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    Dominican Republic in late April

    Anyone surf here? My wife was starting to book a guided. all inclusive surf trip for my 14 year old and me. She didn't confirm. I thought I 'd run it passed you guys.

    We stay at a house w/ pool. 3 squares a day, boards. guides shuffles us to best breaks .

    $119 a night. The couple that runs it are an American and she's Dominican. I think Quicksilver was the sponsor.

    All words are appreciated.

    14 yr. old is a beginner and I'm a longboarder. We only have 3 days and want to maximize our time surfing.

    What do you think? Other places?

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    Sounds fair priced and warm. 3 days is short but youll prob be beat by the end of it. Definitely hit the gym and cardio hard leading up to the trip so you dont get sore/tired.

    GO!! I envy you.

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    i know a guy who told me about a place he stayed at for 31 dollars a night and it wanst a dump . I am planing a DR trip after tax time if I can get the time off from work

    here is the place he stayed

    http://www.hookedcabarete.com/

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    Cool place

    Thanks Won and Matt.. think I'll add Cabarate as a favorite. I like the 3 week rates on rooms and surf boards. Can you imagine, 3 weeks?

    Definitely looks cool.

    I'm not a great traveler and tend to get stressed. I think I'll try my route first.

    Thank you very much!

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    Ive been there, its awesome. Go to the north west coast in cabarete and sosua. Encuentro is the best surf break and it can get as good as any in the world. There is a left and a right and a break further down the beach called coco pipe that can get pretty gnarly. The bar scene is awesome too. The hospitality is second to none also. Even the local surfers cheer you on when youre riding a wave. GO! Youll love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by superbust View Post
    Ive been there, its awesome. Go to the north west coast in cabarete and sosua. Encuentro is the best surf break and it can get as good as any in the world. There is a left and a right and a break further down the beach called coco pipe that can get pretty gnarly. The bar scene is awesome too. The hospitality is second to none also. Even the local surfers cheer you on when youre riding a wave. GO! Youll love it!
    well now i know where imgoing when im down there after easter. how big would the surf get around april?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wbsurfer View Post
    well now i know where imgoing when im down there after easter. how big would the surf get around april?
    Yeah I know tell me about it . You cant beat the prices , its a nice place pretty much hassle free and air fair is cheap also

    there is another place I am looking at that you see in this site in right side of your screen

    www.swellsurfcamp.com

    there rates are pretty nice too

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    Quote Originally Posted by MATT JOHNSON View Post
    Yeah I know tell me about it . You cant beat the prices , its a nice place pretty much hassle free and air fair is cheap also

    there is another place I am looking at that you see in this site in right side of your screen

    www.swellsurfcamp.com

    there rates are pretty nice too
    i dont know if its cheap or not, but my sister is down there teaching at a private school for basically the rich people like she has the dr's tep kids in her class. but were flying down on easter and spending a week with her gonna do scubadiving, snorkeling and of course for me some surfing since currently im te ony one that surfs.

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    the place

    My wife is booking it through quiklsilver travel. The site is drsurfing. The rates seem reasonable considering what they offer: 3 square/room/pool/ and a guide taking you via 4x4 to the best spots according to your ability level. I'm digging these other places though. I think it's right outside of Encuentra.

    Like I said, I.m a bad traveler. I get bad vibes easily and tend to be a little paranoid in 3rd world settings.

    Remember: Just because your paranoid, it doesn't mean that they're not after you(ha-ha).

    I like the idea of a bilingual guide watching my back.(And my son's)

    Keep the scoop coming! Looks like I'm land locked for a bit with this snow.

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    I stayed at DR Surfing last year. Alan, the host, is an excellent surfer and runs a great camp, IMO. Just be honest with your ability and he will take you to appropriate breaks and make you feel comfortable. From what I could tell, he seems to be well respected in the lineup and he has great knowledge of the breaks in DR. The food the couple served was fresh, delicious and plentiful. I think they moved to a new home in Encuentro, so I can't comment on the current accommodations, but everything was very clean when I went. Also, as for the feel of the surf camp, I felt like I was an out-of-town family member instead of a guest at a hotel, which may or may not be what you're looking for.

    If you want to maximize your time surfing, I would recommend you get a guide--whether you use DR Surfing or someone else. Generally, from what I know, it's surfable in Encuentro only during the mornings, before the easterly tradewinds pick up. Also, the main breaks at Encuentro can get pretty heavy. When I was there, some of the sets were pitching, barreling and well-OH to DOH--certainly not beginner or longboard friendly. A guide will help you find protected breaks if it's big and wind-protected breaks when the tradewinds pick up.
    Last edited by kookymonster; Dec 28, 2010 at 01:41 AM.