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The Complete Guide to Kitesurfing in Portugal

With a long stretch of coastline that faces both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, Portugal is known best for its world class waves that are legendary in the surfing community; add that to the strong seasonal wind, and you can bet your buoyancy vest that Portugal is a kite destination that should be on your radar.

But wait; back up a second and tear your mind away from the water (just for a second- promise!).

What else can you expect from a visit to Portugal?

For one, it’s a seriously easy country to navigate your way around thanks to the top notch infrastructure and generally awesome level of English among the locals. It’s in the euro-zone too, which is a handy one for other European kite travelers- and on top of that, it’s a relatively inexpensive place when you factor in costs like food and accommodation.

Culturally, Portugal ticks all the boxes: the architecture is fabulous, the towns are colourful, the streets are full of interesting things to look at, and the food is as good as it gets.

Best time to kitesurf in Portugal: May to October

Average water temperature: During the summer months the water temperature hangs around a balmy 22-24 degrees, but during the winter months you can cut that in half.

Wetsuit recommendation: During the warm summer months, a shorty will be more than enough to keep you comfortable. Throughout the rest of the year, a full length wetsuit is recommended.

Wind type: Thermal, Nortada, best when it blows from the North/Northwest

Water conditions: mainly waves, but you can find flat water spots and lagoons too.

Top tips for beginners: Many of Portugal’s renowned kite spots have big waves and strong swell, which isn’t ideal if you’re just getting to grips with your basic riding skills. Keep and eye out for places with flat water lagoons and wide sandy beaches such as Lagos and Faro, located down in the Algarve region.



In addition, it pays to know that the waves are usually much stronger in the winter time than in the summer. During the summer season, many of the spots (for example, Costa Caparica) have much more easy going conditions than that of the winter.

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Top kitesurfing spots in Portugal

Guincho

Just a 30 minute train ride from Lisbon, Guincho kite beach has some of the most reliable wind in all of Portugal (the northerly mountains tend to increase the force of the thermal winds that blow here).

This isn’t a spot for the faint of heart; waves at Guincho beach are well over a meter to a meter and a half- getting even bigger during periods of strong swell. That said, if you’re into your surfboard riding then this is the place to kite in Portugal.

The flat sand bottom creates a beautiful break separated by clean areas to play around in in between the waves. Just take note of the big rocks on either side of the beach; these are the only real obstacles that need to be avoided.

Peniche/Praia Do Baleal

Famed for its strong swell and big waves, Praia do Baleal isn’t one for beginners. However, intermediate and advanced kiters are sure to dig the awesome surf and spacious sandy beaches.

The wider area of Peniche is a fantastic place to join a kite camp, kite tour, or even to plan a solo road trip thanks to the abundance of kiteable spots dotted within a half hour’s radius.

Lagoa de Óbidos

This is Portugal’s largest flat water lagoon- perfect for beginners, freeriders, and wakestyle kiters. Connected to the ocean via an estuary, the lagoon is affected by the tides- and during low tide it can become very shallow near the sandbars (so it’s best to head here during high tide). The best place to launch is on the Foz do Arelho side, where there’s plenty of space and a number of schools and facilities.

wave kitesurfing in Portugal

Wave riding in Portugal’s famous surf

Caparica

Caparica is littered with kiteable spots, but unfortunately kiteboarding is not permitted everywhere. Best stick to the designated kite beaches, the most notable of which is Novo Vaga.

Located on the southern stretch of Caparica, Novo Vaga enjoys fairly steady wind and 1-1.5 meter waves. During the winter months the swell here can get seriously heavy, but during the peak kite season in the summer the waves shrink in size and are far more manageable for us mere mortals- ideal for wave riding novices and intermediate jumpers.

Just 15 minutes south, you’ve also got access to Fonte da Telha, an increasingly popular kitesurfing beach with a handful of schools already in operation. Further south still (about a half hour’s drive away) you’ll hit the iconic Lagoa de Albufeira, which offers a mix of flat water lagoon riding and challenging breaks outside.

North Portugal

Viana do Castelo/Cabedelo

This is, without doubt, Northern Portugal’s best kiteboarding spot. Cabedelo is a long, sandy beach facing a big bay- there’s plenty of safe launching space and very few obstacles to worry about. There are two piers here, which create a mellow flat(ish) spot to play around in while saying sheltered from the waves.

Though if it’s waves you’re looking for, Cabedelo doesn’t disappoint. Clean breakers roll through the bay virtually all year round; if you want to experience the waves at their best, come during the full moon.

Esposende

When you’re done playing around in the waves at Cabedelo, there’s a wealth of other kite beaches within a stone’s throw of Viana do Castelo; Esposende is definitely one worth checking out.

This is one of those idyllic kite destinations that offers a little bit of everything: clean waves, flat water, and above all- awesome wind. No wonder it has become known as one of North Portugal’s best kiteboarding spots!

kiteboarding in Esposende, Portugal

After an amazing day kiting in Esposende

Algarve:

Lagos/Alvor

Set into the iconic Algarve coastline, Lagos and the neighbouring Alvor are ideal places to stay for kitesurfers looking to score a mix of waves and flat water.

On the Lagos side of the bay, Meia Praia is the most popular kite beach. This is the spot to head for if you’re a beginner or intermediate kiter, thanks to the forgiving moderate winds and wide, spacious beach area (but keep an eye on the forecast as wind is often offshore here). On the other side, Praia de Alvor boasts similar conditions and is a safe bet for intermediate kiters ready to test out their slalom skills.

Between the two, there’s a flat water lagoon that draws all kinds of kiters- from total newbies to seasoned freestylers. The lagoon is accessible from both Lagos and Alvor, although the former requires a boat to reach it and the latter you can walk from. The lagoon is tidal, and shrinks considerably during low tide- so best head here when it’s high.

Wind tends to pick up strength as the afternoon progresses, so 9’s and 10’s usually get swapped for 7’s and 8’s. Beginners might find it more manageable during the late morning/early afternoon.

Carrapateira

Known by locals as one of Southern Portugal’s hidden kitesurfing gems, Carrapateira sits just half an hour’s drive away from Lagos and is a fantastic option for a day trip for those kiting in the Algarve.

The likes of Bordeira offer beautiful big wave conditions that are popular with surfers, but thanks to the cross-onshore wind it’s a suitable kitesurfing spot as well. There’s also a flat water lagoon hidden behind the estuary. This spot works best in the winter; summer time winds are pretty light here.

South of the headland, you’ve got Amado, whose chaotic breaks are usually too much to kite in during the southwesterlies, but it can make for a fun little playground when the northerlies blow strong enough during the winter months.

