This is a very popular and loved kitespot by the freestylers and beginners. With high tide and rough sea, the waves comes in beyond the beach and form a natural lagoon “La Charca” with shallow and flat water where you can practice kitesurf.

It is located between Campo Futbol and before Rio Jara. But it is a natural reserve and it is prohibited kitesurfing all year!

The map of La Charca
Check out the individual posts about the kitespots in Tarifa for more info.

Distance from Tarifa
  • approx. 5 km
Best time to go
  • After a night with heavy rain
  • At full moon night
  • When is high tide
Beach
  • Fine, soft sand and some places mud
  • Length: depending on the tide
  • Width: depending on the tide
Water temperature
  • Summer: 22 to 25 °C
  • Winter: 16 to 18 °C
East wind (Levante)
  • Normally is strong
  • Can get gusty
West wind (Poniente)
  • Perfect for all levels
Kite size
  • Levante: 4 to 8 m²
  • Poniente: 12 to 16 m²
Waves
  • No waves
Recommended level
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Expert
Dangers
  • Currents where Rio Jara and the beach meet
  • If you kitesurf here is at your own risk because it is forbidden, remember that it is a natural reserve. There are regular checks by the authorities and can give you a fine or confiscate the material
Infrastructure
  • No toilets
  • No chiringuitos or restaurants
  • Showers are private
Additional infos
  • During full moon, it is high tide and the lagoon gets full, which is great for an evening kite session
The Lagoon on the Rio Jara at sunset
The Lagoon or La Charca at the mouth of the Rio Jara in Tarifa

Wind forecast

Pros and cons in La Charca or Lagoon

 High probability of wind
 Wide beach to launch and land your kite
 The farther away the summer, the waves are bigger
 On no wind days, lots of other activities
 Ideal area for beginners and freestylers
 Many times you can see the pro-riders of Tarifa

 With Levante, the wind can be gusty
 No infrastructure
 If you are not guest at the camping, you have to walk around 500 m to get to this kitespot
 You can get fined

Kitespots near La Charca

Here you can find a complete list of the kitespots in Tarifa.

More infos about the Lagoon in Tarifa

Visit the post about Tarifa, the town which is connecting several kitespots like this one. There you will find some additional information like how to get to camping Rio Jara easily without a car and a lot more:

  •  No wind on your favorite kitespot? Near La Charca you can go horse riding, sup, trekking and so much more. Find all the alternative activities here
  •  If you are looking for a cold beer after your kite session or looking for some action in the evening, check out the post about bars and nightclubs of Tarifa
  •  Ready to learn kitesurfing? Find out more about the kiteschools around Tarifa
  •  Do you need to buy some equipment? For sure you will find what you are looking for at the kitesurfshops in Tarifa
  •  For a nice lunch or dinner, you have lots of possibilities around Tarifa. Discover  the best restaurants, cafes and chiringuitos here
  •  A camping place have exit to this kitespot. But there are several more options in Tarifa. Find out in this post about the best accommodations and hotels

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