Even if Yucatan is not very famous for kitsurfing during my 12 days stay on the peninsula in March I managed to kite every day exept one and i only missed that day it because i wss not expecting the wind picking up that much during the evening the sunset.
In this Blog I will speak about the following kitesurf Spots of the Zucatan peninsula:
- Kitsurfing in tulum.
- Kitesurfing in Si’an Ka’an biosphere.
- Kitesurfing on holbox island.
- Kitesurfing isla blanca
- Kitesurfing in Celestún thanks to kitesurfbarcleona.com
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Conditions for Kitesurfing in Yucatan:
During the december to march is dry and also wind season. Usually wind is around 12-18 kn and the dominant wind direction are north and south. With the north wind temperature drops and it can get relativly cold (cold enought to get the turist from the beach especially if its cloudy) . With north wind the wind can also be very strong and on 1 day on isla blanca I was riding my 6 m i (im around 75 kg) so probaly around 30 kn. I would really recomend you to bring a shorty as with strongrr north wind it gets quite cold.
If there is not really a forecast you can still hope for some wind on sunset and sunrise .
The are some spots situated on the estern side the caribean site and also on the golf. The cristal clear water and whity sand beaches are situted on the caribean while the golf is not offering this excellence although on the north of holbox island the beaches are super nice too.
Kitesurfing in tulum.
Most of the time we were spending in tulum as it is a super relaxed village on the carribean. We just loved tulum for the extreamly nice beach, laidback atmosphere, nice food and cocktails , party options on weekends , the maya ruins ( tulum and coba (the only ruins you can climb) and the incredible amount of nice cenotes in that area. So plenty of reasons to stey there relax and enjoy. The only problem in tulum and on the caribeam part of mexico is that accomodation is super expensive or super basic if you choose to just stay on the beach. A nice cottage with private bathroom and clean is minimum 80 eur during dry season and more during spring qnd other holidays. Thats why we choose to stay in tulum town in hotel casa rosa which has extremly clean and perfect king size beds for 400 pesos.
During the stay there was almost every day a light north forecast on winduru 10-15 knots. The model is the right one to look for. The wind gets much stronger jn the afternoon. The locals were all riging the kites in the afternoon and the wind always picked up with the sun going down sometimes to more then 20 kn after sunset. The good wind direction with north comes nice cross shore and there are defently super nice kickers and also little flat betwen the waves. The shorebreak can be though for beginners and the palm trees dramatically decrease the launching space.
Unfortunatly it was never blowing the whole day and i only got some shorter sessioms before the sun went down.
My prefered launch was around the stretch of hotel “villa las estrellas “Where two kitesurfing schools are located.
My tips for tulum:
Eating: corazones is a nice garden restaurant with good food and drinks. Nice to get a drink but almost only couples.
El camello. The local seafood restaurant amzing portions, prices and fresh seafood. Try octopus , sewitche and the fresh fish: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rest-y-Cocteleria-El-Camello-Jr-Tulum-Q-Roo/292269607452856
Do diving or guided snorkeling in dos ojos cenotes. Its amazing entering the caves and gloating in the cristal clear water
Clean nice hotel inexpensive . Hotal casa rosa.
Visit coba maya ruins and climb the piramis. See the nice forest on the arcelogical sight.
Go to punta allen to see delfines and turtels. If you have private car or motorbike stay on one of the deser beaches.
Go cenotes for diving or snorkeling
Fundive without padi at casa cenote. You can see big fish and the caves. Its like a big swimming pool with mangroves.
Kitesurfing in Si’an Ka’an Reserve which is next to Tulum:
Go kiting in the lagoon entrance for mirror flat water . Kitesurfing is not permited acording to local boatsman in the lagoon itself .
Kitesurfing on Holbox:
The island can only be reached by boat. Here the timetable of the ferry from 2013,:
holbox ferry timetable
For kiting the main beach in the village is quite boring as it’s very choppy and no waves, Instead the lagoon few kilometers upwind after the last houses of the village is really incredible. It’s best at a higher tide,
Top things to do on Holbox:
Discover the Island by kite or wal along the beach
Go to raices beach bar in the village to get awsome frsh fish:
See taxi fares prices to get to Holbox without private car or bus:
Go to cariocas to have incredible nice food in a real italian restaurant .
In Chelestun Town it’s possible to kite with nord wind. It’s quite stable wind that comes cross onshore. Watch out for the electricity cable, Water is quite choppy also, Best reason to go to Chelestun are the flamenco but watch out as the lagoon gets flooded with strong North wind there are only flew flamencos there (they can’t swim and do only walk or fly) ,
Kitesurf Isla Blanca,
This is Yucatan Most famous kite spot and it’s a peninsula besides the name and can be reached in a 15min drive from Cancun. You can find lots of inforation about the spot http://kiteboardmexico.com. All directions work great but with South you get mirror flat water in the lagoon. nly problem it’s not very deep and there is some coral and not only sand on the botom.