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Windsurfing St. John

Looking for a great way to skim across the surface of some exceptional Caribbean water on your windsurfing board? Want to rent a board and find out what it's all about? Then come to St. John and enjoy some of the world's most pristine waters by taking part in what many claim to be the most exhilarating water sport around. If you have never windsurfed before in your life, don't worry; with guides for hire upon request, you can be up on the board catching wind in your sail in virtually no time flat! Also if you are an expert windsurfer you will have plenty of water space to perform your stunts, as St. John offers some of the best and most expansive waters for windsurfing.

For the happy vacationer like you who is interested in shooting across the waters at high speed for a little bit, one of the best spots on the island is at Cinnamon Bay. This is not only because of the great aquatic terrain provided by the wide open bay, but because most of the accessible equipment rental shops for windsurfers are found right there on the beach. In fact, there are two resorts that rent out equipment in addition to the standard center for water sports at Cinnamon Bay. Here, you can get hour long rentals for only $15, and you will be able to choose from all different sizes so that children as well as adults can get a chance to enjoy this fun water sport. On top of this you will be find out that the beginner's lesson lasts for a total of two hours and costs as little as $45! If you are a highly experienced windsurfer, you will also find that Cinnamon Bay is ideal for catching some exceptional windsurfing. Many agree that for windsurfers of all levels, Cinnamon Bay is the best place to be out of all of St. John.

Yet aside from the great scenery and the reasonably priced rental equipment, St. John provides a great human atmosphere for happy windsurfers of all skill levels who want to get out onto the water and have a great time. That's because guides are more often than not long time residents or even locals who have a genuine love for the place. One windsurfing instructor, for instance, is also a local innkeeper on the St. John Island. Having lived here for over 20 years, she is an expert diver and sailor who does computer consulting and massage therapy on the side. Generally, the man or woman teaching you the best windsurfing technique knows the water inside and out, and is someone to be trusted because of the great people skills and demonstrated years of experience. In fact, many guides have lots of experience in other water sports as well, including kayaking, snorkeling and even sailing. This is important because it gives them a well-rounded sense of the place, and will convince you that they know what they are talking about.

The Cinnamon Bay Watersports Center (tel. 340/776-6330)

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