10 Kitesurfing Destinations

For those of you interested in an international sport, look no further than kiteboarding. Forget about the cliche vacation destinations, Kitesurfing will take you to some of the most diverse, adventurous and remote places on earth. I did not rate these in any special order simply because each experience will vary so much that to say any one spot is the greatest would be such an oversimplification of the sport itself. Get out there and pick your favorite!


Dominican Republic

Located on the western side of the Island of Hispaniola, the “DR” is one of the most popular kiteboarding destinations in the Caribbean.

Caberete:

Time To Visit: December to September

Popularity: One of the top destinations in the world, can be pretty crowded

Conditions: warm waters, shore breaks and thermal wind

Skill Level: Moderate to Advanced

When the wind doesn’t blow: Rural ATV rentals, Damajagua jungle waterfalls

Average Cost of Living: $1,100- 2,500 a month

Caberete, Dominican Republic

Las Terrenas:

Time to Visit: December to September

Popularity: Lesser known spot, you can anticipate smaller crowds compared to Caberete

Conditions: Flat to small waves, Side/onshore winds

Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced

When The Wind Doesn’t Blow: Horse back riding, El Limon Waterfall, Mangroves in Los Haitises National Park

Average Cost of Living: $1,500- 2,500 a month

Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic

Cape Verde

Home of strapless freestyle and wave riding, this former Portuguese colony consists of several dormant volcanoes and pristine ocean waters.

Time to visit: December to March

Popularity: During peak season you can expect to see dozens of other kites out.

Conditions: Big shore breaks and almost zero no-wind days during the season

Skill Level: Some flat water locations are kinder to beginners, with big oceanic conditions being more suited to skilled riders.

When The Wind Doesn’t Blow: Diving and snorkeling, explore Santa Maria, hiking the volcano “Pico do Fogo”

Average Cost of Living: $800- 1,500 a month

Rugged coastline of a Cape Verde Island

South Africa

Home of King of The Air, this spot is world renowned for its extreme conditions on the southern tip of the African Continent.

Cape Town:

Time to visit: October through March

Popularity: One of the most popular kiteboarding locations in the world, Expect crowds

Conditions: Cold Water (Antarctica being its neighbor), Extreme Wind, Lots of Sharks,

Skill Level: Moderate to Advanced (rough water and wind)

When The Wind Doesn’t Blow: Hike Table Mountain or Lions Head, Explore the metropolitan of Capetown.

Average Cost of Living: $1,200- 1,500 a month

A view of Cape Town, South Africa

Puerto Rico

As an unincorporated territory of the United States, Puerto Rico is a popular, historic destination on its own. Add some tropical trade winds and you’ve got a vacation you and all your friends can enjoy.

Time to visit: December through April

Popularity: Watch out for touristy seasons like spring break and winter holidays when vacationers visit the island, but there are many different spots, some are more crowded than others.

Conditions: Waves, glass water, lagoons across the 100 miles wide island

Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced

When The Wind Doesn’t Blow: Diving, Snorkeling, Tours, Cruises, Sailing, Paddle-boarding and Puerto Rican Food.

Average Cost of Living: $2,000- 2,500 a month

Waves breaking on San Juan, Puerto Rico

Reykjavik, Iceland

The dramatic landscapes of the Nordic island nation inhabited by the Gaelic and Norse settlers is also home to volcanoes, geysers, hot springs and glaciers.

Popularity: Not as popular as the tropics, It remains a wild, untouched landscape

Conditions: Kite spots around Reykjavik offer waves, great arctic winds and bring your drysuit because the average summer water temperature is 10° C

Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced

When The Wind Doesn’t Blow: Visit Lake Mývatn in North Iceland, Relax at Blue Lagoon Spa, Dettifoss Waterfall, and Explore the City of Reykjavik

Average Cost of Living: $2,800- 3,300 a month

Over look of Reykjavik

British Columbia, Canada

The wild green and mountainous landscape of British Columbia is a nature lovers dream, with thermal winds and diverse water front locations.

Vancouver Island

Time to visit: May through September

Popularity: Home of many professional kiteboarders and Ocean Rodeo, expect a warm big kiteboarding community and a wide expanse of diverse locations to surf

Conditions: Cold, with thermal winds and popular surfing waves in Tofino and the west coast.

Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced

When The Wind Doesn’t Blow: Explore the capital of British Columbia: Victoria, See Vancouver Island’s Old-Growth Forests, Enjoy the Pacific Rim National Park in Tofino

Cost of Living: $2,600- 3,500

A view of Cox Bay near Tofino

Squamish

Time to Visit: May to September

Popularity: Well know for its reliable winds between mountains, Squamish watersports are a nationwide attraction

Conditions: Squamish literally means ” Mother of Wind” Little in the way of waves, but expect steady winds ranging from 18-35mph during the summer months

Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced

When The Wind Doesn’t Blow: During the winter season you can visit the world famous Whistler Ski resort 35 miles away. Other activities include mountain biking, rock climbing and hiking

Average Cost of Living: $2,200- 3,000

The famous Squamish Spit

Brazil

The largest country in South America, With 8,000km of coast line and a fairly budget friendly tourist destination.

