El Encuentro Beach
Playa El Encuentro
There are a few food stalls and surf clubs. Board rental is possible, as is training and teachers. The beach is frequented exclusively by surfers, with yearly competitions taking place here as well.
Halfway to Cabarete coming from Sosua you will find a turnoff towards the Coconut Palms Resort. The road will take you straight to the beach.
About The Beach:
El Encuentro beach is one of the north coast’s primary surf beaches. Nestled halfway between Sosua and Cabarete, it is the meeting place for all folks surfing. It is not very good for swimming or snorkeling due to its high waves, but perfect for the surfer. Particularly beginners may find it a great spot.
It has a channel that facilitates getting out to the waves and the further out you go the longer the waves can become. There is a slight drift to right to the beach and corrals at the more shallow end. The breaks are clean and the swells long. Early morning are the best hours, but during winter the afternoons aren’t’ bad either. It is almost constantly windy so that at all hours of the day there are waves, at least for beginners.
Long and short boards are recommended, as are bodyboards. Body surfing is not recommended due to the corral surf.
Coco Pipe is a serious, powerful and hollow reefbreak which favors high tide and North or Northwest swell. This wave is almost always bigger than it looks from the beach, with a heavy vertical drop.
Bobo’s Point is a series of consistent peaks with a hollow but easy take off. It is powerful when overhead and best at low to mid tide on a Northeast swell.
La Derecha, meaning “the right”, is the North Coast’s most consistent surf spot. Two peaks, outside and inside with two distinct take off zones, and a reef that breaks like a point combine to create a wave that breaks with any swell direction and any size.
La Izquierda, meaning “the left”, is a hollow barreling performance reefbreak. Two sections that usually connect make up this fairly long wave. It is also very consistent with something to ride almost every day, although the wave tends to close out at heights over 12 feet (4 meters).
Destroyer is a powerful, hollow and shallow left, over a sharp reef. This dangerous wave breaks best at 8 to 10 feet (3 meters).
More info here at Surf Dominican Republic.
Impressions by various photographers on Flickr
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