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You’ll find a wealth of surf-friendly beaches around Horned Dorset. Domes is relatively forgiving (i.e., suitable for beginners), while Tres Palmas takes things up a notch. Conditions at Dogman’s are truly challenging, best left for experts and locals only.
Not that you’ll have to travel far for a bit of the life aquatic—the Horned Dorset itself just happens to be right on the beach, and for fresh-water swimming, sunning and socializing, there’s a charming, scenic pool deck.
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Red Door Boutique does the hard work of sourcing an eclectic array of homewares and accessories from a variety of local artisans.
If you’re more likely to visit Rincón for waves than wares, there’s the West Coast Surf Shop. More than a retailer, West Coast offers lessons, maps and everything you need to work your way into the local surf scene.
Some of the best food around is to be had in the hotel’s own dining rooms. Restaurant Aaron is relatively formal by Caribbean standards, while the Blue Room is quite a bit more casual, both in menu and in dress code. You’ve got options in Rincón as well, from juice and smoothies at Carta Buena to wine and tapas at La Copa Llena to live music, movie nights and a monthly Full Moon Party at the enormously unpretentious Rum Shack.
For land-lovers there’s plenty of open space for running, hiking or biking, but where’s the fun in bringing your regular workout routine on vacation? Here on the sunset side of the island, a late-afternoon horseback ride along the coast at Isabela, over rugged hills and sandy beaches, is an experience you won’t soon forget.