Faro

Portugal’s southerly city, Faro, is home to a handful of kiteable beaches. The ones to take note of are Ilha da Barreta, Ilha de Culatra, Barrinha, and Ilha de Armona. Down these parts you can find a mix of flat water lagoons, waves, and moderate chop on the open ocean. By virtue of the beautiful island located just off the coast, this is an ideal place to get involved with a kite safari or a cruise on a catamaran.

When you’ve exhausted your time around these parts, head just half an hour east and you’ll hit Cabanas de Tavira, another popular Algarve kitesurfing destination thanks to its moderate winds and safe spacious beach area.

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Kiteboarding in the Red Sea, Egypt

The Best Kiteboarding Spots In Egypt

Egypt is one of the best year-round kite destinations in the world with amazing flat water conditions, consistent wind and warm weather. Just a short flight from most European countries, Egypt is the perfect kitesurfing holiday destination especially for Europeans.

 

 

Things to know before you go:

 

Best time to kitesurf in Egypt: The is wind the whole year in Egypt though it is most consistent over the summer months (April-October)

 

Average water temperature: The water temperature vary between 20 degrees C in the winter time up to 29 degrees C in the summertime.

 

Wetsuit recommendation: It is recommended to wear long wetsuits in the winter (December through to April), short wetsuits in Spring and Autumn (May and June/September and October) and a bikini or board shorts and lycra in the summertime (July and August).

 

Wind type: Wind speed vary throughout the year. 3 kite sizes are recommended for getting the best out of your trip.

 

Water conditions: Egypt is filled with amazing flat water lagoons and some small waves.

 

Top tips for beginners: Egypt is an amazing destination for beginners filled with shallow and flat water lagoons. Including Soma Bay, El Gouna, Safaga, Wadi Lahami, Dahab and Blue Lagoon.

 

 

El Gouna

 

El Gouna is located just 30 minutes north of the Hurghada airport with a variety of luxurious hotels, golf courses, bars, restaurants and a newly built cable park. The spot seems as though it’s made for kiteboarding with a huge, flat water, turquoise lagoon and constant, year round winds to top it all off.

 

The small, charming city is easy to get around. Jump on a TukTuk (taxi) and head anywhere downtown for as little as 0.75 euros. Head out to the Marina or Downtown for a guaranteed fun night out and enjoy other daily activities such as diving, snorkelling, SUPing, hiking in the desert mountains, riding at the cable park or join a quad safari. If you are looking for a fun, active and social holiday, El Gouna is the perfect destination for you!

 

 

Soma Bay

 

Soma Bay is located 30 minutes south of the Hurghada airport offering world class flat water conditions and less crowded beaches than other areas on the coast. Soma Bay offers an amazing combination of diving and kiting with not only great wind but incredible sea life under the water.

 

Shopping and nightlife are limited in Soma Bay but each hotel has its own restaurant. There is a free shuttle bus that runs between all the hotels and the kitehouse about every 30 minutes. Other activities include SUP, wakeboarding, diving and snorkelling, volleyball, slacklining, golf and tennis. Soma Bay is the perfect destination for tons of kiting, diving and just chilling out!

 

 

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Safaga

 

Safaga is another 20 minutes south of Soma Bay and has been voted one of the best kitesurfing spots in Egypt. The spacious sandy beaches and bright turquoise waters surrounded by barren desert make it a unique and beautiful kiteboarding destination. Join in on an excursion to Tobia Island, only 3.5 km offshore for a unique and beautiful kitesurf experience.

 

Safaga is another amazing dive and snorkeling spot. Nightlife, restaurants and other activities are limited here.

 

 

Wadi Lahami

 

Wadi Lahami is located 393km south of Hurghada airport and 180km south of the Marsa Alam Airport. This destination is much more secluded than the spots in Hurghada and the surrounding area. Wadi Lahami is well off the beaten track and is ideal for nature lovers and divers. The offshore reefs are some of the most pristine and lively reefs in the world with incredible colours and amazing wildlife including dolphins, reef sharks and turtles.

 

The kite spot is wide open and uncrowded. The lagoon offers amazing flat water conditions perfect for beginners and freestylers. Beyond the lagoon the water remains flat until the reef where small waves begin to form.

 

 

Dahab

 

Dahab is located among the mountainous peaks of the South Sinai desert offering incredible kitesurfing conditions for beginner-advanced riders. The wind blows the entire year with the most reliable winds through the summer (March-November). Head into Masbat, only about 3km away from the lagoon area accessible by taxi, to find a variety to restaurants and bars.

 

Enjoy incredible diving and snorkeling, horse riding, camel safaris, sand boarding, quad biking, wake boarding, SUPing and more. Don’t miss out an unforgettable hike up Moses mountain for sunrise or wander through the beautiful canyons. Dahab has a magical energy which is why it is a popular destination for yoga and wellness classes.

 

Flat water kiteboarding in Egypt

Amazing flat water conditions in Egypt

 

 

Blue Lagoon- Sinai Peninsula

 

Blue Lagoon is a beautiful, wind filled lagoon just north of Dahab. The unique location offers incredible views where the turquoise water meets the mountains on the Sinai Peninsula. The lagoon is perfect for beginners with shallow and flat water on low tide. On high tide the water in the lagoon becomes deep. The lagoon opens up into the ocean with a small wave that forms at the tip of the spit. Just 2km north is Habibi Beach where strong wind can form a decent size wave. From here try an amazing downwinder back to the bays only hotel.

 

Explore the small town of El Tur, an authentic Middle Eastern town with few tourists. Take a day trip to Cairo, check out the 1500 year old St Catherine’s Monestary or head to Ras Mohammed National Park, world famous for it’s incredible dive and snorkel spots.

 

 

Other Activities

 

Egypt is one of the world’s oldest civilizations with the longest recorded history of any country. There are a variety of tours and excursions available that will take you into the interior to explore the magnificent monuments, pharaoh tombs and breathtaking ancient Egyptian culture.

 

Alternate activities differ from spot to spot though common activities include SUPing, kayaking, snorkeling and diving.

 

 

Kite Cruises in Egypt

 

What better way to explore the different kite spots among the Red Sea than on a kite cruise? Sail far from civilization and escape the busy beaches. Charter your own private sailing yacht or join in on a motor yacht as you travel to deserted islands and amazing kite spots along the coast.

 

Egypt is a must-see kiteboarding destination with amazing conditions for all levels of riders and incredible sights to see!

