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The end of travel as we know it. What’s next?

Is it the end of travel as we know it? The beginning of 2020 started with Pura Vida lifestyle; “perfect waves on a surf trip to Tamarindo, Costa Rica… amazing kitesurfing sessions in Colombia’s windiest kite spot, Cabo de la Vela … unforgettable stand-up paddleboarding excursions on the pristine waters of Los Cabos, Mexico …” The list of travel destinations goes on and on as we got used to having access to just about any destination we could dream of. 

We were blatantly unaware that travel would suddenly come to a complete halt! 

I will never forget that last carefree evening back in early February 2020; dining with friends at Nectar, one of our favorite restaurants in Cabarete bay. As usual, our typical friendly gatherings consisted of a melting pot of world citizens, surfers and kiteboarders that previously met at one of the local beaches. We were all enjoying ourselves, talking about how great the surf and kitesurf sessions were that day and when would the next swell come in. We were simply celebrating life!   

Back then, we all knew of that coronavirus but none of us had the slightest idea about the immensity of the situation and how fast it would also affect our lives. Needless to say, two days later, the coronavirus was pretty much all over the worldwide news and unfortunately became part of our daily lives as well!   

I sometimes wonder if knowing what was coming, we would have taken the opportunity to go on that kite safari or another trip on the top-rated bucket list travel destinations. 

The pandemic led to an ongoing chain of events bringing sudden changes and new rules every other day. Ocean lovers are used to having to navigate true all kinds of situations and continually adapt to changes in weather forecast, swell changes or wind shifts. This last year has been like a never-ending storm where one has to stay far offshore, enduring all kinds of weather, waiting for the calm after the storm to safely return to shore. I don’t know about you but this one has been a tough one to navigate!   

The way we travel.  

Who would have imagined that we would one day have to wear a mask at the beach! And what about all the countries that are not yet reopened to tourism? How are the locals and their families surviving? How many of our favorite local businesses will still be there when we return? There are still lots of uncertainties?   

One can say it’s the end of travel as we know it. Time will tell what will travel be like in a year from now.  

New travel trends are emerging, one of them is slow travel; taking longer holidays, taking the time to get to know a new place and connecting with local communities. Sustainability and responsible travel are now considerably higher on traveler’s priorities and slowing down has also allowed us to reflect on future travel plans and how to travel with purpose.   

Embrace the wave! 

The ride is far from over and until then, we need to take care of ourselves physically and mentally. The first thing that comes to mind is escaping to nature, the beach and the ocean. Nothing beats the healing power of the ocean, relaxing under the swaying majestic palm trees and drinking coconut water!   

Kudos to all of you that have decided to embrace and enjoy life through these tough times. Do whatever you need to take care of yourself and never stop doing what you love most!   

The ocean will always be there and we’ll be waiting for you whenever you are ready to travel again. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions about planning your holiday. Our travel advisor will be happy to help!  


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Brand Ambassadors – Surf Guides

Salty Addict is recruiting, please share the news!

Brand Ambassador – Work online from any location, promote Salty Addict on social medias, Facebook, Instagram, travel or Sports Blogs. You must have a great network of friends in sports such as Kiteboarding, Surfing, SUP or other boards sports, Yoga or fitness teacher, or you like to organize groups travel trips such as Kiteboarding Camps, Surf – SUP Camps, Yoga and Fitness Retreats. 

Surf Guide / Work Holiday Experience – We already have highly qualified Surf Instructors, we are recruiting Surf Guide to interact and socialize with our Surf Camp guests. Your stay can be from one week to many months. Shorts stays are for individuals that already know our surf spot Playa Encuentro. You will welcome our surf students and guests, guide our intermediate surfers and take them surfing with you. We are looking for mature responsible individual with good surfing skills, must be able to surf unbroken waves, safety oriented individual with experience/ qualification in surfing or related water sports such as river surfing, kayaking, SUP-Surf, kitesurfing. Preferably bilingual French – English with Spanish knowledge. You can also earn extra income if a photographer, videographer.

Our Surf Guide will also promote Salty Addict threw the year on social medias, Facebook, Instagram, travel or Sports Blogs. You must have a great network of friends in sports such as Kiteboarding, Surfing, SUP or other boards sports, Yoga or fitness teacher, or you like to organize groups travel trips such as Kiteboarding Camps, Surf – SUP Camps, Yoga and Fitness Retreats.

Submit your candidature via our contact form  Contact Us

Tell us about yourself and why you would like to collaborate with usDates you are available to travel to Cabarete, Dominican Republic in the next yearInclude your Facebook link or pages including the groups you belong to (sports, yoga, fitness)Instagram account (s)Related sports experience or sports associations you are a member ofExperience in social media, blog, marketing, communicationTravel experienceWork experience or collaboration/ brand ambassador if any Your contact info

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Sunrise Yoga Fitness SUP

Being on the ocean at Sunrise is something very special. Doing Yoga when the first light rise over the horizon is simply epic, add to it a Yoga Fitness Paddle Boarding class followed by a guided relaxation while drifting on the water … Namaste !

Let all this beautiful energy soak in and savor a delicious breakfast at Restaurant Tuva, the finest waterfront restaurant in Cabarete.

