The Ultimate Guide to the 10 Best Kiteboarding Spots Worldwide

With the kiteboarding spots on this list, you won’t just want to plan a trip, you’ll want to quit your day job and chase wind full-time.

I never dreamed that traveling could get any better until I started kitesurfing, chasing the wind to some of the most remote, exotic and mind-blowing locations around the world. Just as diverse as kitesurfing is with riding styles — from freestyling, foiling to wave riding — are the spots you can experience: Caribbean tropical paradises, strong wind locations where you can ride every day, spots where you party as hard as you shred on the water. 

kiteboarding locations worldwide
Sun, salt water and wind make for the perfect kiting conditions

Each location has its own appeal, from the water conditions to the kitesurfing culture to the activities you can do on the side. Whether you’re just starting out, looking to progress your tricks in ideal conditions, or a seasoned kiteboarder searching for world-class waves, there’s something on this list for everyone. Here are ten of the best places around the globe to kitesurf:

Dominican Republic

1. Cabarete

FROM BED TO BOARD IN THIS CARIBBEAN WATERSPORTS MECCA
Accommodations are in the heart of the action
There’s lots of no-wind activities on rest days
There’s healthy and sporty fun, and decent nightlife
Affordable for the Caribbean
Spots get very crowded during the high season
Cabarete has gotten a bit touristy
There’s more lightwind during the winter

Usually when picking a kitesurf spot, I have to give up on some comforts or activities I like to do besides kitesurfing, but this former fisherman’s village that has become one of the world’s most renowned watersports destinations really has it all. It ticks all the boxes for action junkies, boardsports lovers and those in need of an activity-filled vacation: kitesurfing, windsurfing, surfing, SUP Yoga, outdoor gyms with CrossFit, as well as yoga studios with ocean views are just some of the activities you can enjoy in Cabarete.

Kitesurfing in Cabarete
Cabarete has great wind, water and waves, especially in winter months

Cabarete is for all levels of riders

This spot is ideal for all levels of kitesurfing — whether you want to learn kitesurfing, want to boost higher with the small kickers that are building up on the reef, or want to ride some waves on a strapless board. For the downwind lovers, there are some nice options as well: either going from the river mouth (and tiny lagoon) La Boca to Kite Beach or going from Kite Beach to the surf spot Encuentro, which offers some beautiful waves.

Wave lovers will enjoy it more in the winter months as the swell is usually bigger while the wind is moderate. In the summer months, there’s some stronger winds with smaller waves.

There aren’t too many kite spots in the world where you have a flat water river, wide open bays, and radical waves all within a 5 minute drive.

Quote by Tracey Shay, kitesurfer and kite school owner who moved to Cabarete

Cabarete - Good to Know

Skill level

From beginners to advanced

Best wind

December – April are lighter wind months, bigger swell for the surfers. June – July stronger wind months, smaller swell

Wind speed

Dec – Apr: around 14–24 knots; Jun – Jul:l 16–30 knots

Water condition

Mostly choppy, waves on the reefs (flatwater in La Boca for advanced riders)

Water wear for kitesurfing

In winter shorty; in summer boardshorts/bikini and a rashguard for sun protection

Guidebook

Kitesurfing in Cabarete, Dominican Republic

Best restaurant

Get Papi’s famous shrimp dish at La Casita De Papi in Cabarete

Best kite bar

Kite Club Cafe on Kite Beach

Must do

If you have the time, do a roadtrip to Samana to see the Peninsula (go whale watching from Jan – Mar) and if it’s windy enough, kitesurf in Las Terrenas

Getting there

Flying into Puerto Plata (POP) is the fastest and easiest option, which is a convenient 20-minute cab ride from Cabarete. You can also pre-arrange your taxi with your accommodation and have your driver meet you at the airport.