 

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Kitesurfing Lefkada Greece

Kitesurf The Windy Archipelago of Greece

Greece in its essence is a truly special country with plenty of sun, fun and awesome kiteboarding conditions spread across an archipelago of 6000 islands. Once you touch base on one of the islands, it feels as if Greece manages to take you back to what life was over 1000 years ago. The volcanic backdrops, remarkable vegetation, long siesta , the simplicity of life combined with its strong long hours of wind promises you a kiteboarding experience you would want to repeat over and over again.

 

Below are the top 5 reasons why Greece should be your next kitesurfing bucket list.

 

 

Kiteboarding conditions in Greece

 

When planning a kitesurf holiday in Greece, the highlight months are from beginning of June – mid September. The Meltemi winds blow between July – August, during this period the wind is fairly strong and covers most islands of the Aegean sea as well Eastern coast of the mainland’s. Specifically, May, June, September, and October are months with the thermal wind. During these months there is bigger chance of swell formation but as well severe weather changes.

 

 

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Kitesurf heaven

 

Greece is a heaven for watersport enthusiast, characterized by its endless long white sandy beach, breathtaking blue colored water and the home of consistent winds. With rideable wind eight months of the year, Greece is one of Europe’s top kitesurfing destinations due to the versatility every spot has to offer in preference to the riders ability.

 

If you are in your beginning chapter of kiteboarding and seek to practice in a safe bay, steady wind, huge flat water with some little chops to practice your pops places like Lefkadi, Keros or Marmari & Pentali islands are great options to go to.  

 

On the flip side, for the advanced riders out there who seek to nail super nice maneuvers on butter flat water to get your handle pass, unhook tricks, big jumps on point whilst having fun around kickers destinations such as Lefkada, Rhodos and Paros are awesome kiteboarding spots to test out your new tricks.

 

Let’s not forget about the wanderlust riders, the freeriders who are all about the journey and in the search of undiscovered kiteboarding spots. You best option is either kite and stay on one of the many enchanted island as mentioned above or experience a cruise on a catamaran or traditional greek motor sailor in destination such as Cycladic Islands, Lefkada, the Pentali Islands or the Dodecanese Islands. – yes, Greece has it all!

 

 

Multi-faced culture

 

Once you hit the land you shall witness the strong culture and ancient history of Greece, in fact it is seen as The Cradle of Western Civilization.  The culture of Greece has evolved over thousands of years with powerful influence on Roman Empire, combined with impact by Persian Empire, Frankish states, Ottoman Empire, British Empire to name a few. All of which that shaped the modern foundation of Western culture  today.

 

If there is no wind, explore a list long historical & archaeological sites around the country but also other outdoor activities such as snorkeling, hiking, biking, horse riding etc. Due to its widespread history, the country has enough cultural events all year around. Festival with music concerts, theater performance on an ancient ruin amphitheater, seasonal food festivals are all to be discovered during your kiteboarding holiday.

 

There is so many hidden kiteboarding paradises in Greece, once you have explored one island it’s always a good option to discover the next one as each spots/ island has its own authentic characteristic.

 

 

Kiteboarding Islands Greece

 

 

Raw nature and pleasant climate

 

The climate of Greece is Mediterranean with summers that are usually hot and dry. If no wind, it is better to stay away from the sun and enjoy a nice cocktail or Greek frappe on one of the sandy white beaches of Greece. The locals love their beach, which means the country offers plenty of cute and artistic beach lounge all over the islands. The Greek beaches are absolutely stunning and do look like the poster you would come across in the magazines. Pristine white sandy beaches, dry palm trees over the sun beds, and azure blue sky that takes you to a forever summer mood.

 

 

 

Local flavors and nice people

 

What makes Greek food so tasty is the fact that many of the ingredients are homegrown. Depending on the season, most Greek chef will cook what nature has to offer. Basic ingredients such as feta, olive oil, tahini paste, rosemary, basilicum etc all originate from the soils of Greece.

 

After your kiteboarding session expects homegrown products ready to be enjoyed in a romantic setting. Delicious food of fresh grilled sardines dashed with fresh coriander and squeezed lemon, bread baked olives, honey paste cheese sprinkled over sesame seed accompanied by a traditional liquor to drink gracefully with the food.

 

Greeks love to celebrate life and that is evident in their daily life. The Greeks are very collective and cherish to socialize with others. Even though the country is facing some economic challenges, the people are so loving.

 

It is supposedly the raw nature, seemingly endless blue sea, home garden cuisine and promising good kite conditions for all levels that make Greece an absolute authentic kiteboarding experience that you should not miss.

 

 

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Kitesurfing in Brazil – Discover the Best Spots

Brazil’s Atlantic coast is a mecca for kitesurfers. It’s home to some of the world’s best kitesurfing spots – most of them catering to beginners and experienced kitesurfers alike. Sandy beaches, warm water, flat kiteboarding lagoons and plenty of wave fun are just some of the highlights this beautiful holiday destination has to offer. With more than six months of reliable strong winds pretty much every day all day it is perfect for kitesurfers in search of adventure or simply a relaxing holiday.

 

A true kiteboarding paradise

 

You will be able to kite on a daily basis with conditions that are perfect to progress your skills. Exotic nature, friendly people, and a distinctive relaxed vibe are just some of the things that make a stay on Brazil’s coast so special. So get your sunnies out and get ready for some quality time lounging in shorts or bikini as your standard attire for most of the trip.

 

kiteboarding in brazil

Kiting in Prea

 

 

How to get there

 

The best way to get to Brazil’s coast is to fly in via Fortaleza’s Pinto Martins Airport. From there it’s less than an hours drive to Cumbuco, quite likely the countries most famous kite spot. How’s that for convenience? If you plan to travel further up the coast it might be smart to factor in a nights stay in Cumbuco, which is known for its relaxed vibe.

 

The trip up to Jericoacoara will take you five to eight hours – depending on your choice of transport – and can easily be done by bus or rental car. If going by rental car you’re best off opting for a 4×4. Transportation, in general, is easy in Brazil. Taxis are everywhere and busses are a cheap travel option as well.

 

Even though still cheaper than North America or parts of Europe and rather affordable for Westerners, Brazil has become South America’s most expensive country. Brazil’s currency is the Real. In the bigger cities, ATMs are the best way to get hold of some cash on arrival and it’s always good to have some cash reserves on you once you get to more remote places.

 

 

Getting around

 

Even though busses are a good option to get from city to city the more remote kite spots on the coast are usually not that well connected by public transport. So if you like your independence it makes sense to rent a 4×4 or even hire a driver to escort you along your downwinders, especially as passing rivers and driving in deep sand can be quite challenging. Your local kite school or pousada will be more than happy to help.

