Kitesurfing Cancun and the Yucatan Peninsula

Kitesurfing Cancun, Cozumel and the Yucatan Peninsula are fast becoming known as top kiteboarding travel destinations. It has always appealed to those in the colder parts of the USA and especially Canada. The sunny, sandy beaches, great vibe and interesting tourist attractions are some of the things that make it appealing.

Cancun Area - KiteFacts:
Best winds: November - March upto May
Wind Strength 15- 20knots
Water Temp: baggies - shorty wetsuit
Water Type: Flat water and Waves
Weather: Sunny - warm to hot
Nightlife: Yes - restaurants, clubs and European Vibe

The kiting setup for kitesurfing Cancun is one of lighter winds than La Ventana - you are going need your bigger kites as the wind doesn't get much stronger than 15 - 20 knots. If the North wind blows you can get stronger winds. For Kiteboarding Cancun you will find yourself going to two great locations. The first is just north of Cancun (Isla Blanca) and the second to the south in Playa del Carmen, about 45 minutes from Cancun.

Isla Blanca is about an hours drive north from the Cancun hotel row - its great on North winds in a flat water lagoon set up - though being more Gulf water, it doesn't have the beautiful crystal clear water of the Mayan side. The beach setup is clean, and the launch and land is open without obstacles. There is plenty of space to run out your lines too. Its a great location to learn to kiteboard as the lagoon inlet is practically all waist water deep. You can haul your kite back if you run into difficulties. There is a kiting good school setup there. A small charge for having access to the property, maintenance and the rescue on standby if you do end up in 'deep water'. There are also some amenities at the kiteschool there.

Playa Del Carmen is where to go if you're looking for waves when kitesurfing Cancun - this is a great setup for cross onshore winds from south east to north east, making for great wave riding in safe conditions and in quite shallow water. This also makes for good riding for all levels of kiteboarders. The kite beach there is Coco Beach and has nice open beach for setting up.

Two more great kiting destinations where you can enjoy your kiteboarding holiday are:

Xpuha is about a 1 hour 30 minutes drive south of Cancun airport - this is relaxingly different to the Cancun hotel district. Xpuha is a mellow beach area with little in the way of hotels, apart from one on the bay and cheap camping is available here if that's more your style. Again enjoyable wave riding in similar conditions to Playa del Carmen. There is also a school here for learning and they offer rentals and beginner packages. Travel south on the highway toward Playa del Carmen, until you reach Puerto Aventuras. Continue south for about ten minutes and you will see a Pemex gas station on the right. Take the turnaround there and the road off is the second right to Xpuha.

Tulum is moving further south of the kitesurfing Cancun area and also has a good setup with a kiteboarding school. This area is still quieter than Cancun but becoming more touristy and there are hotels to stay in here. The Tulum ruins are nearby and worth a visit.

Cozumel is the island just offshore another gem for kiting. Its about 20 kms by ferry from Playa del Carmen.

Car rental is pretty cheap in the Cancun area and can be done for about $20 a day - driving can be crazy - Mexican style, but will be so much cheaper than taxis if you aren't intimidated and are going to be traveling around a bit. Remember, if you run into trouble with cops, better to 'pay' what they 'say' rather than them asking questions later...remember its Mexico...
Busses are also useful for getting around cause they're cheap and lots of 'em.

Hotels will exchange your currency at decent rates. There are several large banks available within Cancun and most businesses and tours will take visa and master card.

Toursit activities are fun to go on and normally worth the expense if you want to be do things other than kitesurfing Cancun.

Located near Playa del Carmen, Xel-ha is a good one if you like snorkeling. Close by are you can visit the ruins of Tulum. You can also take a day trip to the larger ruins of Chichen Itza, located about 2.5 hours inland from the coast.
Swimming with the dolphins is popular at Isla Mejeres on a short boat trip north.

Enjoy the markets and being pushed into every shop - everything is negotiable! Go see shows and hit the bars and clubs - generally there is an entrance fee.

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