Geeignet für: Windsurfer, Kitesurfer
Revier: Flachwasser, Welle
Windrichtung: beste keine Angabe, fahrbar keine Angabe
Myself and a friend (Dutch) where looking for somewhere off the beaten track that could give us good wind for a week or so. Not being a great planner everything really left to the last the minute. We eventually decided to travel to Adicora on the Paraguaná Peninsula in Venezuela. The main reason, wind. The forecast looked good for the 10 days we were to be there. We were not disappointed!
We flew into Caracass from the UK. From there you need to catch a small commuter flight to Cora. This is with a airline called Avior (www.avior.com.ve). The return flight from there costs $100. There are 3 flights daily. From Cora it’s about a 40 min cab ride, cost $18. The cab drivers speak little/no English so you really could do with a basic knowledge of Spanish or a guide. We had the later option which personally although perhaps a little more expensive I feel was certainly worth it. He had a good knowledge of the area including the local shops and restaurants that proved invaluable.
Once you get on the peninsular its obvious why you’ve come. The wind really was blowing. At one point you drive through a Desert and on occasion the dunes drift onto the road. The wind is nearly always E/NE although on the western side there was completely flat water. It was very tempting to get out and rig up just there! The whole of the eastern coastline looks like you can surf it. The beach must run at least 25 miles although its not until you get to Adicora that you get some protection from the swell by means of a reef running some 300 – 500m offshore.
In the mornings it was 16m² weather but passing about 3 every afternoon the 12m² came out. I am now a complete physical wreak, have never done so much kitesurfing. At the start of the holiday both of us were reasonably competent. At the end we were popping air at will with back loops and spins actually being landed. What a difference it makes with power in the kite! Without doubt I made my highest jump yet followed almost immediately by the biggest wipe out the Caribbean has ever seen! Or at least that’s the way it seemed.
There is a good shore and reef break if you want to ride the waves, also plenty of flat water to practice transitions. It helps you more of less have the whole place to yourself.
There are a few locals who Kite although the busiest time is at the weekend when you get a few people up from Caracas. There is a local 14 year old who pretty soon will be cleaning up the comps, if he can find a way to get around. You’ll also meet Carlos who runs the only full time kite surfing school on the peninsular.
The accommodation we stayed in was BASIC. Do not expect much apart from lots of surfing and chilling out. When you get tired or need to take a break from the midday sun you just grab a beer and chill out in one of the hammocks. That said there was no need to deflate the kites. A large grass area in front meant you just picked up your kite and walked to shore whenever you felt like it. All you needed to do was run out your lines. Surf in, surf out – so to speak.
One top tip would be to buy yourself a Hammock on the road up, a worthy investment! There are no hotels but there are a number of Posadas in the town. I suppose the best way to find out about these would be to bring a backpackers if doing it by yourself. As for options on the beach Alex choose the one that gave the best shade from the sun and also allowed us to leave the kites inflated. The rooms have air con but in my honest opinion are in need of some light maintenance. The place we stayed didn’t have hot water although of course being in the Carribean that’s not a problem. Outside there is a hose to wash the salt water off you and your gear. Every night I fell asleep outside on the hammocks, a combination of beer and lots of exercise meant you drift of pretty quickly.
To be honest I was a little nervous of the political situation and the potential for being ripped off. However I at no time felt anything but comfortable. Personally I really hope that more people make the trip there. The locals could not have been friendlier. The more word gets out the more chance the place will become the Kitesurfing mecca it should be. Get there soon if only to get a ride in one of the big old American cars. These things are monsters! Another good reason. a crate of beer costs about US$5! The place is cheap. Next time I think I’d do 5 days here and then catch a flight over to Margarita for a few days. The trip was organised all through Alex contactable at: email@example.com Alex is a really friendly guy who took at lot of stick and piss taking from Dutch and myself really well. Do not go if you don’t like seafood!
There is a pharmacy there if you need it..I did having torn a tendon in my stomach needed to get some Ibrufen so I could continue. That’s the draw back. If you’re not on the water there is not much else to do. It’s not really the place to bring a partner who’s not into either kite or windsurfing. Bring a book! I really can say though if you want wind and a sense of adventure then you’d enjoy this place. In 10 years time it will have changed. Catch 22 – the more of us that go the more developed it will be become. If that’s a good or bad thing I don’t know although I suspect it could be good for the locals. Alex was invaluable at organising and guiding us although you could do it by yourself if you had the time.