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Dominican Republic Surfing

Cabarete surf school is located on the north shore of the Dominican Republic at Encuentro beach. Encuentro beach (known as Playa Encuentro by locals), having one of the most famous reef breaks on the north shore and powered by the Atlantic Ocean, is one of the best places in the world to learn to surf, practice and improve surfing skills. Staying here is a perfect way to escape from your hectic schedule, slow down and experience life in a new way. You will meet people from all over the world, share your interests, and make new friends while enjoying incredible surfing in the Caribbean.

Highlights

  • 3 days surf course
  • Professional instructors
  • Great waves and best surf spots in Cabarete
  • The highest quality service for the very best price
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • For all ages and levels

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

Basic (cottage with shared bathroom) - 1 person

It is a private room with a sink, shared shower and toilet, and perfect for a single traveller on a low budget. The facilities include single bed, swimming pool, maid service, free Wi-Fi and ceiling fan. Towels and sheets are present in all rooms. The towels will be changed every 2 to 3 days. The bed sheets will be changed every 5 to 7 days.

Comfort (bungalow) - 1 or 2 persons

It is a single or double private room with private bathroom (toilet and warm water shower) and a safe to store your valuables. Besides, it includes 2 single beds or 1 double bed, swimming pool, maid service, free Wi-Fi and ceiling fan. Towels and sheets are present in all rooms. The towels will be changed every 2 to 3 days. The bed sheets will be changed every 5 to 7 days.

Comfort (apartment) - 3 to 6 persons

The apartment has 2 bedrooms (one double and one single bed), private bathroom with shower (warm water), living room area, fully-equipped kitchen with a fridge and a terrace overlooking the garden. The facilities include ceiling fans, spacious terrace which is perfect for relaxing and sunbathing, swimming pool, daily maid service and free Wi-Fi. Towels and sheets are present in all rooms. The towels will be changed every 2 to 3 days. The bed sheets will be changed every 5 to 7 days.

Cabarete Surf Camp Surf Itinerary

Beginners will catch waves and stand during their first surf lesson. More advanced students will learn valuable techniques to improve their performance. All Cabarete Surf Camps surfing lessons include the following: transportation from Cabarete Surf Camp to Encuentro surf beach and back, surfboard, rash guards/ lycra, surf shoes, 30-minute theory, warm up and yoga, 1.5 hours of instruction in the water. In the afternoons, upon request and if the weather permits, students have the opportunity to surf on their own while still being in a safe and supervised environment.

Beginner lessons

Day 1: Land and ocean knowledge

  • Learn about body position for surfing, paddling and taking off by using a board simulator on land. Learn to ride the white water!
  • With your instructor, you will enter the ocean on a large beginner board and will practice positioning, paddling, taking off and catching waves.

Day 2: Learn how to evaluate wave conditions

  • Discover vital information about wave size, direction and second periods. More practice on the board simulator and learn to take off and turn in the front-side.
  • Get back into the water to put what youve learned into practice.
  • Surf, surf, surf!

Day 3: Further ocean knowledge

  • Swap your beginner board for a 7.2-feet Malibu board.
  • Learn to sit on the line up and select waves.
  • Learn the rules of surf riding.

Advanced lessons

For those who already have a little (or a lot) of surfing experience, Cabarete Surf Camp provides tailor-made lessons for your skill level. One of their professional instructors will evaluate your abilities and together you will work on improving your level of surfing. Cabarete Surf Camp can help you fine tune your skills and teach you some tricks, like improving your duck dive or floater, learning how to get some air, or learning some other exciting and radical maneuvers.

Location

This holiday will take place in Cabarete Surf Camp, Calle Bahia 11, Pro Cab, Cabarete, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.

Nearby places

  • Cabarete surf school in Cabarete's main beach - 10-minute walk
  • Cibao International Airport (STI) - 1.5-hour drive
  • Encuentro surf beach - 5-minute drive
  • Gregorio Lupern International Airport (POP) - 30-minute drive
  • Janet's Supermarket, Cabarete's largest market - 5-minute walk
  • Las Amricas International Airport (SDQ) - 3.5 hour drive
  • Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) - 8-hour drive
  • Shops, bars and restaurants in the center of town - 10-minute walk

Food

Continental breakfast (7:30 - 11:00)

It includes black dominican coffee, juice, 2 pieces of bread, butter, marmalade and honey.

Dinner (19:30 - 21:30)

It includes a salad, a plate of the day, which is always a dish Cabarete Surf Camp chooses from their menu of barbeque and curry dishes, fish, seafood, pasta Dominican food and other international plates.

