Surfing Dominican Republic

A great place for a surf holiday

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Consistent year round surf

SURFING DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

CONSISTENT YEAR ROUND SURF 

The Dominican Republic is more known for lazy all inclusive hotel holidays, then it is for an active water sport & surf holiday. This is good news for surfers, because it means that it is still relatively unknown as a great surf destination, so the crowds in the water are still at a mellow level. Localism is barely present. Bad vibes non existent, as long as you keep the surf etiquette in mind and respect the local surfers, you will be greeted by good vibes & smiles.

THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 

Quick facts

Population: 10,088,598
Language:Spanish
Independence Year:1844
Capital: Santo Domingo
Currency:Dominican Peso

 

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LOCATION OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 

The DR is located in the centre of the Caribbean, between Cuba and Puerto Rico.

Flights to the Dominican Republic
Best airport: Puerto Plata (POP:20 minutes away)
2nd best: Santiago (STI: 1,5 hours away)
3rd best: Santo Domingo (SDQ: 3+ hours away)
Punta Cana airport is not recommend since it’s 6-8 hours away by taxi.

 

SURFING DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

The Main surf spot is Playa Encuentro, a few miles west of Cabarete. It’s our top choice surf spot, since it caters for surfers of all levels. Mellow waves on the inside for beginners, to fast left and rights at Coco Pipe and The left @ Encuentro,

There are a few shacks at Playa Encuentro to buy coffee or a basic snack, other than that it’s a very nice undeveloped beach. There are some places to stay in the Encuentro area, but they are very basic and you are far removed from restaurants and bars. No beach front apartments or high rise, so a great place in the early morning ( Swell clients and staff are usually the first ones at the beach) for sunrise surf sessions.

When to go:
Timing wise, it’s best to surf in the mornings since the trade winds usually start blowing at 12.00-13.00, when that happens you might still be able to surf, but mornings are way better.

Tide: There’s very little tide movement in the Caribbean so high-m id or low tide doesn’t change the surf a lot.

Seasons:

For beginners: year round.

Intermediates: Year round

Experts: Between October and April sees waves in the double overhead range at certain spots.

 

FAQ SURFING DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

 

What boards should I bring for a surf trip

Do I need to bring a wetsuit?

Do they sell surfboards in the DR?

Are board rentals available

How do we get around

 

INTERESTED IN A SURF TRIP TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC?

 

Have a look at our surfing Dominican republic package prices for a unique surf & yoga holiday in the Caribbean

Hopefully see you soon in the warm water of the DR

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