Surf in the Dominican Republic

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Surf in the Dominican Republic

The long coastline is full of empty, barreling breaks and stunning natural beauty. The sun shines most days of the year, and the average water and air temperature are 80 degrees Fahrenheit (26 degrees Celsius), so a wetsuit is never required. The Dominican Republic is known for its friendly and warm-hearted locals, and the surf scene has an equally good vibe.

Season of Good Waves

The North, East and South coasts of the island experience different swell and seasonal conditions. The North coast borders the Atlantic Ocean has the most consistent surf year-round. The best conditions are typically from September to the end of March. The South coast of the island is along the Caribbean Sea, when the best waves are in the summer months from May until the end of August.

Surf Breaks

The Dominican Republic shows a great diversity in the type surf breaks available, requiring different levels of skill. The more experienced surfers and professionals will no doubt find the beaches that are ideal for them. There are also spots perfect for lessons for the beginner and the advanced intermediate.

Sandy beach breaks, outer reefs, rocky river mouths and coral reefs, with right and left breaking waves can be found all over the island. There are well-known, popular destination beaches and plenty of ‘secret spots’ only the locals know about.

Hurricanes

The Caribbean is one of the regions most affected by the development of tropical cyclones and hurricanes, which produce large coastal waves due to the influence of these phenomena. The hurricane season in the country begins in June and ends in November. Tropical storm and hurricanes of varying intensity impact the swell around the island and are monitored by surfers to take advantage of the good waves that they generate. The North coast is protected by mountain ranges that prevent storms from impacting the area, yet still produce 15ft to 18ft waves of high quality for surfing, particularly in the end of August and early September.

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