Description of the kitesurfing spots in Tarifa

In the following, we give you a detailled description of all the kitesurf spots in Tarifa. Regulations of use of the beach, services, zones to avoid etc. And some advice on the best conditions to enjoy kitesurfing to the fullest.

  • Balneario
  • La Jaima
  • Rio Jara / Lagoon
  • Los Lances
  • Valdevaqueros
  • Punta Paloma

Balneario - Kitesurf Spot Tarifa

Location: This is the fisrt beach just next to la Isla de la Paloma, which separates Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. It is situated in the center of Tarifa just 200 meters away from the harbor.

Services: 2 bars, 2 parking lots, public showers (available 8-10 months a year)

Beach: Fine sand and no stones, the seabed is sand as well

Use of the beach: Kitesurfing is prohibited from 15th June until 15th September, permitted rest of the year

With Poniente: About 40% of the days. Side-on-shore. Normally choppy and small waves of 1 meter, with an average swell of about 2 meters, with storm we may have 4 or 5 meter waves but this happens only couple of times a year . Constant wind.

With Levante: Approximately 50% of the days. Side-off-shore. Normally the sea is completely flat with all the intensity of wind and without swell, with swell waves average is between one and two meters, with strong swell (only a few days a year, and generally in winter) waves of 3 or 4 meters. Constant wind.

Southerly wind: Approximately 5% of the days. On-shore. The ocean is very choppy with rough waves. Medium-high difficulty of condition because the direction of the wind and waves make upwind riding hard. Constant wind.

Northerly wind: Approximately 5% of the days. Side-Shore. Ocean a little bit choppy. With medium and strong swell perfect conditions for surfkite. Constant wind.

Dangers: Two very large accumulations of rocks that can not be seen with high tide. At first it is recommended to ride slowly and try to locate them. Note that the wind is side-off-shore and during mid and low season there is no rescue boat.

Recommended level: Advanced and Expert

Best condition: For freestyle Levante with flat sea. For surfkite Poniente or North wind with medium and strong swell.

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La Jaima - Kitesurf Spot Tarifa

Location: Direct access from Tarifa town to beach, less than 2km away from the port.

Services: 1 bar, 1 parking, private showers and kite pump air compressor provided by the beach bar.

Beach: Fine sand, no stones. The seabed is also fine sand.

Use of the beach: Kitesurfing is prohibited between 15th June and 15th September, permitted during the rest of the year.

With Poniente: Approximately 40% of the days. Side-on-shore. Usually medium and small choppy waves less than 1m, with medium swell waves around 1.5 / 2 meters, with storm 3 / 4 meter waves (this only happens a few times a year). Constant wind.

With Levante: Approximately 50% of the days. Side-off-shore. Normally completely flat sea and no swell with all wind intensities, with medium swell waves between 1 and 2 meters, with strong swell waves about 3 meters (this only happens a few time a year, usually during winter). Gusty wind.

Southerly wind: Approximately 5% of the days. On-shore. Ocean with lot of chop and condition medium-high difficulty because the direction of the wind and waves make riding upwind harder. Constant wind.

Northerly wind: Approximately 5% of the days. Side-shore. Ocean with just a little chop. With medium or strong swell it's perfect condition for surfkite. Constant wind with little gust.

Dangers: No dangers. Medium difficulty only with southerly wind.

Recommended level: All levels

Best condition: For freeride Poniente. For surfkite Poniente or northerly wind with medium/strong swell.

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Rio Jara / Lagoon - Kitesurf Spot Tarifa

Location: Carretera Nacional 340 highway at 82km. It's possible to arrive from La Jaima or Los Lances by foot.

Services: 1 parking and a bar about 500m away (open only during the summer)

Beach: The beach is fine sand without stones, seabed is sand as well. Lagoon has a mix of sand and mud.

Use of the beach: From 15th of June to 15th of September kitesurfing is not permitted, rest of the year permitted only in the water. In the Lagoon practicing kitesurfing is prohibbed all year, there are controls on behalf of the authorities.

With Poniente: Approximately 40% of the days. Side-on-shore. Usually medium and small choppy waves less than 1m, with medium swell waves around 1.5 / 2 meters, with storm 3 / 4 meter waves (this only happens a few times a year). Lagoon is really flat. Constant wind.

With Levante: Approximately 50% of the days. Side-off-shore. Normally completely flat sea and no swell with all wind intensities, with medium swell waves between 1 and 2 meters, with strong swell waves about 3 meters (this only happens a few time a year, usually during winter). Gusty wind.

Southerly wind: Approximately 5% of the days. On-shore. Ocean with lot of chop and condition medium-high difficulty because the direction of the wind and waves make riding upwind harder. Constant wind.

