Not everyone thinks of the Caribbean as “the” place to go surfing, and yet there are a few parts of the region that offer some unprecedented conditions for excellent surfing experiences. Many islands have coastal areas facing both the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean, and for some, this allows them to offer a wealth of water sports, including prime surfing.
The Dominican Republic is one such location. Though it shares the larger island of Hispanola with the country of Haiti, the Dominican Republic is positioned at the end of the Bahaman chain and in the first spot along the northeastern Caribbean chain. This means that it alone gets the unimpeded force of the northern Atlantic swells that head to shore without anything blocking or breaking them. Even more exciting is that this part of the island features more than 800 miles of coastline – ensuring you get an empty wave or two as well!
Both summer and winter are good seasons for surfing in the Dominican Republic, but springtime is actually when the island’s south coast has some nice action, meaning that almost any time of year is a good one for heading to this island for your holiday.
Clients of Isle Blue will be able to choose from a curated collection of luxury villas that range from waterfront properties to hillside hideaways. While the bohemian atmosphere of the island has been a long-time draw for many, there is also a lively surfing scene too. If you have booked a stay in a luxury villa in the Dominican Republic, you can contact our representatives to help you arrange a day or two of surfing in one of the top spots.
We can help you with gear, direct you towards the best shacks and lessons, and help you arrange for a driver. After all, driving in the Dominican Republic can be a bit surprising to a traveler, and it may be best to just let someone else tackle it while you enjoy the amazing views.
There are excellent spots for surfing all over the island, and below are some of the most frequently recommended:
This town in the Puerto Plata is famous for beaches and nightlife, but is also a hotspot and home to some of the best windsurfing, kitesurfing and regular flat board surfing. The top beaches are found along the eastern edge of town and include Playa Encuentro and the Camino del Sol.
Another north coast town, along the eastern end of the island, it is famous for its gorgeous white sand beaches, pristine waters, and beautiful landscapes. However, it is also home to top kitesurfing and surfing conditions. With flat water near shore and a breaker at the bay, it is a good spot for all surfers.
A river and a village alike, it is a region close to the town of Paraiso. It is known for its surfing, especially because it offers a long, left wave. The beach must be accessed on foot, but is an easy walk along a rugged sand road/path.
With its amazing scenery, atmosphere, beaches, shops, sightseeing and restaurants, it may feel as if you don’t need to explore much of the Dominican Republic to enjoy a visit. However, you must try some of the beaches, and discover for yourself why it is a windsurfing, surfing and kitesurfing hotspot. Our team can help you locate the nearest beach or help you find an instructor. If you have questions about surfing in the Dominican Republic during your holiday, give your concierge a call to discuss your options.