DOMINICAN REPUBLIC KITESURF Las Terrenas

Located on the east coast of the carribbean island of the Dominican Republic, Las Terrenas is just 2 hours driving from the world famous kite spot of Dominican Republic in Cabarete. With constant trade winds, warm water and wave almost all year around, Kiteworld Las Terrenas kiteschool is the ideal place to learn Kitesurf and Surf for beginner lessons and kiteboarders looking for advanced coaching. Come alone or with your family because there is plenty of excursions for no kiters. We are giving lessons in the lagoon just on the side of the All Inclusive resort Gran Bahia Principe El Portillo. The coast is completely protected by the seaweed not like Punta Cana.

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  •   Very nice kitesurfing sport and well attended by a professional team. Vincent and his team are top notch and friendly. Many thanks again for the great équipement and service. We... read more

    180stephana
    2/23/2020
  •   After having a not so pleasant learning experience in Portugal I thought I'd never Kitesurf again but thanks to Vincent and his team I've overcome my fear and was up... read more

    CaliCarly
    5/10/2019
  •   I spent one week at Las Terrenas beginning of 2020 and was luck enough to find Vincent´s kiteschool Kiteworld. Vincent and his team helped me greatly to make significant progress... read more

    DPYP
    1/22/2020
  •   The kids (18 and 16yrs) and I hooked up with kiteworld for our first ever kite surf experience. wE Could not have had a greater experience. Vincent the owner... read more

    OttDan
    1/15/2020
  •   An ideal spot: no sargasse, an extremely helpful team, a magnificent and secure site, the teacher vincent always available and very effective in his advice. Very good advisor for good... read more

    Smithkitesurf
    1/27/2020
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frequently asked questions about Kitesurfing in Las Terrenas

WHAT IS THE BEST SEASON TO VISIT DOMINICAN REPUBLIC ?

Dominican Republic has wind almost all year around from December until middle of September. The best months are February, March, April in winter and July, August in summer. The best season for surfing in Dominican Republic is from November until April in the North shore.

WHATS THE CLOSEST AIRPORT NEAR LAS TERRENAS ?

20 minutes : Samana El Catey ( AZS ) only flights from Toronto ( YYZ ), Montreal ( YUL ), Ottawa ( YOW ), Frankfurt ( FRA )
2 hours : Santo Domingo Las Americas ( SDQ ) with many flights from United States ( JETBLUE, AMERICAN AIRLINES, SPIRIT, DELTA ) and Europe ( AIR FRANCE, AIR CARAIBES, IBERIA, TUI FLY )
5 hours : Punta Cana International Airport ( PUJ ) with many connections in the world.

PUBLIC BUS TRANSFERTS FROM AIRPORTS TO LAS TERRENAS ?

Santo Domingo : take 1O min taxi from Las Americas airport to the bus stop « Parada Samana » compagnie name « Transporte Las Terrenas » schedule table : 8:50 am – 9:50 am – 11:20 am – 2 pm – 3:20 pm – 6:20 pm
Punta Cana : 2 buses in total !
– take 15 min taxi from Punta Cana airport to the bus stop «  Cruce de Veron » compagnie name «  Espresso Bavaro » schedule table : 7 am – 9 am – 11 am – 1 pm – 3 pm – 4 pm ( always full buy your ticket 30 min before ! ) STOP before Santo Domingo at the bus station «  Parada Samana »
– compagnie name « Transporte Las Terrenas » schedule table : 8:50 am – 9:50 am – 11:20 am – 2 pm – 3:20 pm – 6:20 pm

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC VACCINATION AND MEDICAL PRESCRIPTIONS ?

Nothing more than the common vaccination ! You have to take care a lot about the sun with clothes protection ( rashgard, hat, sunglasses, sunblock … ) and the mosquito time at the beginning / ending of the day light.

IS DOMINICAN REPUBLIC SAFE?

Yes! Don’t forget that the principal economy of the island is based on tourism since 20 years so trust us the Dominican population will take care of you at the maximum to get the better tips !

WHATS IS THE CURRENCY IN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC?

