Baja California, Pacific Coast, Mexico Extreme! KITE – SURF- SUP

Baja California, pacific coast, Mexico  Extreme!
KITE – SURF-  SUP
Also..
Snorkeling & Diving. Golf & Sport Fishing. Yachting and Sailing.  And more..







 













KITESURF
Season: the best month are January, Feb, March  - October, Nov, Dec.

Kite Spots
South to North on the Cortes Sea
The spot is very popular mainly in the East Cape  due to the  El Norte Winds. Playa Norte  in Los barriles is the most popular and it’s a few kite schools and rental and shops. Check www.kiteboardingbaja.com
And talk with Dante! Los Barriles is a village in Baja California Sur, Mexico. Los Barriles is located on the shores of the Sea of Cortez right in between Los Cabos and La Paz. Los Barriles is a great sandy spot perfect for beginners and also to practice your wave style thanks to his great shore break. All the beach of Los Barriles is a big spot, but the best place is in Playa Norte , in the north-east side of the beach. Huge beach with lots of options. Some spots are very safe with safe launching techniques. The best months are January, February, March, October, November, December.La ventana  is other  kite sport  very close . There beach is wide and white sandy  sandy bottom  a bit choppy  and  warm water  but sometime for longer session recommend to get a wetsuit. There is less wind in Los Barriles than in La Ventana, but we are talking about 23 knots and the surf is bigger like 9 mts kite. La Ventana is a small mexican fishing village situated on the Sea of Cortez just 30 minutes southeast of La Paz, Baja California, Mexico. Discovered by windsurfers 15 years ago, La Ventana has become the perfect kiteboarding spot thanks to its steady winds from October to March and to its L-shape sandy beach with sideshorewinds. Every year, during the months of December and January, La Ventana offers international kiteboard competitions, clinics and expos. La Ventana Classic and the traditional expo kite.
In the pacific:
Punta Abreojos is a small fishing town in Baja California Sur. It has an exposed point break that provides excellent waves, great spot for windsurfing, surfing and kitesurfing. It is known by windsurfers and kiteboarders who take advantage of the predictable onshore afternoon winds from the northwest. Almost empty here. The wind blows all year round, average wind speed from 12-25 knots.
Punta San Carlos is located in Baja California Norte on the Pacific Ocean, near to El Rosario town. About 275 miles south of the border. Punta San Carlos is an exposed reef and point break amazing for kiteboarding, windsurfing and surfing. There is no nightlife, only dessert wilderness. Is the perfect place for eco tourism and outdoors sports. It blows all year, speciall termal winds, sometimes can be very strong. Usually sideshore winds.

SURF
Surf season:
June to November the summer month are known to be the best as the southern hemisphere’s swell send great waves to the Pacific Cabo san Lucas San Jose and East Cape.
December to February East Cape and Costa Azul are on the flatter side. The Pacific can be good this time of the year because it’s exposed to the west swell.
March to May, this is the windy season in the pacific swells are consistent  and you will run into a fewer crowds.
Surf spots
South to North on the Cortes Sea
1) El Tule at 15.5 most of the locals surf in there, is not so famous.
2)Then Costa Azul or Cabo Azul, consist of tree breaks
a)  The Rock o La Roca, for advance level direction, right.
b) Zippers, all level, direction Right.
c)Acapulquito,  all levels right
 It’s located at km 28.5 under the Costa Azul Bridge.
 Sandy and rock bottom, white sandy beach warm water maybe lycra its recommended sometimes short wetsuit.
3)La bocana at the estuary. All levels right and left. Located in san Jose del Cabo main beach, close to Presidente Hotel.
4)Shipwrecks, advanced, direction right location East Cape about 25 km from San Jose del Cabo.
5)Nine Palms, all levels.  Direction, long rights. Location, East Cabo about 30 km from San Jose del Cabo.
In the pacific:
1)San Pedrito, advanced right and left right before arrive in Todos los Santos.
2)Cerritos, great for beginners.  Direction, right and left.  Location, pacific at 65 km of the Cabo san Lucas Todos los Santos road.
3)Monuments, advanced. Direction, Left. Location, At 6.5 kmof the corridor, closer to Cabo San Lucas.

