Cabarete is a beach town on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. It is most noted as one of the best places to practice kite surfing and wind surfing. But aside from this, Cabarete has more to offer to the travelers teeming its shores. Here are some of the highlights you should try to experience.
One of the main reasons for Cabarete’s fame is its beaches and the activities one can do while in the vicinity. Playa Cabarete, the main beach in front of this town, is ideal for watching wind surfers and kite surfers do their moves. Being tagged as the “Action Sports Capital of the Caribbean”, Cabarete’s beaches host various extreme sports. Kite Beach, with its warm water and playful waves, is a dream destination for kite surfers. On windy days, prepare to be amazed by numbers of kiters showing their skills. There are also kite-surfing schools in this area so beginners can participate too. There is a beach called Bozo Beach, where new surfers, who are still practicing to tack their sails, are commonly washed up.
Encuentro Surf Beach is another action-filled beach in the Dominican Republic. It is home to the best surf breaks in this part of the world and is a haven for surfers. Booking day trips and tours is also a great way to spend a day in Cabarete. Experience nature at its finest with one of the waterfalls tours offered. Whether by hiking, biking or riding a jeep, have a day full of adventures and end it with soaking and swimming in the cool and refreshing water. A series of spectacular waterfalls awaits you on the 27 Falls of Damajagua tour. Or you can witness the Ciguapa Falls cascading deep into the mountain range of Septentrional. If you love rappelling, take the Magic Mushroom tour where you have to rappel up to 160 feet before arriving at the deep pools of crystal-clear waters. They also offer canyoning and other extreme adventures for those who love the thrill of it.
There is an island where tourists are transported by a speedboat. Paradise Island or Cayo Paraiso is a tourist destination where you can enjoy exhilarating sceneries. You can also snorkel and watch the island’s marine life. Another boat ride will lead you to the mouth of Islabon River. Take the Islabon Jungle River Tour and follow a trail that leads you to a mini zoo where iguanas, turtles and ravens are being kept and taken care of. Then take a small boat to get to the rivers of Islabon and Yasica.
El Choco National Park is the newest national park in the Dominican Republic. Explore an astonishing 77 square kilometers of lagoons, caves, forest and jungle. Experience the wilderness while having fun with your family with this easy hike. You might also want to bring some swimming clothes for they allow a dip in the pool inside a cave, a great way to end the trip.
Scuba diving is another must you should put on your list. If it is your first time to scuba dive, there’s no better place to try it but the Cabarete waters. You can even get PADI certified which will allow you to take a second dive without any diving lessons, then eventually, after several dives, without an instructor’s help.
Kayaking is another great way of seeing the stunning landscapes of the Dominican Republic. It will be a fun-filled experience for the whole family. Or if you enjoy the heights more than the water, why not try a gondola car. Hanging in one of the highest mountains in the Dominican Republic, a gondola ride is definitely an excellent treat. Take in the majestic views of the mountain and the jungle below.
Another way of exploring Cabarete is taking a motoconcho ride. A motoconcho is a taxi motorcycle and is a popular way of getting around the Dominican Republic. Locals prefer this economical means of transportation, and having a quick ride is definitely an unforgettable tourist experience.
Nightlife in Cabarete is worth experiencing. With its large array of bars, clubs and restaurants, you can sure find a perfect place to party the night away. Mamajuana is a Dominican Republic native drink you might want to try. It combines rum, red wine, honey, herbs and some tree roots, leaves and barks that create the powerful and distinct flavor of this drink, the flavor of the Dominican Republic.