 

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Experience perfect kite conditions

 

Mostly sandy and free of rocky cliffs Brazil’s coast makes for perfect kite conditions and never-ending downwinders. The wind direction varies from side-off to sideshore to side-on depending on where you go. Main kite season is between August and January when the trade winds are in our favor and blow steadily all day long almost every day.

 

You can leave the big kites at home – at Cumbuco at most times the lighter ladies will be fine with a 7 and you’ll see the guys sporting a 9. The further west you go, the smaller the kites usually get as the massive dunes heat up and create additional thermic effects. Also, be assured that you won’t need a wetsuit. Weather and water are warm and inviting so you can enjoy your kite sessions wearing only shorts and a lycra to protect you from the sun as you’ll quite likely be out all day.

 

 

kiteboarding in brazil spots

 

 

Something for everyone

 

Small lagoons and river deltas can be found all along Ceara’s coast and make for great flat water kiteboarding conditions. Some of the largest flat water areas can be found in Ilha do Guajiru and Barra Grande which hardly ever get crowded. Of course, there are also some nice lagoons closer to popular spots like Cauipe right next to Cumbuco. If your passion is more in the waves there are plenty to play with as well. Taiba is known for a nice swell. Almost as varied as the riding conditions is the offered accommodation. While you will find nice hotels and kite villages of all sizes and standards along the shore a lot of kitesurfers opt for a stay in a pousada, a typical Brazilian guest house which often offers local cuisine as well.

 

 

Off the beaten track

 

If you’re up for even less crowded flatwater spots with more moderate winds, then you may want to head south from Fortaleza. Here you’ll find your very own paradise visiting places like Barra Nova, Parajuru, Macau, Galinhos, Sao Miguel do Gostoso or Tibau do Sul. Just keep in mind, that the further south you go, the more the likeliness of an occasional day without wind will increase. That being said, during the main season the wind statistics still remain on par with many other top spots in the world.

 

Even the very south of Brazil between Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre has its share of awesome spots for kitesurfing (e.g. Ilhabela, Ibiraquera, Campeche) but the wind stats can’t match the kite heaven in the north. Still, if you happen to be passing through it’s definitely worth a trip to the beach.

 

 

A trip to remember

 

A kiteboarding trip to Brazil ain’t complete without a downwinder experience. Given the steady sideshore winds, it’s the natural thing to do and there is a wide variety of trips on offer if you want to go further than just a day trip to the next village. If you have enough time and feel confident in your fitness and riding skills you can start as low as Barra Nova and have a guide take you all the way up past Cumbuco and Jericoacoara to Atkins which covers a distance of more than 600 km. It’s a nature experience you’ll never forget, feeling one with the ocean and its steady movements even though you’ve long touched shore.

 

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Kitesurfing in Mexico – The Kiteboarders Dream!

Mexico has always been a popular vacation destination for Americans, Canadians and Europeans escaping the cold winters. Kitesurfing is becoming a more and more popular sport throughout the world allowing people to travel with a purpose and as part of a community. Being warm, sunny and windy, Mexico is becoming a top destination for kiteboarding holidays.

 

Join a camp, take some lessons or simply stay in a beautiful beachfront accommodation and enjoy a week or two of kiteboarding in paradise. The coast of Mexico is large with many amazing spots to explore and enjoy. Here are a few worth mentioning:

 

 

 

Best flat water spots

 

 

 

Isla Blanca

 

Isla Blanca is the best flatwater spot and one of the most popular kiteboarding destinations in Mexico, located 45 mins north of Cancun. The saltwater lagoon stretches 10 miles with knee-waist deep water offering amazing flatwater conditions in any wind direction. The lagoon is full of freestyle riders working on their tricks and is perfect for beginners. The season lasts from November until June. The lagoon is a nature reserve filled with flamingos, pelicans and other exotic birds and animals.

 

Choose from a variety of accommodation options including B&B, camping or a 5 star hotel. Take lessons from a local kite school and relax in the evenings around a campfire with other kiters from around the world.

 

 

 

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Isla Holbox

 

Isla Holbox is a 12km long by 1.5km wide sandbar island off the north coast of Yucatan accessible by ferry from Chiquila. The season runs from November-May with super flat water which can become choppy when the strong north winds blow. The island is small, mostly known for fishing is separated from the mainland by a lagoon home to many species of exotic birds.

 

A great place for a relaxing kite holiday, beginner lessons and packages available here.

 

 

 

El Cuyo

 

El Cuyo is a small fishing village located about 2 hours northeast of Cancun, with flat shallow waters great for learning. As the wind picks up the water can become choppy/wavy. The season goes from February-July with winds ranging between 15-25 knots.

 

 

 

Best wave spots for kiteboarding

 

 

 

Tulum

 

Tulum is also located on the Yucatan Peninsula about 2 hours south of Cancun. About 800m offshore is a reef creating a great surfing spot with waves up to 5m. Between the reef and shore is flat/choppy water depending on the wind speed. The best season to visit Tulum is December-May. Depending on the wind direction, downwinders are possible and an amazing way to enjoy the waves.

 

Join in on a kite camp as a beginner or advanced rider with boat assisted downwinders, progression sessions in freestyle or wave riding or beginner private lessons. Alternatively stay in beachfront accommodations and enjoy a relaxing independent holiday.

 

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Los Barriles

 

Los Barriles is located about 1 hour south of La Ventana on the Baja California Sur. It is home to one of the best wave breaks on the west coast of America. The wave is a short break meaning it is a sandy bottom making it a safe place to learn and progress in wave riding. The season is from November-March, a perfect compliment to the North American season.

 

This is a great opportunity to sign up for a week-long wave camp to learn how to safely and confidently ride waves and improve your riding skills. Get real-time feedback with two-way radio helmets and boat assisted sessions.

 

 

 

kiteboarding mexico the best spots

 

 

Best places for learning and Beginner Riders

 

 

La Ventana

 

La Ventana is located in the south of the Baja California Sur. The L-shaped bay with side on shore winds make it a safe place for learning as no matter what happens you are always blown back to the beach. The water is flat/choppy depending on the wind speed, perfect for learning with multiple schools to choose from. The season lasts from November-March and is a popular destination for Canadians and Americans who drive down for the winter.

 

Sign up for a kite a yoga camp, a perfect combination of action, adventure, relaxation and stretching or lodge in a 5 star beachfront accommodation and enjoy an amazing kiteboarding holiday.