SUP                                                                                                   
Stand up paddle boarding its growing big time! It’s a great way to explore and enjoy nature and marina life. Or you can also take yoga lessons on a paddle board
The good of this area if you like water sports is that you can SUP to Lovers Beach( calm waters ) and divorce beach ( dangerous  for swimming)  and snorkel in the area  very beautiful  and you can also see seals, pelicans and sometimes Wale in the right season, and  rock formations, caves and the Arch.
Or can also take a water taxi for 15 Us or rent a kayak . There is also “flyboard” rental.

Snorkel and Diving
An snorkel  tour cost about 40 us and last 2 to 3 hours. If you venturing your own, stay away of the pacific side, it’s to rough, strong currents and very dangerous.
Snorkeling spots
1)Pelican Rock, this rock attracts many fish its located 5 minutes boat from Marina Cabo San Lucas.
2)Lovers Beach,  5 misn  by SUP or Boat from the Marina Cabo San Lucas.
3) Santa Maria Bay, it’s a regular destination for tourists
4)Chileno Bay leaving Cabo San Lucas going north  to the Cortes sea.
5)Cabo Pulmo, is a Natural Marine Reserve in the East Cape  it’s a eight fingered coral reef at only 2 hs from Cabo San Lucas that it’s worth to see.
Diving spots
1)Land’s end, level beginners advance steep sand banks  go down into a canyon filled with tropical fish
2)Pelican Rock, level beginners, 5 mins boat ride from Cabo San Lucas Marina.
3)Neptune’s finger, Advance level  80’ 100’ spectacular canyon wall dive.
4)Cabeza de Ballena, beginners boat ride to dive trough large boulders with lots of fish.
5)Santa Maria Cave, beginners 35 mins boat or dive from the beach is the entrance of a canyon
6)Chileno,beginners sandy and rocky bottom great to see turtles  and fro night dives.
7)El Gavilan, intermediate- advance, 35 mins boat lead into an entrance of a canyon.
8)Blow Hole, beginner to Advance, 10 mins  from Chileno.
9)Las Salinas beginners, a sunken Japanese fishing boat attracts a large school of fish .
10)Gordo Banks, advanced, 1 hs boat ride to see marlin, hammerheads skips jacks and manta rays.
11) cabo Pulmo beginners to see coral reef in the Sea of Cortez. 
  
Sport Fishing
 You can easily rent  many of the  fishing boat in Marina Cabo San Lucas to  prove you  strength  and go for a big  fish!

Golfing
Many golf destination in Baja California specially in Sea Of cortez. From private to public courses, green field and membership a day or season, Club rental are between 35 to 65 US.
1)Cabo San Lucas Country club
2)Cabo del Sol
3)Cabo Real
4)Palmilla
5)Punta Sur Golf
6)Club Campestre San Jose
7)Puerto Los Cabos

