If you like beach town vibes, adventure and to be active, you will love Cabarete too!
Most water-sporters… I know, visit Cabarete regularly. Cabarete has the ideal conditions for kiteboarding, windsurfing, and surfing. But there is actually a lot more to do than surfing. I can’t imagine anyone NOT having a great time in Cabarete.
Cabarete is one of the top surfing spots in the world. If you like to be active, start your day surfing the waves at Playa Encuentro. It is located just 5 minutes outside of town. Early mornings are the best time to go for a session. The afternoon, when the wind is turned ‘on’, the waves will crumble and the current gets stronger. And this spot is known for its silky smooth waves, so set your alarm clock! The locals are super friendly and make you feel like you are part of the community.
In the afternoon when the wind is at its best, Cabarete attracts hundreds of kiters. With about 300 wind days per year, it is the perfect destination for anything with a sail and a board. Surfing, Kitesurfing, Windsurfing isn’t as big as it used to be, but they divide the beach into 2 parts so they aren’t in each other’s way. Windsurfing on the right-hand side of the bay and kite surfers to the left. You see a lot of kites which is a pretty sight while sipping on a Mojito.
There is no better time to stroll along the crest shaped beach in Cabarete. And the sunrise is the best backdrop for pictures. In the afternoon the beach fills up with water-sporters, mostly kiters. When walking down the beach, watch out for kites flying around, especially the beginners that can’t control their kite. The eastern part of the bay has multiplerestaurants and bars directly on the beach that offer all kinds of international dining.
If you want to get away from all the surfing, there are several options. Too cute are the squirrel monkeys at the Monkey jungle. They are not afraid of humans and they will eat out of your hand and sit on your head. If you haven’t had a monkey on your head once in your life…you are totally missing out. Good to know: all profits from the venue goes to charity. The community can get free medical and dental treatment. So you’re helping a good cause! And the environment the monkeys are in is pretty good. Remember, monkeys are not indigenous in the Dominican Republic, so setting them free is not a good option.
Cabarete just ‘feels right’. The locals, the surf vibe, the green surroundings, just all very comforting. We will most definitely go back, and again, and again, and again.