I was fortunate enough to spend three and a half months in Cabarete learning to surf at Playa Encuentro with the Master of The Ocean himself: Luciano Gonzales (LG). Learning to surf is probably the best thing I have ever done in my life and I am truly one of the converted. There is no feeling in the world like catching and riding a wave. It is just total joy, bliss, happiness, full of excitement and giggles. I think I was easily spotted by others in the water on account of the giant grin on my face at all times. Luciano is an amazing, encouraging and very patient teacher. He is the best person in the world to make laugh because he laughs with his entire body... Seriously, you have to tell him a funny joke and try it out. His laughter and love of the water is infectious and he's just someone that you want to be around. He provides a top notch service in and out of the water, he'll bring you to the best breakfast place on the beach and he knows exactly where to g for lunch and dinner (whether you want a five star dining experience or you want to try something more authentic and local). Everything is perfectly taken care of and the condo units at SeaWinds are absolutely gorgeous, modern and on a beautiful stretch of beach.... walking distance to everything.
I loved it! I will go back over and over and over again! Thanks Luciano for showing me the way to surf! :) :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a water sports camp owned and ran by professional kiteboarder and surfer, Luciano Gonzalez sponsored by Red Bull and Wainman Kites. The camp is based in Cabarete, a town situated on Dominican Republic’s north "Amber Coast," renowned worldwide as "Caribbean’s Watersports Capitol." We offer accommodation at our spacious brand new 5000ft2 beachfront penthouse condominium, as well as Surf, Kiteboarding, Stand up Paddle, lessons and rental for all ages & levels. Overall, our ocean front camp is one of the best places in the Caribbean for people to practice water sports with a real Pro, relax, and share together a great unique holiday. ... more less