Cancun Kitesurfing Holiday and Travel Guide

Cancun

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Why Visit?

When it comes to kiteboarding in Cancun, there's no better place than Isla Blanca. This breathtaking location boasts a 10-mile stretch of pristine land with the ocean on one side and calm, shallow waters on the other. Whether you're a beginner looking to improve your skills or an experienced rider craving new freestyle tricks, Isla Blanca has it all. Picture yourself surrounded by white sandy beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and an abundance of beautiful birds. Oh, and did we mention the delectable Mexican food?

Wind and Weather

The windy season spans from November to June, with November to April being commonly known as the “Temporada de Nortes” due to the influence of north fronts from the US. The wind during this period is strong (10-35 knots) and cold, but it remains remarkably consistent. For those chilly days, it is advisable to wear a 2/3MM wetsuit. Once the wind shifts to the east and southeast, typically around April, the temperature rises significantly, eliminating the need for a wetsuit until the next norte arrives.

If you are planning a holiday in April, a shorty wetsuit should be sufficient. Nevertheless, it is recommended to contact a local school beforehand to inquire about any changes in wind direction towards the south. From April to May, wind speeds average 12-25 knots.

Getting Around

To easily navigate your way around, renting a car is highly recommended. In the area, you'll come across very economical rental options, both at the airport and the hotel zone. Another option is taking the buses around Cancun, which are not only cost-effective but also easily accessible. However, do keep in mind that there are only 4 minibuses per day that go to Isla Blanca. If you prefer not to rent a car, staying in Isla Blanca instead of Cancun center or the Hotel Zone would be much more hassle-free. There are also taxis and ubers available.

Food and Drink

You won't find better burritos, tacos, and enchiladas anywhere else but in Cancun. The deliciously fresh fish will leave you craving for more. There are countless restaurants to choose from in Cancun; in the town center, you'll discover authentic Mexican cuisine, while in the hotel zone, you can indulge in everything from exquisite sushi to tantalizing Mediterranean dishes. And if you're looking for mouthwatering food in Isla Blanca, don't miss out on the homemade Italian pastas and pastries, as well as the tempting vegetarian and vegan options. And of course, no visit to Cancun is complete without trying some of their world-famous national drinks - tequila and mezcal!

Nightlife

There is no nightlife in Isla Blanca unless you arrange a beach bonfire. However, in the Cancun Hotel Zone, you can party all night long until the sun rises if you desire. Most of the clubs have an entry fee of $10-20, but once you're inside, all drinks are complimentary. So get ready for your nights to be wild and unforgettable.

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No Wind?

In case the wind doesn't cooperate, worry not! There are plenty of exciting activities to enjoy in Cancun. You can try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking in the picturesque Isla Blanca bay. Get ready for some amazing encounters with the local wildlife, including pelicans, flamingos, and even flying fish. Don't miss the chance to witness the breathtaking sunrise - it's a truly magical experience! If you're looking to venture beyond the beach, make sure to explore the stunning Cenotes - enchanting sinkholes and caves filled with turquoise waters. These natural wonders hold great historical significance as they were once used by the Mayans to connect with their gods. For more detailed information, check out the indispensable guide by Lonely Planet.

Divers will be delighted to know that Cancun boasts the second largest coral reef in the world. Whether you choose to dive or snorkel during boat tours to Isla Mujeres and Isla Contoy, prepare to be amazed by the marine life. If you're lucky enough to visit between May and August, keep an eye out for whales and sharks passing by - numerous boat trips are organized for memorable sightings. Finally, no trip to Cancun is complete without a visit to the awe-inspiring Mayan ruins. While there are many archaeological sites worth exploring, Tulum, located just two hours away from Cancun, offers the most breathtaking ruins. And if you find yourself with a gust of wind, don't hesitate to kite right in front of these ancient marvels!

Internet

The Wi-Fi in Isla Blanca is practically non-existent and the 3G only works in some random spots on the island. Therefore, if you want to stay connected, it's best to go to the Hotel Zone, where you can enjoy fast and dependable Internet access.

Ikarus offers reliable WiFi for guests and visitors.

Accommodation

For those who crave a stay in the breathtaking nature reserve of Isla Blanca, Ikarus Kiteboarding presents beachfront accommodations. These accommodations offer a clean and spacious experience with luxurious queen-sized beds and private bathrooms that boast awe-inspiring views. They harness the power of a solar system during the day and rely on a gas generator for a few hours at night. The wifi connection is excellent and has recently been upgraded to ensure smooth surfing (with even faster speeds coming soon with starlink!)

If you're planning a group trip, there are also several houses available for rent in the area. However, if you desire a more modern setting, you can head over to the vibrant Hotel Zone, which offers a wide selection of hotels to suit your preferences. The Hotel Zone is conveniently located just a 20-minute drive from Isla Blanca, making it an ideal choice for those who wish to enjoy daily kiteboarding sessions while staying connected to the outside world. And let's not forget about the amazing selection of cocktails, ice-cold beers, and unforgettable parties waiting for you there too!

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Language
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Population
128,932,753
Capital
Mexico City
Time Zone
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Where are the Best Kitesurfing Beaches in Cancun?

Ikarus Kite Camp, in Isla Blanca, is a very popular spot when the north wind blows. Riders come from all along the coast to ride there as it is off-shore at most of the Riviera Maya beaches. The spot can get a bit choppy if the northerly wind is +25knts. When it’s north-easterly, the water is butter flat. If the wind is Easterly, it is better to go to La Punta, 5 minutes further along the Isla Blanca strip.

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Located in Isla Blanca, La Punta is one of the few spots in the area that works on every wind direction. East and south-easterly winds are off shore, so they give you butter flat water, ideal for beginners and freestyle. As the water is only waist deep there is no need to worry about the normal dangers of off-shore wind. This is one of the easiest spots in the world to learn to kite in as well as to improve your freestyle. Make sure you have some change when you go to la Punta as there is a 30 pesos ($1.5) parking fee; it is also recommended to watch where the locals drive not to get stuck in the sand.

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Punta Nizuc, in Cancun, works on an east/south-easterly wind direction. It has shade, parking, a small beach and shallow water which is quite flat but can get a little choppy in stronger winds. Be carful not to leave valuables in your car, as the parking is not always safe.

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This spot is located between Punta Cancun and Playa Delfines (el Mirador). It works best on  north-easterly, east and south-easterly winds. This spot is only for advanced riders as there are a lot of sunbathers and the hotels cause wind shadows in some places. Make sure to watch out for the buoys that limit the swimming areas where kiters are not allowed. There is also a strong rip-current and there can be a violent beach-break so it can be hard to ride when the wind is onshore.

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When is the Best Time to go Kitesurfing in Cancun?

The windy months to go kitesurfing in Cancun are January, February, March, April, May, June, November, December

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