Hispaniola houses two strikingly contrasting countries—Haiti, one of the poorest and most de-forested in the world, and the Dominican Republic, which has one of the largest economies in the Caribbean and a largely intact rainforest. While academics, environmentalists, and sociologists will argue the various causes for this disparity, one thing is indisputable—while Haiti sees virtually no visitors (with the exception of aid workers), the Dominican Republic is a popular tourist destination, and has much to offer the intrepid surf wanderer.

Dominican Republic Surf: With dozens of different waves breaking over assorted coral reefs and sand bars, the Dominican Republic is an intermediate surf destination which helps to explain why places like Cabarete have become a hot bed for Dominican Republic Surf Camps.

Five Waves Worth Surfing in the Dominican Republic:

Five Waves Worth Surfing in the Dominican Republic:

The Season: The Dominican Republic has two surfable coasts, each firing during different surf seasons. The south coast is typically best in spring and summer (March through August), while the north coast gets large swell (accompanied by a lot of wind) in fall and winter (September through March).

The Vibe: There is an established surf scene in the Dominican Republic, and some reports of aggressive localism, but for the most part the locals are welcoming and friendly, so if you tread carefully at crowded spots and come with a good attitude, you should be all right.

Things To Do: For a bit of local scenery and culture, check out Los Haitises National Park, Punta Cana Ecological Park, and Museo de las Casas Reales.

Where To Stay: For surf access, Cabarete is quite convenient, and the Swell Surf Camp is a convenient option there. If you’re thinking of surfing Cabarete in the Dominican Republic – Hooked Cabarete is also worth a look.

Dominican Republic Surf Camps

Hooked Cabarete
Swell Surf Camp

What To Bring : A shortboard, and a step-up if you are coming in winter. Lots of board shorts and a good pair of flip-flops. Sun protection and a bag full of surf accessories, as local shops can be quite expensive. Your favorite baseball jersey (the sport is huge here).

Getting There: Santa Domingo has two international airports, and is a convenient starting point if you are heading to the south coast, while and Puerto Plata has the Gegorio Luperon International Aiport, with easy access to Cabarete on the north coast. Most visitors require a tourist card, which are available upon arrival. Airport codes: SDQ and JQB (Santa Domingo), and POP (Puerto Plata).

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