Best time to visit the Dominican RepublicWhere and when to go on a surfing holiday to the North coast of the Dominican Republic
You'll likely be in a picturesque location wherever you decide to go. But we want to talk to you about the Dominican Republic for now.
Because it's a fantastic spot for a surfing getaway. You do need to know how and when to go about it, however. The surf season Dominican Republic has to offer is long and beautiful, but there are some finer points to be aware of.
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So here's your guide to taking a surf holiday in the Dominican Republic.
Surf Season Dominican Republic Style
Here's something you probably didn't know—there are actually four surf seasons in the Dominican Republic. That's right, no matter when you come, you can be assured of catching some waves.However, that doesn't mean there aren't differences that might matter to you.
Summer (June- Jul- Aug)
Summer is the time when many people are thinking about making a trip. If you've never surfed before, this might be a good time to take your vacation. The waves are smaller and this is ideal for learning to surf
Fall (Sep-Oct-Nov)This is when things start to pick up a little. The fall surf season in the Dominican Republic offers slightly bigger waves than the summer The waves are around waist to head high, and you'll find them to be largely consistent from day to day. Great for beginners and intermediate surfers
Winter (Dec-Jan- Feb)Winter is when the biggest and most frequent swells and waves come in. Winter is great for surfers of all levels, Beginners and Intermediate surfers surf the inside of the surfbreaks, experts try to catch the big waves on the outside
Spring (Mar-Apr-May)In the spring, storms become less frequent. Average waves size is around waist to Chest high, ideal for people who have never surfed before or intermediate surfers that want to work on their thechnique. Big Swells still occur, but they slowly come to a halt as summer approaches. Tons of people come down to learn how to surf in the DR. A surf holiday doesn't have to just be for those who already know how to surf.
Other ConsiderationsAs you start thinking about when you want to head to the DR, you may be thinking about more than surfing. Since you can surf year-round, it's important to think about other considerations.
1. High SeasonHigh tourist season actually coincides with the winter surf season Dominican Republic provides. That's because winter up north is a good time for many people to escape down to the DR. If you do choose high season, remember a few things.
- You'll likely pay more for flights and hotels.
- There are tons of great festivals and activities going on.
2. Low SeasonFrom late April into the summer months, prices drop and tourism slows. It actually doesn't get much hotter. It's basically hot , which isn't a bad thing for most people.
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC RAINY SEASONKeep in mind that there isn't really a distinct rainy season in the Dominican Republic, either. It can rain at any time, but generally not for long periods of time. So there aren't weather-related reasons that low season is so, well, low.
But as I mentioned earlier, the surf season Dominican Republic offers during the summer is much better for beginners. For experts, it simply won't be as challenging. Here are a few things to think about when considering coming during low season.
- It's less expensive.
- It will be less crowded and more low-key.