Monday, April 7, 2014

SECRET KITEBOARDING SPOTS: Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve (Riviera Maya, Mexico)


kitesurf boca paila sian ka'anWater, 12 knots and up of wind, a kite and a kiteboard: that’s all you need to enjoy one of the most exciting sport ever created by man. These ingredients would suffice anywhere to get your adrenaline pumping and excitement flowing, but when you have the luck to kitesurf in such a magical Caribbean spot as Boca Paila in the Biosphere Reserve of Sian Ka’an, you understand how kiteboarding can blend adrenaline and poetry so harmoniously.

Get ready for one of my secret spots to be revealed and come on a kitesurfing journey with us that you will never forget!

We will start the trip in Tulum beach zone, which is a Mexican Caribbean eco-chic village with beautiful white sand beaches and some great kitesurfing on its own. But this time we will continue past the gates of Tulum’s beach zone, through the gates that will take you to the wild and natural Biosphere Reserve of Sian Ka’an, and onto to a dirt road towards Punta Allen, past wild beaches on your left and jungle on the right. The road, full of holes, might also be semi-flooded depending on the season, so 4x4 is advisable.

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After fourteen kilometers of dust and bumps, which sometimes might seem never-ending due to the thick vegetation that doesn’t always allow to see the changing panorama of the coast, we will reach the bridge over Boca Paila. It’s a completely magic kitesurfing spot, where the fresh water lagoon meets the Caribbean Sea, sometimes separated by a thin tongue of land, which completely disappears during rainy season.

After brief walk in the forest through a narrow jungle path, we will reach the wild beach bordered by the sand bank (estuary) of the lagoon on one side, and the sea on the other. The magical view opens up – white sugary sand beaches and blue waters as far as your eye can see.

Keep in mind, however, that now it’s time to use your kiteboarding spot assessment skills: you can be tempted by the flat water and eager to kitesurf in the fresh water lagoon behind the bridge or in the river underneath it, but these waters are full of crocodiles, and local fishermen warn that it’s a big risk to put your foot in there. But don’t worry. You will have enough fun on the other side of the bridge, where different shades of turquoise Caribbean waters will entice you.

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Close to the point where the sea meets the lagoon, the current has created a perfect flat kitesurfing spot of about 300 sq meters, where the water doesn’t reach higher than your hips and you can practice freestyle, wakestyle or also safely enjoy it if you are a beginner. If you like wave kitesurfing, you just need to head out towards deeper waters, and you will have a great wave spot on the days with stronger wind.

Dare to kite until sunset, and find yourself surrounded only the white sand, palm trees, bright colors of the sky and magical atmosphere.

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If you enjoy some “exploration-style” kitesurfing, the Biosphere of Sian Ka’an has plenty of undiscovered kiteboarding spots to offer, just remember: you’ll be in a semi-savage area, where you’ll have to be extra careful while assessing potential dangers to avoid any bad surprises.

But if you take the right precautions, this ancient Mayan land will open up for you in all its beauty and mysticism. Enjoy!

Do you know of other secret kitesurfing spots around the world? I would love to hear about them!

If you like the idea of kitesurfing in Sian Ka’an and Tulum, you would love the idea of acquiring real estate here, because it is considered to be one of the best investments at the moment. Learn more about SianKa’an and Tulum real estate options with Riviera Maya Property Consultants.

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Date published: 04/07/2014
Date Update: 04/18/2014