A few spots in the East (Playa Macao, Caligula) near Punta Cana and Bavaro are the best for decent surf. The area is home to most of the islands major resorts, due to the typically calm waters. If you venture out of the resort areas, you can discover shoulder-high sets that are good for all levels of surfing. Arrange for lessons and transportation in advance. Near Playa Macao is a bungalow bar right on the beach serving cold Presidente beer, and a scenic coconut-lined bay for chilling out.