This is a very personal selection by a kitesurf addicted girl who is chasing the wind since 2011 and threw her whole life around to kitesurf more. There are so many more places to experience but this is my personal (and probably ever-changing) list of my favorites.
Some spots just stick with you, they have the something special about them. While there are spots that might have better kitesurf conditions, this is a list of favorites that combined kitesurfing and a certain lifestyle around it or just were a special experience.
// Jericoacoara, Brazil
This little sandy village which is situated in a National Park famous for its moving dunes has some seriously different vibes going on. You’ll find wind every day during the season, no need to even check the forecast and it’s one of the spots with the strongest wind along the Northern coast – I was riding my 7m from October until December and rarely had to get my 9m kite out.
Lots of downwind opportuntites, chilled out vibes, sunset Caipis and the remote location make this kite spot a gem.
Pros for Jericoacoara at a glance
General Infos Jericoacoara
Best suited for: independent kitesurfers, downwind lovers
>>> Check out the full Spot Guide Jericoacoara
Also check out Paula Novotna’s beautiful video which was filmed in Icaraizinho and Jericoacoara and sums up the feeling and lifestyle in Brazil so beautifully
// Macapá, Brazil
Macapá is just a piece of flatwater heaven – at this lagoon it’s all about kite, eat, sleep repeat! If you want a bit more “life” (like a few restaurants and beach bars) you can also stay in Barra Grande and kite down to the Macapá lagoon – which is a few minutes kiting downwind but you need to be safe with your kitesurf skills to get back upwind.
Pros for Macapá at a glance
+ butterflat flatwater lagoon
+ very spacious spot
+ simple Brazilian lifestyle in Barra Grande (kite, eat, sleep, repeat)
+ wind every day during the season
General Infos Macapá
Best Wind: August – December
Best suited for: flatwater lovers and freestyle kiters, kitesurf beginners
// Cabarete, Dominican Republic
Cabarete is one of the spots that has the full lifestyle package and because of that is one of my alltime favorite spots where I can stay for various months. A Watersports Mecca, where you can surf, kitesurf, SUP and windsurf – all within a radius of 4km. Palmtrees, long sandy beaches and the deep blue ocean.
Different sports activities, anything from yoga on the loft with a sea view to kickboxing, surf fitness and SUP Yoga. Loud Bachata and Reggaeton booming from the loudspeakers of every corner. Good food, ripe Avocados and Mangos that taste insane and the strongest Cuba Libres I’ve ever drunken in my life. The happiness of Dominican people and how much they enjoy their lives even if they sometimes have so little.
Pros for Cabarete at a glance
+ Watersports-Mecca for kitesurfing, surfing, windsurfing and SUP
+ great kitesurfing culture with talented pro-kiters
+ mainly boardshorts temperature
+ stunning Caribbean scenery with palmtrees, long sandy beaches
+ wide range of sporty and touristy no-wind activities
+ nice nightlife and good restaurants/bars
+ relatively cheap for the Caribbean
General Infos Cabarete
Best Wind: June, July (August can be hit or miss) for stronger winds, December – April for lighter winds
Best suited for: independent kitesurfers, kitesurf beginners who don’t mind deep water and crowds (I learnt kitesurfing here as well although I wouldn’t call it a perfect beginner spot)
>>> Check out the full Spot Guide Cabarete
// Kite Safari, Egypt
Doing a kitesafari in a paradise destination has been a goal on my kitesurf bucket list for quite some time. The Red Sea in Egypt offers colors that you’re usually only used to from Caribbean waters – and is much closer to Europe! If you’re up for an adventure with different spots every day or every few days, you’ll love the boat safari.
Pros for the Kite Safari at a glance
+ boat safari with an extra dose of adventure and being close to nature
+ different spots within a week which are usually uncrowded
+ turquoise colors of the water, crystal clear and usually flatwater
+ you can chase the wind more easily and choose your spots according to the forecast
+ no-wind activities like diving, snorkeling, SUP, yoga, massage (depending on the organizer of the boat)
General Infos Kite Safari
Best Wind: June – September but basically you always have a 50/50 chance in Egypt, you can be super lucky or super unlucky, the closer it is around the summer months the higher your chances of scoring wind. That being said I had 11 out of 14 windy days in April in 2018 and had a worse wind statistic when I was in El Gouna in June in 2017.
