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Cabarete is a city in Dominican Republic. It is the city of kitesurfing and windsurfing and considered one of the best places to practice this sports in the Caribbean. Also has a great beach and this has a lot of great bars and restaurants.

Get in

Fly to Puerto Plata Airport (IATA: POP). Be prepared to pay $10 for a tourist card. Check it out on the info page pasted on the glass of the tourist tax collection desk. Take a taxi (approx US $35 per trip, not per person) to Cabarete - approx 20 minutes. Departure is fast and easy, as Puerto Plata airport is very small, but make sure you are there 2 hours before your flight. It is always a good idea to call the airline on the day of your flight to make sure the departure time has not changed.

Another option is to fly into Santiago airport, and take a taxi from there. The taxi ride is about 1.5 hours, and the cost is about $80, but you can divide that by up to 10 passengers. Beware of taxi drivers that want to charge $80 per person. Fare is for trip regardless of number of passengers. If coming at night, ask the driver to drive through Puerto Plata, not on the mountain road (too dangerous at night).

Puerto Plata is an expensive airport to fly to. Check your options by flying into or out of Puerto Plata, combining with Santo Domingo or Santiago in your way in or out. The difference in fare is substantial at times. A taxi cab from Santo Domingo could cost you about $150 but you may save several times this amount in your airfare. Trip from Santo Domingo takes about 3.5 hours depending on the time of the day.

Get around

Cabarete consists of a main road of about 800 meters (0.5 mile), so walking is fine. During the day a 'motoconcho' (a simple motorbike with a driver) is cheap and fast. At night it's best to walk as many of the motoconcho drivers like to have a beer or ten.

You can walk the beach or you can walk the main street. Use common sense like not walking alone at night.

Public transportation comes in two forms: Sedans called "Publicos" and mini-vans called "Guaguas". You can flag down either from anywhere on the side of the road, pile in together with the locals, and hop out wherever you like. Publico is 20 pesos per person in the day and 40 at night, Guaguas are 10 pesos per person and only operate during the day.

Taxis are everywhere and a good alternative as well. Always best to negotiate the price up front.

See

Do

This town is renowned for kite surfing and wind surfing, and numerous schools offer multi-day lessons. Kite Beach is the best area for kite surfing with flatter inside water and waves, too. For the less adventurous one can stand up paddle board the lagoon or at Bozo beach

Buy

There are plenty of cool gift shops to buy all kinds of things to remember your holiday and share the Caribbean spirit with people back home.

One unique idea is Mamajuana a bottle of herbs and sticks that you fill with red wine, empty, then fill with rum and honey. It's for settling the stomach after dinner and makes a very cool addition to anyone's home bar. It is said that Mamajuana is also used for male vitality.

For healthier alternatives try a T-shirt or a photo CD of you taking kiteboarding lessons!

Cabarete is known world wide as a testing ground for kite manufacturers, so you can often find slightly used kites at discounted prices. And amazingly its cheaper to rent gear then to bring your own (airlines have a $100 charge each way).

Eat

There are food options to suit every budget and taste. It is one of the benefits of having such a diverse crowd that lives in Cabarete, from all parts of the globe. Many of the restaurants are located on the beach and place beautiful cushions in chairs under the palm trees and stars for an incredible dining experience.


Indian-dominican; Blue Moon. 20 min ride from Cabarete (taxi) . You have to call before , the restaurant is small (30 - 40 ppl mx). Romantic atmoshere, wonderful sunset, delicious plate. Note that this restaurant requires a group of 8, unless they are already hosting a larger party which they are almost always willing to let you join.

Make a visit to Yamazato at Ocean Dream for surprisingly good sushi from a japanese sushi chef who now lives in Cabarete.

Drink

Cabarete has many watering holes and it is impossible not to find a bar, disco or restaurant to suit your taste.

Sleep

For additional nearby options see Sosua and Puerto Plata.

Budget

  • Hotel Alegria, [1]. An OK budget hotel on Cabarete beach with amenities including gym, jacuzzi, and WiFi. Restaurant on premises.
  • Areca Apart Hotel Cabarete, Paseo Don Chiche, Cabarete, 809-571-0632 (, fax: 809-571-0632), [2]. Located in the heart of Cabarete, near the beautiful beach of Cabarete, personally managed by its owners. For travellers who prefer the personal atmosphere of a guest-house to a hotel. US$50-US$80.

Mid-range

  • Natura Cabana, Paseo del Sol # 5, Perla Marina, Cabarete, 809-571-1507 (), [3]. Eco-sensitive beachfront Boutique Hotel and Spa.15 minute drive out of town.
  • Hotel Albatros, (right on Bozo Beach).
  • Velero Hotel and Resort, Calle la Punta, Cabarete, (809)- 571-9727 (), [4]. Velero Beach Resort is a condo hotel so most rooms have cooking facilities. All rooms have ocean views. It is located at the quiet end of the beach but still just a 5 minute beach walk to the vibrant center. Infinity pool and relaxing beach beds make it hard to leave. above $100.

Splurge

  • Mirabon at Playa Las Canas, Las Canas (20 minutes East of Cabarete), 829-380-1940, [5]. Private beachfront luxury villa rentals - pricey at $275 per night, but a smart choice if you want a high-end 4-bedroom fully staffed villa with its own pool and beach - very quiet and tranquil and a short drive to Cabarete.
  • Viva Wyndham Tangerine Resort, (809) 571-04-02 (fax: (809) 571-9550), [6]. Located three minutes from downtown Cabarete.
  • Lomas Mironas Half Acre Ocean View Villas, Localiad / Barrio: Lomas Mironas Provincia: Puerto Plata Munucipio: Zona Urbana, Between Cabarete / Sosua (Entrance on the main Highway #5 between Sosua (5km) and Cabarete (9km) near Sea Hose Ranch), TOLL FREE 1-800-844-4156 or 809-571-2876, [7]. checkin: 2:00pm at Perla de Sosua, behind Banco Popular in Sosua; checkout: 11:00am. easy access to country style horse back riding and is within a few mile of noted El Choco National Park (Parque Nacional "El Choco" und "Las cuevas de Cabarete" - the caves of Cabarete) An incredible 77 square kilometers of jungle, lagoon, caves, forest, orchids and open backcountry to explore. From $1,000USD per week or $1,800 per month. (19.455439,-70.284697)

Get out

  • Sosua - Located to the west of Cabarete, this town has a nice beach, a wide selection of hotels and restaurants, and a notorious nightlife.




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