Colombia is a beautiful country with stunning nature, empty beaches and strong wind throughout the year! Kiteboarding is growing quickly along the North coast with amazing waves and flat water to be found. With white, sandy beaches stretching along the coast, Colombia is one of the best places to enjoy endless downwinders. Read the following guide to find out the best time to go, where to go, different accommodation options and more!
Pros and Cons
+ No wetsuit needed
+ Strong reliable wind
+ Both waves and flat water can be found
+ Suitable for beginner-advanced riders
- Relatively cheap
- Not many other activities to do
What you need to know about kitesurfing in Colombia
If you are looking for reliable wind, you will find it here and for the whole year! December to April are the most reliable months bringing strong and consistent winds everyday like clock work. The air and water are warm so no wetsuits are needed although a rash guard is recommended for sun protection. Experience beautiful beaches, amazing historical sites and delicious food in the bustling city of Cartagena and in small, rural towns along the coast. You can find all conditions from flat water to beautiful waves along the Colombian coast.
Kite Tours and Safaris in Colombia
Kite tours in Columbia offer the perfect combination if kiting, travelling and discovering raw, beautiful nature. On a kite safari you will get the chance to experience butter flat water and perfect, glassy waves. Stay in small towns along the North coast experiencing the true Colombian culture, enjoying endless kiting and unforgettable downwinders. From busy city life to rural towns with no electricity- you will experience it all!
Accommodations in Colombia
A variety of accommodation options are available for different budgets and travelling styles whether you are alone or travelling in a group. If you are travelling alone hostels are the perfect option where you will meet other like minded travellers and kite companions. Beachfront bungalows and posudas are a great option for those looking for a more relaxed vacation surrounded by beautiful nature. Different hotel options are also available for a more luxurious vacation.
Colombia for Beginners
The wide open spaces, empty beaches and steady winds make Colombia a perfect place to learn and progress your skills. Beaches with flat, shallow water are the best for learning. You can book lessons in Cabo de la Vela, La Boquilla, Cartagena and Santa Veronica. All places are safe for learning and offer great conditions and a good infrastructure for kitesurf beginner.
What make kitesurfing in Colombia special
The wind in Colombia is incredibly reliable with conditions suitable for all riding styles and levels. Find butter flat water and world class waves all along the North coast. You can experience incredible nature and enjoy a simple way of living or stay close to the bustling city near shopping centres and restaurants- the choice is yours. Colombia is a suitable destination to travel alone with a big kiteboarding community and social accommodations such as hostels right on the kite spot as well as organised activities and downwinders.
Infrastructure in Colombia
At the main kite spots you will find accommodations and kite schools with lessons and rentals available. As you travel along the coast the smaller towns have little infrastructure, some that may not have electricity or running water. Cartagena is Colombia’s largest city so there you will find shopping centres, restaurants and any other amenities you may need. It is recommended to bring your own gear as rentals can be expensive and some smaller towns may not offer them. Accommodations offer airport shuttles as often day trips to other spots and downwinder shuttles.
Nightlife and Other Activities
You will find a vibrant nightlife in Cartagena and many other activities such as historical city tours, fine dining, skydiving, museums and more! Other spots along the coast such as Cabo de la Vela and Santa Veronica are quieter and would suit a nature lover who enjoys kiting all day, relaxing on the beach and to enjoying a beer with friends in the evening while watching the sunset over the ocean. Other activities include SUPing, surfing, horse riding, windsurfing, hiking, exploring historic trails and more.