Mexico

2. La Ventana

BEST LAID BACK DESERT VIBES
The spacious big bay is not overcrowded
Friendly, open-minded kite community
Laid-back atmosphere and vibes
Yoga and mountain biking as alternative activities
No nightlife (the joke is that La Ventana midnight is at 8pm)
You always need a wetsuit

It’s a bit hard to grasp the special magic that La Ventana has for me: it’s a mix of the Mexican vibes, the quietness, the welcoming community, the early morning yoga sessions (or mountain bike tours), the afternoon kite sessions with a post-kite beer, the spontaneous tacos with new friends, and the falling into bed peacefully with a smile. I spent a simple, yet fulfilling holiday here with passionate expats, locals and returning visitors hooked on this quiet kind of wind magic that keeps them returning every winter.

La Ventana campground
La Ventana is a laid-back town that kitesurfers flock to every winter

La Ventana is the perfect mix of ideal conditions and kitesurf culture

The nature in La Ventana is quite unique with cactus forests, desert landscapes, bright beaches, deep, clear turquoise water, and a beautiful contrasting mountain chain that gifts kiters with an extra wind boost. The kite bay is huge and stretches all the way from El Sargento to La Ventana, making it an ideal beginner spot as well as a spacious progression spot to practice your new tricks. The wind is typically smooth and consistent, blowing in almost every afternoon between November and March. 

There aren’t too many restaurants and cafes, but I still had enough choices during my 3-week stay. One of my favorite events was the Thursday Farmers Market, with fresh veggies, fruits, healthy homemade goods, and unique handcrafted souvenirs. I personally couldn’t get enough of the combination of morning yoga, kitesurfing, evening yoga, sunset beer at the beach — so I can highly recommend yoga at Baja Joe’s rooftop deck, Casa Verde or Casa Tara, they all have different classes with great teachers. I also met a lot of kitesurfers who explicitly came for the good mountain biking conditions, so there’s that option for the early mornings as well.

There is no other spot that has this perfect mix of laid-back vibes with daily yoga and afternoon kite sessions — and that amazing Mexican food!

Quote by Miriam Tymiec, kitesurfer and travel blogger who visited La Ventana in 2017 and can’t wait to go back

La Ventana - Good to Know

Skill level

From beginner to advanced

Best wind

November – March

Wind speed

Varying from 14–30 knots so bring all your kite sizes including a foil board if you have one

Water condition

mostly choppy, some wind waves on stronger days

Water wear for kitesurfing

long wetsuit

Guidebook

La Ventana, Baja California, Mexico

No wind activities

Yoga, mountain biking, whale watching, road tripping, going surfing on the other side of Baja California

Best restaurant

Mariscos el Cone for seafood, La Moringa for healthy food lovers

Best kite bar

Baja Joe or Playa Central

Must do

Visit Todos Santos and the famous “Hotel California” (and listen to that song on repeat on your way there)

Getting there

The quickest way to get to La Ventana is flying in to La Paz (LAP) and heading to La Ventana with a rental car. I’d recommend getting a rental car to explore more parts of Baja California and move around a bit. Often, you can find cheaper flights to Los Cabos (SJD), a 2.5 hour drive away from La Ventana by car.

South Africa

3. Cape Town

FOR EXPERIENCED WAVE RIDERS AND BIG AIR ADDICTS
Strong wind, big waves
Stunning nature, endless downwind possibilities
All the perks of city life combined with a kitesurfing spot
Tons of no wind activities, also great for non-kitesurfing partners/friends
Only for advanced kitesurfers, conditions can be challenging
Cold water during summer (you need a 4/3)
It can get extremely crowded during high season (downwinders are recommended!)

When I heard my friend Crystal Veness’s words about Cape Town, I couldn’t have found a better introduction to this world-famous but also extreme kitesurf spot: “The scenery will steal your heart and the wind will knock you off your feet. It sounds pretty intense – and it is, in all the best ways.”

To be honest I only started acknowledging Cape Town as a great kite spot on my second visit, after eight years of kitesurfing already. The conditions are rough and can get very extreme, so it’s only for intermediate to advanced kitesurfers who can deal with the big waves and strong winds. 

