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Windy Season: The Bay of La Ventana is the perfect location for windsurfers of all abilities. Steady 4.5-6.0m side shore winds blow down the 10-mile white sand beach from November til’ April. Beginners enjoy the safety net of the L shaped beach that captures downwind drifters. While advanced and intermediate sailors will have a blast sailing the small breaking waves of the main sandbar or the bigger breaking waves of the Buffador (blowhole). The fact that on most days the wind is thermally driven means that conditions for all abilities can be found during different parts of the day. The mornings are great for beginners with lighter winds, then as the wind ramps up intermediate and advanced sailors will have fun blasting back and forth on long reaches. The best time for wind is Mid-November thru March. (It always seems to nuke Christmas day and Thanksgiving). Unless we have a huge Norte wind day with giant swell, shore break is generally knee high at most.
Accommodations: Pro-Windsurf La Ventana offers multiple adjacent houses and apartments located just a minute’s walk from the beach. At your beach access you will find a fully stocked gear shed with rigged and ready windsurf and SUP equipment just feet from the water. All apartments feature a large patio, mini-fridge to keep the cerveza cold and within reach, and access our big communal kitchen and bar / hang out palapa. Four of our “Big Casitas” offer a rooftop terrace with views of the water and LV’s famous sunrises. We also have a 1 and 2 bedroom houses with full kitchens that offers extended room for. We keep expanding our available accommodations so please inquire about other housing options.
Gear: We have a wide range of Starboard, Severne and Naish windsurfing equipment to choose from. Sails from 7.0 down to 3.7 and boards from 130L to 70L. We even have some slalom gear for you racers, plus a bunch of Naish SUP’s. There can be a fun SUP wave in the mornings after a good blow.
How far in advance do I need to book: This being our 8th season we have a lot of return guests who book early. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years are the most popular, and often book up fast. However, we will do our best to accommodate late signups, and if we do happen to be booked up we would be more than happy to help arrange something with one of the other places in town.
Fun beyond windsurfing: Non-wind activities abound in La Ventana, and we are happy to help guide you in maximizing your fun each day. World class snorkeling and sports fishing are two main draws. While hiking in the palm lined desert oasis creeks, ATVing to secluded beach and mountain locations, surfing and stand up paddling at the downwind beach break, beach volleyball, horseback riding, yoga, and Spanish classes are all happening on a daily basis. We can even show you how to build a hot tub on the beach at La Ventana’s very own hot springs where water bubbles out of the sand at 137 degrees F.
Food: There are about 15 very reasonably priced restaurants in town, 5 of which are just a quick walk down the beach. Dinners tend to range between $5 and $9, while breakfast can be found for around $5 at most places in town. Or you can grab an incredible fish taco or hot dog especial at one of several nearby taco stands for about $1. There are also 2 coffee shops just a minutes walk from our gear sheds on the beach.
La Ventana for young kids: First off, there is no mosquito issue which is nice. The big white sand beach is only a 1 minute walk away from the house and apartments so running back for a bottle or a new diaper would not be a hassle. The ocean is generally glassy calm in the mornings until the wind comes up around noon. Right in front of the house the water is waist deep or less out to 10 yards. Water temperature is 64-74 degrees perfect for swimming, although a shorty or 3/2 wetsuit is nice for windsurfing from December on. All the apartments have big smooth concrete patios that children can crawl around on and a mini-fridge. There are lots of folks down there with babies, and I would generally think of La Ventana as being very safe for children. In fact the town is so small that most of the folks I know with kids 8 and up allow them to roam the beach playing with friends.
The vibe in town is very friendly and virtually crime free.
Also, the only thing that keeps gringos from drinking the tap water is the high salt content and this means restaurant food in La Ventana is very safe as far as stomach ailments go
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