Kitesurfing in Cancun Mexico
Cancun is a city on the Yucatan Peninsula bordering the Caribbean Sea. Cancun is a popular tourist destination known for its wild nightlife and all-inclusive resorts and for its university spring break parties. The beaches in Cancun itself are crowded with people and not suitable for kiteboarding, though there are numerous spots surrounding Cancun with amazing wind and kitesurfing conditions. Here is a list of spots accessible for kitesurfing near Cancun Mexico:
Isla Blanca: 45 mins North of Cancun
Isla Blanca is the most popular spot to kite from Cancun. The conditions are dreamy for freestyle riders with a 10 mile, flat water lagoon with knee to waist deep water. The wind blows from November- March around 20-25 knots. Isla Blanca is a nature reserve so the nightlife is non-existent, but for those wanting to party, Cancun is close by and lively every night. Lessons and accommodation are available here.
Isla Holbox: 2 hours Northwest of Cancun
Isla Holbox is 12km long and 1.5km wide accessible by ferry from Chiquila. The island is separated from the mainland by a lagoon home to flamingos and other exotic birds and animals. The best wind is from November-May. The water is mostly shallow and flat suitable for both beginners and advanced riders. Both lessons and accommodation are available on the island.
Progreso: 3.5 hours Northwest of Cancun
Progreso is one of the windiest places in Mexico with the strongest winds from November-March. The water is shallow until about 100m out with a small shorebreak with small waves and chop depending on the speed of the wind. The north wind can be strong which creates bigger waves. You can view dolphins, go snorkeling or diving and visit beautiful cenotes when the wind isn’t blowing. Lessons and accommodation are available here.
El Cuyo: 2 hours Northwest of Cancun
El Cuyo offers one of the longest seasons for kitesurfing around Cancun Mexico. The season goes from February- July with winds around 18-23 knots. The water is shallow with lots of open space and uncrowded beaches perfect for downwinders and for learning. The water is generally flat, but the strong north winds can bring choppy/wavy conditions. Lessons and accommodation are available here.
Playa del Carmen: 1.5 hours South of Cancun
December-May is the best time to visit Playa del Carmen and is of the most popular kite spots in the Mayan Riviera. This spot has been a stop for the PKRA and has crystal clear, flat water and a short break depending on the wind speed and direction. Accommodation and lessons are available here.
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Tulum: 2 hours South of Cancun
The best time to visit Tulum is December-May. With a reef 800m offshore this is an amazing wave riding spot with waves up to 5m. The reef shelters the area close to the beach from swell creating flat/choppy water making it also a great place for learning. The winds blow around 12-25 knots. There are accommodation and lessons available here.
Cozumel: 3 hours South of Cancun
Cozumel is an island just South of Cancun. The best time for kitesurfing is from December to May and the island is also popular for diving and fishing. There are great waves spots to visit for downwinders and lessons and accommodation available.
In general, the kitesurfing spots around Cancun Mexico are shallow with flat/choppy conditions. About every two weeks a strong wind blows from the North up to 30 knots for 2-3 days straight.
This can create very choppy conditions and big waves to almost all the spots along the coast. During the North wind days a shorty wetsuit is recommended because the air is cold but the rest of the time no wetsuit is needed. The conditions at the Isla Blanca lagoon are still great as the water stays shallow and flat/choppy even in the strongest winds.