 

 

Isla Blanca

 

Isla Blanca is also a great location to learn kiteboarding because of the flat and shallow water. The lagoon has lots of space to practice away from other kiters and it suitable for riding in any wind direction. Schools in other locations such as Playa del Carmen bring their students to Isla Blanca when the winds get too strong because the water stays flat/choppy no matter what the wind speed, waves never form.

 

Choose from a variety of kite schools and learning packages. Relax and unwind in the evenings and enjoy the peace and quiet of Isla Blanca.

 

 

Best nightlife and party

 

Mexico, Cancun, in particular, is known for its parties and nightlife though not all of Mexico lives up to that reputation. Spots such as La Ventana, Los Barriles, and Isla Holbox are peaceful, secluded locations with not much nightlife but great for a relaxing holiday. Playa del Carmen is a great place for party goers with the bars and nightclubs just one block back from the beach. Kite all day and party all night. Since Isla Blanca is only 45 mins from Cancun, staying in the Cancun hotel zone could be a good choice for a party holiday.

 

 

Adventure and explore

 

The Yucatan Peninsula is full of adventure and places to explore. Join a SUP tour, swim in a cenote (an underwater river/cave), visit Mayan ruins, explore the sea life on a dive or snorkel, swim with the whale sharks on Isla Holbox or visit the pink lakes of Los Coloradas. If you are visiting La Ventana or Las Barriles, go on a mountain bike tour, try surfing in El Cerrito, swim with the whale sharks in La Paz or take a yoga class at one of the local hotels.

 

 

 

Other spots:

 

There are many more kitesurfing spots other than those listed above. On the Pacific coast, you have a kite in La Ventosa, San Carlos, Puerto Vallarta and Bucerias. Spots along the Gulf Coast include Costa Esmeralda and Tampico. Playa del Carmen and El Cuyo are spots in Yucatan along with Isla Blanca and Tulum.

 

Keep Mexico in mind for your next kiteboarding holiday, especially for those who dread the winter!

 

 

 

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A Practical Guide to Kitesurfing in Sri Lanka

Even for the most die-hard kiteboarders, taking a trip to Sri Lanka is as much about appreciating the beautiful surroundings and vibrant culture as it is about making the most of the incredible kitesurfing conditions.

 

Sri Lanka’s tangled green jungles, rolling hills, and colourful (although quite chaotic) city life give the country a charm that’s hard to resist; and although the nation has been out of civil war for less than a decade, you’ll find the people are kind and welcoming to visitors, and the day-to-day lifestyle one of peace and happiness.

 

Northwest Sri Lanka, in particular, holds a special place in the hearts of the traveling kitesurf tribe thanks to its strong wind and legendary flat water lagoons. Indeed, Kalpitiya is the main hub of kiteboarding in Sri Lanka, but in reality there’s many more places to fly your kite in this beautiful, intriguing island nation.

 

Let’s take a look at some of the essential info you should know about kitesurfing in Sri Lanka, then we’ll go into more detail about the best spots to ride.

 

Best time to kitesurf in Sri Lanka: There are two windy seasons, though the main kitesurfing season in Sri Lanka runs from mid-May until the end of September. The winter season runs from December until mid-February/early March, although wind is somewhat less consistent during this period.

 

Average water temperature: During the high season, water temperatures average at 29 degrees Celsius.

 

Wetsuit recommendation: During the high season, you won’t need a wetsuit. Board shorts, bikinis, or a light rash vest and shorts will be enough.

 

Tips for beginners: Kalpitiya is the main teaching hub in Sri Lanka, but the lagoon here is often crowded and the water can be dangerously shallow in parts. If you’re going to be kiting here, note that the wind builds in strength throughout the day, meaning most riders will head out in the afternoon. Beginners may find it more manageable to work on their riding skills earlier on in the day when it’s slightly lighter and less crowded. Alternatively, head down to Kappalady where there’s usually less people and the water is waist deep throughout.

 

 

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Top spots for kitesurfing in Sri Lanka

 

Kalpitiya

 

This is widely considered to be the “main” kitesurfing spot in Sri Lanka. Kalpitiya, as well as being the name of the town, is the name of the famous kitesurfing lagoon. With quite shallow, flat water and strong wind, it’s a favourite spot for free riders, wake style kiters, as well as beginners (just watch out for the very shallow areas!). The wind during the high season blows strong- 25 knots average- and can become quite gusty. With close to a dozen schools set up on the edges of the lagoon, this is the easiest place to find lessons and kitesurfing camps in Sri Lanka.

 

 

Kappalady

 

Kappalady Lagoon is located just 16 kilometers south of Kalpitiya. The water inside the lagoon is perfectly flat and waist deep, which makes it a comfortable spot for beginners to learn. Wind-wise, it’s similar to Kalpitiya- although arguably somewhat less gusty since its direction of exposure isn’t obstructed by anything big. Kiteboarding at Kappalady is fun as part of a downwinder from Kalpitiya or as a day trip on its own.

 

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The kiteboarding tribe at Kappalady Lagoon

 

 

Mannar

 

This is Sri Lanka’s new dream spot to ride. It’s an island off the northwest coast, one that’s part of a larger archipelago that sits in between Sri Lanka and mainland India. The real magic of this place is Adam’s Bridge, an underwater limestone shoal that trails between the two mainlands. Since the water is crystal clear (and the wind is strong and perfectly stable all around the area) you can kite along the shoal and see it glimmering below you. There’s close to 20 square kilometers of kiteable area here, so you can be sure there’s plenty to see and explore.

 

Vella Island

 

A half hour’s drive and a one hour boat trip up the coast from Kalpitiya, Vella Island is a crowd favourite when it comes to downwinders and day trips. Although it’s fairly out of the way, the journey is definitely worth the effort. Winds are stable and the water is beautifully flat. There’s an easy-to-access launch point on the island (which is the start of a great downwind route); just be aware that it’s an active fishing beach so there are often sharp pieces of bones and such on the beach. Be careful with your kite, and wear booties to protect your feet.

 

 

Arugam Bay

 

On the complete opposite side of Sri Lanka, Arugam Bay is a spot best known best for its surf conditions. However, when the wind is right, it’s also a fantastic place to enjoy some wave riding on your kite. There are a handful of kiteable beaches along the bay, the problem is that the wind blows slightly offshore at a lot of them. The best place to head for is The Point, where the wind blows crosshore. There’s a reef a couple hundred meters outside which creates beautiful clean waves that break for 200-300 meters. It’s not the friendliest spot for beginners, but for intermediate riders and wave lovers, this is the place to be.

