Do you want to go kitesurfing in Martinique and to know the details of the spots, or practical tips to avoid making the most trivial mistakes?
I’ve been in Martinique for three weeks and I’ve seen most of the spots and in this article you’ll find all the relevant information, as well as the rules to follow for each spot.
Martinique is a French island in the Caribbean sea, where it’s full of white sand beaches, coconut trees and crystal clear water. Martinique is not an exception and you are gonna find all those elemtns if you travel there. This verdant island offers loads of differents activities including kitesurf thanks to the tradewinds !
Below is a list of the article’s contents that allows you to focus on what you really need.
PRO AND CONS
Perfect for beginner
An huge flat lagoon for freestyle
Let your wetsuite at home
Loads of no windy activities
Limitate launch kite area
Main spot often overcrowded
Some spots are dangerous and just for experimented kiters
In Martinica blow the tradewinds which are famous to be pretty constant. They blow pretty much in the same direction all the year-round, E – NE.
The best wind statistics are recorded between mid December and May.
The wind blows with an average of 10 – 20 knots.
The average temperature are between 20° – 30°.
The water temperature is around 26°-29°.
You can kite in swimsuite and lycra.
It’s adviced to take at least a couple of kites, giving priority to bigger size.
I’d say something between a 9m and 13m for a 70kg person.
February to April it’s the dry season.
July to November is the wet season.
Between December and January you will have lots of short rainfall during the day.
SPOTS WHERE I’VE BEEN
POINTE FAULA – Vauclin
Pointe Faula is the main spot of the island and it is famous thanks to some international riders who came here to test it and thanks to its flat water perfect for freestyle. At first glance it seems small but if you go behind the mountain you wll see that the spot is huge.
When the wind isn’t not to light, this spot is perfect for freeride cause you can go wherever you want, enjoy the landscape.
The wind is mostly light and the water flat or a little bit choopy, so it’s not a spot for big air or wave riding but it can be nice to do some old school’s tricks.
On – Side on
Pointe Faula it’s a spot that suits everybody. You can easily walk in the water for hunderds meters which is perfect for beginners. And if you are try some new trick the conditions are perfect for it.
The water is mostly flat unless the wind get stronger and the ocean can become a bit more choppy, especially if you go further out to the sea.
Facilities : there are few restaurants and snack bar along the street as well as a kiteschool and public toilettes
Danger : there some palm trees on the taking off area and few sea urchin in the shallow water.
Warning : You should’n not cross the yellow buoys cause they protect the bathers area.
Pointe Faulta it’s a perfect spot for freestyle and freeride, even if it’s often overcrowded
CAP CHEVALIER – Anse Michel
Cap Chevalier is big lagoon protected by a coral reef. The spot is fabvourable for freeride or freestyle even if you have to pay attention about tourists and bathers.
You can find some waves beyond the “reef” but you have to pay attention where to cross it because in most of the way you don’t have enough water and it’s really dangerous. You gotta ask to the kiteschool on spot to have more infos about it.
On – Side on
Everybody can go and kite in Cap Chevalier but the beginners must pay attention. The taking off area is really small cause most of the beach is for the bathers. In fact, kitesurf is tolerated and Cap Chevalier it’s not legally recognized as a kite spot. Then I’ve seen more than once some beginner crash its kite in the palm trees.
The wind is on shore but be careful to don’t go beyond the end of the beach otherwise the wind will push you into the close harbour.
The water is a bit more chaoppy than in Pointe Faula but it’s still good for freestyle, freeride and old school’s tricks.
Danger: The taking off area is really small. Be carefull about tourists and about palm trees.
Warning : IKitesurf is tolerated but it’s not an official spot. You should ask to the kiteschool what to do before getting into the water.
It’s a nice spot where you can spend a whole day even if you travl with someone who doens’t kite.
You have to pay to acces to the spot.
Intermediate or advanced level required.
It’s a big kite area.