Cape Town is the winter destination for kitesurfing

That being said, Cape Town has a very special kind of magic: the long white sandy beaches, iconic Table Mountain covered with clouds, bright skies, the warm summer air and cold water. In the Blouberg area where all the kitesurfing happens, which is a 30-minute drive from Cape Town Center (with no traffic), you’ll bump into pretty much all the kitesurf pros on a daily basis as it’s the one and only winter destination. Sunset sessions are magical, days are long (especially if you come from the European winter), the food is amazing and wine tasting should definitely be on your to-do-list, along with hiking (or taking the cable car) up Table Mountain.

The kitesurfing conditions in Cape Town can be humbling, even for advanced riders

Cape Town is a spot for advanced kiteboarders

While I love strong winds and extreme conditions I became very humble in Cape Town and this is one of the spots where it’s good to keep a healthy respect for the ocean and your skills. 16 knots in Cape Town are way different from 16 knots in the Caribbean as the wind in Cape Town has a different wind density.

In Blouberg, you’ll usually you will have a few days of wind, followed by a few days of no wind, so it is advisable to check the wind at surrounding spots like Langebaan (flat water lagoon), Hermanus (flatwater and waves) as well as other spots with different wind directions for different levels. Here is my detailed guide on which surrounding spot are best with which wind direction.

Challenge yourself to a downwinder

Downwinders are a must for the experienced riders and the best way to escape the crowds that stay at the main spots in the Blouberg area. My favorite one is from Dolphin Beach to Big Bay (a short one) or continuing all the way down to Haagkat. If you get yourself a bus card, you can take the MyCiti bus back to your launch point, or take a dry bag with some clothes, brush all the sand off, and Uber your way back.

 

There’s something special about Cape Town. The energy, the vibes, the people, I can’t get enough of this place. The strong wind and big kicker waves provide perfect conditions for extreme kitesurfing.

Quote by Hannah Whiteley, professional kitesurfer and extreme sports athlete, 2017 Kitesurf World Champion

Cape Town - Good to Know

Skill level

Experienced intermediate to advanced riders, mainly for wave riders and big air riders

Best wind

December – February

Wind speed

16–50 knots (getting stronger and stronger throughout the day); average of 30 knots

Water condition

Small to massive waves, choppy, flatwater in Langebaan

Water wear for kitesurfing

Minimum 3/2, better a 4/3 wetsuit

Guidebook

Kitesurfing in and around Cape Town,

South Africa

No wind activities

Hiking/climbing, wine tasting, safari, surfing in Big Bay, visit the penguins, exploring the city of Cape Town, go to one of the many concerts happening outdoors

Best kite bar

Pakalolo

Event of the year

King of the Air” happens at the end of January/beginning of February

Getting there

Cape Town Airport (CPT) is about a one hour drive (depending on rush hour traffic) from the Blouberg area, the center of all the kitesurfing action. You can either get your own rental car (which makes sense if you want to make use of the no wind days and explore the surrounding areas) or Uber your way around Blouberg and the Cape Town area.

Mauritius

4. Le Morne

A WAVE RIDER’S PARADISE
Flatwater lagoon and various incredible wave riding opportunities
World class waves in the most stunning scenery
Exciting outdoor and marine activities
Very quiet, not ideal for solo-travelers (honeymoon destination, no nightlife)
Car is essential to explore all the beauty of the island (left-hand traffic!)

Le Morne, Mauritius has been one of the spots which has been on my bucket list for quite some time, but I always labeled it as a wave destination for advanced riders. But then I found out that it also has a huge flat water lagoon and plenty of space for non-wave riders inside of the reef, as well as easy wave spots next to those world famous barrels.

Mauritius is a place of epic beauty

The nature in Mauritius is breathtaking: next to the incredible ocean life you have rich green nature and mountains, beautiful waterfalls and endless beaches with turquoise water. The first time I was kiting here it was hard to focus on kitesurfing itself; I couldn’t get my eyes off the water colors, the reefs and corals I was gliding over, and the scenic Le Morne Brabant Mountain in the back. Not to mention the spectacular natural phenomenon and optical illusion — underwater waterfalls — are happening right underneath your feet. The underwater currents that create this spectacular view are also one of the aspects that make this spot and the waves only suitable for experienced kitesurfers.