 

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The Ultimate Guide to Kitesurfing in Italy

Why kiteboard in Italy?

 

Italy offers a diverse landscape and variety of kiteboarding conditions. You can kitesurf amid the Italian Alps or head south to Sicily and ride in Mediterranean paradise. Each kitesurf spot has a unique ambiance and it’s possible to kitesurf a large variety of places on a single trip. Many spots have consistent wind that are thermal based – rather than storm based and gusty like you often see in northern Europe.

 

Best of all, you can say “Buon Appetito!” in between kitesurf sessions as Italy is obviously the world’s capital of scrumptious wine and pasta-based dishes that vary from one region to the next.

 

Kitesurf camps tend to range from budget backpacker style to luxury retreats. There are plenty of places to take lessons or simply relax for a holiday of nonstop kiting among friends. If you just want to rent gear or brush up on a single lesson, there are plenty of opportunities to do that, too.

 

Best of all, after a long day out on the water, you’ll be able to refuel on delicious Italian fare available at many of the best kitesurfing destinations.

 

In this guide, we’ll cover the best regions to go kiteboarding in Italy and the essentials that you need to know.

 

The best time to kitesurf in Italy: March to October. June to August tend to be high season for tourism and might have to dodge swimmers.

 

Average water temperature: 13˚C – 24˚C.

 

Wetsuit recommendation: 3/2mm in winter, 2mm to swimsuit or boardshorts in summer.

 

Wind type: Typically thermal winds from spring and summer, storm winds in autumn and winter. Dependent on specific kitesurf spot.


What beginners need to know: Italy is a great kitesurfing destination for beginners. There are plenty of spots that are shallow, have flat water, and wide, sandy beaches ideal for launching and landing. Some spots to consider include La Stagnone, Porto Pino, and Porto Pollo.

 

 

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The best regions for kitesurfing in Italy

 

 

Sardinia

 

It’s hard to believe that so many stellar kitesurfing spots can exist on the coastline of such a small island. Sardinia is a top kiteboarding destination from beginners to advanced kitesurfers. Freestyle kitesurfers will love the flatwater spots of Porto Pino, Porto Pollo, and Badesi. Beginners have a vast choice of kitesurfing schools to choose from. There are also a few small wave spots for those with a surfboard in tow. Sardinia is also one of the only places where you can go on a kitesurfing cruise as some of the best kitesurfing spots are only accessible by boat.

 

Out of the water, you can trek through the rolling hills or sample local dishes at the many mom-and-pop restaurants throughout the island.

 

 

 

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Sicily

 

Sicily is a large island near the toe of Italy’s boot. Here, you’ll be able to access what’s arguably the best kiteboard spot in all of Italy – Lo Stagnone, a large flatwater lagoon. If you want to venture off the beaten path, make your way to the handful of alternative spots that surround Sicily. If going on a kitesurfing cruise is on your bucket list, you’ll be able to do that around Sicily as well. A yacht will take you around the Egadi Islands and can adapt to the wind direction for nonstop kiting.  No matter if you’re looking for a lively crowd and vibrant atmosphere or stretch of coastline all to yourself, you’ll be able to find it in Sicily.

 

 

 

Lake Garda and Como Lake (Lombardy Region)

 

When people think of kitesurfing in Italy, they typically imagine white sand beaches on the Mediterranean coast. However, Lake Garda and Como Lake set among the Italian Alps offer freshwater kiteboarding over flat water with consistent wind howling nearly every day. You can launch your kite from a boat right in the middle of the lake – an experience most of us rarely have.

 

 

 

Tuscany

 

Many travelers make their way to Tuscany because of its history. Tuscany is one of the only destinations in the world where you can kitesurf in front of ancient Roman ruins at one beach and check into a modern luxury resort at the next. Tuscany typically has consistent thermal winds and medium-sized beaches that border intriguing towns. It’s worthwhile spending time exploring Talamone, Vada, and Marina di Grosseto. Fiumara in particular is a popular spot every day that the seabreeze kicks in (like clockwork). If you want waves, opt for Calambrone.

 

 

 

Puglia

 

Puglia includes the heel of Italy’s boot, bordering the Adriatic Sea. Most of the beaches along this stretch of coastline are pristine and are lined with whitewashed architecture. Many of the spots are well-known among locals, but rarely visited by outsiders (though you will find a few kitesurf schools throughout). The most popular kiteboarding spots are Frassanito, Alimini, Spiaggia Lunga, Torre San Giovanni, and La Strea.

 

 

 

Veneto

 

If you’re on a short trip or if it’s your first time to Italy, you’ll probably spend some time in Venice. While Veneto isn’t a top kitesurfing region in itself, there are some worthwhile kitesurf spots that make a great day trip from Venice. Sottomarina to the south of Venice and Carole to the north both are decent beaches that will help you get your kitesurfing fix when the wind is up.

 

 

 

Calabria

 

Calabria encompasses the toe of Italy’s fine boot and borders the island of Sicily. Since the tip of this region is so narrow, you can easily cross from one side to the other in search of better kitesurfing conditions. Calabria is home to some of the most lively kitesurf areas like Hang Loose Beach (officially called Gizzeria), Pellaro, and Steccato. It’s the best region to kiteboard if you love the typical resort lifestyle, thriving nightlife, and beautiful beaches.

 

 

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Complete Guide to Kitesurfing in Costa Rica

Famed for its stunning natural landscape, diverse wildlife, delicious fresh food, and laidback lifestyle, Costa Rica is an adventure traveler’s dream.

Sharing borders with both Nicaragua and Panama, this sliver of tropical paradise is filled with lush jungle, soaring mountains, wild national parks, and rich marine life.

As if that wasn’t enough to have us packing our bags already, Costa Rica tempts us even further with its long kiteboarding season that brings strong, reliable winds virtually every day from November onwards- perfect for kitesurfers looking to escape the cold winter months in their home country.

Season and Conditions

Costa Rica enjoys a long season with strong, consistent wind and a mix of water conditions to suit every level and style of kitesurfer.

The western coast is exposed to the Pacific Ocean, which is where you’ll find the best kitesurfing in Costa Rica. The other side, which faces the Caribbean Sea, is less developed in terms of its kiteboarding facilities (though if you’re willing to do some solo exploration, there are a handful of potential spots).

The main season runs from November to May and peaks between December and March. During this time, Costa Rica’ main kite spots enjoy daily wind that blows 18-23 knots on average- though it’s not uncommon for the hotspots to get in excess of 25 knots on certain days.

