Dominican Republic - OVERVIEW
In 1492 Columbus ran aground on the island of Hispaniola. In the early 17th century the island was a stopping point for Caribbean pirates and the French, Spanish, English and Dutch established bases along the north and west coasts of the island. The entire Caribbean and the D.R. in particular is rich with whispers of lost treasure and secret surf spots.
Nowadays, most spots in the region aren’t secret anymore, but scoring them alone is still relatively simple if you put in the time, resources and energy to be there when the conditions are right.
Visiting surfers are welcome in this laid back culture and locals are proud of their heritage and their country. Hispaniola is the 22nd largest island in the world and similar to Jamaica and Cuba, the island receives high amounts of rainfall in the interior highlands. The ocean temperature is warm year round (72-80F) and the air is humid. The easterly trade winds carry rain to the mountains and also create a consistent wind swell.
Due to the island’s significant land mass and mountainous topography, local winds vary and shift to create consistent offshore morning breezes and wind protected surf spots (if you know where to go).