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Surfing in Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic is one of the most famous holiday destinations in the Caribbean thanks to its beautiful sandy beaches and its tropical bays.
With a wide variety of scenery you can find almost untouched rain forest, steep mountains, dry steppe style valleys and colourful exotic grasslands. This diversity makes the Dominican Republic definitely a very worthwhile destination. It’s not just the landscape has a lot to offer; also culturally this country has much to discover. The capital Santo Domingo has lots of history and historic sights that provide evidence of the Spanish conquest and the colonial times.
The locals live an unhurried and pleasant way of life and their friendly and helpful character make for a more relaxing holiday. Not just on the land will you make wonderful memories, the underwater world is breathtaking too and a dream for every diver.
When it comes to surfing the Dominican Republic can offer a lot of spots and varied conditions.
The climate in the Dominican Republic is tropical however thanks to its cool sea breezes the conditions close to the coast are comfortable.
The temperatures in the summer months from May till October lay between 30-35 degrees and also there is a very high humidity level. In the second half of the year from May till September it’s the rainy season. This means that the island experiences short but heavy rainfall during the day.
In the winter the temperatures hardly change, therefore you will find a warm climate all year. The water temperatures in the north (Atlantic) and the south (Caribbean) are constant throughout the year and are within 26-28 degrees so it’s very comfortable.
The best time to travel here is from December to April. From June to September it’s the hurricane season which can bring heavy rain and even flooding.
The Dominican Republic offers surfers several interesting and challenging spots which are located on the south and north coast of the island.
The surfing conditions are best between November and April; during these months north swells from the Atlantic hit the reefs and beach breaks.
However there are no real world class surf spots in the Dominican Republic but this island offers numerous beach, reef and point breaks that surfers of all ability levels will find fun.
Best season for beginners: May – October
Best season for advanced surfers: October – May
Several international airports offer regular direct-flights to the Dominican Republic. Also a frequently used route goes via Miami where lots of travellers make a stopover. In general you can find very cheap flight offers from US-cities to Santo Domingo.
Besides connections from Europe and the US you can also easily reach the island from several Caribbean and Latin American countries. There are five international airports on the islands: Santo Domingo, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, La Romana and Santiago de los Caballeros. The airport of Santo Domingo is located approximately 30 kilometres from the Capitol.
Once you arrive in the Dominican Republic you can choose from a large variety of local transport For example, small busses and shared taxis, which connect to the larger towns. These two options are often crowded so it’s recommended to choose air-conditioned busses to make any longer journeys.
There are no ferries available that connect the two biggest harbours (Santo Domingo and Puerto Plata); cruise ships only dock at these two harbours. There are however some irregular connections from Florida to the Dominican Republic by sea.