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Latitude: 18° 13.738' N
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WalkLong walk (>30 mn)
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Alternative name Los Patos
Wave qualityRegional Classic
FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)
BottomFlat rocks with sand
Normal lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good day lengthVery Long (300 to 500 m)
Good swell directionSouthEast, East
Good wind directionNorth
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+
Best tide positionLow and mid tide
Best tide movementFalling tide
Access is through the town of Nizao, about 55 minutes West of Santo Domingo city. Car must be left behind at little town, best at a trusted local place, long walk through plantations to the beach. Pebbles get hot by noon, make sure to wear shoes or even sandals. If coming with non surfers, bring a beach umbrella, sun is powerful, no shade available close to beach.
The point is non populated, only an oil importing facility nearby (a pipe comes from 3 miles out at sea, tankers dock out there and pump oil into the facility), but not too visible from the beach. It is a wide, beautiful and free spot, with a river nearby to cool down in fresh water. Fisherman are at times available, you can buy fresh catch from them at incredible prices. Wind goes sidewards/onshore by 11.30 AM, waves are still surfable, but never as nice as in the offshore winded mornings. If planning to hang out bring a beach umbrella, seating and plenty of fluids, it is hot. There are many kilometers of coast to the west to explore, with similar conditions.
One of the best spots in the DR's South Coast, with 300-500 foot long waves that zip along in interconnected sections. You will sure have a blast and will want to come back.
By Meantime5 , 16-03-2011
Great Spot - Pato was named after the names of the 2 explorers that surfed it first. (Paito + Tomas). This is a really nice spot with long, hollow, multisection waves. The waves are left breakers, but a "backdoor" short right can be surfed too. The beach and the bottom of this spot is made of black, white and gray pebbles, which gives it a picturesque appearance. Getting there involves a long walk and leaving the car at the place of a trusted local is advisable. The 1.5 Km walk to the beach is fun, through a banana plantation, gives a very surfari type feeling. The place is uncrowded and can be surfed all year round, but it is best in the summer.
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