If you look at a map, you’ll see a small chain of connected islands that make Key West a watersports paradise. Surrounded by ocean on all sides, kiteboarders flock to the area for its sandy beaches and consistent wind.
The best place to practice new tricks
The main spot in Key West is Smathers Beach, which has a small sandy beach for setup. It can get pretty crowded during the peak season and is only for intermediate to advanced kiteboarders. A big shallow area with flat water makes it ideal for practicing new tricks, and the white beach and palm trees create a stunning backdrop. Be aware of sunbathers and swimmers and be sure to launch and land far away from power lines.
The best spot to learn and progress
The Flats in Key West are accessible by boat, and it receives wind from all directions. You can launch right from the water because there are no obstacles, just sand and turtle grass — which is ideal for soft landings if you crash. The Flats is a great spot not only for people who want to learn to kiteboard, but also for progressing your riding, learning new tricks, and getting into unhooked tricks.
It’s a great idea to go for a kiteboard-road trip when you visit. I plan to explore as many areas as possible once I make my way there. For more kiteboarding spots around the Florida Keys area, check out this South Florida Guide from KiteboardingFlorida.com.