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:

Playa Grande, the Dominican Republic
Playa Grande views from Amanera.
Surfers in the Dominican Republic
From left: Surfing at Playa Grande and Robinson Liriano, a surf instructor at Amanera.
A casita at Amanera resort
One of the casitas at Amanera.
Kiteboarding and diving in the Dominican Republic
From Left: Raul Urbano, an instructor at the Laurel Eastman Kiteboarding School in Cabarete, and a diving excursion in Sosúa Bay.
Hotel Casa Colonial, Dominican Republic
From left: A bellman at the Hotel Casa Colonial and the hotel’s rooftop pool.
A windsurfer in Cabarete, Dominican Republic
Wind surfing on Playa Cabarete.

See more of Virtuoso Life contributing photographer Luis García’s photos at luisgarciafoto.com and on Instagram @luisgfoto.  

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