The taking off are is pretty tricky, it’s located inside a hotel. There is a school on the spot that will help you cause you have to take off from a pier.
It’s a perfect spot to kite foil.
It’s possible to kite here just when the wind blows South (rare).
Many waved and a strong current of the sea.
For experienced riders.
Spot pretty windy.
Rough see conditions and big waves.
It’s not an easy point to take off you kite and ge into the water.
For experienced riders.
Take off area it’s not the best, you are gonna launch your kite close to an hotel.
you can get “la bagnoire de Joséphine”, where the sea is amazing.
Intermediate or advaced level required.
Flat ot choppy water.
You can go dowinw from Petit Macabou to Grand Macabou (be careful about the way back if the wind is light).
Intermediate or advanced level.
TRANSPORTS AND ACCOMMODATION
The best way to go around the island and visit different kite spots is to rent a car. Martinique is a semi-mountainous island and some slope are pretty steep (my car could hardly go up). I rent a Renault Twingo and I managed to go everywhere and I had 2 kites, a foil with a adaptable surf board and a Twin tip.
I rent my car through a cheap website: Location des îles. Their office is in Lamentin but they organise an airport shuttle to pick you up and drop you there.
The publit transports are not the best choice to go kiting because they are really slow, as the whole island rhythm 🙂
You have plenty of choice, ot depends on what you are looking for.
If you want to be in a peaceful place and you want to rent a car there are many Airbnb between Le Francois and Vauclin area. The area is well located even to go around and visit the whole island during the no windy days. Some Airbnb are really beautiful, as the one I’ve been to that you can see in the picture.
If you prefer to be close to the main spot you should go to “Le village de la Pointe“, located just in front of the spot. It can be more expensive especially if you don’t travel in a group.
OTHER USEFUL INFOS
Cheap or expensive ?
It’s not easy to answer, I explain you why:
Martinque is an island so all the imported products from “mainland France” are expensive. I speak about supermarkets products as cheese, meat, etc.. moreover this island belongs to France so the price are similar to european standard. Finally We are in the Caribbean sea which is well known to be a paradise but not a cheap place.
On the other hand you can sleep for 30€ per night per two peoples (not that expensive for Caribbean) as well as eat fresh fish in the restaurat and spend not more than 15-25€.
So I think that Martinique it’s an affordable destination, although it’s not cheap 😉
Recommended for ?
Martinique is a destination that suits everybody.I don’t speak just about kite level but it’s gonna be perfect even for people who don’t kite. There are plenty of activities to do when there is not any wind or even share your day between kite and another activity.
Extra acvtivities ?
- The first “activity” is “dolce far niente” on the white sandy beaches as plages des salines, Anse Figuier or Anse du Diamant.
- Go snorkeling in the south-west part of the isalnd, especially go to seek the sea turtles and admire the sea bottom in Anse Dufour, Anse D’arlet and Anse Noir.
- Trekking. There are severals path on the coastline. I adviced you to go to Montagne Pelée, Le Boucle du Vauclin and La presqu’île de la Caravelle.
- Surf, in Tartant district where few schools rent a surfboard or offer some class.
- Scuba diving. Unfortunately I don’t practise this sport so I can’t give you any detailed information about it.
Airlines companies and kite luggage
It’s a french isalnd so there are loads of flight that connect Paris to Fort de France. The price fluctuate according to the period but you can find some really interesting offer around 300€. The two mains companies are Corsair and AirCaraïbes.
I’ve choosen Corsair and I could take 1 bag of 23kg. You have to take you kite gear in a different bag but if the sum of the two bags are under 23kg you are not gonna pay any extra price. Otherwie you have to pay 75€ per way (100€ if you do it in the airport) and you can have 1 extra bag. I this way you can carry 1 bag of 23kg, and 2 bags (included the kite gear) which has to be together less than 23kg. I could take with me 2 kites, 1 TT, a foil and a surf board.