YACHTS and Sailing
Get the Mexico boating guide from Cap. Pat Rains, she is great!
Marina Cabo San Lucas and Marina San Jose anchorage. You can anchor outside on the bay in an open sandy bottom very flat when north west winds. In Cabo  San Lucas the Marina is part of the IGY group good services  right on  the hot spot of the town its has 240 slips up to 150’ ft and some for 300’ ft. with 15’ depths. Fuel dock and provisioning easy.  Its not cheap. If you are looking for a cheaper option try marina San Jose del Cabo.
If you need help the provide ‘Pangas”  local  small boats to take  to your slip, they are very  helpful people  marina run from Monday to Saturday  and remain close on Sunday 
From December to April NW winds predominate and the rotate to S winds and start de hurricane season until November. If you want to go up the peninsula in the pacific coast wait for a good wind window. Seas can be big and windy. Many shelter you can find every 200 miles
 So consider 2 days sailing until next shelter and sail close to the shorel about 5 miles. The first one is Bahia Magdalena  and Santa Maria cove and a port of San Carlos. Going  North. In Bahia Ballenas, “Abreojos” anchorage, but careful when the wind and swell hits, this is one of the best surf and kite surf/ windsurf places in the world. Turtle Bay very protected  good anchorage and a  dodgy fuel dock   but it works! Going north pass in between the Isla Cedros and the land to get shelter  from the waves
 The wind could became very powerful in Bahia Vizcaino check the forecast before departure. And the  small coves  doesn’t provide  good shelter for the strong NW winds and large seas. Careful with Sacramento reef Bahia San Quintin, is a good shelter and the you have 110 NM to the last port  of clearance in Mexico. In Ensenada get into a Marina all of them are very good its fuel available and provisioning ( do not buy much  when you get USA the custom with ditch all) in the Marinas they will help you with the clearance you can get an agent or do it yourself. You need “zarpe” and arrival that they made in the marina, passports, the temporary importation of the vessel permit, the paper for sanity and pay about  45 US  in Capitaneria de Puerto. No fees in inmigration. Going up north pass in between COronados Island and land  but stay away from shore  because Tijuan is the border with USA and the became very protective, they may check on you and your vessel … y queViva Mexico!

 Other activities:
Los Cabos Canyon by foot or canopy, sculpture garden at Puerto Los Cabos, shopping at San Jose organic Saturday market, take a tour in the glass bottom boat , discover “Wirikuta Cactus Botanical Park modern stone pyramids”, &  bungee jumping zip line in the wild canyon in the sierra de la Laguna foothills,
IRONMAN in Los Cabos 4 km swimming, 42 running and 180 biking.

Beach and Party
But If you want to party you have also Medano Beach full of beach bars along 2 miles on the sand or in Cabo San Lucas town many bars and  night clubs open from 10  till the sunrise.
 
 Land Information:
The country code is +52 and the area code its (624)
 Money: rate exchange in 2014 is between 12 and 13 pesos per US dollar. All credit cads are accepted and its ATM everywhere!!
Language: Spanish but  everybody speaks English!
Spring break is on March and April full of American and Canadian young tourist!
 airport: it’s close to San Jose  Del Cabo two hours to Cabo San Lucas
Public transportation: you can take taxis but are very expensive, or you can take a “camion” (local bus) for only 35 pesos, or long distance bus for  about  115 pesos. They take long time and stop in several town but it’s safe and friendly.  

 History: in 1535, Hernan Cortez sail in to the sea that would one day bear his name, searching for a treasure for the crown, but his history includes also Pirates, Indians, Missionaries and movie stars.

kite surf spot : Mexico Yucatan Peninsula



KITE   SURF YUCATAN


Kite spots:
 
1)Progreso, which is a quiet little town not crowd at all. Forget about party’s although a few nice restaurants in town. two kite school   you can kite in the" PLAYON" Pretty flat water   good wind N/ NE/NW Also with off shore wind there is a large lagoon  whit flat water too but gusty wind.  good wind  S/SE

2)Tulum: not really windy but when is wind is extremely beautiful. nice town a little touristic  far from the beach  and several kite schools. Nice waves !!!Very friendly  people good wind SE/ E/ NE

3)Isla Blanca  very shallow, super flat!! good wind SE/ E/ NE not much accommodation very close to Cancun. only one Italian kite school

4)Playa del Carmen  and Cozumel: Waves and choppy not very windy. Half way  on the road in between Cancun and Tulum. From Playa del Carmen, you can take a ferry to Cozumel Island in the other side of the island with SW/SE wind you can kite in difficult water condition waves and choppy... but beautiful island good to rent a motorbike and drive around or take a  snorkeling tour.

5)Holbox. paradise island, sandy roads, you can kite in the point at the end  of the small island beautiful condition  strong wind  and super flat water sometimes shallow. the Mexican  champion belongs to the island  and he trains hard !! there is a kite school as for Gabo.

