One of the most visited spots for boarding in the state is Florida Keys. In spite of having just a few beaches, the Keys offer lots of sheltered riding areas perfect for both kitesurfing and paddle boarding, as well as having nice moments for caring your tan under the sunny spots all around. Among all the rideable places, Islamorada and Key West are one of the most remarkable one to enjoy throughout the shoreline. On the one hand, you will find calm ridings in Islamorada, but quite enjoyable in the end, thouh. On the other hand, more expert surfers usually prefer Key West due to harder conditions.
Having large beaches of white sand, Florida Panhandle is preferred by many because of its calm waves, and especially because it is not usually very crowded, which make kitesurfing more enjoyable around the beaches nearby. Panama City and the islands on the Gulf of Mexico are a must when kitesurfing in the area. First, Panama City beach features waves that go up till 20 feet high, though the shore might be a little crowded at times, mainly during the summer. Second, the area around the Gulf of Mexico towards the south includes lots of miles of beach and ocean full of rideable waves. Though the shore might not be totally empty, consider launch and land from the shallows.
It is true that Miami is by far the favorite destination for thousands or even millions of people from all the corners throughout the year. However, that is not necessarily neither the only nor the best part in the state for vacationers. As a matter of fact, many tourists and kitesurfers take the islands and keys nearby as an escape and as an opportunity to discover different destinations rarely know by typical tourists. Fort Lauderdale, for example, might be crowded most of time, but it is a must when in Florida. In fact, it is one of the oldest designated launches in The United States. Additionally, Crandon Park offers more calm, low tide rideable areas where kitesurfers will have a lot of fun.
Bonus: Jupiter and Juno
Including Juno Kite beach and Fort Pierce, this place is amazing not only for enjoying rideable winds (usually from north to south), but also for having fun in spots of food and drink. Also, you will find here harder conditions, though quite rideable. Stay kiting north, and you will find waves up to strong current. Plus, Fort Pierce is much calmer, perfect for beginners, although advanced kitesurfers will find their place too.
After reading this post, you might say that some places should have appeared on this list. Actually, many places can be named here, but variety is certainly a feature that both first-time visitors and local kitesurfers should take into account. In addition, you also might have noticed that the places listed above do not belong to one single area, but rather to several different spots around the state. That is why this list makes the reader understand, consider and therefore make a decision about where to go kiting in Florida.
Taking the Florida Keys as a starting point, passing through the area of Florida Panhandle, and finishing in the shoreline of Southeast Florida, not to mention the amazing views of Gulf of Mexico, the recommendations listed here propose different zone for different preferences and kitesurfing experience. Now it is your turn to make a decision and give Florida a chance to welcome you and let you enjoy its waving blue waters. As a last word, consider all the safety and access recommendation that every specific place has to follow, and do not launch or land where crowds are chilling out.