5 Caribbean Islands in 3 Weeks – ANTIGUA

The drive from the airport to Nonsuch Bay Resort took about about 50min. Our taxi driver was super slow. Probably because of his age. He told us the same things two or three times which was kind of funny. He repeatedly said that Antigua is great because the people are nice and friendly, it’s sunny and they have lots off fresh fruits….The people in Antigua are nice and friendly you know. And it’s always sunny. Very friendly people 😉

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When we were about to arrive at the hotel the driver took the no-entry road and of course had to back up quite a bit as a car was coming from the other side. When we finally arrived, he wanted more money even though we paid the common taxi fee of 35$ at the airport taxi booth and had the receipt for it. I wouldn’t have given him more but Paul gave him an additional 15$. Not too cool from the taxi driver. The hotel welcomed us with a choice of water or fruit punch.

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As it was early, our room wasn’t ready so we checked out the kite school 40Knots. The school is located right at the resort.

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Outside guests not staying at the resort are welcome as well. The 40Knots team consists of an Italian couple (Max and Irene) and a German couple (Chris and Susi). DSC_7792They are all super friendly and after finding out that Chris and Susi are originally from Berlin just like me, I felt like there was a “Berlin connection” 😉 . We found out that for 35$ per person they would give us a lift to Green Island. Not the cheapest but it’s a great kite spot and the school is watching out for you in case something happens. We decided to take the 1:30pm boat. That would give us enough time to put the boards together and get settled in the room before heading out.

We then went up to the lobby and I had my very needed Cafe Latte. Just when I finished my coffee, the room was ready and they already put the luggage in the room. Perfect timing 😉 And what an amazing accomodation. I was speechless.

The living room

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The bedroom

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A huge kitchen

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As planned we took the boat at 1:30pm and 5-10min later we were at Green Island setting up our kites. I was on the 8m Cabrinha Siren kite and Paul on my 10m kite. The water at Green Island is crystal clear, flat with a little chop.

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The wind was constant and I had an excellent time doing tricks.

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Paul also had lots of fun:

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When the tide is low, you have to watch out for exposed corals if you venture out towards the ocean. Close to the island it’s deep enough to do your tricks without being worried at all. At the end of the day, the school allowed us to do a downwinder to the hotel which was great. They asked us to land the kite in the water once we got there so the boat could pick up the kite. I couldn’t have imagined a better kiting day especially after just arriving in Antigua. Thank you 40Knots-Team!

At 5pm we were invited for a meet and greet in the hotel lobby. It’s usually on Thursdays so we were lucky to be able to attend it. Paul had a rum punch and I opted for white wine. We met Allen and Tasha who we already saw kiting at Green Island in the afternoon. They just got married the day before at Nonsuchbay Resort. We really enjoyed talking to them. Very nice people 😉 . For dinner we reserved a table at the hotel’s restaurant at 7pm. Paul had the chicken satay as a starter, I had the Gazpacho soup. As entree we both had the tuna. Everything was pretty good. We drank a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. Also an excellent choice.

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After dinner we had a beer on our terrace before passing out.

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The next day I took the first boat at 9am to Green Island, Paul needed more time to prepare the GoPros and the camera so he took the 10:30am boat. We spent the entire day kiting at Green Island and finished up with a downwinder back to the hotel. This time there were no people at the resorts’ beach so we were allowed to land right at the beach which was nice. We really enjoyed the day and had a great time.

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We had dinner again at our Nonsuch Bay Resort. We ordered the exact same thing. Service was not as spot on as the night before but we still enjoyed the food which was excellent.

For our last day we wanted to get to know the rest of Antigua. We were picked up at 8am for our 5h island tour. A private tour costs 160$. The tour was not really exciting as our driver zoomed through the villages not giving us much time to say that we would like to stop. We mainly stopped at different beaches and bays for photos including the Jabberwocks beach which is a known kitespot. Jabberwocks is located on the North East corner of Antigua. Wind conditions are side-on. Jabberwocks is famous due to Pro Rider Andre Phillip and beacuse they have a kicker in the water. Having seen the spot now I definitely prefer Green Island.

The most exciting of the tour was probably the devil’s bridge with a view to our Green Island kitespot.

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We were back by 1pm and then immediately took the 1:30pm boat to go kiting. I was tired and I also lost my bandage so I couldn’t do hard landing tricks. But the downwinder back to the resort was nice. Back in our apartment we packed and then had room service for dinner. Paul had a burger and I had a salad and as starters we had spring rolls and crab cakes. Everything was quite tasty. We went to bed early and got a good night sleep.

