About Encuentro

Not far to the east of Puerto Plata, past Sosua, lies Cabarete, the windsurfing and kitesurfing capital of the Caribbean. It's open to the tradewinds and has several offshore reefs. On the west end of the Cabarete beach is Encuentro, a corner of reef that houses a long left and a short bowly right depending on swell and wind direction.

Source: Encuentro Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

Intermediate to advanced

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

If it's good, yes.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Crowds typically pretty light.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

The treacherous peak at Coco Pipe is always less crowded since only experts can handle the heavy drop, barrel, get out quick sequence that the better rights demand. The remaining Encuentro stretch has surf for many ability levels. Popular kite boarding spot.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Strong paddlers only.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Nice Caribbean water.

Additional Information


Beware of kiteboard lines that have the potential to decapitate.


Drive west out of Cabarete to dirt road, park right off beach in palm grove.

Bring Your

Shortboard, kiteboard



Best Season


Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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