Continent
Europe
Country
France
Next Big City
Ajaccio
Next Town
Bonifacio, Caldarello
 
Type:
Ocean
Rider Ability:
Intermediate, Expert
Features:
School, Parking

Water

Type:
Flat, Small wave
Hazards:
Rocks
Quality:
Crystal clear
Best Tide:
Tide independent

Flat water, with almost no rocks beneath the surface. Knee deep on the edges, but impossible to stand anywhere else. Waves with SW winds further out in the bay.

Beach

Type:
Sand, Pebbles
Size:
Medium
Hazards:
Other
Beach Users:
June, July, August

Sandy beach, with some very small pebbles. A few patches of grass, but be careful of the sharp broken off twigs. There's also some bushes on and right behind the beach, so be careful with onshore winds.

Weather

Spring:
Shorty, Normal
Summer:
Shorts
Fall:
Shorty, Normal
Winter:
Normal, Thick

During summer 23-30┬░C, and water about 22┬░C as well. Shorty or even shorts are enough in summer. Besides summer a wetsuit is needed. Surfing all year is possible.

Wind

Best Months:
June, July, August
Wind Type:
Thermal
Best Direction:
ENE, E, SW, WSW, W
Main Direction:
ENE, E, SW

Works best with winds coming from Eastern directions. Can be gusty with Northeast winds. Thermal winds during summer (up to September). Enough to kite and windsurf just about every day. A venturi effect creates stronger winds.



How to get there

Transport
Car
Access
Short walk

Take the road N196 from Bonifacio to Sartene. After some 10km's there's a sign on the left side of the road with some windsurfers on it. Go left here and after a few 100m's take a left again. When you get to the first bay there's a small sand road straight ahead. Keep going on this until you get to bay with a small wood shack at the end of it.

Extra information

Rules
Zones, Time

During summer there's a kitesurfing restriction, however if you talk to the local kitesurfing school at the end of the beach (by foot around the edge that closes the bay, and try to get access to the water without too many rocks) you should be able to launch. After 20h, no motorized vehicles are allowed on the parking.

Nightlife

Lots of restaurants and bars in Bonifacio. Not much life during low season.