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In order to kitesurf you need consistent winds, waves, or flat waters (depending on preference and level) and preferably warm weather. Since there are a lot of factors to consider it makes it that much more important to find the perfect place to go. Luckily there are a variety of places around the world, from remote islands to busy beaches, to enjoy the sport.
Here are some of the best kitesurfing destinations in the world...
La Ventana, Baja California, México
La Ventana is a UNESCO world heritage site bay. It is close to a small fishing village and offers a very laid-back atmosphere. There is delicious local seafood but the nightlife is non-existent. The community and people that live there are a part of the like-minded kite community. The area offers a lot of yoga retreats and is also popular for mountain biking. The bay is spacious and doesn’t get overcrowded, which can be very nice for a beginner. The warm turquoise waters are usually flat and the wind conditions are stable. It’s a great place for all levels and kitesurfing is available year-round. The winds are softer during the morning and in the afternoon which are perfect for beginner kiters, the winds get stronger mid-day which makes it perfect for advanced kiters.
Kalpitiya, Sri Lanka
Kalpitiya is a small town on the northwest side of Sri Lanka. The area is a quiet and peaceful area with a kitesurfing community. There is not much to do, no restaurants or things to do for tourists. It is an area to go if you love water sports and want to be in a chill environment to learn to kitesurf. The kite beach is a long and narrow golden soft sand that has consistent winds. The lagoon is shallow and flat which is great for beginners. However, pro riders frequent the area to practice for championships. It is always amazing to be able to watch pro kitesurfers up and close. The kite season starts in May and goes through September.
Tarifa is Europe’s number 1 kitesurfing destination for any level. Tarifa is a great place to go if you want to have an experience that is not limited to kitesurfing. The area offers a lot of tourist attractions, plenty of no-wind activities, amazing Spanish food, and vibrant nightlife. While Tarifa is technically a good spot to learn how to kitesurf it can get very crowded which can be very overwhelming. Tarifa offers consistent strong winds and sunny weather. The season is from April to October. The annual Masters of Kiteboard competition also takes place here!
La Morne, Mauritius
Mauritius is a beautiful place to hike because of its spectacular views. The area has many resorts that are great for families and couples that range in size and cost. There are many other activities to do on your downtime like paddleboarding, scuba diving, stand-up paddleboarding, parasailing, and much more. Mauritius is a great place for beginners and pros as there is the best of two worlds. You can find flat waters or waves to ride, stronger winds, or softer winds by the shore. The beaches are expansive and the water is shallow which is a great combo for beginners. The best season to go is between May and November. There are also professional kitesurfers who do impressive freestyle jumps and tricks and it is always fun to watch them up close.
Akyaka is a small town that is surrounded by nature. The surrounding area has plenty to offer for non-kiters such as hiking, visiting the waterfalls nearby, horseback riding, or paddleboarding on the Azmak river. The lifestyle is laidback and is a town full of kite lovers. There is a bar and nightlife scene with live performances and you get to have delicious Turkish food. The thermal winds kick in at 11 am every morning and go strong until 5 or 6 pm. The water is flat and shallow for miles and sandy-bottomed, which makes it perfect for beginners, although pros from all around the world come to practice here. The season starts in May and runs until the end of October.
Jericoacoara was selected as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It is known for its stunning turquoise waters, golden sand beaches, and big dunes. It was found in the ’80s by windsurfers searching for the perfect wind conditions. The Jericoacoara, also known as “Jeri”, is now a world-famous destination not only for surfers but for tourists. Village life in Jeri during the day is laid back and slow as everyone heads out to the beach. At night everyone comes out to play and there is a vibrant nightlife. There are a couple of beaches you can choose from to enjoy the winds to kitesurf, the area has consistent winds and flat water. The best time to visit is from July through January. There are many other activities than kitesurfing, you can enjoy riding a quad in the dunes of Jericoacoara National park, go sandboarding down the dunes, take samba classes on the beach, and much more.