By virtue of Costa Rica’s warm, tropical climate, you most likely won’t need to wear a wetsuit at any time of the year. That being said, some people do still choose to wear a shorty when the wind chill kicks in.

Equipment to Bring

During the high season, the most common kite size is 8m for average weight riders. Check the forecast for the time of your trip; if it’s looking like a high wind week, you might consider bringing a smaller size as well.

Board-wise, you have a range of options depending on your riding style. There are plenty of flat water spots, ideal for twin tip freeriding and wakestyle, as well as some clean reef breaks which call for surfboards.

If you’re prone to feeling the cold, you may want to consider bringing a shorty- but in general, you won’t need a wetsuit. However, booties are recommended since a couple of the main kite beaches have some sharp rocks and broken coral. If you don’t have your own, they’re available to rent from the local facilities.

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Top Costa Rica Kite Spots:

Bahia Salinas (Salinas Bay)

Generally considered to be the most popular of the Costa Rica kite spots, Salinas Bay sits on the northwest coast right next to the Nicaraguan border. The large, crescent shaped bay is sheltered from the open sea by an outer reef, which keeps the conditions inside the bay relatively calm. That being said, the strong winds here can often be quite gusty. Beginners might find it more enjoyable to wait until the stable, lighter wind kicks in during the afternoon.

The interior lagoon is mostly flat, with some small, gentle waves- though it can become choppy when the wind picks up. At the back of the lagoon, you’ll find some small, clean waves forming off the edges of the reef- perfect for beginner and intermediate wave riders looking to test their skills. The beach is made up of a mixture of sand, rocks, and pieces of coral, so booties are recommended.

There are several separate beaches within the Bahia Salinas area, including the popular Playa Papaturro, Playa Coyotera, and Playa Copal, where local kite schools can be found. Throughout the bay, there are a number of kiteboarding clubs with all the facilities you could ever need when it comes to equipment rental and kitesurfing lessons in Costa Rica.

Complete your kitesurfing experience in Salinas Bay by staying in the dedicated kite villa nearby. Choose between staying in a dorm or private room inside a shared villa (with its own private pool!) along with like minded kiters and travelers. Alternatively, those looking for something a little more intimate should check out the nearby resort, hidden away in stunning natural surroundings.

Lake Arenal

Just 2 hours inland from Salinas Bay, Lake Arenal offers a whole other perspective on Costa Rica’s kitesurfing scene. Lake Arenal is the largest lake in the country, and during the high season experiences strong, but often gusty, winds of 25 knots on average.

The wind is so reliable, that it’s actually considered to be one of the best kitesurfing lakes in the world. On top of that, the surrounding views are sure to impress: on one side there’s an impressive volcano, and on the other side there’s thick, wild jungle.

The northernmost side of the lake, home of popular kite spots Tico and Tilawa, gets the best wind (which can blow 24/7 during certain periods in the high season). Water-wise, it’s mostly flat with some easy, gentle waves that don’t break; suitable for beginner, intermediate, and advanced riders alike.

There are a handful of on-site kite facilities, and it’s also a common tour stop for kite clubs from other areas of Costa Rica.

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Malpaís and Santa Teresa

Set into the southern coastline, these twin villages are known for their incredible surf conditions- but catch it on a day when the wind blows just right, and this little stretch of the southern coast turns into a kiter’s paradise. From January to April it’s common for these beaches to get 15-20 knots of clean cross onshore wind.

For those of you who surf as well as kite, this is an ideal place to bring both your surfboard and your kite gear so that you can make the most of the conditions- no matter what they are.

The villages themselves are small and quaint, though Saint Teresa in particular is growing fast. Nowadays, there are plenty of guesthouses, restaurants, internet cafes, and of course- watersports centers.

Popular kiteable beaches along this area include Playa El Carmen, Playa Hermosa, Playa Santa Teresa, and Malpaís. Saint Teresa is arguably the best-equipped of all when it comes to kite facilities. There are a handful of kite schools there that offer lessons, rentals, and tours to the nearby spots.

Playa Pavones

The most southerly kitesurfing spot in Costa Rica, Playa Pavones is best known for its surfing- in fact, it’s rumoured to have one of the longest left breaks in the world. Most of the time, the offshore wind is more suited to surfing than kiting, but occasionally the direction shifts and it works for kitesurfing too. If you get lucky, you might end up being one of the few kites on the water.

Puerto Caldera

Less than an hour’s drive from San Jose, Puerto Caldera is a popular beach for tourists looking to escape the swelter of the city. During the season, Puerto Caldera sometimes receives some late morning breeze which can easily end up building to 15-20 knots.

Though the beach itself is quite busy and the location certainly doesn’t rival the main kiteboarding spots in Costa Rica, it is a good choice for those who are desperate to squeeze in a session before flying out of San Jose.

Getting there:

Costa Rica’s main international airport, the International Airport Juan Santamaria (SJO), is a 5-hour drive away from the most popular kiteboarding spot- Salinas Bay. The public transport system is relatively good, so no matter which spot you’re headed for you should be able to connect from San Jose quite easily by bus.

However, if you’re headed for Salinas Bay, you may be better off flying into the International Airport Daniel Oduber Quiros (LIR) in Liberia which is just over an hour away from the spot.

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The 5 Best Kitesurfing Spots in Italy

With over 7,600 kilometers of coastline, Italy is a destination that can easily seem like a kiteboarder’s dream. We’re obsessed with finding the best kitesurfing spots in Italy. In this guide, we’ll share the best kitesurf spots for every type of kiteboarder no matter if you’re just learning or are already an expert.

 

 

Lo Stagnone (Sicily)

 

If you’re wanting a kitesurfing spot that’s great all-around and offers consistent wind, Lo Stagnone makes a great choice. With over 300 days of wind per year, you’ll enjoy kitesurfing on this spacious, shallow, flatwater lagoon no matter what your ability level is. Lo Stagnone is also home to a vibrant kitesurfing community with a variety of kite schools and accommodation options.

 

Best wind: March to November

 

 

Gizzeria Lido (Calabria)

 

Gizzeria Lido is also affectionately called “Hang Loose Beach,” and you’ll understand why as soon as you step onto its coarse sand. Here, kiteboarders will enjoy a laid-back and fun atmosphere with conditions that are perfect for all kitesurfers – from beginner to advanced. There is plenty of room to launch and land, and you’ll be able to kiteboard on flat to choppy water. You can expect constant wind that typically ranges from 11 to 20 knots with very few gusts.