Best suited for: adventurous kitesurfers, beginners (ideal to learn at an empty spot with rescue boats) freestylers – basically anyone who loves to kite 😉
>>> Check out the full review of my experience of the Kite Safari
// Cape Town, South Africa
Pros for Cape Town at a glance
General Infos Cape Town
Best suited for: wave lovers, strong wind lovers and kiteloop addicted kiters, for freestylers Witsand Breede River (not Witsands 😉 )
// El Gouna, Egypt
Egypt has many good spots but usually they are very remote or you can only stay in the hotel and kite. El Gouna is pretty different and I liked it as a solo traveler since it has a lot of lifestyle around it with the marina, restaurants and bar. As a kite teacher put it so nicely: „This is not Egypt, this is Disneyland!”
There are some extremly good kite centers in El Gouna which make kitesurfing pretty much as comfortable as it can get.
Pros for El Gouna at a glance
+ spacious flatwater spot
+ good for solo-travelers
+ good for beginners, big standing area
+ nightlife, party, good restaurants
+ relaxed and open-minded atmosphere at the spot
+ short flight from Europe (4 hours)
General Infos El Gouna
Best Wind: June – September but you’ll find kitesurfers all year round since it often still has the best wind chance compared to other European spots during those months
Best suited for: kitesurf beginners, freestylers, flatwater lovers
>>> Check out the full Spot Guide El Gouna
// Dakhla, Morocco
Kitesurfing in Dakhla, Morocco, a 45-kilometer lagoon which seems endless and is known to be the freestyle heaven, has been up on my personal kitesurf bucket list for quite some time. So finally it was time to visit that piece of flatwater heaven myself and see what all the buzz was about.
And as so often, that new spot exceeded my expectations: tons of space, flatwater, wind every day (we stayed there in July), kitesurfing all day every day (a classic eat, kite, sleep repeat) while being surrounded by the charm of the Western Sahara.
Pros for Dakhla at a glance
+ very high wind chance year round
+ huge lagoon with lots of space
+ all-level spot ideal for beginners and advanced
+ flatwater for freestylers, wave spot Oum Lamboiur close by (30 min. ride from the lagoon)
+ downwind options
+ kitesurf luggage is currently for free if you fly with Royal Air Maroc
General Infos Dakhla
Best Wind: April – September
Best Waves: October – March
Best suited for: kitesurf beginners, freestylers, flatwater lovers
>>> Check out the full Spot Guide Dakhla
// Limnos, Greece
There is spots that you hear about again and again. When people tell you about them, you just can’t believe they are as good as they describe them, because nobody knows them. Limnos is such a spot. The only reason that this little Greek island is still unknown, is that the spot was only discovered a few years ago and there are no direct flights from Europe, yet (always a stopover in Athens).
But let me tell you this: it’s probably Greece’s or maybe even Europe’s best kept secret when it comes to amazing kitesurf conditions: an uncrowded spot, good winds, beautiful nature and authentic culture. My only advise? Go there now before everyone else!
Pros for Limnos at a glance
+ one of Greece’s best kept secrets, still authentic and unspoiled
+ uncrowded spot with Caribbean-like turquoise water
+ flatwater at the top of the bay, small waves at the bottom of the bay, choppy inbetween
+ huge bay, safe for any level from beginner to pro
+ unspoilt Greek landscape and Greek life (little tourism)
+ familiar atmosphere at the spot
+ sandy beach, no obstacles or hazards in the water
General Infos Limnos
Best Wind: Mid-June – Mid-September
Best suited for: kitesurf beginners, kitesurf allrounders
>>> Check out the Full Spot Guide on Keros
// Los Roques, Venezuela
Los Roques.. all I ever heard before I came here sounded magical. I couldn’t really believe it, I thought it couldn’t be true that this is such a kitesurfer’s paradise and it’s so little known and visited. But what I saw here and where I kited was beyond any imagination and it truly was the trip of a lifetime for me.
Imagine kiting in crystal clear, turquoise water, with perfect wind and you’re the only one on the water – with your kite buddies of course! This was everything I ever dreamed of and I wouldn’t have expected it to really be SO damn good.
>>> Check out the full Spot Guide on Los Roques
Note: I went there in March 2016 when safety was already a critical point from all official sources (although I personally had a wonderful time and did never get into a dangerous situation) and I can’t give any personal updates on how the situation is there now.
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