Kite School Buen Hombre

Kitesurfing in Punta Rucia

This kitesurfing school is based in a secluded fishing village in the DR's arid northwest, where there are more cacti and goats than people. It offers eight beachfront bungalows (US$15 including meals), a simple restaurant and a hut full of equipment, and is the brainchild of a former pro tennis player and Estonian-Swedish filmmaker who speaks eight languages.

Other than perfecting their kitesurfing skills, visitors bond with a group of like-minded travelers and go on excursions to nearby mangrove islands and sandbars. On the full moon, they kitesurf in its glow and build bonfires.