Cabarete is widely considered to be an affordable Caribbean hub for surfers, and adventure sport enthusiasts.
Located on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic, Cabarete has grown from a small hamlet into a booming coastal community, as popular amongst 5-star devotees as it is amongst adventure-seeking backpackers.
If you are travelling in search of thrills and spills in some of the most famous turquoise waters of the Caribbean, this is the place for you.
Things to see and do in Cabarete (not only kite surfing)
Renowned for its kite surfing and wind surfing, Cabarete is a mecca for enthusiasts following the holy grail of top worldwide locations in which to practice their sport. Kite Beach and Bozo Beach are the main hubs offering a variety of challenges, and there are a number of schools on the beach offering lessons for all levels.
Surfers tend to head to Playa Encuentro, just 5 minutes away from downtown Cabarete where the waves are at the best.
Back on dry land, Cabarete is a great location from which to explore the lush green landscape of the Domincan Republic. Take an excursion inland to explore the hills and valleys and freshwater streams that meander through the tropical vegetation. Try your hand at jumping the waterfalls of crystal clear water, swim with the fish or simply relax to the sounds of paradise. If this doesn´t satisfy your energies, try mount-biking, hiking, rafting, climbing, horseback riding and just about every other extreme sport in general. As you can imagine it is hard to get bored in Cabarete.
When you´re ready to take a break from the action, check out the shopping in Cabarete. The town has a variety of shops selling an eclectic mix of gifts and local crafts.
Cabarete has a simple yet sophisticated air. It still remembers where it came from but it definitely knows where it´s heading, too and dining is no exception. The town caters for everyone, offering affordable local food right through to 5-star dining. Most of the action takes place on the beaches, where beachside bars have evolved into quality restaurants offering the ultimate dining experience. Finish your evening at one of the many bars and clubs where an international list of DJs is lined up several months in advance.
Saftey, Communication & Internet in Cabarete
Cabarete has a truly multinational vibe and is a perfect location for meeting people – or just watching them! The town is laid back with an emphasis on fun and is generally very safe, though as with any location it is never a good idea to walk alone late at night.
English is spoken here in abundance and most tour leaders, surf instructors and waiting staff speak a good smattering of several more besides. There are some very smart, budget-busting hotels in town but it has not yet turned its back on its more basic posadas – with many of them offering monthly options. Most have free Internet access and telephone connections to keep you in touch.