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Latitude: 18° 46.433' N
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Near Punta Cana.northwest of Bavaro,
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
DirectionRight and left
PowerFast, Powerful, Fun
Normal lengthDon't know
Good day length
Good swell directionNorth, NorthWest, East, NorthEast
Good wind directionWest, SouthWest, South
Swell sizeStarts working at and holds up to
Best tide position
Best tide movement
There is little information out there about this spot as it seems to be rarely surfed. But with the enormous all-inclusive hotels nearby there seems to be a lot of interest in surf near Punta Cana. So here it goes.
Macao is only 15 km West of Bavaro where most of the resorts are. Punta Cana is a bit further than that. While most resort staff will discourage you from leaving the resort property travel is not dangerous.
We hired a taxi to take us to the beach one day to explore and we paid him to wait for our return as it would be difficult to get a return taxi there. You can rent a car in Bavaro for the day which is also pricey. Parking is in view of the breaks so you can keep an eye out. Keep your car on the main road as it is easy to get stuck in the soft sand. There is also bar at the end of the beach where you can park.
There was small winblown surf the day I was there so this is subject to interpretation.
As you approach the beach you will see Punta Macao to your right. Looks fine, although it is at the bottom of a cliff and getting caught on the inside looks like it might be a bit dangerous. There is a reef break straight out about 1/2 mile that looked good although I did not make the paddle myself. Then there is Playa El Macao which is miles of deserted sand bar breaks. There is no barrier reef in this area so the bottom falls off fairly sharply as compared to the resort areas. I imagine on a good North swell this could be great. But like I said it was howling onshore the whole time I was there and choppy, but surfable. So keep your eyes on the maps and you may get lucky. Not a destination in itself but if you happen to be there check it out.
i was there on december 1st 2007 it was a saturday, i was surprised to see the amount of wind there i thought there was a storm coming through i asked a local security guard about the weather he said that in december there is a lot of wind so its typical in that month. the beach is all sand a very long beach , with 3 breaks maybe a couple more but less consistent. it breaks left and right. more experienced surfers consider this beach one the best here but its kinda hard to find it in good conditions. its easy to reach the pit very easy actually. its mostly an uncroweded beach because nobody around there surfs. maybe only one or two dudes.
By SurfsUpBaby , 19-01-2012
Fun Punta Cana Surfing - We stayed at the Hard Rock resort in punta cana and had a really cool surf instructor pick me and a couple buddies up and took us to macao beach. Fun waves for all levels of surfers. Had no worries about leaving valuables in the car when we went surfing. One of the guys with us was first time surfer and he had a great time also with Danilo Fernandez the owner of punta cana surf school. His number is 829-533-1297 or 809-223-4669 and email is email@example.com
By boody , 14-05-2011
Punta Cana - June 17-28, 2011 - I'm heading to a resort in Punta Cana June 17-28. Anyone knows about a cheap place to stay near playa Macao? Anyone interested in sharing bus/taxi and surfing together? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
By TurkeyD , 29-03-2011
Surfing Punta Cana - I just got back from Punta Cana. We stayed at the Excellence Resort about 20-30 min from Macao Beach. I called Rafael Ferreras with: EL MACAO SURFADVENTURES email@example.com 809.430.9017
He took care of me and spoke good English. He sent a driver to our resort and picked me up, hooked me up with a board and drove me back just as explained. He has a cool little surf shack with a bunch of fun boards, egg shaped and long boards available. The beach was safe and didn’t have any bad vibes about the place. I didn't need a lesson, just a board and good waves. They do the whole surf school too if you want to learn to surf (there were kids and families there learning). There were a couple good breaks in front of the surf shack and so I just surfed right out front on a sand / rock bottom. The waves were fun and had a nice Left break that I took to the beach several times. The learning section has smaller waves just down the beach. If you want a short board, bring your own. I would probably take my board next time as the resort had about a 6-7 ft peak that was going off in the AM on the first day and was sufable the whole time, but didn’t know that prior to going (its hit or miss on the resorts having waves). It’s getting so expensive to fly with a surfboard these days I can’t stand paying the Rip Off Airlines $300 to bring a board on a trip. They don't rent boards to keep at your hotel, you have to go to their beach but he only charged $60 for the pickup and drop pkg (no lessons) so that was worth it, surf couple days and drink and lounge the rest. Pick your board and go surf!
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