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Kitesurfing in Colombia

A hidden gem of the Caribbean sea

Best time: December–April

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Colombia has vast sandy beaches, warm air, and water all year round and stunning nature, which makes it a perfect kiteboarding destination. The best time is between December and April as these months ensure stable winds of 25-30 knots. No wetsuits are needed to kitesurf in Colombia. Kiters can find here both waves and flat water: plenty of spots for riders of all levels. On the downside, there are not so many rentals or amenities for kitesurfers. Some small towns may not have electricity or running water. If you need to find a rental, your best option is Cartagena. The big port on the Caribbean coast also features several schools and kitesurfing spots, particularly on Playa la Boquilla.

If Cartagena is too busy for you, there are plenty of rural towns along Colombia's North coast with beautiful waves and beaches. Santa Veronica, for example, is located between Cartagena and Barranquilla. The large sandy beach and bay have spots with waves near Olas Inn and Casa Agua de Vela, as well as flat areas ideal for beginners. There is also a kite shop.

Cabo de la Vela is in Colombia’s extreme North, and you will need to find a taxi from Riohacha to get there. It has a fantastic shallow, flat water bay and wind all year round. While you are there, you can meet local indigenous people Wayuu. Besides, the northern locations Another decent kitesurfing spot is Lago Calima (Calima Lake), near Darién.

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When is the best time to go kitesurfing in Colombia?

The prime period for kitesurfing in Colombia is during the months from December to April. The steady winds range from 25 to 30 knots, and you won't need a wetsuit in the year-round warm water temperatures. If you're planning to visit after April, be ready to face the rainy season that lasts until November. Show more

Where are the best kitesurfing spots in Colombia?

Kitesurfers could find multiple spots in Colombia according to their skills. Cartagena is the favorite place among them due to different schools and rentals available. Some good kitesurfing spots are at Playa la Boquilla, and Santa Veronica is excellent for waves and beaches. Cabo de la Vela has a flat water bay with wind availability throughout the year, while Lago Calima is worth checking out near Darien. Show more

Are wetsuits necessary for kitesurfing in Colombia?

Colombia's warm water temperature throughout the year feels pleasant for kitesurfing, and you won't need wetsuits. The temperature hovers around 30°C (86°F), so make sure you stay hydrated and apply sunscreen to avoid sunburns. Wearing light clothes that could prevent the UV rays from penetrating the skin could also be a good idea. Show more

What amenities are available for kitesurfers in Colombia?

Kitesurfers may not find similar amenities across Colombia, but they can find many schools and rentals in Cartagena. Some hotels offer kitesurfing packages with lessons and equipment rentals. If you're planning to visit a rural area, you may not have running water or electricity if you're lucky. Therefore, it's better to research beforehand and book accommodation that suits your kitesurfing needs. Show more

Can you kitesurf in rural areas of Colombia?

Kitesurfers can go to some rural areas in Colombia if they're looking for someplace different. You can find kitesurfing spots in Santa Veronica, which is a small town between Cartagena and Barranquilla. Cabo de la Vela, a location with beautiful beaches and shallow flat water, allows you to experience the Wayuu culture. One could also try Lago Calima located near Darien, which is a decent spot worth visiting. However, keep in mind these areas have few amenities, but the experience is always extraordinary. Show more

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