Kiteboarding Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua

Trip Start Oct 06, 2006
Trip End Sep 14, 2008

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Fueled by the motivation to follow the wind and search out new kiteboarding spots I decided after a not so promising forecast to make the 4 hour boat trip from Granada to Isla de Ometepe in the middle of Lake Nicaragua. My friend Itay went with me as well. After spending the night in Altegracia we switched location to the nice and comfortable but cheap Buena Vista hotel ($4) on Playa Santo Domingo. This beach is an isthmus (narrow strip of land with water on both sides) connecting two islands with volcanoes Concepción (1610 meters) and Maderas (1394 meters). Isla de Ometpe is quite the incredible place that has not been spoiled by mass tourism yet where you still can run into the occasional white-face monkey and other animals. Less frequently though than seeing monkeys is the sighting of a kiteboarder on the island and once again I was the only one who was ripping between Volcán Concepción on the left and Maderas on the right. For you kiteboarders out there, it was blowing perfect 10m conditions from sunrise to sunset and the location can't be beat!
After 3 nights on the island it was time to move on further south and back to the Pacific Coast to San Juan del Sur, a mecca for surfers.
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