Northerly wind: Approximately 5% of the days. Side-shore. Ocean with just a little chop. With medium or strong swell it's perfect condition for surfkite. Gusty wind.

Dangers: No dangers. If you decide to ride in the Lagoon it's at your own risk and remember that it's not permitted.

Recommended level: All levels

Best condition: For freestyle in the Lagoon Poniente or southerly wind. For surfkite Levante.

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Los Lances - Kitesurf Spot Tarifa

Location: Beach stretches from Río Jara to Arte Vida

Services: 2 public carparks at a walking distance from the beach, 5 bars (some open all year round, some 8 months of the year), private showers, air compressor pumps for your kites provided by the majority of the bars. Rescue boat during the high season.

Beach: Fine, white sand with small stones in areas. The majority of the seabed is pure sand, with stones mixed in further north up Los Lances beach.

Use of the beach: Kitesurf is permitted all year round. Between 15 June - 15 September kitezones are set out along the beach. The majority of the beach is dedicated to kitesurf but there is also a zone for windsurfers and a small zone for swimmers. The zones are not particularly clearly marked, but you should nevertheless try to keep to your zone to avoid any accidents.

With Poniente: Approx 40% of time. Side-on-shore. A little bit choppy, with average swell/waves around 1-2 metres beach break. Constant wind.

With Levante: 50% of the time. Side-shore / side-off-shore. Very little chop out at sea and zero swell. Gusty wind.

Southerly wind: Approx 5% of the time. On-shore. Choppy waves. Medium-High difficulty due to direction of the wind and waves making it difficult to make your way out to sea. Wind is constant without gusts.

Northerly wind: Approx 5% of the time. Side-shore. Little chop at sea but wind becomes very gusty.

Dangers: Large sandy beach with no dangers. In the northern end there might be some stones.

Recommended level: All levels

Best condition: For freestyle and freeride with Poniente. For surfkite there are some great waves at the norhern end of the beach.

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Valdevaqueros - Kitesurf Spot Tarifa

Location: Carretera Nacional 340 al km 76

Services: 1 carpark just a walk from the beach, 4 bars, showers and air compressor pumps in the majority of bars.

Use of the beach: Kitesurf is permitted all year round. Between 15 June - 15 September kitezones are set out along the beach. The majority of the beach is dedicated to kitesurf but there is also a zone for windsurfers and a small zone dedicated to swimmers. The zones are not particularly clearly marked, but you should nevertheless keep out of the Windsurf zone to avoid accidents.

With Poniente: Approx 40% of time. Side-on-shore. A little bit choppy, with average swell/waves around 1-2 metres beach break. This wind is very constant.

With Levante: 50% of the time. Side-shore / side-off-shore. Very little chop out at sea and zero swell. Gusty wind. During the winter the first 50 meters of the beach might remain without wind.

Southerly wind: Approx 5% of the time. On-shore. Choppy waves. Medium-High difficulty due to direction of the wind and waves making it difficult to make your way out to sea. Wind is constant without gusts.

Northerly wind: Approx 5% of the time. Side-shore. Little chop at sea but wind becomes very gusty.

Dangers: Large sandy beach with no rocks. Very safe beach. Extreme southern part of beach there is an occasional rock on seabed.

Recommended level: All levels

Best condition: For freestyle and freeride Poniente and thermic wind. At the southern part there are some good waves for surfkite.

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Punta Paloma - Kitesurf Spot Tarifa

Location: Carretera Nacional 340 al km 74

Services: 1 carpark just a walk from the beach (public/private : in summer you tend to need to pay for parking), 4 bars, showers and air compressor pumps in the majority of bars.

Beach use: Kitesurf is permitted all year round. Between 15 June - 15 September, kitezones are implemented along the beach. The majority is dedicated to kitesurf, there is a zone for windsurfers and a small zone dedicated to swimmers. It must be said that the zones are not particularly clear, but you should nevertheless try to avoid the other zones in order to avoid any dangerous accident.

With Poniente: Approx 40% of time. Side-on-shore. A little bit choppy, with average swell/waves around 1-2 metres beach break. This wind is very constant.

With Levante: 50% of the time. Side-shore / side-off-shore. Very little chop out at sea and zero swell. During the winterthe first 50 meters of the beach might remain without wind.

Southerly wind: Approx 5% of the time. On-shore. Choppy waves. Medium-High difficulty due to direction of the wind and waves making it difficult to make your way out to sea. Wind is constant without gusts.

Northerly wind: Approx 5% of the time. Side-shore. Little chop at sea but wind becomes very gusty.

Dangers: No dangers. In the extreme north there are some rocks at the seabed.

Recommended level: All levels

Best conditon: for Freestyle and Freeride Poniente, Levante and Thermic. For surf-kiting, the waves are great in the north part but only when the wind is southerly.

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