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Surfing Dominican republic

surfing on the north coast of the DR

Surf info guide

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the surf spots

of the DR

Thinking about taking a surfing holiday to the Dominican Republic? You have come to the right place, here we provide you with surf spot info, where and when to go along with photos and videos of the best surfing spots in the Dominican Republic.

There are surfing spots for surfers of all levels on the north coast of the Dominican republic. The other great part is that there is no off-season, there’s surf year round.

Besides surfing the DR offers a host of other activities, such as wingfoiling, kitesurfing, windsurfing, paddle boarding as well as day trips to remote and empty beaches with white sand and thousands of palmtrees


When to go

The Dominican Republic offers fantastic surf conditions throughout the year, but the best time to go for a surf holiday depends on your skill level, wave preferences, and weather patterns. Here’s a breakdown of the different seasons and what they offer for surfers:

1. Winter (December to February):
During the winter months, the Dominican Republic experiences consistent swells from the North Atlantic, which can bring larger waves to the north and east coasts. This period is great for experienced surfers looking for more challenging and powerful waves. The north coast, including spots like Cabarete, Encuentro, and Playa Grande, is particularly popular during this time.

2. Spring (March to May):
Spring is a transitional season, where the winter swells start to fade, but occasional north or northeast swells can still bring good surf. It is generally less crowded compared to winter, making it a good time for intermediate surfers to enjoy the waves without intense competition. You can explore various breaks along the north and east coasts, including spots like Playa Bonita and Playa Preciosa.

3. Summer (June to August):
Summer in the Dominican Republic is characterized by smaller swells, making it ideal for beginners and those looking for mellow, manageable waves. The consistent trade winds during this time create favorable conditions for windsurfing and kitesurfing as well. Spots like Cabarete, Encuentro, and Playa Alicia are popular for summer surfing.

4. Fall (September to November):
The fall season brings the potential for tropical storms and hurricanes, which can generate powerful swells on the north and east coasts. While it is riskier due to the unpredictable weather, it can offer some of the best waves of the year for experienced surfers seeking challenging conditions. However, it is crucial to monitor weather forecasts and exercise caution during this period.

Apart from surf conditions, you should also consider other factors for your surf holiday, such as water temperature, accommodation availability, and crowd levels. Keep in mind that the Dominican Republic is a popular tourist destination, so peak travel times might coincide with busier beaches.

Overall, the best time to go to the Dominican Republic for a surf holiday depends on your skill level, wave preferences, and risk tolerance. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or advanced surfer, the Dominican Republic offers something for everyone throughout the year. With its warm waters, beautiful beaches, and diverse surf spots, you’re bound to have an amazing time exploring the waves of this Caribbean paradise.

Where to surf
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Why choose

the north coast

  • A great Caribbean vibe; in and out of the water
  • Stunning beaches
  • Easy travel
  • Year round surf season
  • Affordable
  • Many alternative activities
  • Watersport paradise
  • Warm water
  • Fun waves for all levels

see what it's like

It’s a paradise for beach and watersport lovers. 

There’s a reason the slogan here is:

“The Dominican Republic has it all”

For learn to surf holidays visit Swell on the North Coast