From this article you will learn everything you need to know about surfing in the Dominican Republic: where to start, where are the prices, is it possible to stand on the board after 1 day, where do the legendary instructors teach surfing, and where to find the best waves.
But first, we must warn you that surfing is not just a kind of holiday activity, it's a way of life. Once you get up on the board and feel in control, you cannot stop. You will want to experience this feeling again and again.
• Every season is surfing season, You can surf year round
• In the Dominican Republic, there are magnificent beaches that stretch the length of the island
• There are more than 30 surf spots suitable for both beginners and experienced surfers.
• There are such excellent conditions for surfing in the Dominican Republic that exist in no other country in Caribbean region. Therefore the Dominican Republic is rightly considered the surfing capital of the Caribbean.
Nowadays, there are many surf camps and schools in the Dominican Republic where you can get training and invaluable experience from professional instructors.
Most of the schools are located on the Atlantic coast of the island because it is from the north that great waves and swells come. The best conditions for surfing here occur between September and the end of March.
Spots in the area of El Batey are favored by advanced surfers, able to tame intermittent waves of 65 - 230 feet long:
• La Playita
Spots in the Cabarete area are also designed for professionals, because here the wavelength reaches 500 feet:
• Left & Right Encuentro
• Bobo's Point
The area of Rio San Juan is famous for its variety of waves, the length of which varies from 160 to 1000 feet:
• El Barco
• La Preciosa
• Playa Grande
The southern coast of the island bordering the Caribbean Sea is more suitable for surfing in the summer months.
The area of San Pedro is located on the eastern part of the coast and is rich in good spots:
• Small Cove 1 and 2
The area of Barahona is to the west and is suitable for surfers with intermediate and advanced skill levels. The wavelength ranges from 100 to 650 feet:
• San Rafael
• La Cienaga
The eastern part of the island where the main resorts of the Dominican Republic are located is famous for its Macau surf spot. It is suitable for both beginners and professionals. The wavelength ranges from 160 to 320 feet, and the surf season is year round.
And so, which location to choose among such a variety of locations? Where should a beginner surfer go? What are the training programs and how much do they cost? Below, we will describe in more detail the best schools for beginners, as well as interesting locations for more advanced surfers.
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This small coastal town in the north of the Dominican Republic is home to a popular school of surfing. Its advantage is that it is located near the best surf spots. Among them - the famous beach of Playa Grande - one of the most picturesque beaches on the island.
The school conducts a variety of programs:
• Camp accommodation and surf lessons. The price is $100 per day. Duration of training - 1-3 weeks.
• Accommodation plus surfing guide. This program is for those who are already familiar with surfing and have their own board. The price is $90 per day. Course duration - 1-3 weeks.
• Training in a group without accommodations. The price is $70 per day. Duration - 1-3 weeks.
Normally, a lesson lasts 2 hours. It includes:
• correcting errors
Beginners can come to school and start training at any time of the year. Experienced surfers, however, are advised to choose a period from September to May. At this time, professional surfers are drawn to the Dominican Republic to practice and participate in competitions.
This legendary school of surfing was opened in 2002. Here their training is based on many years of experience combined with modern trends in surfing.
At this school, there is the opportunity to receive training under the guidance of the most famous and experienced surfers. The cost of a lesson is $90. Training is conducted in groups on deserted beaches where there is nothing to distract you from your training.
Here are some of them:
• Caleton (1.3 miles)
• La Presiosa (2.5 miles)
• Playa Grande (5 miles)
• Orchid Bay (7.5 miles)
This surf-camp is located in a quiet lagoon located near the popular young people’s resort of Cabarete. So here it will be possible to both relax and join the stormy nightlife of this bustling town.
The camp offers different levels of accommodation and features including:
• family apartments
• swimming pool with sun loungers
• Restaurant Ali’s Cabarete Surf Camp Restaurant, which prepares great cocktails
• free Wi-Fi throughout the territory
This location is located just 10 minutes drive from Cabarete and is ideal for learning surfing. The water is shallow and the waves are smooth and calm.
A little farther offshore is a coral reef creating high waves, which will please the more experienced surfers.
Surfing competitions are held annually on Encuentro and, in the vicinity, there are several schools of surf with reasonable prices from $40 per lesson.
The uniqueness of this location lies in the fact that there is no barrier reef in this region and nothing to restrain the elements here. Waves crash on the shore at full power attracting surfers with all skill levels.
One of the founders of the school is Gustavo Alvarez, who won the surfing championship at El Chinchorro / Red Beach in Santo Domingo in 1965. Training in the school is conducted under the guidance of Gustavo and his no less famous team-mate Armando Reed. So here, the real masters are teaching surfing.
The first lesson lasts 2 hours and by the end of the lesson, even an absolute beginner will have learned to stand on the board.
The lesson includes:
• safety briefing
• Rowing and lifting techniques on the board
• training in water under the guidance of an instructor
The price is $95 for a group lesson and $115 for an individual lesson
For learners, conditions are excellent throughout the year, but professionals in Macau will favor the period from November to February: strong northern winds form powerful waves to the left of the bay.
Here you can rent a board as well as participate in competitions and parties organized by school leaders.
The Spot is located east of Playa Grande, near Rio San Juan.
This location was given its name thanks to the sunken Spanish ship several hundred yards from shore. Legends exist about the treasures resting on the bottom near the ship, and to this day attract romantics and adventurers who dream of finding chests full of silver coins.
Experienced surfers, however, come here for the 10 foot waves that appear here in September from the Gulf of Mexico and create excellent conditions for surfing.
Now you have the most necessary information about surfing in the Dominican Republic. In conclusion, it should be said that surfing will get your body in perfect physical shape and the wind in your hair and the salt spray on your face will give you an incomparable sense of freedom.