What are the swell conditions and how big can I expect the waves to be?
The Dominican Republic has a variety of different swells, depending on the time of year. Winter (October through April) sees the biggest waves when the island is affected by the North and North/East swells, which arrive all the way from storm systems off the East Coast of U.S. During these times, a good swell can bring waves of 8 feet or more at 12 second intervals. In the summer, swell direction is mainly from the East. Wave intervals are around 8 seconds and wave heights are 3 to 6 feet on average. Larger swells can arrive during the hurricane season; although the DR is rarely directly affected by hurricanes which normally pass to the South of the Island, they can bring some great waves with them.