The Dominican Republic is a great island in the Caribbean that will offer you an excellent climate with a variety of conditions for kitesurfing. Many months of wind, wide and safe beaches and a huge offer of things to do and see out of the water.
The Dominican Republic is located in the island La Española and is bordered on the north by the Atlantic Ocean, on the south by the Caribbean Sea, on the east by the Mona Channel and on the west shares the island with the Republic of Haiti. It is a unique destination which has an extraordinary nature, fascinating history and great cultural wealth.
Climate and temperature
Due to its location in the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic enjoys very pleasant temperatures throughout the year, without reaching extreme cold or heat. The annual temperature average is among 25 ºC. In summer (May to October) are usually reached 34 °C and in the cold months (November to April) drops to around 14 °C. Being August the warmest month and January the coldest.
The weather also varies depending on where you are. For example, the capital Santo Domingo along with La Romana are the hottest cities on the island, as they are in the south and southeast. On the other hand, in the north, northeast and northwest, the climate is less hot, but with more rainfall.
The wettest part of the island is the Samaná peninsula (Las Terrenas, Samaná and Sánchez) and is also the most luxuriant vegetation area throughout the year.
The rainiest periods are from April to June and from September to November.
In terms of season, there is technically wind throughout January through August with a slight decline between April and May.
The summer months blow a little stronger 16 – 30 knots, having a higher percentage of windy days. During the winter you can do kitesurfing at least 4 days a week with winds of 20 – 25 knots.
Of course nothing is guaranteed when it comes to wind!
The country is in a region characterized by tropical storms. Between the months of August to November, it is considered that the high season of cyclones and storms begins, with strong winds.
The term tropical cyclone applies to all circulations originating in tropical waters. Depending on the speed of their winds, they are classified in:
- Tropical depression, if they do not reach 35 knots
- Tropical Storm, if they oscillate between 35 and 60 knots
- Hurricane, when they exceed 60 knots
The South coast is the most affected region, receiving 67% of the cyclones that touch the Dominican Republic, given its situation in the trajectory of the cyclones formed.
Kitespots at the Dominican Republic
Along the coast of the Dominican Republic there are different beaches and areas where you can practice different water sports and of course kite surfing. Many of these kitespots will soon be covered in various posts. Keep up!
The most complete list of kitespots in the Dominican Republic:
- Bozo Beach or Cabarete Bay – Kitespot in the same village of Cabarete
- Buen Hombre – “Secret place” with almost 10 km long with flat turquoise waters
- Cabarete Kite Beach – This spot is about 2 km west of Cabarete and is famous for its strong winds and waves
- Cayos Siete Hermanos
- El Canal
- Encuentro – About 4 km west of Cabarete, this beach is the most visited in the entire Caribbean thanks to its unbeatable conditions for the practice of water sports and its waves
- Estación de policía or Playa Ventosa – About 2 km east of Cabarete, perfect kitespot to ride alone
- La Boca – About 7 km east of Cabarete, the river is a well-liked place for freestylers
- La Granja
- Playa Dorada
- Playa Popa
- Las Salinas – About 87 km southwest of the capital Santo Domingo
- Cabeza de Toro – Punta Cana
- La Playa Blanca – Punta Cana
- Las Terrenas or Portillo Beach – West of Samana
- Las Terrenas or Punta Poppy – West of Samana
- Playa Los Gringos – East of Nagua
- Playa Rincon – Before Las Galeras
Pros and cons in Dominican Republic
High wind probability
Temperate waters and tropical vegetation
Different spots for kitesurfing and windsurfing almost all year round
It has a relaxed atmosphere and the nightlife is very active
Without wind, many other activities can be done
Prices go up every year
In summer, the Dominican Republic is very crowded
There are enough kiteschools to get you started on this sport or learn new tricks. Many are at the north of the Dominican Republic where are the popular kitespots, but here you will find many more kiteschools. Most of them rent material for kitesurfing and have a storage for your equipment.
Do not go without trying, find here many of the kiteschools in Dominican Republic
Most schools have their kiteshop, so you can buy your own equipment when you feel ready to go ahead without a teacher or anything else you need for your equipment.
Some shops rent equipment for kitesurfing and also do repairs.
Here you can find a list of kiteshops in Dominican Republic
Apart from that the Dominican Republic is known worldwide by kitesurfers and windsurfers. It is the most visited destination in the Caribbean, it has many types of outdoor sports activities. For example, you can go hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, diving, different tours and many more.
Do not stay seated, discover more activities to do here
The Dominican Republic has for all types of tastes and pockets, for families, groups or backpackers. Here you will have a lot to choose from. You can stay in an apartment or a cheap hostel.
Remember to book your accommodation in time. The Dominican Republic is very busy, especially in summer and you may not find an empty hotel.
Search for hotels and accommodations
This island offers a great variety and divinity of restaurants with both international and local cuisine.
Find the best restaurants and cafes here
The people of this land, apparently do not sleep. Going out and sharing with others is very important for all Dominicans. You will have many places to choose where you will surely spend a pleasant evening at the sound of music.
