What makes Cabarete one of the best kitesurfing destinations is the combination of flatwater, great wave sailing, and 'downwinders'. Alongside the endless list of non wind activities. Cabarete is typically Caribbean with long sandy beaches and warm clear seas. Apart from the Dominican Republic being a well known holiday destination, it is also famous for having the second best coffee in the world. Grown in the mountains of the most mountainous island in the Caribbean, which also make for some beautiful excursions, such as mountain biking and cascading the natural waterfalls. The country is very un-spoilt, and you only need to head a mile out of town to be in a completely undeveloped area.
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A kitesurf Holiday in Cabarete is suitable for a learn to kitesurf Holiday as well as for the more experienced Wave Rider.
Especially in the Summer months there is very reliable wind, and usually you can be kitesurfing by 11 o’clock, or you can save your energy until 2 o’clock when the thermals kick in and mix with the trade winds. This makes the place ideal for everyone from beginners to advanced. Including wave riding on the world class reef sitting 100 metres off shore from kite beach. Kitesurfing in Cabarete is usually connected to Kite-beach, and windsurfing to Cabarete Bay, which are a 15 minute apart along the beach. This is generally the way, however kite schools have begun opening at the far end of Cabarete Bay, close to kite beach. This is better for beginners, and people not yet so confident as Kite Beach can get busy in the summer months.
On the coast, i.e. near the beaches, the temperature hovers fairly constantly around 29°C (84°F) during the day and drops to around a comfortable 20°C (68°F) at night. The "hot" season is roughly from May to October. Then the medium temperature rises to 31°C (87°F) during the daytime and drops to about 22°C (72°F) at night. However, with the accompanying high humidity that is more common during this season, it usually feels much hotter.
Like all hot climates, rain is not uncommon, the difference between rain here and Europe is it’s usually more refreshing that annoying, with the occasional passing 30 second light shower. However don’t be surprised if after a really hot week there is rain in the evenings, but the plus is that day time rain is uncommon, especially in the summer months. The only season that has a tendancy to be slightly more rainy is April, thoughthe rainy season never hits hard, and April is an awesome month for waves. It should also be mentioned that weather may vary slightly from one year to the next, being influenced by phenomena such as "El Niño" and "La Niña" among others.
Away from the Kitesurfing, many people visit Cabarete for the spectacular diving, especially up towards Las Terrenas which is a 2 hour drive east along the north coast where you will find numerous beaches to explore. Five minutes from Cabarete are cliff jumping spots, you may need to ask a local where to turn off but they’re easy to find. Hire a care and drive 30 minutes east along the coast you will find a stunning beach ‘Playa Grande’ where you can buy fresh lobster, a whole coconut ready to drink, and dine with your table on the beach. When the swells roll in this is also an insanely beautiful surf spot, we can only recommend a sunrise surf here! A little further on from ‘Playa Grande’ is ‘Blue Lagoon’ which is legendary for being bottomless. Scientists have allegedly made all sorts of tests and cannot find a bottom, maybe a little eerie but still stunning, the water is crystal clear so be sure to take your waterproof camera. Of course there is also a swing there. A short walk form Blue Lagoon is another smaller, with a bottom lagoon which has small, clear caves to explore. Apart from the above there are also numerous other excursions available, most of which you may want to use a tour operator. These excursions, include ‘El Limon’ the stunning waterfall, ’27 waterfalls’, Mountain biking, Kayaking, Abseiling ‘The Magic Mushroom’. If you visit Cabarete between January and March you may be lucky to catch the Whale season which is spectacular. The whale watching happens at the Semana Peninsula, however some lucky people have reported seeing the whales from Cabarete bay when Paddle Boarding.
The row of diverse bars along Cabarete beach always offers evening entertainment. Friday night is the most popular night for partying, with most of the drinks offers rolling. The standard of food is superb, especially the seafood. Between the restaurants on the beach and the others in Cabarete, you will find a real diversity of food brought in from people all around the world, German speciality meat dishes, to Venezuelan Arepas, your bound to find something new to try.
Cabarete is ideal if you have kids, especially in the summer months as there is very little shore-break and kids camps along the beach which introduce your kids to a variety of Watersports, the only one being excluded is Kitesurfing, but do include Windsurfing, Paddle Boarding, Body Boarding, Sailing, Kayaking, and more. So you will never have to worry about the whole family being entertained.
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