Mauritius is a spot best suited to experienced kitesurfers

A mix of cultures and culinary options

Mauritius itself is a colorful mix of cultures, nationalities and religions that exist peacefully alongside and with each other — which also shows in their diverse culinary options. Because of this cultural diversity, the island is also often called “Rainbow Paradise Island.” This also shows in the languages that are used in Mauritius – there is no official language: English is used for written government and administrative work, French is used in the press (which you’ll also hear on the radio), and the majority of people also speak Creole. You will get along quite easily with speaking English. 

Where to stay in Mauritius 

I stayed in an apartment in La Gaulette (10 min drive from the spot) where most kitesurfers stay. There are a few restaurants, kite shops and a big supermarket. If you want to stay in one of the big resorts right at the spot, you can either stay at ION Club or RIU Le Morne.

Le Morne is challenging, breath-taking and a tad prestigious. The reliable trade wind gets accelerated by the imposing mountain offering everything from a huge flat water playground to the famous, fast and furious One Eye. No visit to this spot will ever disappoint, bringing many riders back year after year!

Quote by Aafke Gulickx, kitesurfer and digital nomad who keeps coming back every year to Le Morne

Le Morne - Good to Know

Skill level

From beginners to advanced, main attraction is for advanced wave riders

Best wind

May – September

Wind speed

15–35 knots, bring all your kite sizes but be prepared to use your smaller sizes

Water condition

Flatwater and chop in the lagoon; chop and waves at the point and reefs

Water wear for kitesurfing

Long wetsuit, or if you don’t get cold easily, shorty

Guidebooke

Kitesurfing Le Morne, Mauritius

No wind activities

Climbing/hiking Le Morne Brabant Mountain, surf/SUP (be aware of the current!), dolphin watching, visit one of the many spectacular waterfalls, go rum or lychee wine tasting

Best kite bar

The fruit stand at “The Point” for sunset with a fresh coconut in your hand

Must do

Hike or climb Le Mourne Brabant Mountain

Getting there

The Airport Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam (MRU) is about a one hour and 15 minute drive from Le Morne or La Gaulette. You can either get your own rental car, which I’d recommend as there is so much to explore on the island (left-hand driving!), or arrange transport with your accommodation.

Brazil

5. Jericoacoara

100% WIND GUARANTEED IN THIS SANDY PARADISE
No need to check the forecast, it’s windy every day during the season!
The village is magical, located in a National Park in between dunes
Many restaurants and nightlife
Endless downwind options, various surrounding spots
Can’t kite in Jeri directly, you always need to take a buggy to the various spots
Absolutely avoid it during Christmas and New Year, over-crowded and expensive

While I absolutely love the whole northern coast of Brazil due to the wind guarantee, warm water (say hello to kiting in a bikini/boardshort) and endless sandy beaches with just as many downwinder options,  the former hippie village of Jericoacoara has a very special atmosphere. The whole village is located inside a National Park and you will only find sandy roads. If you come during the windy season, you can literally kite all day long.

The coast in Jericoacoara was made for downwinding

Jericoacoara is a downwinder’s paradise

Downwind possibilities here are endless! We’d often take a buggy up to Prea, kite all day, have a delicious lunch at Rancho do Peixe, and do a downwinder back to Jeri before the sun set. Another great option is to start your downwinder behind the dune in Jeri (best for intermediate kitesurfers) and make your way down to the Guriu lagoon. There you can kite in the flatwater (high tide only), have a cold coconut, and if you’re up for a big downwinder, continue to Tatajuba lagoon. There are plenty of other downwind options if you want to kite longer. You rent a buggy or 4×4 and hire a local driver to go wherever your heart desires. 

If you are up for an adventure trip, I recommend getting your own rental car and making your way from Cumbuco (which is close to Fortaleza airport) to Jericoacoara. If you have more time, head even further up to Barra Grande and Macapa. There are so many spots along the coast that it’s hard to pick just one! This coast was made for downwinding which is why there are many tour operators offering daily downwinders — or weekly ones up the whole coast.