The national devise is the Dominican pesos ( DOP ) but you can change it everywhere from Dollars & Euros ( airport rates are the worst ! ).
Credit card are not accepted in most of the Dominican shop but also in certain hotel, restaurant & activities.
ATM fees are 5 $ for each withdraw at the machine in addition to your bank taxes !

DO I NEED A CAR IN LAS TERRENAS ?

The answer is NO ! It’s a small village with maximum 30 minutes walking distance and if you want to discover the uncrowned beaches around better to rent a scooter or quad.

HOW MANY HOURS I NEED TO LEARN KITESURFING ?

You need minimum 3 hours lessons for just a discovery with 3 steps learning : pilot the kite on land, body drag in deep water without board and water start.
The best is to do the 6 hours package in 3 days in order to become independent with the kite control in every situations.

I STAY ONE WEEK, WHAT IS NEXT AFTER THE 3 DAYS LESSONS PACKAGE ?

According to your level, we adapt your progression with more hours of lessons or rental under supervision in order to spend a lot to time on the water.

WHAT ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT I NEED FOR KITESURFING LAS TERRENAS ?

No wetsuit, no shoes only your board short ! During the winter you need 14 m & 12 m kite quiver and the summer time 12m & 9 m kite quiver.
Hydrofoil is possible in certain area ask us for more informations.

WHEN I LOOK AT WINDGURU WIND STATISTICS I DON’T SEE GOOD WIND. WHY?

No worries the wind speed is always between 15 & 20 knots super steady like a fan ! unfortunately Windguru doesn’t take care about the local thermal wind who reenforce the trade wind « Alizes »; so please add 5 knots to the forecast.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN KITESURFING IN CABARETE AND LAS TERRENAS ?

Caberete : 200 kites in the air, 15 kites school, choppy and big shore break difficult for students, stronger wind between 20 – 30 knots, perfect for waves riders, no many flight connections from Puerto Plata airport.
Las Terrenas : 3 kites school, uncrowned spot, flat water spot ideal for beginners, shallow crystal clear water, perfect for freestyle coaching and hydrofoil lessons, lot of flight choice from Santo Domingo airport, many extra kite activities ( whales watching, waterfall, Los Haitises national park … )
Kite Surfing Las Terrenas –  where THE new sport Started
By 1984, brothers Bruno Legaignoux and Dominique Legaignoux from France patented the first inflatable kite. They filed a patent which is still in use today for manufacturers of kiteboarding materials and develop the first kite brand WIPIKA that sign the birth of the sport kitesurfing
In 1999 Bruno decided to move and do Kitesurfing in Dominican Republic. Las Terrenas proved to be a perfect place for research and development out of sight. He had already a lot of ideas about the future of kitesurfing in Las Terrenas but the kite market wasn’t ready. Conditions  kitesurfing conditions in Las Terrenas are perfect to test new kite because the thermal wind is like a fan not more than 25 knots. The direction of wind is side shore with many safe bay offering crystal shallow water. The dominican kids from Las Terrenas was the first on the planet to test the new kite prototypes of Bruno like the Bow shape and 4 lines kite. Two to them starting at 10 years old were ranking top 10 in the world sponsored by WIPIKA which became  TAKOON after. Las Terrenas was the first place in Dominican Republic where kiteboarding borned to became popular in Cabarete already famous for windsurfing.
Kitesurfing Cabarete –  the name of a kitesurfing legend in the world
According to legend, Canadian windsurfer Jean Laporte came here in the 1980s and was quite literally blown away by the consistent and warm trade winds. The windsurfing community in Cabarete exploded and began to appear in the most popular windsurfing magazines of the time. Cabarete gained attention as one of the world’s premier spots for kiteboarding and windsurfing. Cabarete has hosted many prestigious kite competitions. Many kiteboarder names like Luciano gonzalez, Posito Martinez, Ariel and Adeuri Corniel are famous in freestyle kite championships and recently in the Olympic games for the first time. Two brand of kites were creating in Dominican Republic which names are E.H. & Star kites. In 2003 when I discovered kitesurfing, my dream was to go to Caberete to meet all those actors of a new sport « kitesurfing » who will change my all life.