You chose one of the luxury rentals in the Yucatan Peninsula area known as the Mayan Riviera, also called Riviera Maya by some, and you already know you are in for a rare treat. Nature, history, outdoor activities, scenery, shopping and dining are all guaranteed to be unique and unforgettable here. Cenotes are waiting to be explored, historic and mysterious Mayan ruins can be scaled at dawn, the amazing food of the region is yours to sample, and then there are those beaches.
However, you cannot forget that beaches mean water, and the coastal area of the Riviera Maya is fast becoming a favorite destination for surfers, windsurfers, and kite surfers seeking unforgettable experiences in the flawless Caribbean waters.
In fact, many of the towns and destinations you may already be planning to visit, or where you may have booked your villa, are already tagged as the best places to enjoy some time on a board. Depending upon your chosen location, the best season for kitesurfing or surfing in the Riviera Maya will be from January through May and then again from November through December.
The most frequently chosen places are:
Playa del Carmen
The most well-known city in the Riviera Maya, it has a very European feel and is a much more relaxed place than larger cities like Cancun. This is also a premium place for kitesurfing and is even home to competitions.
Just south of Playa del Carmen and across the water from Cozumel, it is the quieter and more picturesque spot to safely learn and enjoy hours of kitesurfing.
In the heart of the Riviera Maya, this “secret” has repeatedly earned a place in the list of top ten beaches in Mexico. It is stunning and ideal as a day trip or place to learn to kitesurf.
An irresistible local for its Mayan ruins, this is also one of the loveliest beaches too. Soft white sands, no dangerous conditions, and onshore winds make it the perfect place at all hours of the day or night!
To the north and west of Cancun, and north on the peninsula, it is home to exotic birds, but also some of the safest kiteboarding conditions. Shallow waters and long beaches, with ideal winds from November to August, make it a good option.
Half of an hour from Cancun, it is a flat, saltwater lagoon and you can learn to kitesurf here in some of the safest and best conditions possible.
An island off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, it is also one of the safest spots to master kitesurfing. If you are planning a day trip here, why not also book an hour or two of lessons to see how you do?
Do be aware of one issue that surprises many travelers looking to enjoy kitesurfing in the Riviera Maya – at sunrise, the beaches are often filled with experienced kitesurfers and regular surfers eager to enjoy the best waves. This is the time for experienced surfers or kitesurfers, but could be a fun time to pack a picnic, watch the sun rise, and take in the masterful skills of those already familiar with these water sports.
With its range of fun and unforgettable experiences, the Riviera Maya is consistently earning new fans and enthusiasts. Surfing and kitesurfing here is easy to arrange, and your Isle Blue concierge is happy to help you make plans. Whether you are looking for the best beach where kitesurfing lessons are available or you want to find gear, we can help. If you have questions about these sports in the Riviera Maya, give your concierge a call to discuss your options.