You will never be bored in Cabarete! Which is what makes it such a great place to be.
This place offers almost everything when it comes to watersports, from flatwater freestyle windsurfing, to SUP’ing on the reef. Once you’ve finished on the water for the day, you can relax at the bars with the food and drink happy hours rolling.
Although Cabarete is most famous for the consistent wind and waves, there is also a whole load of other activities to get involved with. There is a fantastic gym at Kite Beach called MiGym, which has daily classes of spinning, core attack and yoga, with an insanely flexible yoga teacher. These classes are all run with a really high standard so you’re guaranteed a good workout. The room for yoga and core attack is high up, has no walls, and looks straight over Kite Beach, it truly is an amazing place to practice yoga and core attack.
So what to do between early morning surfs, and afternoon sailing? There’s a choice from, Canyoning, Mountain Biking, Cascading, Paragliding, Snorkelling, Diving, Kayaking, Trapezing, Jui Jitsu, Skating, Horseback riding, Zip-lining, Monkey Jungle, or just relaxing!
Away from the sports in Cabarete there is also a great nightlife along the beach, where there is a diverse row of bars and restaurants, each one unique. The themes range from traditional Dominican restaurants, all the way to sports bars, and everything in between. However, it’s definitely worth spending a bit of time and asking some locals about other restaurants a few minutes out of town where you will find traditional Dominican dishes cooked at a really high standard, accompanied by beer at almost cost price. An example of a dish you should try is the churrasco steak; it’s cut thin, then marinated and barbequed. The favourite by far!
Another great thing about Cabarete is that you will never be short of good, live music to listen to. Whatever night of the week it is, there is always a bar with live music, varying from reggae nights to solo artists. However, most importantly, you don’t want to miss karaoke Mondays at the VoyVoy bar. Whatever the weather, whatever stage in the season, this place is guaranteed to be packed! OK, the music can be far from great, but the atmosphere is fantastic. This same bar also sells ridiculously cheap pitchers of mojito, a great combination.
If you speak to people who have spent a lot of time here, they will often tell you that they love Cabarete because ‘everything goes’. There’s no stereotype for someone from Cabarete, you can be whoever you want to be, it’s a pretty quirkey place.
Cabarete is not a typical holiday destination, where the atmosphere is a façade to hide the reality that you’re in a third world country. You really should make the most of your visit by visiting local restaurants that are not in the centre of town, and using the local transport is amazing fun. The ‘Gaugaus’ are the Domincan version of buses, just a bit more laid back and unstructured!
A lot of people who come here also enjoy helping out with one of the local charities, such as The Mariposa Foundation or DREAM project, and really get involved with the friendly community. It doesn’t take much, just go down and show the kids how to do something for the afternoon, from art to sport. It’s a great way to meet people, practice your Spanish, and really help the local kids out with their English which is invaluable.
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