Punta Cana Trip

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Punta Cana Trip

Postby bcruz » Sun Apr 02, 2006 5:07 pm

I'm going down to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic in a couple weeks. Does anyone know if it's worth bringing down any gear and what the conditions would be like? I'm going with a group of people that won't be kiting, so I need to do something nearby. I know everyone goes in Cabarete, but what about Punta Cana?

Thanks!
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Postby Pete » Tue Apr 04, 2006 12:27 pm

Hey Brandon, didn't think you still owned any equipment. Where have you been the past two years? Did you take a serious break from kiteboarding or what? Anyway, yes, bring your gear to Punta. I have been there twice and had a great time on the water down there. It doesn't rip like Cabarette but the afternoons are 13-18 knots for about 4 hours. Most likely you can rig up right in front of your hotel and get some nice side on shiz. Have a great time and post when you return on how it was. Bring the 19M just in case.

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Postby bcruz » Fri Apr 14, 2006 9:58 am

Nice, thanks for the info! I was hoping to not have to lug the 19 down there, but I will bring it in case.

I know, I have been real slack about getting out there the last couple of years. I got so busy with work and everything, I kind of took a little break. I also got a boat with the intention of being able to kiteboard off of it. I need to find an easy way to rig and launch from it. That's probably a good topic for a whole new thread.
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Postby bcruz » Mon Apr 24, 2006 7:55 pm

I was pleasantly surprised, Punta Cana was perfect for kiting! I was there for four days. I only brought my 11 and 15 meter kites because I wasn't sure of the conditions and didn't feel like dealing with the 19 meter.

I stayed at the Iberostar Bavaro all inclusive resort, which was actually a great deal for what you get. The beach was huge, although there were quite a few people on it. You could rig and launch your kite directly in front of your room on the beach. If you were a beginner, this might be a little difficult with all the people, but you could walk down a few hundred yards either way to get out of the crowds.

There is quite a bit of coral in the water, which makes for good snorkeling/diving, but a little difficult again for beginner kiters. The advantage is that water is very smooth inside the coral, even when the waves are breaking farther out. The coral comes almost to the surface in some places (very few), but is more than 5 feet below in most places. It is pretty smooth by coral standards and not too much of a problem. It's about 50-50 between coral and pure sand bottom, with big patches of deep sandy bottom to try bigger tricks. If you take the trip about 2/3 of a mile out, the coral ends and the waves are breaking. We had about 5 foot waves the whole time out there, but I didn't do too much in them. Between not riding for 2 years, and not being too sure if I wanted to get pounded into a reef, I decided to go through the waves a few times but not spend too much time hanging out in them.

The first day was light wind, good for a 19 meter kite, but not great for the 15 meter. We decided to spend it hanging out on the beach and in the pool.

The next 3 days were about 18+ knot side-on winds, but they never got much over 22 or 23 knots. That works out nicely when you are with a bunch of people that don't like sitting on the beach when sand is blowing in their face.

I used a 15 meter the whole time, and it absolutely ripped. There is probably 10-15 miles of beach, and you can ride the whole length of them if you want. There are a ton of resorts, but very little action in the water. They don't seem to have any jet skis, and there is very little boat traffic other than a couple small scuba/snorkel excursions and a banana boat or two. You could have 50 kiters in the water with room to spare.

Due to the fact that you can go with non-kiters and still have a great time, and assuming the wind is always that good this time of year in Punta Cana (it seemed to be steady trade winds), I would definitely recommend this place to anyone that is above the basic learning mode. Once you get off the beach and into the water, it's absolutely perfect!
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punta cana is decent for kiting

Postby skywalker » Tue Mar 09, 2010 8:57 am

Anyone googling 'kiteboard punta cana' will invariably end up on this page. I thought I would share my experience ktiing in the area.

Went Feb 22-29th ish. Brought Ocean Rodeo 14m and 150cm board.

There are only a few safe places to launch. The beach is packed with tourists who have never seen kiteboarding, and so are unaware of the dangers during a launch. Your best bet is to walk 15-20 mins away from the hotel or have someone help you launch and control crowd.

Wind is a little on the low size most often, and not very consistent. BUT i did get out 4 out of 7 days. Definitly bring a light wind board and a large kite with lots of depower if needed.

Decent waves for jumping but they break on shallow coral. Water was surprising choppy and this can be a pain on low wind days but fun on stonger days.

Wind can vary 180 degrees from day to day. There are lots of beaches a short cab away that will work in most wind types. Playa blanca is a good beach.

Bonus is that becasue you will be the only kiter there, the chicks will actually chase you down the beach. no joke.

Reccomend staying at the barcello resort. Nice launch site close, and great hotel.

One last piece of advice. Bring a trainer kite BC some goergeious hottie will be begging you for lessons at some point, and you
a) want an excuse to hang out together
b) don't want to teach her on your 14 (as i did. Baaaad idea)

Cool, hope this helps

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