El Cuyo is still relatively unknown by many kiters but it offers consistent side onshore breezes for months on end across wide open beaches with affordable beach front accommodation and unbeatable charm. If you're looking for smooth, reliable conditions and a chance to experience the culture of an authentic Mexican fishing village then you'll find it here.
El Cuyo’s uncrowded, shallow water provides a perfect playground for those looking to progress their riding in a laid-back island setting. Nestled on the picturesque Emerald Coast of the Yucatan, here you’ll experience Caribbean-esque conditions without the crowds and you can kite all day before relaxing in the laid-back surroundings of the village of El Cuyo.
Kite Beach El Cuyo has a long, empty, white sand beach and the water’s chest deep until approximately 70 metres from the shore. Choose to rip small waves and go on downwinders up to 23 miles long down the coast from there. The wind is usually cross-onshore but changes throughout the year with more side-shore winds occasionally coming through. The El Norte storms that fire up in January and December can bring with them a much more full-on riding experience along with some larger swell.
WIND, WEATHER AND WATER
El Cuyo has a decent percentage of windy days across the whole calendar thanks to its location and micro-thermal effects. The main season is a long one and it runs from early February to late July with a steady average of 18 - 23 knots.
The wind usually starts light in the mornings, though you can usually get out on a bigger kite and by 1pm, when the thermals come in, you can enjoy a great session and it usually blows strongly until after sunset! If you’re coming here to learn then February to May are the best months as the water is at its warmest and the winds are most reliable. You can also score some good conditions from November to January, but it depends on colder low pressure weather systems coming in.
During the summer season the air temps range from 24 - 30°C / 75 - 85°F and the water is equally as warm so you won’t need extra layers on land or in the sea. During the winter it can drop a little when a cold front comes through and you might want a thermal rashie or a summer suit around that time. Jeans and a light hoodie are a good idea in the evening. In summer you’ll live in shorts and T-shirts.
Percentage of days with wind over force 4 / 14 knots
COME KITE WITH US teach all levels from beginner to advanced with lessons available every day through the season. They use Cabrinha equipment, which is also available for hire, and you can choose between private or group sessions. They also run epic downwinders and trips around the areas.
For accommodation choose from small ‘casitas’ and guesthouses to larger properties that can be found on Airbnb. There’s also a boutique hotel, Casa Morph, that caters to kiters with an air compressor, board racks and a five star experience.
If you get a no wind spell during your stay then El Cuyo has world-class fishing, you can watch dolphins from the pier or check out the thousands of flamingos that migrate here each year to the nearby nature reserve. There are Mayan ruins in the area to explore and you can also go for a SUP around the bay or just sit back and catch some R&R.
If you're staying by the beach then you can just walk out your front door and rig up. Renting a car is recommended for going further afield as taxis aren’t cheap. Some accommodations can organise a transfer for you.
Food and drink
There are local ‘tiendas’ (small shops) where you can get the basics, but most people eat out as it’s relatively inexpensive. The closest ATM is in Tizmin which is one hour away, so stock up on pesos at the airport in Cancun as nowhere in town accepts credit cards.
Fly into Cancun International Airport (CUN) which is two hours away by car or taxi and three hours by bus. Renting a car is recommended as taxis aren’t cheap. Some accommodations can organise a transfer for you.
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