Jericoacoara

Time to visit: July through January

Popularity: Jeri’s beach can be crowded with surfers and others in the water however Preá offers a great spot for kitesurfers and is only 15km away.

Conditions: High winds during peak seasons (15kts to 35kts) and great shore breaking waves with some flat water spots

Skill Level: Beginnner to advanced

When The Wind Doesn’t Blow: Walk the Duna do Por do Sol, See the geological formations at Pedra Furada, and of course the local national parks

Cost of Living: $1,500- 2,000

Flat water lagoon in Jericoacoara

Barra Grande

Time to visit: July through to January

Popularity: Just a small fishing village surrounded by nature,

Conditions: Small waves, Lagoons with flat water, and a stiff consistent breeze during peak season

Skill Level: Beginner to advanced

When The Wind Doesn’t Blow: Scuba diving & snorkeling, Sailing in Brazil’s 3rd largest bay, Hiking in one of the many mangroves and islands surrounding Camamu Bay.

Average Cost of Living: $1,000- 2,000 a month

Barra Grande and Camamu Bay

Cumbuco

Time to visit: August and December

Popularity: 4km of beach gives a kiter some breathing room despite this place being a classic Brazillian kiteboarding destination

Conditions: Flat water spots combined with some choppy waves and surf-able down winder breaks, with steady trade winds

Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced

When The Wind Doesn’t Blow: Take a dip in Pernamirim pond hidden amongst the sand dunes, or try Water rafting and “Skibunda” (sand dune surfing)

Cost of Living: $1,500 to 2,000

Dunes and Cumbuco

Tarifa, Spain

Time to visit: April to October

Popularity: One of the premier kiteboarding destinations, and a very popular non-kiteboarding destination

Conditions: Winds blow nearly year round here with the Strait of Gibraltor south of Tarifa, expect some rideable waves and big gusty wind (prepare to wear a wetsuit in the winter)

Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced (location dependent)

When The Wind Doesn’t Blow: You can try hiking and rock climbing on the mountains north of Tarifa, whale watching during calm periods, and Enjoy the Old town of Tarifa for food and cafes

Cost of Living: $1,100- 1,500

Tarifa during peak season

Peru

Mancora

Time to visit: June and December

Popularity: Depending on your vicinity to a kite resort, you may experience many kiters sharing a spot, but with the remoteness of some locations, you can always find somewhere to launch and ride.

Conditions: Consistent wave breaks, strong arid wind,

Skill Level: Intermediate to advanced (experience riding in surf is a plus)

When The Wind Doesn’t Blow: Visit El Mirador del Faro for the views, Snorkeling and scuba diving at Escuela de Buceo Spondylus

Cost of Living: $500- 1,000

Mancura, Peru

Paracas

Time to visit: August through May

Popularity: Close to Lima, and sharing its border with a National Park, This spot is a more touristy destination

Conditions: Wetsuit needed during the austral winter or in the summer if the wind is really blowing, Mornings can be calms with wind normally picking up throughout the day

Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced

When The Wind Doesn’t Blow: Tour the Islas Ballestas, Paracas Natural Reserve or take a buggy to Huacachina and try sand boarding

Average Cost of Living: $800- 1,500 a month

Desert meet ocean at Paracas, Peru

Pacasmay

Time to visit: March through November

Popularity: A popular destination for surfers, keep your eye out for swimmers and paddlers low in the water

Conditions: Home of the longest kiteable waves in the world, a enticing option to wave riders

Skill Level: Intermediate to advance (wave riding hotspot)

When The Wind Doesn’t Blow: Home of desert and a rocky selection of archaeological sites, colonial cities and ancient reminiscent spaces such as Chan Chan or Huaca de la Luna

Cost of Living: $500- 1,000

Long perfect breaks at Pacasmayo, Peru

Skeleton Coast, Namibia

Time to visit: August to December

Popularity: As remote and lifeless as a stretch of coast can be, Not named the skeleton coast for nothing!

Conditions: The kiteboarding and kitesurfing El Dorado for wind and waves, and flat water.

Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced (the location isn’t exactly a beginners first choice)

When The Wind Doesn’t Blow: Across the gem of Africa you can visit the Canyon Roadhouse Hotel, the tiny town of Solitaire, and Quiver Tree forest

Average Cost of Living: $1,500

Old remains of ships, whales, and turtles give Skeleton Coast its name

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