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Kiteboarding at La Ventana: The Wind is Up Near La Paz

Kiteboarding at La Ventana!

by Kennia Thackaberry

La Ventana is a small fishing town located 40 minutes southeast of La Paz, off highway 286. Known for its beautiful beaches and the proximity of Isla Cerralvo, many have visited its shores to camp or take a fishing trip in the surrounding waters of the island. In recent years, the town has experience an increasing number of visitors as word of its charm and consistent winds spread.

Kiteboarding at La Ventana

Discovered first in the 90’s by windsurfers that traveled the roads of Baja from California looking for new adventures, La Ventana quickly gained reputation for its steady winter winds. The location was remote but many that came for windsurfing stayed or came back with more friends. Slowly, it became a great destination for surface water sports and specifically for kiteboarding.

But what makes La Ventana such an ideal spot? The main reason of course is the wind. La Ventana gets hit during the mid-day by side-shore winds of 15 to 25 knots during the months of November through April.  Also, the water temperature is a pleasant 70 degrees. Another important feature is safety. The shape of the bay that curves at the end allows drifters to come to a safe landing on the sandy beach.

The popularity of this sport has encouraged the opening of a couple of schools that offer lessons from beginners to experts, all kinds of gear rentals, assisted lessons and accommodations. If you decide to bring your own equipment, don’t hesitate to stop by any of the schools and get assistance from the friendly staff on launchings spots, restaurants or any other questions. Most of them are certified by the International Kiteboarding Organization (IKO).

Then, there is Captain Kirk’s Windsport Resort in La Ventana…a boutique beach central lodging in close proximity to some of the world’s best windsurfing and kiteboarding. Captain Kirk and his wife Kitty have been running this unique windsport resort in southern Baja (Baja Sur) since 1993, offering a fresh alternative to the traditional seaside vacation. This is NOT your typical Mexican resort, with crowded swimming pools and beaches patrolled by insistent vendors; it is, rather, a secluded property set near a quiet, pristine beach, with beautiful botanical gardens and gorgeous views, overlooking the dazzling blue waters of the Sea of Cortez. It is the place to find windsports in Baja!

 

 

So, what to do when you are done kiteboarding? Well, the fun doesn’t have to end when you get back to shore. The nearby mountains are a perfect place to go for a hike; the proximity of the city’s dam and its system of single track trails are great for mountain biking; sport fishing tours can be arranged; or you might just want to enjoy a relaxing time at the beach. The area is also a good place for spear fishing, snorkeling and scuba diving. In the after hours, the town has a few taco stands, restaurants and bars to enjoy the catch of the day and a frozen drink.

The winds are blowing in the shores of La Ventana and kiteboarders are enjoying thrilling rides every day. Don’t miss out on this and many other adventure opportunities La Paz and surrounding areas have to offer.

Playa Central Slider Jam 2012 @ La Ventana B.C.S from Carlos Altamirano on Vimeo.

 

Want to find out more about kiteboarding at La Ventana,  Captain Kirk’s, or other places to visit in the La Paz area?  Go to Baja.com

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About Kennia Thackaberry

Kennia Thackaberry was born and raised in the quiet city of La Paz. Her love for Baja started at a young age and grew deeper after exploring the peninsula with her family on many camping and hiking trips. Through her work as a freelance writer she shares her knowledge and passion for the beautiful place she calls home.

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