The island of Saint Martin is a popular destination for those people who love water-sports. It is situated in the northeastern Caribbean Sea. Saint Martin belongs to the group of Leeward Islands in the West Indies. In 1648, this small island was divided into two nations, France and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. St. Martin is the north French part of the island with Marigot as its main capital. Collectively, the two territories are known as "St-Martin / St Maarten". Mont Vernon is in the eastern French part of the island.
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Kiteboarding / Kitesurfing in El Zapillo Beach, Almeria, Andalusia Spain
Almeria has a subtropical Mediterranean climate with hot summers and warm winters. It offers one of the sunniest, warmest and driest climate in Europe with low annually rainfall. With an average of 8,5 hours of daily sunshine, temperature varies from 26 to 30°C/78.80 to 86°F during summer and 15 to 19°C/59 to 66.20°F during winter.
El Zapillo beach is located about 10 mins away from the main city and is a favourite destination for both local and foreign kite surfers. As it is a large sandy beach with clear water, El Zapillo provides the sport enthusiasts with more than enough open space. Wind strength is about 1 to 3 Bft with April being the softest month and wind direction west to south west. Swell direction is west-south west, with waves about 1 m/3 ft, not outreaching 2 m/6 ft.
During the summer months, the beach is ultra crowded with bathers and there may be restrictions for water sports on the spot. However, from October to April, kite surfers can enjoy the empty beach and surf with stronger winds for extra fun. The beach is suitable for both beginner and advanced partitioner and there is a school operating on the spot that will provide you with all the necessary gear, infos and lessons. Kite surfers should be careful of bathers and wave breakers dotted along the coast.