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My Green Island kitespot review:

The kitespot is beautiful. I like the spot for Freestyle a lot. It’s a bit pricey to get to Green Island especially if you stay more than a couple of days and you want to take the boat every day. But in my opinion it’s totally worth it. Safety should always be high priority. The 40Knots team really watches out for you. It’s perfect for every kiter and every level. And I feel so much more confident trying out new tricks when I have boat support and an experienced team in case something happens. We also really appreciated that we were allowed to do the downwinder. We know that in high season this would probably not have been possible. Thank you again, guys! We had a great time! We will definitely come back 😉

The drive from the airport to Nonsuch Bay Resort took about about 50min. Our taxi driver was super slow. Probably because of his age. He told us the same things two or three times which was kind of funny. He repeatedly said that Antigua is great because the people are nice and friendly, it’s sunny and they have lots off fresh fruits….The people in Antigua are nice and friendly you know. And it’s always sunny. Very friendly people 😉

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When we were about to arrive at the hotel the driver took the no-entry road and of course had to back up quite a bit as a car was coming from the other side. When we finally arrived, he wanted more money even though we paid the common taxi fee of 35$ at the airport taxi booth and had the receipt for it. I wouldn’t have given him more but Paul gave him an additional 15$. Not too cool from the taxi driver. The hotel welcomed us with a choice of water or fruit punch.

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As it was early, our room wasn’t ready so we checked out the kite school 40Knots. The school is located right at the resort.

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Outside guests not staying at the resort are welcome as well. The 40Knots team consists of an Italian couple (Max and Irene) and a German couple (Chris and Susi). DSC_7792They are all super friendly and after finding out that Chris and Susi are originally from Berlin just like me, I felt like there was a “Berlin connection” 😉 . We found out that for 35$ per person they would give us a lift to Green Island. Not the cheapest but it’s a great kite spot and the school is watching out for you in case something happens. We decided to take the 1:30pm boat. That would give us enough time to put the boards together and get settled in the room before heading out.

We then went up to the lobby and I had my very needed Cafe Latte. Just when I finished my coffee, the room was ready and they already put the luggage in the room. Perfect timing 😉 And what an amazing accomodation. I was speechless.

The living room

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The bedroom

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A huge kitchen

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As planned we took the boat at 1:30pm and 5-10min later we were at Green Island setting up our kites. I was on the 8m Cabrinha Siren kite and Paul on my 10m kite. The water at Green Island is crystal clear, flat with a little chop.

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The wind was constant and I had an excellent time doing tricks.

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Paul also had lots of fun:

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When the tide is low, you have to watch out for exposed corals if you venture out towards the ocean. Close to the island it’s deep enough to do your tricks without being worried at all. At the end of the day, the school allowed us to do a downwinder to the hotel which was great. They asked us to land the kite in the water once we got there so the boat could pick up the kite. I couldn’t have imagined a better kiting day especially after just arriving in Antigua. Thank you 40Knots-Team!

At 5pm we were invited for a meet and greet in the hotel lobby. It’s usually on Thursdays so we were lucky to be able to attend it. Paul had a rum punch and I opted for white wine. We met Allen and Tasha who we already saw kiting at Green Island in the afternoon. They just got married the day before at Nonsuchbay Resort. We really enjoyed talking to them. Very nice people 😉 . For dinner we reserved a table at the hotel’s restaurant at 7pm. Paul had the chicken satay as a starter, I had the Gazpacho soup. As entree we both had the tuna. Everything was pretty good. We drank a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. Also an excellent choice.

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After dinner we had a beer on our terrace before passing out.

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The next day I took the first boat at 9am to Green Island, Paul needed more time to prepare the GoPros and the camera so he took the 10:30am boat. We spent the entire day kiting at Green Island and finished up with a downwinder back to the hotel. This time there were no people at the resorts’ beach so we were allowed to land right at the beach which was nice. We really enjoyed the day and had a great time.

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We had dinner again at our Nonsuch Bay Resort. We ordered the exact same thing. Service was not as spot on as the night before but we still enjoyed the food which was excellent.

For our last day we wanted to get to know the rest of Antigua. We were picked up at 8am for our 5h island tour. A private tour costs 160$. The tour was not really exciting as our driver zoomed through the villages not giving us much time to say that we would like to stop. We mainly stopped at different beaches and bays for photos including the Jabberwocks beach which is a known kitespot. Jabberwocks is located on the North East corner of Antigua. Wind conditions are side-on. Jabberwocks is famous due to Pro Rider Andre Phillip and beacuse they have a kicker in the water. Having seen the spot now I definitely prefer Green Island.

The most exciting of the tour was probably the devil’s bridge with a view to our Green Island kitespot.

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We were back by 1pm and then immediately took the 1:30pm boat to go kiting. I was tired and I also lost my bandage so I couldn’t do hard landing tricks. But the downwinder back to the resort was nice. Back in our apartment we packed and then had room service for dinner. Paul had a burger and I had a salad and as starters we had spring rolls and crab cakes. Everything was quite tasty. We went to bed early and got a good night sleep.

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My Green Island kitespot review:

The kitespot is beautiful. I like the spot for Freestyle a lot. It’s a bit pricey to get to Green Island especially if you stay more than a couple of days and you want to take the boat every day. But in my opinion it’s totally worth it. Safety should always be high priority. The 40Knots team really watches out for you. It’s perfect for every kiter and every level. And I feel so much more confident trying out new tricks when I have boat support and an experienced team in case something happens. We also really appreciated that we were allowed to do the downwinder. We know that in high season this would probably not have been possible. Thank you again, guys! We had a great time! We will definitely come back 😉

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