Come for the kiting, stay for the Caipirinha

Unlike other kite spots along the Northern Coast, Jeri has the most infrastructure, with plenty of good restaurants, shops, kite schools, the famous Caipi Street —  a “street” formed by food stands and little Caipi stands with endless Caipi variations — and, the big dune. The dune is where every evening people walk up, Caipi stands are pushed up through the sand and people marvel at the sunset with an ice-cold drink in their hand, clapping when the sun plunges into the ocean.

Accomodation options for for all budgets

Jeri offers accommodation for every budget — from hostels with dorms (great for solo-travellers) to luxurious hotels. It costs extra to get take a buggy every day to the kite spot, so if you prefer staying right where the action is, Prea is a better option.

Jeri is the only place where you don't wait for the wind, rather the wind waits for you! Every single day from July until the end of the year, 11am - 6pm, it's 6m kite weather! … 600km of perfectly kiteable conditions, plus lagoons!

Quote by Tijana Momirov, windsurfer and kitesurfer who moved from Europe to Jeri

Jericoacoara - Good to Know

Skill level

Intermediate to advanced (but there are spots for beginners to learn)

Best wind

July – December

Wind speed

25–30+ knots so bring your small kites (the wind is strongest in November)

Water condition

Mostly choppy; flatwater in the lagoons; some wind waves

Water wear for kitesurfing

Bikini/boardshort and a rashguard for sun protection

Guidebook

Kitesurf in Jericoacoara, Brazil

No wind activities

Surfing, shopping and buggy tours. Or you can chill on the beach and try all the Caipi variations

Best kite “bar”

Sunset Caipi on the Dune or on “Caipi street”

Best restaurant

Lunch buffet at Club Ventos (come before 1.30pm to get the best of the buffet); dinner in the fairytale-like “Na Casa Dela” or Peixe Brasileiro for seafood

Important info

There are no cash machines in Jeri, so make sure you get cash at the airport or surrounding villages before you arrive

Getting there

There are several ways to reach Jeri: fly to i Fortaleza (FOR), and from there you can either fly to the national airport of Jijoca of Jericoacoara (JJD) or get a private transfer via 4×4 ( a 4.5 hour drive). The cheapest but longest way to get there is by bus. This takes about 7 to 8 hours, with a stop in Jijoca. You can also rent a car if you want to explore more of the coast as you make your way to Jericoacoara, but you’ll need a driver in Jijoca to help you make it through the  dunes. If you do drive to Jericoacoara, you’ll have to park outside of town in the large lot. Another option is to stay in Prea which is accessible by car and much more quiet. From Prea, you can hire a buggy to get to Jeri.

Puerto Rico

6. Isla Verde

THE CARIBBEAN GETAWAY FOR ALL LEVELS OF KITESURFER
Quality waves, but with great conditions for beginners
Great Caribbean nightlife
Easy to travel to from the US
Accommodations are conveniently located
Not the highest wind probability

Known as the “Maui of the Caribbean,” Puerto Rico is the smallest and easternmost island of the Greater Antilles and an unincorporated territory of the USA. While Puerto Rico doesn’t have as consistent trade winds as the rest of the Caribbean, it’s worth the visit because it’s easy to reach, has warm weather all-year-round, beautiful turquoise water, and you’ll find both calm water and big waves.

A busy beach in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico

Isla Verde is Puerto Rico’s best kitesurfing spot

Puerto Rico offers a great combination of resorts, hotels, city life and kitesurfing, in the big bay and wide beach of Isla Verde. Conditions with side-shore wind in Isla Verde are ideal for all skill levels of kiteboarder. The water conditions are choppy in the winter and flat to small chop during the summer.

The capital, San Juan, is undisputedly one of the highlights of the island. Its nightlife is unparalleled in the Caribbean, so if you have some energy left after kitesurfing, you can dance your heart out in one of the clubs until dawn.

We have beautiful flat water spots that are great for freestyle tricks and cruising and we also have great wave riding in the north of the island, which is possible due to Puerto Rico’s geographic position in the Caribbean and exposure to cold fronts that come down from North America.