Temperature: 26 – 35 Celsius
 


Wind: KUKULCAN (The Mayan’s God of the Wind) switches on the thermal North East winds (side on shore) to 18 – 22 knots almost every afternoon! In the winter KUKULCAN gets cold (but still very warm) and angry throwing them a storm almost every week from the North (on shore) with winds from 25 – 35 knots! Fun!!

WIND Season: (Based on past 5 years)
Oct and Nov  (10 - 25knts)
Dec (20knts)  /  Jan (22knts) /   Feb (15 - 23knts) 
Mar (20 - 25knts)  /  Apr (20 - 30knts)  /  May (25knts)  /  June (25 - 30knts)
July (10 - 18knts)  /  Aug (15knts)  /  Sept (20knts)

 
How to get there: get a flight to Cancun 
and then  bus to Tulum  o Playa del Carmen. 
From Cancun to Isla Blanca only renting car.
From Cancun to Holbox  bus and then  ferry.
From Playa del Carmen to Cozumel by Ferry .
From Cancun  to Progreso, a bus to Merida city (about 35 US) and a taxi or bus to Progreso town or, take a flight to Merida city and take the a bus for 16 pesos or a taxi for 250 pesos (about 20 US)
  
 










Other activities:
Mexico has a lot of Native history so do not leave without Visiting the Mayan ruins, in Dzibichatun, close to Merida, or in Tulum  o Chichen Itazan!!
kayak with flamingos in Holbox!
The diving is great! The second largest barrier reef in the world is highly recommended, Playa del Carmen, Isla Blanca and Tulum beach where you can also kite
and enjoy the Cenotes for swimming and diving in a nice fresh water hole, caves swim with the "ballena tiburon" and enjoy paradise beach.
Also visit Cozumel Island, kayak in the mangroves and check out local shopping. 









Currency: 
12 Mexican Pesos = 1 US (rates could change)

Language: Spanish but many people speak English

Little history: Spanish conquer the  Maya's and  ruin everything... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yucat%C3%A1n

Electricity: 220 with two flat legs plug

Dinking water: do not drink water from the tap!  Get a bottle of water always.

Food: enjoy traditional Mexican food, Guacamole, tacos, burritos, great Margaritas and Tequila!

Accommodation: There some  hostels at about 10 dollars a night. There are also a few cheap hotels 150 - 250 pesos 
Cancun, is very commercial and touristic easy to find accommodation. 
Playa del Carmen, very Hippie so you get  options from deferments budgets
Tulum, a little more expensive  if you stay on the beach . if you stay on town you need to rent a car or take the local bus. 
Holbox, has  beautiful hostels  at good price and  very clean no asphalt on the street all sand!!!
Progreso, you can stay in the Kite Beach Yucatan villa  in front of the beach for 65 dollars per night
 

 

kitesurf spot : The Granadines Caribe

Grenadines Wind Guru Stats

The luscious Grenadines offer you a succession of uncrowded kitesurfing spots only a few miles away from each other. Grenadines Kitesurfing

  Kitesurfing  The Grenadines Kite Spot 

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A multi-spot holiday offering pristine crystalline waters, lagoons and bays…
Kiteboarders can ride a different spot everyday!
Intermediate and advanced kitesurfers have the perfect playground to choose from in the Grenadines: flat protected waters, reef waves and downwinds that are etched into your memory forever. Gliding over turtles and manta rays in these waters is surely in the cards!

The Grenadines

The archipelago of the Grenadines is located in the south of the Caribbean, in the southern portion of the Windward Islands.
Grenadines air shot Tobago Cays
Within the 150 sq mile territory, the main island is St Vincent. In the lower 2/3 you’ll find the Grenadines, the smaller chain of islands stretching south from St Vincent to Grenada.
The Grenadines are comprised of over 32 islands and cays, 9 of which are inhabited. All are volcanic in origin, deeply embayed with inlets where clear aquamarine waters shallow up the finest sandy beaches.
Kitesurfing Tobago Cays
Tobago Cays

Kitesurfing in the Grenadines

The trade winds blow from December/January to June, stronger winds generally between January and March. In the beginning of the season the wind direction is NE passing gradually to E as the season progresses.
Generally, the wind is stronger in the morning but it’s not unusual to have some weeks when it blows more then 25 knots, day and night.
The temperature is almost always about 30c, with a water temp that stays around 28c…making it a wetsuit free spot all year.

