1. Playa Cabarete, North Coast, Dominican Republic
The North Coast of the Dominican Republic is one of the best kept secrets in the Caribbean. The pristine waters and winds host choice conditions for basically all extreme watersports. Playa Cabarete is a top destination for one of the hottest new trends–kitesurfing/boarding–as well as windsurfing, stand-up paddle and–most of all–plain old surfing. Part of the attraction is the proximity to nearby Encuentro Beach and Kite Beach, which boast perfect conditions for surfing and kiting, respectively. For the less adventuresome, Cabarete’s also got the whole picturesque beauty thing, too.