5 Reasons to go on a Surf holiday to the Dominican Republic
If you think the Dominican Republic is only a good holiday destination for a lazy all-inclusive holiday, then you are seriously missing out. The Dominican Republic is a true Caribbean paradise for active people that are looking for adventure and excitement on their holiday.
Reason 1: The Dominican Republic is a stunning country
The variety of scenery on offer in the Dominican Republic rivals places like Costa Rica or Hawaii. From awesome deserted beaches to lush mountain jungles, to colonial cities with lots of local culture present. One of the reasons we love the DR is that within a 1 hour drive the whole setting changes. At times there’s even snow to be found on Pico Duarte, the highest mountain in the Caribbean!
Reason 2: It’s paradise for an active holiday
So you like an active holiday? The Dominican Republic should be on your to-go list! OK, let’s list some: Surfing, Kitesurfing, Cayoning, Diving & Snorkeling, Mountain Biking, Horse Riding, Fishing, Golf. Not only are these activities available, the conditions that the DR provides for them are world class!
Reason 3: It’s easy to get to
Flying into the North Coast of the Dominican Republic, Puerto Plata ( airport code POP) is easy from North America. Direct flights from New York, Boston, Miami, Charlotte, Toronto, Ottawa are readily available and very affordable. No direct flight from your city? A short stop in Miami or New York and you are experiencing the Caribbean.
Reason 4: It’s one of the best places to learn to surf
The Dominican Republic is not as well known as Costa Rica, Australia or Hawaii as a surf destination. One reason for that is because the Dominican Republic does not receive the monster waves that can be found in Australia or Hawaii. What the North coast of the Dominican Republic does have is consistent waves year round that are ideal for beginner and intermediate surfers to learn to surf or improve their skill set.
(Swell offer week long surf holidays to the Dominican Republic )
Reason 5: the Dominican republic is a great value destination
On average the costs of a holiday for a tourist to the Dominican Republic is 40-60% cheaper than going to Costa Rica. A fine meal in one the restaurants pictured above on the beach in Cabarete will costs you between $7 to $10 USD and a cold Presidente beer is around $2,5 to $3 USD. The Surf holidays that we at Swell provide are on average 50% cheaper than a comparable surf camp in Costa Rica.
Bonus tip : The Dominican Republic has some of the best beaches in the world!
Very little development has taken place on the beaches since 60 meters from the waterline is protected by Dominican law from construction.
The above empty beach is a 1 hour drive from Cabarete, we can organise a trip there, and if you go on a weekday our group will most likely be the only ones there on the whole beach.