Kitesurfing Spots

Union Island

Union island´s mountainous outline greets visitors with a striking and picturesque array of green peaks and ridges. Clifton is a nice kite spot to stretch your legs on the day of arrival. It will delight you with turquoise shallow waters, protected by reef. Frigate Bay is just around the corner, an amazing flat water spot that works with easterly winds.
Kitesurfing Happy Island – Union Island
Happy Island – Union Island

The Tobago Cays

Known as the jewel of the Caribbean, this National park is a group of small, deserted islands surrounded by a lively horseshoe reef. This is the place to swim with the turtles and enjoy a great snorkeling session, checking out the magically diverse ecosystem under the water…all this after a good kite session of course!
I dare you to see the 225 different fish species in these waters!
The only island you are authorized to launch or land your kite is Jamesby. You need to go upwind of Baradel to find some fun waves to play with. You can also cruise to Petit Tabac to check out the reefs for a more serious surf session. If the wind is light, the dinghy will take you upwind with your launched kite from Baradel Beach…or you can always launch your kite from the boat that you came with!
Kitesurfing Grenadines Jamesby Island
Jamesby Island

Petit Tabac

Petit Tabac is a small deserted island where the Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed. It´s a beautiful day-anchorage for an epic kiteboarding session. From here you can reach very good reefs, and if the conditions are right you will explore some fine waves.
Kitesurfing Grenadines Petit Tabac
Petit Tabac

Mayreau

The smooth Salt Whistle Bay is the place to anchor. Just a few meters away from the boat on the windward side is the best all-around kitesurf spot in the Grenadines.
It’s perfect for the intermediate kiter with side-on wind, reef and a sandy beach that allows kiters to play. If the anchorage is fairly empty, you can also go for an excellent flat water session in the bay.
If you still have some power in your legs, walk to the top of this one road island to see a stunning view (especially at sunset) of the neighboring islands. A jaunt over to Dennis´s Hideaway for a nice meal and a Pina Colada is always a good day’s end.
Kitesurfing Grenadines Salt Whistle Bay
Salt Whistle Bay Anchorage

Mopion

This tiny, desolate white sandy-beached island is a great resting spot during a session. Drop your kite and just enjoy the view of all that surrounds you. Remember to bring your ice chest ashore with a few chilled beers!
From Mopion you can go up to discover waves on the north side of Petit St. Vincent. PSV is a private island, allowing you to come ashore for a nature walk and their jazzy beach bar.
Kitesurfing Grenadines Mopion
Relaxing between sessions at Mopion

How to Get There

There are several low cost options flying into UNION. Fly in from the U.S., Canada or Europe with a stopover in Barbados, Grenada or St. Lucia. The best stopover option is Barbados.
Fly from the U.S. to BARBADOS via Jet Blue, American Airlines, Air Jamaica, Delta or US Airways. Fly EUROPE to BARBADOS via British Airways or Virgin Atlantic from the United Kingdom; Condor out of Germany.
Short Flights to Union Island
SVG Air: toll free             (800) 624 1843      ,             (315) 507 8258      , (784) 457 5124 or info@svgair.com – www.svgair.com.
Barbados to Union daily flights departing at 12:30pm and 4:30pm; returning 11:00am and 1:55pm.
Check more connection flights at: www.mustique.com.
Kitesurfing Grenadines - Union Anchorage
Kitesurfcat Anchorage – Union Island

Accommodation

By Boat

Kitesurfing GrenadinesChartering a boat is the very best way to get around to all the kite spots. Fully enjoying all the different islands and making the most of your time is the ultimate…not to mention waking up in a new spot to launch your kite all through the week!

