Surfing Holiday Dominican Republic

5 Reasons why a surf holiday to the DR will put a smile on your face


Reason #1:

Consistent surf

The North coast of the Dominican republic has 350 days of waves. Granted it’s not always epic double overhead waves, but still 350 surfable days of the year, varying from chest high to overhead waves. When the waves are smaller, just bring a longboard or fish ( or any kind of surfboard with a bit of extra volume) and you’ll be catching some fun waves at Playa Encuentro or at one of the nearby surf spots. See the surf map on this page

Reason #2

Warm water & weather

It’s right in the middle of the Caribbean, which means lovely warm temeperatures. Leave your wetsuits at home, but do bring sunscreen and a rashvest .


Friendly vibes

Dominicans are a friendly group of people that like to enjoy life: hang out with family and friends, meet new people & party. As a result if you follow surf etiquette, respect the locals then you will not have any negative vibes on your surf holiday in the DR

Reason #4

Waves for all levels

You want to score overhead reef breaks but your partner wants mellow beginner waves? No Problem! At a surf spot like Playa Encuentro there are several different peaks that all cater for different levels of surfers.

Reason #5

Lots of other activities

Don’t just want to surf on your holiday, but want to experience other things too? Go and visit the DR! The

re’s a reason the slogan is ” The Dominican Republic Has it all!” Go to the DR tourism site (opens a new window). What’s on offer:

  • Cultural trips
  • Great Mountain Biking
  • Snorkelling and diving
  • Canyoning and rafting
  • Kitesurfing, Windsurfing & Stand Up Paddle surfing¬†
  • Party on the beach in Cabarete
  • Fine dining in Cabarete
  • Visit some of the Caribbean’s finest beaches
  • Play golf on internationally acclaimed golf courses
  • Deep sea fishing

Bonus Tip

Easy to get to

Fly into Puerto Plata airport from many North American and European cities directly. From there it’s only a 20 minute taxi drive to Sosua and Cabarete. Cabarete is a small town, and a great place to base yourself. No need for a rental car, since most things can be done on foot.

Where to stay?

There are a ton of places to stay on the North coast, there’s something for everyones budget, from 20 USD per night to $400+. For people that are interested in a learn to surf holiday, Swell Surf camp offers packaged surf holidays

More info on surfing Dominican republic in this 2018 surf guide






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