Join LEK to learn kiteboarding! No matter your current fitness level (and you don’t need upper body strength) nor your age, LEK's awesome team of instructors can transform you into a kitesurfer. They will share their knowledge and experience with you here in the Dominican Republic! LEK doesn’t have a one size fits all approach to teaching kiteboarding, they personalize the program just for you. Kiteboarding lessons at LEK are tailored to suit your individual goals and abilities because people learn differently.
You will stay in Laurel’s two-bedroom condo. This lovely two-bedroom (with two bathrooms) condo is located inside the Ocean Dream development, right next to LEK. It is a perfect base for a kiteboarding holiday, affordably priced and excellent for both groups and couples who like to luxuriate in space.
LEK's lesson plan and progression is a simple, safe, and fun way to learn, side by side with the awesome instructors. The training is hands-on. Once you’re up and riding, you can take supervision with one of LEK Spanish-speaking Dominican IKO certified assistant instructors or take the plunge and buy kiteboarding gear from them here at LEK to continue practicing on your own.
This surf camp will take place in Cabarete, the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic is the largest island in the Caribbean: Hispaniola. It’s south of Turks and Caicos, east of Cuba, and west of Puerto Rico. Cabarete is on the north coast of the island, facing the warm Atlantic Ocean.
It's situated in the perfect position to catch the famous trade winds, the same winds that blow in Hawaii. In Cabarete, you’re really lucky not to have many rocks, reefs, obstacles, or dangerous animals in the water to worry about. Steer clear of the shallow reef in front of Velero and at the point above Kite Beach, and you’ll have a very friendly bay in which to play.
In Cabarete, like many places in the developing world, there are no lifeguards. It’s up to everyone on the beach to look out for each other. They all need to take responsibility for keeping themselves and each other safe. Literally, rip currents suck you right out into the ocean, away from the shore. Swimming against them won’t work. People die doing that. Stay safe by knowing where the rip current is. It’s where the waves aren’t breaking and, in the blue waters, look for streaks of brown perpendicular to shore.
Cabarete has great food. Eating well while learning to kiteboard is important. There are some places to eat near the condo including Cabarete Coffee Company, Aqua Restaurant, Tropicoco, Lax Ojo, Blue Moon Gorditos Fresh Me and the beachfront Mojito Bar. If you are getting tired of eating out, you can cook at home. LEK's accommodation options all come with a full kitchen.
Enjoy breakfast at home. Yummy groceries are readily available including free range eggs, fresh gourmet bread, luscious tropical fruits, locally made yogurt, and of course Dominican coffee! Before arriving at the condo, ask your driver to stop at Supermarket Playero in Sosua and stock up on food and drinks on your way to the condo.
Please book your flight to arrive at Gregorio Luperón International Airport (POP).
Then, take a taxi to Cabarete. The ride will take 20 minutes and cost 40 USD each way. You can also choose other airports that may offer better fares, but consider the cost and time it takes getting to Cabarete. If you arrive at Cibao International Airport (STI), you can take a taxi that costs 120 USD each way. The trip takes 1.5 hours (90 minutes) over a beautiful (but winding) mountain road.
Coming to Santo Domingo Las Americas International Airport (SDQ), you can take a taxi to the bus station in the city which costs 30 USD. After that, hop on the metro bus to Sousa for 10 USD then a taxi to Cabarete for 20 USD (70 USD each way). The trip takes up to seven hours. Direct taxi fare is around 220 USD one way and takes around four hours. If you choose Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ), taxi to Cabarete is 400 USD each way. The trip takes six hours.