Information about surfing in Cabarete, surf camps and schools
Cabarete is the surf spot capital of the Dominican republic.
Centrally located for easy access to all the different surf spots.
-Only 30 Minutes drive to Puerto Plata ( airport and a couple of good surf spots for experts)
-15 Minutes drive West is Sosua/ Sosua Bay is a great spot on large North NW swells in winter time, expert surfers only .
-Playa Encuentro the main surf spot of the North coast is only a 5 minute drive west of Cabarete. Several different surf breaks can be found at Encuentro, from mellow beginner surf breaks to hard core advanced surf spots like Destroyers and Coco Pipe.
-10 minutes drive east of Cabarete are several good beach breaks that work well in the summer time in the early mornings.
-50 minutes east of Cabarete is Rio San Juan with spectacular surf spots like Preciosa and El Barco
LEARN TO SURF IN CABARETE
Learn to surf in the Dominican Republic. Encuentro is a perfect beach for surfers of all levels, for beginners the inside of the main peak at Encuentro is ideal for learning how to catch waves and having your first rides.
SURF SCHOOLS AT ENCUENTRO
There’s a variety of Surf school at Encuentro.
The surf schools that we recommend are:
–Bobo’s surf school, run and owned by Victor Peralta, one of Cabarete’s best surfers and long time local.
–Chino’s Surf school, run by Chino a nice guy with good staff and boards.
-Swell Surf Camp, does not accept walk in clients at Encuentro, but if they have space available outsiders at times can sign up for a 5-7 day surf course.
-Pahana Surf School, good surf school with competent surf instructors
SURFBOARD RENTALS AT ENCUENTRO
Flying with your own quiver can get expensive and cumbersome these days, all the above surf schools offer good boards in a variety of lengths and styles, average price per day is around 15 USD per day or 100 USD per week
GETTING TO PLAYA ENCUENTRO
Playa Encuentro is a short drive west of Cabarete, about 5 minutes by car or bike, 20 minutes by public taxi ( the taxi drops you off at the main road, not the beach) or a 45 minute walk from Cabarete main beach.
Most of the surf schools that we mentioned above provide a pick up service at your hotel in Cabarete to Encuentro as part of the service they provide.
Moto taxi is also an option, although be careful they drive like maniacs.
WHERE TO STAY
To get the most out of your surf holiday to the Dominican republic, it’s best to stay in Cabarete. that’s where all the restaurants, bars and shopping is. Getting to Playa Encuentro is easy. Motor taxi, or using the pick up and drop off service that most surf schools and hotels offer.
Have a look at the places to stay page for more info
SURFING ENCUENTRO PICTURE GALLERY
The pics below are taken by us ,at Playa Encuentro