First Time to Surf and what fun it is when you have lessons.
Off we went, after learning about surfing on dry land in a lovely stretch of beach called Encuentro Beach in Cabarete, the Dominican Republic. We had been well instructed by Marcus, who has lived in this seaside city for a long time. He was here when there were no resorts-just virgin beaches! Of course, he hasn’t aged a day! Life here is relaxing and it shows on one’s face. Read the rest of this entry »
On our trip to Cabarete in the Dominican Republic we decided to try something new on a beautiful and sunny day in Cabarete. The sun was shining, the breezes were balmy and our hang-overs were mild. We had quite a few Presidentes (and Presidente Lights), vodka, Jack and Cokes during our local pub crawl in the town of Cabarete.
Cabarete is known as the kite boarding capital in the Caribbean. We definitely are not experts so we decided to start small. We were going to learn how to surf first.
Our instructor Marcus was a good speaker. Located in Encuentro Beach area 321 Take Off offers the the perfect place to learn how to surf. He patiently instructed us beginners about surfing. The most important thing I remember about his lesson was to always be aware of what is going on around you-the ocean, surf, clouds, everything. He said no two days are alike so being aware of your surroundings will keep you alert and prepared.
After the orientation, Marcus took us to the practice boards. There he showed us and had us practice. This was followed by all of us getting fitted with our wet suits, and water shoes. These came in especially handy since the bottom was a little rocky. Surfing looks so easy but once you are on a board you find out about muscles you didn’t know you had. Balance is key. No easy task sometimes but its a lot of fun.
Video of Cabarete Beach Dominican Republic on a slow day.
Cabarete is known for its winds, waves and nightlife. We actually found a day that was relaxing and tranquil when we visited. Cabarete Beach is a beautiful white sand beach located on the north coast of the Dominican Republic and offers the perfect location for Surfing, Wind Surfing, Kiteboarding and many other water activiteis. We want to thank 321 Takeoff for inviting us over for surf lessons to be published in a later video.
Caribbean Island Sunset in Punta Rucia, Dominican Republic
Enjoy a few moments standing on a beach watching the sun slowly set on an picturesque landscape of Punta Rucia, Dominican Republic. Punta Rucia is known for its spectacular Caribbean Island sunset on it’s sleepy little fishing village located in the north west coast of Dominican Republic.
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Punta Rucia 360 degree Panoramic view from balcony of “Casa Libre” Guest House in Punta Rucia .
Video shows the bay and the Bed and Breakfast room for Rent at Casa Libre Bed and Breakfast.
Punta Rucia is a quite, relaxing getaway for those that enjoy beautiful remote places.
One of the main tourist attractions in Punta Rucia is Paradise Island “Cayo Paraiso” which is a small white sand bar that has 5 huts set up from local tour companies that provide souvenirs, snorkeling gear, snacks and drinks.
Casa Libre provides 3 clean rooms for rent starting around 1,000 DOP ($35.00 US) per night. The rooms are clean and quaint and dinner we had there was very good as well as the owners company. Casa Libre has its on private path down to the beach where you will find a Kayak for your water fun pleasure.
Even though the bath/shower is separate from the rooms with no hot water, it was very clean and organized. Electricity is a big problem in Punta Rucia but not an issue at Casa Libre, they have full time power from their backup inverter. The roads to Punta Rucia are not paved,and phone service is barely operational but the travel there is worth it for a real getaway!
To make arrangements to stay at “Casa Libre” call (809)325-2378
You may have to call several times to get through, keep trying, someone will answer.
Video of Casa de Campo’s Beach “Las Minitas Beach” and beach restaurant “Le Cirque” Beach Club by the world famous Le Cirque from New York.
Casa de Campo boasts its own beach. You can arrive to the beach by taking one of the shuttles provided by the resort, or if you follow directions, take your own golf cart.
When you arrive, you will be greeted by the security guard in the office. Guests of the hotel have to register their room number. You can then grab your towels from the towel shack, grab a beach chair/shade tent or go to Le Cirque Beach Club restaurant on location at the beach.
Las Minitas Beach is not very large but it is big enough to provide motorized, as well as, non-motorized water toys. You can pedal on your boat for two or go kayaking. These are examples of non-motorized toys. For those wanting a bigger thrill, catch a ride on the Banana Boat or get on a jet ski.
For an indulgence worth having-book yourself a massage on the beach! How soothing it is-while your body is being massaged you can hear the ocean. Relaxation at its best!
If you have children, there is a children’s facility called La Palapa. Here the kids can enjoy games with other tots while you are enjoying a Coco Loco or just relaxing on the beach kid-free for awhile.
The sand is clean at Las Minitas Beach, and the grounds are pristine. The staff is friendly and informative. You can spend all day here-relaxing, playing, eating and drinking. Stay and watch the sunset for another one of life’s enjoyable moments.