Quote by Karla Barrera, Olympic Windsurfer in 2004 and owner of the Goodwinds Water Sport Center in Dorado Beach

Isla Verde - Good to Know

Skill level

From beginner to advanced, depending on the season

Best wind

Jan – Feb (Dec, Mar, Apr can be ok) larger waves for experienced kitesurfers but more inconsistent wind; Jun – Jul (Aug can be ok) water is more flat, steadier but weaker wind

Wind speed

Jan – Feb has more inconsistent wind (ranging from 10–25 knots); Jul – Sep has more stable but weaker wind (12–18 knots)

Water Condition

Choppy, waves on the reef

Water wear for kitesurfing

Bikini/boardshort, rashguard for sun protection

No wind activities

Surfing, hiking, snorkeling/diving, exploring caves and bioluminescent waters, party/dance in San Juan

Must do

Explore one of the bioluminescent bays

Getting there

Arriving at San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín Airport (SJU), you get to Isla Verde within a 5 to 10 minute taxi drive (depending on traffic). There is a set fee for this route.

Aruba

7. Boca Grandi

BEST FOR WIND AND INDEPENDENT KITESURFERS
Incredible wind (97% wind probability over 4 Beautfort!)
Laid-back, easy-going atmosphere
Warm water and air
Expensive
No infrastructure at the spot (but also no tourists, which makes it great for kitesurfing)

Aruba is also called “One Happy Island,” and while I haven’t made it there yet, it’s always been on top of my kitesurf bucket list. The locals are friendly, life is laid-back and easy, the weather is warm all year round, and the wind statistics will make your kite heart jump higher! As Aruba is a luxury-travel destination prices are higher, but there are all kinds of different accommodations.

Kitesurfers ride the waves on Boca Grandi Beach, Aruba

The wind is stable in Boca Grandi (and it’s not overcrowded)

Boca Grandi is an absolute beauty with its white dunes, lush, green vegetation, and crystal-clear turquoise water. I can’t wait to shoot some pictures when I finally visit. The bay itself doesn’t have any infrastructure, so bring your own water and food. Unlike the other spots on the island with off-shore wind (and because of gusty yet flat conditions) Boca Grandi has super stable wind due to the onshore wind that hits this 700m-wide bay. The bay is a bit protected from the reef but conditions are still rougher than other spots. You’ll mainly spot locals kiting in the early morning or evening. There are some places to stay close to Boca Grandi, restaurants and shops are farther away than if you stay elsewhere.

I thought the bluest water I have ever seen was in the islands surrounding Thailand and in Zanzibar. But after I went far out into the sea at Boca Grandi, I now know this is by far the most beautiful blue water I have ever come across!

Quote by Michelly Sky Hayward, kitesurfer, traveller and writer

Boca Grandi - Good to Know

Skill level

Intermediate to advanced

Best wind

Jan – Aug (Sep, Nov, Dec are good as well, but with a bit lighter wind)

Wind speed

16–25 knots. You will use smaller kite sizes more during the main windy season; bring bigger kites for off season

Water Condition

Choppy, smaller waves in between, medium waves (up to 2m) on the reef

Water wear for kitesurfing

Bikini/boardshort, rashguard for sun protection

No wind activities

Dive, snorkel, SUP, sail, golf, hike in Arikok National Park, Jeep safaris, shopping

Getting there

Reina Beatrix (AUA) is a 25-minute car ride away from Boca Grandi. Rent a car (I recommend a 4×4) to get from your accommodation to the kite spot and to explore the island.

Mexico

8. Isla Blanca, Cancun

DREAMY KITE CONDITIONS IN A SPACIOUS FLATWATER LAGOON
Huge shallow saltwater lagoon with flatwater — great for all wind directions
Ideal for learning kitesurfing and new tricks
Peaceful getaway from touristy Cancun
It’s pretty quiet; for nightlife/restaurants head to Cancun
Not many accommodation options in Isla Blanca

When I fell in love with the laid-back vibe and the amazing food in La Ventana, I asked around about other spots that I should visit in Mexico. Isla Blanca was repeatedly recommended. It’s a natural paradise, with hip-deep flatwater just a 25-minute drive from Cancun. Isla Blanca works well with any wind direction and if you ever get bored of the flat, you can switch to the ocean side. The nature reserve in Isla Blanca combined with Cancun’s city vibes and nightlife make an ideal combination of pure kitesurfing, Mexican food and nightlife.

