Caribbean

There are many kite cultures in modern Caribbean countries and most feature kites flown during the Easter season. It is probable that kites arrived in these countries via the slave trade of the 1700s and 1800s and have evolved to six- or eight-sided forms frequently associated with Bermuda. As in the Polynesian islands, Caribbean islands are home to a variety of plants that are readily adaptable to kite forms. Several island kite fliers describe the use of cocoa leaves as their first kites. Today, kite boarding is a popular sport in the islands.