La Ventana / El Sargento, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Discovered on 1985 by American windsurfers, La Ventana and El Sargento are two hospitable neighbouring communities located just in front of the Sea of Cortez and Cerralvo Island, 40 minutes from La Paz airport and a two hour driving from Los Cabos International Airport.
This place has become a destination for many outdoor sports lovers who like to practice primarily water sports like kiteboarding and windsurfing. But also it is a place of residence for many foreigners who are looking for a peaceful lifestyle in a natural paradise.
La Ventana and El Sargento have beautiful landscapes of the bay, Cerralvo Island and the beautiful mountains. There is an extraordinary biodiversity including many different plants, especially cactus, and this is also one of the reasons why this destination has become the favorite for many foreigners who travel by car throughout Baja California from Canada and USA. Many of them travel with their big motor homes and settle here from September till April.
La Ventana / El Sargento, the number one destination for kitesurfing according Discovery Channel, have many different areas for take off and launching your kite. Thanks to the side shore steady and strong winds from mid October to April and to its more than 30 kilometres long L shape bay this destination is really a perfect place for kitesurfing and kiteboarding. You can sail long downwinders starting from either the area called "Hot-Springs" or the "Rasta Beach", ending up at Playa Central or Baja Joe's to enjoy a nice mojito or a fresh beer.
This beauty Mexican location has for sure the best wind conditions due to the thermal and venturi effect caused by the two big mountain between La Ventana / El Sargento and Cerralvo Island. The wind usually hits around 12 noon and wrap up around 6 pm, with an average from 18 to 25 knots.And in December the so called Norte arrives, and the wind picks up even to 35 knots.
Winter temperatures range between 70°F and 80°F (21ºC and 26ºC), and it can get a little cold at night, so we suggest you consider to bring some warm clothes. The water temperature goes normally around 70ºF, so don´t forget to bring at least a shorty or wetsuit.
If you are interested to get the wind forecasts it won’t show exactly the right speed in any of the services or apps out there, because the thermal and Venturi effect can't be measure or predicted.
La Ventana Windfest, The Kite Foil Gold Cup and La Ventana Classic, are International events / competitions offered here at La Ventana / El Sargento, during the months of January through March.
You can also find amazing mountain bike routes made by professionals riders, according to the specialised web site www.singletracks.com
There is a wide variety of activities to do in La Ventana and El Sargento, such as: Kitesurfing, Windsurfing, Paddle board, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Free diving, Fishing and Spearfishing, Kayaking, Mountain bike, long walks and trekking along secluded trails, but also other cool activities like Whale & dolphin watching.
If you are a foodie lover, La Ventana / El Sargento have a variety of cafe's and little restaurants offering exquisite local dishes. You can dine on Mexican food or listen to live music at one of the local bars while refreshing yourself with a nice margarita cocktail.
Every so often you can buy and eat fresh organic products at the Farmer’s Market, so keep an eye to the few facebook groups or pages from La Ventana to find out about market days