El Coche / Playa La Punta

Continent
South America
Country
Venezuela
Next Big City
Porlamar, Isla Margarita
Next Town
San Pedro de Coche
 
Type:
Ocean, Island
Rider Ability:
Beginner, Intermediate, Expert
Features:
Rooms, Camping, School, Shop, Rental, Rescue, Shower, Toilet, Food, Parking

Water

Type:
Shallow, Flat, Chop
Hazards:
Ships
Quality:
Clean
Best Tide:
Tide independent

Perfectly flat water, no tide. A great spot to improve and practice. The water is not clear all year in the bay. The first meters along this bay are shallow. It can get crowded with more than 15 kiters at one time.

Beach

Type:
Sand
Size:
Medium
Hazards:
None
Beach Users:
April

Nice white and soft sandy beach with plenty of space, no rocks, few shells, plenty of space to launch and land kites. About 2km long beach. Since it is a bay you still can go a bit downwind and won't need rescue. The best zone of the beach is the Northern zone, because there aren't swimmers or boats. But you can kitesurf in the whole beach as long as you are careful with the rest of the people.

Wind

Best Months:
February, March, April, May, June
Wind Type:
Thermal, Trade
Best Direction:
NE, ENE, E
Main Direction:
NE, ENE, E

Constant trade winds blowing usually from midday on over flat land, an old salt works, into the 2km long bay. This makes for a unique offshore wind situation. Normally, offshore wind means very smooth water and gusty wind but in this case the wind it is incredibly stable, which makes it one of the best places in the world for kiteboarding. Best time for kiting here: February until the middle of June. Typical kite sizes for 176lbs/80kg: 16m 20%, 14m 30%, 12m 25%, 10m 25%. Windy most of the year.



How to get there

Transport
Boat
Access
No information

Take a plane to Porlamar Airport in Margarita. Then, take a taxi to El Yaque beach. And finally, take a boat from El Yaque to Coche Island (many in El Yaque organize this boat transfer). Playa La Punta is right next to the two hotels you can stay in Isla de Coche. The boat will leave you in Playa La Punta, so all you have to do is walk with your stuff to the hotel when you get out of the boat. Some hassles involved in getting the ferry from El Yaque (don't forget to book your return ferry as soon as you arrive on El Coche).

Extra information

Rules
Zones

The beach in front of the all inclusive hotel is reserved for day tourists. Boats and Jet skis around. Make sure you get rescue info before you go on the water, since the wind is offshore. Inofficially the South part is for windsurfers and the North part for kiters.

Nightlife

The guys at the Cafe/Bar do the odd Party night with dancing girls, some wicked tunes and the best rum and cokes on the beach.