By Hotel

Union island is the place to stay if you want to be land based. You will find two main hotels, Bougainvilla and Anchorage. There are also a few small guesthouses in Clifton.
The JT Pro center owned by pro-rider Jeremie Tronet takes care of Anchorage reservations. He offers beach houses at the kite spot and can organize boat excursions as well.
His website has plenty of useful information about the Grenadines…offering package kite lessons for beginners, advanced training and kite clinics.

Jeremie Tronet´s Awesome Video

Restaurants

In Union you can find international and local cuisine. For an amazing pizza, check out Marie at Ciao pizza. For a very well priced delicious lobster, sautéed conch, and local Caribbean dishes visit Big Citi just in front of the colourful fruit market. Captain Gourmet offers café style dining and great espresso for breakfast and lunch.
In the Tobago Cays, the local boat boys will arrange a beach bbq for you with the fresh catch and ice cold drinks.
More options are available… these are just the favorites!

Nightlife

Happy Island will serve you up a fresh made rum punch with reggae tunes flowing at sunset. This tiny island made from conch shells is a must see.
I.E.´s new bar, D´Spot is a fun hangout to watch all the small planes land just in front of your bottle of local beer.
Twilight, just down the street from Anchorage pumps the music at night giving you a chance to groove.
The JT Pro Center organizes a full moon kiting party every month that is a must if you plan your trip when the moon shines bright.

Travel Tips

  • Bring your reef shoes and an extra set of your favorite board fins
  • $1 U.S. = $2.67 E.C. (Eastern Caribbean dollar-fixed exchange rate)
  • 1€ = $3.70 E.C.


Written by
Yann Campinos

text  published by inMotion Kitesurfing.

kitesurf spot : The

Saint Barth Kitesurf Spot Kite











 St.Barth kite spot exclusive island
 
Saint Barthelemy, a small island in the northern Antilles in the french Caribbean, with beautiful beaches and a superb site for the ideal introduction to kitesurfing. 
 crystal clear, warm waters and steady winds! The island maintains its natural warm and peace by discouraging the cruise ships crowds and big “all inclusive“ hotels. It is rather a quiet exclusive place. Most buildings are only two stories, with colorful flower boxes and charming gingerbread style architecture. 
 
 In the lagoon of Grand Cul de Sac, a sandbar exposed to the wind  is the perfect kite spot  flat shallow protect and windy!.
The beach of Grand Cul-de-Sac is the easiest beach in the Caribbean for learning to sailing, windsurfing and kitesurfing as it has a reef which closes off the entire bay. The current that passes outside the reef here also carries the migrating whales and dolphins.

wind condition and Kitesurf and windsurf spots!
In the Caribbean the winds  blow  always from north to east occasionally southeast
St. Barth has consistent winds averaging 18 knots in the winter. In February the winds reach up to 21 knots. With the air temperature averaging in 26C (79F) and the water temperature about 24C (75F) you can forget about your wetsuit. Although you can kite or windsurf pretty much anywhere, the eastern part of the St. Barth island is the best to kitesurf and windsurf.


  The winds blow onshore into the bays, which are protected by multiple reefs. The waters are calm and shallow; ideal for beginners. Grand Cul de Sac is the most popular beach by both kite and windsurfers because of its glass-like smooth and turquoise waters. Toiny beach is another favorite windy beach for those who want to experience some “bump and jump” conditions.
 Windsurfing rentals and instructions are available. no kite surfing rentals available, but they offers lessons.  

 Also the Bay of Flamands is really good kitesurf spot waves when the swell is coming from north - north east.
 In the Bay of St  John is allow windsurf but not kitesurf for safety because there is the airplane runaway.

To get to St. Barths fly to St. Maarten (St. Martin) and take a short ferry ride and arrive in Gustavia. Or take a 15 minutes flight to St. Barths airport (SBH)  with WinAir airlines.

Currency: euro
Language : french