For many tourists surfing in Punta Cana is the highlight of their holiday in the Dominican Republic. Whether you have never surfed before and always dreamed of learning, or if you just want to improve your existing skills, you will be able to learn or get better in Punta Cana.
However you need to know that the best surfing in the Dominican Republic is in the North. So if surfing is the main purpose of your trip you probably want to head there.
In Punta Cana Macao is one of the better surfing spots. It is northwest of Bavaro and can be best reached by a taxi or a bus (guagua). The waves break left and right here and there is a sandy bottom (nor rocks or reef). The waves are about 2 or 3 feet high most of the time and with storms can go up to 5 feet or even higher.
If you surf away from Macao you need to be careful about is the reef that follows the shore. Most of the time however to get to a decent break you will have to swim way past the reef.
Punta Cana is famous for its “Punta Cana Breeze”. Once this wind pickes up your surfing day will be over as the waves get too choppy.
These are some popular Punta Cana Surf Schools:
- Macao Surf Cam
- Punta Cana Surf School
Both schools are family owned and charge around US$60 to US$80 per lesson. These classes are great for families as well.
Most hotels don’t keep surfboards so you will have to get in touch with one of the local schools or find a surfer to help you out. It would be worth to bring your own surfboard but check how much the airline wants to charge first.
You can find more information about surfing at Macao and around the Dominican Republic on WannaSurf.