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DOMINICAN WINTER SURF NORTH COAST« on: January 18 2005 16:01:00 »
1. Sounds like Encuentro is "the spot". How crowded does it get? 20 people? is it really competitive?
2. Whats the typical swell size I could expect during the time period of a week trip in the winter? (like Saturday to Saturday)
3. How many sea urchin punctures should I expect?
4. February sounds like a party month for Cabarete - bonus! - but does this mean the surf breaks are more crowded?
5. Are the trade winds outta control?
6. Good rights? I'm a regular foot.
one more thing« Reply #1 on: January 18 2005 16:01:00 »
I've been checkin' out DR and it looks amazing!!! All you who are there are living in paradise!! I'm hoping for a mellow surf vacation in DR. Looking for good quality waves with a laid-back atmosphere. I always respect the locals. They deserve first priority on their surf spots. They are sharing their break - how chill of them! Who wouldn't be cranky if tons of tourists unloaded and surfed your own homebreak?
Anyway... good surf info is much appreciated for the questions above. It will be used with care! I just want to see DR and surf without a wetsuit!!
RE: DOMINICAN WINTER SURF NORTH COAST« Reply #2 on: January 18 2005 19:01:00 »
To answer your questions
1- It does get crowded, but with the right attitude, it's not aggro, and it has more than one peak, so you can always get your waves.
2- swell varies between 2 and 10' at Encunetro, winter is definetly better for bigger waves
3- just don't touch the bottom and you will not have any urchins, or wear booties.
4- februari is good
5- no the trade winds only pick up in the aftrenoon
6- mostly rights yes, but the left goes off once every while as well
RE: DOMINICAN WINTER SURF NORTH COAST« Reply #3 on: January 19 2005 13:01:00 »
Thanks so much! I thought of a few more Q's:
1. Can you walk along the beach to get to the different breaks? How far would that be?
2. Any hotels you recommend? Maybe something inbetween Cabarete & Encuentro.
3. IS there good transport from the Puerto Plata airport to Cabarete? Bus? Vans? How much does it $?
RE: DOMINICAN WINTER SURF NORTH COAST« Reply #4 on: January 19 2005 14:01:00 »
1- At encuentro there's a couple of spots within walking distance, all the other spots are spread apart.
2-Ali's surf camp in Cabarete
3-20 dollars for a taxi from POP to Cabarete