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 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 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 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 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.
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.
Best places for learning and Beginner Riders
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 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.
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!