cuba - Request for info   Jan 4 2007, 12:23 PM
mIKAEL   I'm going there in March. I could tell you more ab...   Jan 4 2007, 05:41 PM
tingrin   Cuba   Jan 4 2007, 07:27 PM
Neil Font   Sandals Royal (Varadero) (couples only resort) res...   May 20 2007, 08:57 AM


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