We just returned from a trip to Hard Rock Resort Dominican Republic. We were part of a large group on an incentive trip with Thirty One Gifts. A fellow Thirty One Consultant found Macao Surf Camp online and invited us to go along. This outing was not affiliated with the resort or the excursion company Thirty One had hired but WE ARE SO GLAD we went with Rafael and his team at Macao beach. Macao is a short drive (mostly through farmland) from the resort, our transportation was air conditioned and quite comfortable. We are chatty and Rafael was very informative about the area and gladly answered all of our questions. We passed through Macao Village and then topped to a hill to view the most beautiful beach. It felt more like genuine DR than the beach at our resort.
What you should know
1. There are MSC guides in the water to help watch for waves and push the boards This help in the water meant more successful rides during the 2 hours of surfing. No they do not speak much English but eventually you will understand their whistles and "Mira Mira" means your wave is coming...
2. .A photographer comes out to the water with a Go Pro camera and snaps some great pics that you will want to pay the $25/per surfer for.
3. If your fortunate Rafael will join you in the water and give the surfers more pointers on their "form". (This man has been surfing longer than I have been alive so he knows his stuff) My husband knew he was doing something wrong but could not "see it" from on the board and Rafael's tips helped tremendously.
4. If you just go along for the ride with your surfer bring a towel or something to sit on...we also brought drinks, and snacks...FYI Rafael enjoyed the Cocoa Cola Light we brought over on day 2.
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