Jake, If your girl is going, the all-inclusive is great. South is just open area, no hotels (or people). The hotel beaches are filled with people. You can still do it, but there's a lot of people in the water and on the sand, so be careful. I'd go somewhere a little more open.
However, if you're not necessarily staying in Playa del Carmen, you can check out Puerto Morelos. This is the hot spot for kitesurfing, or so I am told, by a few locals that I've met and emailed with. There are a lot of kiteboarders there and its kinda a kitebeach. Real cheap to stay, too, but you'll need a car and stuff. The difference is the all-inclusive lets you eat and get entertained without having to worry about it and if your girl si with you, that's "muy importante, amigo!"
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Thanks for the info. I'm about to book my tickets and I had a couple more questions if you have a moment. It does look like the Riu is right in the middle of a huge pack of hotels. I see why you went south to find some open beach. Is there something special about the area south of the Riu or is it just because there are no hotels there -open beach? Do you know what I mean? Is that whole coastline from Cancun to Carmen del Playa kiteable or is there something special about the area by the riu? We are trying to decide where to stay. There is a place midway between Cancun and Carmen called the El Dorado Royale. There are no hotels around and plenty of open area, but maybe that means there aren't any other kiteboarders around either. Is there a "kitebeach" for Carmen del Playa? We are also considering the Iberostar which is south of the Riu and the Reef Club to the North. Where will you stay the next time you go?
One more question I may have already asked you. What bag do you recommend for traveling? Do you guys sell anything like that? Thanks again for all the info,
Didn't I send you all that Playa info already? I thought I did....
Stayed at the Riu Playacar. There were kitesurfers there. Don't know of any schools, but the beach just south of the hotel (a good walk) was totally open (no hotels built yet..) Glad you like the Pyro. Those rock! Didn't get on the snow. My meeting ran real late...
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Thanks for the recommendation on the pyro. I ended up going Sunday. It rules! I was warm (except for fingers and toes)
Anyway, one more question. Sorry if I already asked you this. Brandon said you like going to Playa del Carmen. What is the scoop with that place? Where exactly do you kitesurf and what hotel do you stay in.
My girlfriend wants to take lessons. Is there a kite school?
Did you make it out in the snow the other day?