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Kitesurfing in Mexico

Both Mexican coasts offer superb wind and water conditions


With four major areas for water sports, Mexico is a dream destination for any kitesurfer. Baja California, Pacific Coast, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean/Yucatan waters offer all possible conditions for kitesurfers of all levels. The Yucatan peninsula is undoubtedly the most popular place for kiters due to many amenities and accommodation, as well as established spots like Playa del Carmen and Tulum. Baja California on the Pacific coast also attracts surfers of all kinds. Kiteboarding season in Mexico generally lasts from November through August, offering about 4-5 days out of the week with the wind around 12-25 knots. Yet, Punta Abreojos and Punta San Carlos have strong and steady wind all year round.

Cancun is the most popular resort in Mexico, and it doesn't lack great kitesurfing spots. Isla Blanca is a peninsula boasting a huge saltwater lagoon Chacmuchuc that is nicknamed Kiteparadise. With turquoise water and white sandy beach, it's the best kitesurfing spot in the Riviera Maya!

Another great kitesurfing spot on the Yucatan peninsula is Sisal, not far from Merida. A charming fishing village with flamingo sanctuary and a large lagoon is perfect for those who are tired from a busy and touristic Cancun. The wind there blows almost all year around. El Cuyo is another lovely beach off the beaten path with beachfront Kitehouses, a biosphere reserve, and turquoise waters.

On the Pacific coast, it's worth to check out Bucerias in Riviera Nayarit. The Bahia de Banderas is heaven for water sports fans, surrounded by jungle and mountains. Every May Bucerias hosts the Festival del Viento, an international kiteboarding festival. The strongest wind blows here from March to June. La Ventana in Baja California, features daily thermal winds. It also has a large kite community, especially during the winter.

Practical info

What are the best kitesurfing spots in Mexico?

Four prime kitesurfing locations exist in Mexico: Baja California, the Pacific Coast, Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean/Yucatan. Of these, the Yucatan peninsula is the most popular kitesurfing spot in Mexico. Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Isla Blanca, and Sisal are some major kiteboarding spots with established facilities, accommodation, and amenities. Bucerias in Riviera Nayarit and La Ventana in Baja California are other kitesurfing options to consider due to their conducive daily thermal winds and established kiteboarding communities. Show more

When is the best time of year to go kitesurfing in Mexico?

The ideal window for kitesurfing in Mexico is November to August due to the consistent and strong wind during those months. Nevertheless, Punta Abreojos and Punta San Carlos offer good wind conditions throughout the year. Riders can expect to have 4-5 kitesurfing days per week with monthly wind speeds ranging between 12-25 knots. Festival del Viento, an international kiteboarding festival hosted in Bucerias, experiences the strongest winds from March to June, with wind conditions ideal for kiteboarding contests. Visitors should accordingly plan their trip to take advantage of the best kitesurfing scenarios. Show more

Where can I find steady wind for kitesurfing in Mexico?

Sisal, La Ventana, Punta Abreojos, and Punta San Carlos offer steady wind kitesurfing spots in Mexico. The Yucatan peninsula has notable sustained trade winds, making it an excellent year-round kiting destination. Daily thermal winds favored by kiteboarders occur at La Ventana in the Pacific coast. Prospective kiteboarders should check the weather forecast and wind conditions when making their choices, as conditions can vary depending on the location and time of the year. Show more

What is the Festival del Viento, and when does it happen?

The Festival del Viento is an international kiteboarding festival that runs for a month each May in Bucerias, Riviera Nayarit. The festival attracts kiteboarding enthusiasts worldwide and features kiteboarding competitions, music, food, and parties. Visitors can participate in various exhibitions, workshops, and clinics. The region experiences its strongest winds from March to June, coinciding with the festival, making it a great opportunity to have fun and enhance kiting skills while enjoying the picturesque surroundings. Show more

What are some off-the-beaten-path kitesurfing spots in Mexico?

Kitesurfers who like to explore off-the-beaten-path kiting destinations will find El Cuyo, Cuyutlan Lagoon and Ensenada to their liking in Mexico. El Cuyo, located in the Yucatan Peninsula, offers serene kitesurfing with beachfront Kitehouses and picturesque turquoise waters. Cuyutlan Lagoon along the Pacific coast of Colima remains under-the-radar but features long sandy beaches attracting surfers of all kinds. Ensenada, located in the Baja California peninsula, is a great option for exploring rarely visited kitesurfing spots. Scenic surroundings and reliable wind further enhance the kitesurfing experience. Show more

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