Super flat water at Cabo De la Vela with strong offshore wind

Cabo de la Vela Kitesurf Spot in La Guajira

South America Kiteboard Spot in Colombia

Cabo de la Vela is a tiny little headland in Colombia, which due to the geography offers pumping wind nearly all year round and butter flat warm water, perfect for freestyle kiteboarding. The offshore wind makes the middle of the bay a spot for people who can already kitesurf, but it’s possible to learn further down the bay where the wind is blowing more cross shore. It’s a very relaxed destination where the main activity other than kitesurfing is going to be relaxing and taking in the local culture, but if you’re looking for a remote flat water kite spot then this definitely has to make the shortlist. The Wayuu indiginous people are still living in the Guajira area, and the remote location means it still has a fairly untouched feel compared to a lot of South American kite spots.

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Cabo de la Vela Kitesurfing wind conditions

As mentioned the middle of the bay is for advanced kitesurfers as you need to be able to ride upwind to get back to the beach, but it’s also where you will find the flattest water, perfect for freestyle or practicing tricks. Most of the year here the wind blows between 25 and 35 knots, with the lightest wind in May and June when it can be 15-25 knots, but more gusty and inconsistent. The best kite sessions will be in the morning or in the late afternoon, when the wind is most consistent and blowing fully offshore. In the middle of the day it can swing more cross shore making for less fun conditions, but still perfectly kiteable.

  • body wear

    • board shorts
  • downwinder

    • No
  • ride type

    • freeride
    • freestyle
    • hydrofoil
    • wakestyle
  • skill level

    • beginner
    • intermediate
    • advanced
    • professional
  • spot type

    • ocean
  • starting area

    • sandy beach
  • water condition

    • flat water
  • wind daytime

    • in the afternoon
    • midday

Wind Stats for Cabo de la Vela Kiteboarding

Around the Kiteboarding Spot Cabo de la Vela

Nearby you can take a short trip to hike up Pilon de Azucar to see an amazing panorama of the Guajira desert, and experience a sacred place for the Wayuu people. The sunsets from Cabo de la Vela looking West over the Caribbean are incredible, or you can head down to Playa del Pilon after climbing the Pilon and have a dip in the ocean. It’s a quiet little place with not much going on, but you’ll find local hospitality with some small restaurants, and the Wayuu people are known for their woven bags, so if you want to pick up a few gifts for family or friends these make for nice keepsakes. 

  • camper parking

    • Not allowed, but possible
  • car parking

    • Nearby
  • emergency

    • A rescue service
    • Kite repair
  • has restaurant

    • Yes
  • has toilet

    • No
  • has shower

    • No

How to get to Cabo de la Vela and how to bring it about while you're there

The simplest way to get here is to fly to Riohacha (RCH) vía Bogotá, and then get a taxi the remaining two hours to Cabo de la Vela. If you book in advance through your accommodation provider you’ll save yourself some hassle on arrival. If you do decide to just get a taxi at the airport just be sure to barter and agree a price up front.

  • accommodation

    • near the spot
  • public transport

    • Poorly developed
  • rental cars

    • Recommended


Given the critical Situation in Venezuela the closest junction where you change Cars can be dangerous. It is recommended not to drive through the Desert on your own. Bring small Bills as there is not much money around in Cabo de la Vela and waiting for change can take a while. If you have the opportunity to bring some extra food, don't hesitate to do so.

Forget about electricity all day and long showers out there.

It’s flat-water offshore, so maybe not everyone’s taste.

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Wind Forecast for Cabo de la Vela Kitesurfing


To reach Cabo de la Vela, you can fly to Riohacha Airport in Colombia and then take a land transfer to the destination. It's advisable to arrange transportation in advance or seek guidance from local tour operators.