A kitesurfer enjoys a sunset session in Isla Blanca, Mexico

The best spots in Isla Blanca depend on the wind direction

Depending on the wind direction, different spots work better than others: with N or NE wind,the Ikarus Kite Camp offers butterflat water; La Punta is viable with every direction, but with E or SE wind (offshore) the water becomes butterflat for learning new tricks and freestyling.

Where to stay

You can stay right in Isla Blanca at the campground or in the kite center. You can also make the daily commute if you prefer staying in one of the bigger hotels in Cancun. For intermediate to advanced kiters who want to stay close to Cancun, you can explore locations in the Cancun Hotel Zone like Playa Delfines (N, E, SE wind, choppy with some waves, shorebreak), Playa Chac Mool (N, E, SE wind, choppy, some waves) and Punta Nizuc (E and SE wind, flat or choppy with stronger wind).

A 10-mile strip of protected land extends away from Cancun, with the ocean on one side and miles of waist-deep, butter flat water on the other. This, combined with white sand, consistent winds, turquoise water and the most incredible birds will take your breath away

Quote by Rose Bungener, kitesurfer and adventure addict

Isla Blanca, Cancun - Good to Know

Skill level

Beginners to advanced

Best wind

November – June

Wind speed

November – April around 18–25 knots; April – June around 10–20 knots

Water Condition

Butterflat, choppy, small waves on the ocean side

Water wear for kitesurfing

Nov – Apr 4/3 for winter; Apr – June bikini/boardshorts

No wind activities

SUP or kayak in Isla Blanca, wildlife watching, explore Cancun, visit the Mayan ruins, go whale watching in summer, take a boat tour and dive/snorkel on Isla Mujeres or Isla Contoy

Getting there

Fly into Cancun International Airport (CUN) and ideally take a rental car (or taxi/pre-arranged transfer) to the Hotel Zone (25 minutes) if you want to stay close to Cancun or directly to Isla Blanca (50 minutes from the airport, 25 minutes from the Hotel Zone).

9. Turks & Caicos

POSTCARD-PERFECT CARIBBEAN CONDITIONS
Fantastic learning conditions for beginners and kiters wanting to learn new tricks
Very spacious bay — not crowded on the water
Beautiful turquoise water and powder-soft white beaches
Expensive
A rental car is recommended (left-hand traffic!)

Another spot that’s on the top of my kitesurf bucket list! The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) consists of the main island, Providenciales, and the various Caicos Islands. Turks and Caicos is famous for their beautiful turquoise water and marvelous beaches. The kite beaches feature shallow, warm water year-round, and white sandy beaches paired with constant Caribbean trade winds. What else could you possibly need?

Kiteboarding on the Long Bay Beach, on the southeast side of Providenciales

Provo has conditions for all skill levels

The main spot for kitesurfing is on Providenciales (or Provo as locals like to call it): the 4km-long Long Bay. The onshore or side-onshore easterly trade wind makes it safe to kite here for all skill levels, thanks to the big shallow standing area that goes almost 2km into the water. If you want the best combination of wind and waves, then the winter months, specifically February and March, are best.

Spots for more advanced riders 

There are also tons of other spots for more advanced riders: there are butterflat sections around Emerald Point with some nice waves on the reef in the winter months; Grace Bay (with northeast wind) has choppier water and amazing waves on the barrier reef; also check out Turtle Tail with butterflat water or Kite Safaris on the North and Middle Caicos islands.

Where to stay and how to get around

Taxis are overpriced even for short distances, so it makes sense to rent a car to explore the island and surrounding spots. There are a lot of luxury accomodations, so your best chance to find more affordable accommodation is on sites like Airbnb. You can stay close to the Long Bay area or the main tourist areas of Grace Bay and Leeward, which are just a 5-minute drive from Long Bay.