 

While the high summer season (June and July) tends to be quite crowded, you can almost always find some space to yourself during the shoulder seasons.

 

Best wind: April to September

 

 

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Lake Garda (Lombardy)

 

Do not underestimate the appeal of kiteboarding at Lake Garda. Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy and is surrounded by the stunning Italian Alps. Thermal winds blow consistently across the flatwater lake, and the best kitesurfing spots are accessible by boat. Early risers will love the fact that there is consistent wind in the early morning. One of the local sayings is, “If you can see the sun, you can feel the wind.”

 

There are many kitesurfing schools and camps available to perfect your skills and befriend fellow kiteboarders. This spot is best for intermediate and advanced kitesurfers who are familiar with their equipment and can launch/land from a boat or very small beach. If you are a beginner, it’s best to go with a school who can offer more guidance.

 

Best wind: April to October

 

 

Porto Pollo (Sardinia)

 

Picture turquoise-clear waters, white sandy beaches, and a remoteness that makes you feel as though you’ve been stranded on a kitesurfer’s paradise. Porto Pollo is one of the top places to kiteboard in Italy not only because of its beauty but also because of its consistent wind. Porto Pollo is one of the windiest parts of the region, and there is an area reserved specifically for kitesurfers. Flatwater riders can kiteboard in the lagoon while those wanting waves can venture out into the sea. Port Pollo is likely one of the best spots to experience a true kitesurfing holiday in picture-perfect scenery.

 

Best wind: April to October

 

 

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Incredible kitesurfing conditions in Sardinia

 

Marina de Grosseto (Tuscany)

 

Marina de Grosseto is a kitesurfing haven in the Mediterranean. The area is largely reserved for windsurfers and kitesurfers only. The kite schools and venues make an effort to build their structures using local, natural materials to create an atmosphere that feels more adventurous than your typical kitesurfing hub. There are large launching and landing zones perfect for beginners, consistent northwest wind, and shallow flatwater.

 

Best wind: March to October

 

 

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Everything You Need to Know About Kitesurfing in Tarifa

Tarifa’s kitesurfing game is top notch; it’s one of those places where the kitesurfing lifestyle thrives as much as the sport itself. Thanks to its extremely reliable (and strong) year round wind, Tarifa is the stomping ground of many European pro riders who frequent the beaches to train during the blustery summer season, as well as novice and intermediate kiters who come to challenge themselves and progress in the most powerful conditions in Spain- if not in all of Europe.

 

On the beach, Tarifa’s azure waters and powdered sugar sand are the backdrop for hundreds of kites, while inside the town the winding, cobbled streets are bursting with people there to explore the quirky little bars and local tapas restaurants.

 

Its location at the most southerly point in Europe combined with its close proximity to Africa means that Tarifa enjoys a mixed bag in terms of its culture and influences. At its narrowest, the Strait of Gibraltar separate Tarifa from Morocco by just 14.5 kilometers!

 

To many, this is one of the most impressive things about Tarifa: the sweeping coastal views, the calm of the hilly countryside behind the town, and its vantage point that overlooks where the Atlantic meets the Mediterranean Sea- but for the kitesurf community, the best thing about Tarifa is definitely the wind.

 

Best time to kitesurf in Tarifa: Between April to October, although it’s possible to kitesurf here year round. Late spring to early autumn is ideal because the air temperature warms up then and the wind is consistent.

 

Average water temperature: 18-19 degrees Celsius

 

Wetsuit recommendation: In the summer you likely won’t need a wetsuit (you’ll probably be comfortable in rashy), but in the winter you’ll want a 3/4.

 

Tips for beginners: There are two wind directions in Tarifa that switch on and off at irregular intervals throughout the year. The first type of wind is called Poniente; if you’re a beginner this is the kind of wind you should be kiting in. It’s a warm, onshore wind that blows from the west/northwest and brings moderate chop and 15-25 knots.

 

The Levante is a cold, dense, off/cross-offshore wind that comes from the east/northeast and it’s much stronger and gustier, which makes it quite a bit harder to learn in (plus when you’re a beginner, offshore wind should be avoided at all costs). Keep an eye on the forecast close to the time as Tarifa’s wind forecasts change at the drop of a hat.

 

 

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Best spots for kitesurfing in Tarifa

 

Los Lances

 

Often considered the main kiteboarding hub in Tarifa, Los Lances is where you’ll find a lot of the kite schools and other water sports facilities. It’s a stretch of beach that goes on for close to 3 kilometers. The space is segregated based on where schools can operate and where independent kiteboarders can ride, making it one of the better organised kite beaches in all of Spain.

 

It’s easy to access from the road, has free water, toilets, and best of all they also have a rescue service called “Sea Angels”. Best to kite here with Poniente wind (cross onshore and small, very manageable breakers).

 

 

Valdevaqueros, Punta Paloma, and Las Dunas

 

Another great Poniente spot, this part of the beach just west of Tarifa itself is a perfect location for beginners and more advanced riders alike. The designated kiting area can get a bit busy during the peak summer months, but most of the time it’s a favourite for the locals because it works in more wind directions than some of the beaches closer to town. Plus, there are some great beach bars and burger joints down there- ideal for chilling out at after a big session.

 

Tarifa kitesurfing sunset

Catching the last of the rays in Tarifa

 

 

Palmones

 

30 kilometers up the eastern coast from Tarifa, Palmones is a spot to keep in mind when the Levante wind blows too hard at the usual spots (it can easily blow more than 40 knots with gusts even higher than that). Now, Palmones might not the most beautiful of spots since it’s surrounded by factories, but there’s a rare flat water lagoon here and a sandbar further out that creates some clean little waves when the tide is right. Plus there’s plenty of space on the water, so you can sometimes beat the downtown Tarifa crowds.

 

 

Balneario

 

This is where you’ll find the iconic pier that mad-hatters like Ruben Lenten jump over when the wind is super powered up (do not try this at home!). It’s easy to access since it’s one of the closest spots to the town, but it gets crowded pretty quickly since there isn’t a whole lot of space on the water. Between Balneario and Playa Chica around the corner, advanced riders can find some really beautiful conditions for practicing their freestyle- but because of the rocks and the (often) offshore wind, beginners shouldn’t even think about it.

 

 

Playa Caños de Meca

 

Located 70 kilometers up the coast from Tarifa, it’s quite a stretch to get to- especially if you’re tight on time. That said, if the wind is blowing offshore at all of your usual haunts it’s worth making the trip up to Los Caños for the stable side-shore wind. On days when there’s a decent swell, you can get some pretty nice wave riding, too.

 

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