Whether you’re a complete newbie or just looking to improve your carving, 321 Takeoff at Playa Encuentro is one of the chillest spots to get out onto the water surfing near Cabarete — known as the “action sports capital of the Caribbean.” And at around $50 USD for a lesson, it’s a steal. Be sure to ask for our instructor, Dauri. The description from their site pretty much sums him up: “The friendliest of all instructors, SUP champion and singer on the side.”