The main island of Providenciales is home to a spot with world-class learning conditions, along with many quiet and secluded beaches to explore. It is no surprise that several brands have shot promotional videos in these picturesque islands.

Quote by Nik Ganderton, Providenciales local, kitesurfing instructor and kite photographer

Turks & Caicos - Good to Know

Skill level

Beginner to advanced

Best wind

Jan – April although you can kite hear year-round

Wind speed

10–25 knots, bring bigger kites; for foiling bring a shorter mast because of the reef

Water condition

Long Bay is more flat during low tide and choppier with high tide. There are wave spots and flatwater spots for intermediate to advanced riders

Water wear for kitesurfing

Bikini/boardshorts weather. In the winter you can wear a shorty if you get cold

No wind activities

Fishing, sailing, SUP, kayak, snorkel, dive, surf, horse riding, wakeboarding behind a boat, relaxing on the beach

Must do

Visit the iconic shipwreck by kite

Getting there

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos (PLS) is a 20-minute drive away from Long Bay or Grace Bay.

Thailand

10. Phuket

KITING ON THE "PEARL OF THE ANDAMAN SEA"
Great infrastructure — hotels, restaurants and nightlife
Ideal conditions for learning to kitesurf
Palm trees and long sandy beaches
Touristy
Not the best wind probability

With its white sandy beaches, light blue sea, and majestic coconut palms, Thailand’s tropical paradise is undoubtedly one of the most popular holiday islands in the world. While I haven’t kitesurfed when visiting Phuket, the sight of kitesurfers on the beach has always lingered in my mind. Phuket is quite touristy, with numerous resorts, restaurants and hotels, so your non-kitesurfing travel partners will find plenty to do while you’re out on the water.

Thailand is a tropical paradise, with kitesurfers flocking there for the wind, water and nightlife

Kitesurfing at Chalong and Friendship Beach

Phuket has two seasons, and the kitesurf scene moves accordingly to the wind to the two main spots of the island. From December until February, during the dry, hot season, which is also Phuket’s high season, the spot to be is Chalong or Friendship Beach in the southeast. The bay is protected from big waves and the waist-deep water makes it an ideal spot for kitesurf beginners. 

Kitesurfing at Nai Yang Beach

From June until September – during the low, wet season – kitesurfing happens in Nai Yang beach, which is located in a national park in the northeast part of the island, just a 5-minute drive from the airport. The flat and waist-deep water makes it suitable for beginners, and the beautiful sandy beach is lined with coconut trees. With stronger wind, advanced riders and wave lovers can find some good waves out on the two reefs. During the wet season, look out for short, tropical rain showers, which usually last 30 to 60 minute — not a big deal because they bring the good winds!  

Not only does Phuket have some of the best surfing in Thailand, it’s also got some pretty sweet kitesurfing conditions when the season is on.

Quote by Grace Austin, one half of the Extreme Nomads team, world traveling kitesurfer and adventure sports addict

Phuket - Good to Know

Skill level

Beginners to advanced

Best wind

December – February, June – September

Wind speed

Average 15 knots in winter, around 20 knots in summer

Water condition

Flat and shallow, some wind swell out in the bay

Water wear for kitesurfing

Bikini/boardshort, rashguard for sun protection

No wind activities

Diving, snorkeling, golfing, Muay Thai, partying in Patong, surfing (Apr – Oct)

Getting there

The easiest way to get to Chalong and Nai Yang is by flying to Phuket International Airport (HKT), with a probable a stopover in Bangkok depending on your flight connection. From the airport to Chalong beach is a 1-hour drive; to Nai Yang beach it’s a 5-minute drive.

About the author

Miriam Tymiec

Miriam Tymiec

Digital nomad & kitesurf addict since 2011

Miriam is a passionate kitesurfer and graphic designer who travels full-time while working as a freelancer, always chasing the wind, waves and wifi. She writes about her adventures and kitesurf travels on her blog wakeupstoked.com and instagram @wakeupstoked.

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