The Hi Winds Festival

In a destination where the sun bleached sand is lapped by crystal clear seas and temperate winds, there is certainly room for water sports events, and trust us, Aruba does them well.

Aruba's Hi Winds Festival

Celebrating its 26th year, the annual Hi Winds event kicks off on the 7th July for five days filled with wondrous water sporting activities for all abilities. This year also happens to be the first year that Aruba will play host to Mountain Bike races and Kite freestyle competitions two days before the main events commence. A festival so popular it had to add on a couple more days. That’s got to be a good sign.

Take to the Fisherman’s hut (the best surf spot on the island) and be one of the 2,000 spectators that come to watch surf champions from all corners of the globe. There is something quite therapeutic about watching people glide along the seas weightlessly and you’ll be cheering and gasping in awe with the rest of the crowd as the professionals rip and curl across the waves.

Along with the surfing, you’ll find slalom races, windsurfing, kite boarding and much more taking place around the island. You’ll find it seriously hard to know where to look.

But of course this festival it’s not just about water sports. Any event on this island is an excuse for a party right? Like all celebrations here in Aruba, the food and music you’ll find is second to none. Throughout the day there will be endless stalls of tasty snacks for you to try, whilst each evening, dinner will be served up by a local caterer, eager for you to try their homemade goodness.

On a side note, we’re also pretty happy to hear that Amstel will be doing a daily happy hour. Five days of sporting entertainment, gourmet BBQ food, live music and a fresh beer in your hand. Could it get any better than this? We think not.