Exclusions:

Drinks for dinner

Lunch

Things to do (optional)

  • Do horseback riding: beach and mountains
  • Do mountain biking
  • Enjoy the nightlife in Cabarete
  • Go hiking
  • Go snorkeling and scuba diving in Sosua
  • Go swimming
  • Go to market
  • Kite surfing
  • Learn Spanish, Salsa, Bachata and Merenque
  • Visit 27 waterfalls and Rio Damajagua
  • Visit Gri-Gri Lagoon, Rio San Juan: a nature lovers paradise
  • Visit Lake Dudu and Blue Lagoon, Cabrera
  • Visit National Park El Choco and Caves of Cabarete
  • White water rafting
  • Yoga

What's included

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Bed linens and bath towels
  • Board, leash, lycra, wax, and sun blocker
  • Breakfast and dinner at Ali's restaurant
  • Daily transport to the surf beach
  • Parking place outside of the surf camp
  • Wi-Fi

What's not included

  • Lunch
  • Shampoo, soap and beach towels

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

If you arrive at Gregorio Lupern International Airport (POP), you can take a taxi of Cabarete Surf Camp at 35 USD/way, or you can catch a bus. There are no public buses available directly at the airport. The only buses are on the main street which is a 20-minute walk from the airport. Once on that busy, you must switch to a second bus in Sosua and walk from the main street to the surf camp.

If you arrive at Cibao International Airport (STI), you can take a taxi of Cabarete Surf Camp at 80 USD/way, or you can catch a bus. There are two bus companies that go from Santiago to the north coast. Take either bus from Santiago to Sosua, the town next to Cabarete, which takes about 2.5 hours. From Sosua, take a taxi to Cabarete for 15 USD or a local bus (called a Gua Gua) for about 1 USD. Tell the driver of the taxi or local bus that you are going to Pro Cab (the name of the gated neighborhood where the surf camp is located) in Cabarete. If they do not speak English, say voy a Pro Cab en Cabarete. Get off at the entrance of Pro Cab. Walk through the gate and down the short road until it ends. At the end, take a right. Walk about 100 meters until you come to the first street on your right. Take that right. At the end of this short road, you will see the colorful entrance of Cabarete Surf Camp (Alis Surf Camp).

If you arrive at Las Amricas International Airport (SDQ), you can take a taxi of Cabarete Surf Camp at 180 USD/way, or you can catch a bus. You will need to take a taxi from the airport to one of the Santo Domingo bus stations at 30 USD. There are two bus companies that travel from Santo Domingo to the north coast. Metro buses depart at 7:00, 11:00 and 16:00 each day. It takes approximately 4 hours. The cost is 10 USD per person (one way). Please double check times and rates as this information is subject to change. Caribe tour buses depart every hour from 6:00 until 19:00 each day. It takes approximately 5 hours. The cost is 10 USD per person (one way). Please double check times and rates as this information is subject to change. Take either bus from Santo Domingo to Sosua, the town next to Cabarete, which takes about 2.5 hours. From Sosua, take a taxi to Cabarete for 15 USD or a local bus (called a Gua Gua) for about 1 USD. Tell the driver of the taxi or local bus that you are going to Pro Cab (the name of the gated neighborhood where the surf camp is located) in Cabarete. If they do not speak English, say voy a Pro Cab en Cabarete. Get off at the entrance of Pro Cab. Walk through the gate and down the short road until it ends. At the end, take a right. Walk about 100 meters until you come to the first street on your right. Take that right. At the end of this short road, you will see the colorful entrance of Cabarete Surf Camp (Alis Surf Camp). If you arrive at Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ), you can take a taxi of Cabarete Surf Camp at 400 USD/way, or you can catch a bus. You can take Bavaro Express from the airport or from Bavaro to Santo Domingo, or a bus from Higuey to Santo Domingo. If you'd like more details about this, please ask Cabarete Surf Camp when you make your reservation. To learn how to get from Santo Domingo to Cabarete, please read the Santo Domingo section above. In total, the bus trip will be approximately 10 - 12 hours. You also may rent a car at any of the airports either from a rent-a-car office or online.

Arrival by car or public transportation

Tell the driver of the taxi or local bus that you are going to Pro Cab (the name of the gated neighborhood where the surf camp is located) in Cabarete. If they do not speak English, say voy a Pro Cab en Cabarete. Get off at the entrance of Pro Cab. Walk through the gate and down the short road until it ends. At the end, take a right. Walk about 100 meters until you come to the first street on your right. Take that right. At the end of this short road, you will see the colorful entrance of Cabarete Surf Camp (Alis Surf Camp).

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