Find your favorite bar or disco here in the Dominican Republic
También es bueno saber
- Never leave your belongings unattended wherever you are, whether on the beach or in the city
- Always carry your passport with you! In February 2017, tourists without a passport were taken from the police
- Although the Dominican Republic is one of the safest countries on the continent, the same precautions should be taken as when traveling to any other place. In group everything is safer, so avoid leaving alone at night, even on the main roads. Use taxis, you can request them from the hotel you are staying in
- Buying, the first price is usually the highest, bargaining is also part of the culture
- The official language is Spanish, but English, French, German and others are widely used languages in the country
- Time reference: GMT -4
- Electricity: 110V AC. Sockets have two flat pins
- The local currency is the Dominican peso (RD $). It comes in denominations of coins: 1, 5, 10 and 25 pesos and bills: 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000 and 2000 pesos. It is also accepted in almost all places the American dollar as payment currency
- You can find internet (not very reliable) in all hotels, restaurants, bars and cafes. But if you plan to stay long term, make sure your apartment or residence has integrated internet. An alternative is to buy a plan for the mobile or a modem for the computer, although the plans are limited and expensive.
The companies that provide the internet service are Claro, Tricom, Orange, VIVA and Wind Telecom
How to get to the Dominican Republic?
Normally, the most common way to get to the Dominican Republic is by plane, since it has eight international airports that have direct connection with most of the airports in the world. You can also do it through cruises that dock in some of the most important ports, such as Santo Domingo or La Romana.
- Barahona – María Montez International Airport (BRX). It is located just outside the town of Barahona, in the southwest. Although it is an international airport, it mainly serves domestic flights
- Higuero – La Isabela International Airport (JBQ), also known as “Dr. Joaquín Balaguer, “north of Santo Domingo, is mainly responsible for domestic flights and flights to Haiti
- La Romana – La Romana International Airport (LRM) is just 10 minutes from Casa de Campo Resort on the southeast coast, and just 20 minutes from Bayahibe
- Puerto Plata – Gregorio Luperón International Airport (POP) is just 20 minutes from the north coast city of Puerto Plata and its tourist destinations such as Cofresi, Playa Dorada, Sosua and Cabarete
- Punta Cana – Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) is only 15 minutes away from the Punta Cana and Cap Cana area, and about 30 minutes from Bavaro, El Cortecito, Arena Gorda, Macao and Uvero Alto
- Samaná – El Catey International Airport (AZS), also known as “Juan Bosch”. It is only 30 minutes from the city of Samaná and 45 minutes from the beaches of Cosón, Las Terrenas and Portillo, on the northeastern coast of the Dominican Republic
- Santiago – Cibao International Airport (STI) is located 15 minutes from the city of Santiago, in the central region, and offers easy access to nearby cities such as La Vega, Jarabacoa, Constanza, San Francisco de Macoris and Moca
- Santo Domingo – International Airport Las Américas (SDQ), also known as “José Francisco Peña Gómez” is located 30 minutes from the capital Santo Domingo and very close to the tourist areas of Boca Chica and Juan Dolio
Several small airports throughout the country serve domestic flights:
- Arroyo Barril (EPS) in Samana, on the northeast coast
- Constanza (COZ), ocated in the central mountainous region
- Cabo Rojo (CBJ), in Pedernales, on the southwest coast
- Montecristi (MTC), on the northwest coast
Some private Marinas and Cruises:
- Puerto Ozamade, in Santo Domingo
- Marina Puerto Bahía, in Santo Domingo
- Marina Bartolomé Colón, in Santo Domingo
- Puerto-muelle de Bayahibe, near La Romana
- Marina Nautic Terminal, in La Romana
- Casa de Campo, at Río Chavón
- Marina Caucana, in Higüey
- Ocean World Marina, in Puerto Plata
- Marina Zar Par, in Boca Chica
- Marina Luperon Yatch Club, in Luperon
- Gran Bahía Marina, in Samaná
- Punta Cana Resort Marina, in Punta Cana
- Marina Hotel Don Juan, in Boca Chica
Mobilize with taxi
Taxis (in yellow) are often very expensive and the best option to move in short distances is using:
- Motoconchos are motorbike taxis, you will find them in every corner, it is common 3 or even 4 passengers. They are probably the fastest but it is not the safest way of transport since the streets are very crowded, no helmet is used and safety is not primarily (Not recommended for use at night). They are about 50 pesos per person. Check first the traffic and try to get on and get off on the left side if you do not want a “Dominican tattoo” thanks to the exhaust pipe
- Las Guaguas are local minibuses that drive along the main roads and different cities. You can go up or down at any point. It is common for the guaguas to have around 20 passengers. They are about 25 pesos per person
- Carritos are shared cars with taxi signs. They are good and cheap ways to move if you know a little Spanish. You can go up or down at any point (24/7). It can take 6 or 7 passengers. It costs 35 or 45 pesos per person
Mobilize with car
Renting a car is not recommended, because traffic rules are not respected and there are motorbikes everywhere. But if you dare to drive, you will feel a lot more free and you can go wherever you want.
If you decide to rent a car, you can do it at the best price using this search engine:
Mobilize by bus
The bus trip is not the fastest, nor the most comfortable, but yes, the most economical. One of the advantages of traveling by bus is also to be able to contemplate the wonderful landscapes.
There are many tourist and private bus lines with air conditioning that reach all places of the Dominican Republic.
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