Sunday morning. Paddle Boarding meet up at Restaurant Tuva

Yoga Fitness SUP classes are held in front of Restaurant Tuva every Sunday at 6:30 am. You can reserve a paddle board with Salty Addict or bring your own SUP board. Participants need to know how to swim and have experience doing paddle boarding. No need to be a Fitness expert and no Yoga experience required, we choose very simple Yoga postures and you can always choose to paddle either standing up, sitting down or on your knees.

Salty Addict also offer paddle boarding at the laguna of Cabarete and the river near by. If you never tried paddle boarding before, we recommend that you do a SUP session in the flat water of the laguna or river a few days before the Yoga Fitness SUP class and get comfortable paddling, sitting down, standing up. We also offer Yoga classes as well as Thaï – Yoga Massage if you need a bit of stretching and body work.

Paddle boarders meet up at 6:30 am in front of Restaurant Tuva. Class is in English, French and Spanish. We begin with Yoga warm up, then paddle away for a fun Fitness class, cool down with the Yoga SUP session then relaxation .. meditation while drifting back to shore.

Breakfast and a refreshing juice or smoothies is included with your Yoga Fitness SUP class. You can choose any of the breakfast or brunch options on the menu. This is a community meet up, feel free to invite your friends and family to join us for the class or breakfast – brunch. Restaurant Tuva open at 8:00 am. We have tables reserved for the paddle boarders but recommend that you also reserve a table of your own if inviting a group of people for breakfast or brunch.

Sunday Yoga Fitness SUP class including breakfast US $45 with board provided from Salty Addict . US $25 with your own board

Each participant must reserve ahead of time, we will ask you a few questions and send additional information. Reserve Here

SUP photos .. Cabarete Lifestyle at its best !


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Downwinders – Wave Riding

How about joining us for an epic downwinder ? I can definitely say that downwinders are pure joy, the nirvana of Kiteboarding. Start kiting upwind and let the wind push you downwind for kilometers. You can practice new jumps and fun stuff or enjoy riding waves after waves without having to kite back upwind. The downwinders we do near Cabarete are Wave Riding sessions, we start from La Boca River to Cabarete or Cabarete Bay to Encuentro, about 4 kilometers. The La Boca – Cabarete downwinder is easier because we are closer to shore and kite the beach break, you can always kite a little bit offshore if ever you find the waves too big. The Cabarete Bay to Encuentro downwinder is offshore and we have to go around the reef point of Kite Beach so we are kiting on the reef all the way to Encuentro, often in shallow water over the reef.

To participate in the Cabarete Downwinders, you need to be an experienced kiteboarder in wave riding either with a kiteboard or surf board. Our kite school also offer Wave Riding Clinics in Cabarete Bay where you can learn how to pass a shore break and catch some waves on the reef offshore, plenty of water on that reef section, no worries. The inside of the bay has no waves so it’s a stress free learning curve, you can always kite back to shore when ever you want and land on a nice sandy beach. Waves are biggest from late fall to late spring then much smaller going into summer. Wave riding is not as difficult has it may look like. Safety is super important when wave riding therefore good coaching, knowing how to choose your wind and waves conditions and lots of practice is the key to having amazing sessions. More info about Wave Riding and Downwinders


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Surfing at Encuentro Beach

Encuentro beach has a long history of controversy and over the years, us Locals and Surf Schools owners suffered from the lack of true legal structure of the land. As you may know all the Surf Shacks of Encuentro Beach have been destroyed and things look a little bit different then the way they were in the past. I am an eternal optimist and all I can say is that hopefully something amazing will come out of this, we are all hope that this will bring a fresh new start, one with true legal structure and at least peace and harmony to our beautiful surf spot. The beach itself and ocean is always accessible and you will find the vibe at Encuentro very peaceful. We offer Surf and SUP packages as well as Surf & Yoga Camps with option of lodging just steps away from the surf beach, at the Tropical Lodge where we teach Yoga, or in one of our many holiday rentals in Cabarete. Surf’s Up, come Surfing with us.

Surf and SUP Camps

Surf with us


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My First Surfboard

If a surf board could talk, it would have many stories to tell. This small baby has been mine since I started my quest to spend as much time as I could on the ocean. I started kiteboarding in 2004 and used to drive down the East Coast of USA all the way South to Miami, always stopped in the Outerbanks. North Carolina and also in Coco Beach Florida because I liked the Surfing Vibe and all. I then decided to try Surfing, something new to do on no wind days and also have a Surfboard to Kite.

Total rookie I asked the local surfer girls what size board they think I should Surf on and they told me that for my size I should get a 5’6’’ that it would be big enough for my body weight and size. I went at the Quiet Flight Surf Shop and bought that baby, though it would be good to Kitesurf and Surf. I remember trying to Surf on that board in South Beach Miami, silly me, waves were so small and I could not catch any of them but at least I got quite a work out trying over and over again. I finally decided to try it kitesurfing to find out that this tinny  board was just perfect for kitesurfing!

Over the years I bought many surf boards, Shortboards, Fish, Long Board, Mini Malibu, SUP boards, a few more Quiet Flight and other brands as well. This small baby is the only one that I have kept so many years, it got a few dings from hitting the coral reef but it survived. I was never able to Surf with it but I love to Kitesurf with this board, I cannot ride big waves with it or in super windy conditions because it’s to small to drop in big waves and too light weight to jump and pop waves in super windy conditions, goes flying up in the air and bounce in kite lines … but this 3 fins surf board turn on a dime, it’s a sweet ride. If that board could talk it would have many stories to tell.


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