Words & Photography by Luis García
In the early 2000s I lived abroad in Milan, Italy, for a few months. When striking up conversations with the locals, they’d ask where I was from. I’d say, “Mexico, but I live in California.” The next question was usually, “Do you surf?” I’d never surfed in my life – or photographed any surfers for that matter. That changed when Virtuoso Life ask me to photograph a story about the Dominican Republic’s north coast.
It was my first time traveling to the Dominican Republic, and the shoot took place around Puerto Plata and the smaller towns of Sosúa and Río San Juan. Our shot list took us from beautiful breaks with lots of surfers at Playa Encuentro to the long and windy beach of Cabarete, a perfect spot for windsurfing and kitesurfing. I photographed snorkelers in the tiny fishing village of Sosúa and visited the secluded and gorgeous Playa Grande next to the magnificent Amanera resort, where the service and attention to detail was one of a kind. A lot of the people I met on the island had originally come there for the surfing but stayed for the good quality of life and the peacefulness of this full-of-sun place (and the perfectly cold beer). I think I’d do the same – and maybe I’d even take a surfing lesson.
Here, a few of my favorite photos from the trip: