Isla Holbox / Playa de las Tortugas

Continent
North America
Country
Mexico
Next Big City
Cancun
Next Town
Isla Holbox, Chiquila
 
Type:
Ocean
Rider Ability:
Beginner, Intermediate, Expert
Features:
None

Water

Type:
Chop, Small wave
Hazards:
None
Quality:
Crystal clear
Best Tide:
Tide independent

Beautiful blue water. Shallow for about 100m. The stronger the wind and the more onshore the higher the waves. In some areas it can be very nice with flat space in between the waves. Lots of space and sandy bottom. Normally Dolphins are around.

Beach

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

30 km long, sandy beach. All natural and lots of space. No obstacles. You normally kite alone. Watch out for shells on the beach when walking without shoes and laying down a kite. The south tip of Playa las Tortugas is Punta Mosquito.

Wind

Best Months:
January, February, March, April, December
Wind Type:
Frontal
Best Direction:
N, NE, E
Main Direction:
N, NE, E

Usually wind all year. The best wind you have from December till August. During this time the wind is blowing between N and East. In winter every two weeks there is a Northerly wind that increases till 30 knots. Than it turns a little to Northeast and slowly dies till 10 knots. And this goes on and on. Since it is a huge bay and long beach, it has more wind directions being sideshore: east bay SW and NE, west bay NW and SE.



How to get there

Transport
Boat
Access
No walk

After arriving at Cancun airport and from there you have 3 possibilities: 1. you booked your holiday by a travel agency. In this case the transport will be arranged in the total deal and somebody is already waiting for you to bring you to the island. 2. you booked only a flight. You have to arrange a taxi by yourself from the airport to Chiquila (more or les 70/80 USD) and from there you can take the ferry to Isla Holbox. 3. you booked only a flight and you don't want to spend to much money on a taxi. In this case you take a collectivo taxi to downtown Cancun with destination bus station. This will cost you 9,- USD (please buy the ticket before you go through customs!) At the bus station you buy a ticket to Chiquila for 6,- USD. The bus trip will take 3 hours and there are no extra costs for taking your kitesurf equipment with you. In Chiquila you take the ferry to Isla Holbox (4,- USD). Bus Schedule: Cancun to Chiquila 8.00 am / 12.30 pm / 13.30 pm. From Isla Holbox you have to take a boat for about 15min.

Extra information

Rules
Time

The whole island is open for kitesurfing on all the beaches during the months November, December, January, February, March and April. Please don't leave any garbage. It is a natural reserve, where turtles come to shore and lay their eggs.

Nightlife

No nightlife.