Cabarete, Dominican Republic

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Beckyfld

City Overview

Relaxed, yet thrilling atmosphere, great people and excellent pool halls! But let's get to the main reason people come to Cabarete...Kite Surfing! Kite surfers, paddle boarders and surfers alike flock here. The wind at Kite Beach, Cabarete, makes great kiting almost year round. Need to go somewhere? Not a problem! moto taxis are EVERYWHERE and will take you pretty much anywhere for 40 pesos, or $1CDN. Need laundry done? No problem! Drop your laundry at the mat across from Janets market, pick it up tomorrow, fresh and folded. Buying transportation couldn't be easier. You can buy a moto for roughly $300 CDN, or buy an OFFICIAL bike for $650 CDN. No license. No insurance. Gas is extremely cheap. The nightlife is always good along the beach of Cabarete, as you will always find people travelling from every part of the world...many of which end up staying! Looking to slow down your life and enjoy the smaller/finer things while sharpening your edge on the waves?...we'll see you in Cabarete!

Becky

City overview by
Beckyfld

What to Do

Fitness

Rogue Fitness - Stay Healthy While Travelling
by Beckyfld about 4 years ago
Rogue Fitness - Stay Healthy While Travelling

Rogue Fitness is a great establishment. The employees are all very knowledgeable when it comes to body mechanics, weight loss, exercise mobility, muscle gain and flexibility. Every time I went to the gym I observed personal training sessions and the clients were always very appreciative and were seeing great results. Another thing I found to be very beneficial was that all the staff at Rogue were from different areas of the world, so not only can you receive a wide array of health information, but you can also learn different cultural/social norms, and get a perspective you may never have thought of before. All in all, Rogue Fitness really impressed me and anybody looking for a jumpstart in regards to their health can greatly benefit from even a few sessions. And did I mention that Rogue Fitness is right on the beach?! A full facility to keep fit only steps from the beach. So get your workout in, get your sweat on then jump in the waves to cool off! Ask for Gigi for any assistance.

Fun

Splash Around With Locals + Nature Hike
by Beckyfld about 4 years ago
Splash Around With Locals + Nature Hike

One of the best experiences I had in Cabarete was definitely splashing around with the local youngsters in a tucked away lagoon. Find the sports shop on the main road in Cabarete, this is the entrance to the "callejon". Follow that road keeping right till you reach a dead end...and voila! On your right will be a hidden gem, a crystal clear watered (until everyone starts splashing) small lagoon, equipped with a small dock to sit on and enjoy a cold Presidente. You can speak to a man named July, who should be sitting out front of a small shack. July is the tour guide for that area. he offers a canoe trip up the river, a nature hike and a trip to go cliff jumping near some of the regions waterfalls. He is a very nice individual and will be happy to help you make the most of your time in Cabarete.

Spend The Afternoon in The Blue Lagoon
by Beckyfld about 4 years ago
Spend The Afternoon in The Blue Lagoon

Want to go zip-lining in your own private lagoon?! Of course you do! $3 (CDN) to enter this beautiful, natural area. Walk down some mountain/man made stairs to another, crystal clear watered lagoon and take in the scenery. Interesting pathways through forested areas lead to a cavern worth exploring. Also, for the adrenaline junkies out there... a 27 foot dive spot to splash into the lagoon. The actual zip line fall into the water is roughly 35 feet.

What to Eat

Local Specialties

Best Steak In Town - CHURASCO - Alis Surf Camp
by Beckyfld about 4 years ago
Best Steak In Town - CHURASCO - Alis Surf Camp

Alis Surf Camp is located across from Janets Food Market. The atmosphere is out of this world, and the steak is even better. Very thin, tender steak called churasco is a must try when in Cabarete. For a more romantic outing, there is a small spot as you cross a wooden bridge which leads to some tables on the water. Or, you can choose to dine in the main area, where the menu is not given to you, but is displayed on the walls around the restaurant. Cool!

Restaurants

You Gotta Eat Here - The Chicken Shack
by Beckyfld about 4 years ago
You Gotta Eat Here - The Chicken Shack

The Chicken Shack aka La Parilla, is a small eatery right near the entrance of the callejon (street with many local vendors/shops). You can't miss it...it's the only place with a huge grille practically on the street cooking 20 chickens! If you're looking to stay on budget, and get your moneys worth, this is the place. You can kick back with some friends under a star lit sky and enjoy some home style meals. There are other foods offered besides chicken and yucca, however, let's take into consideration that some places just know how to get certain things done...right! Definitely order the chicken with a side of yucca. Just note that The Chicken Shack is closed on Thursdays.

Where to Party

Drinking / Bars / Happy Hours

Best Bar in Cabarete - KAHUNAS Bar & Grille
by Beckyfld about 4 years ago
Best Bar in Cabarete - KAHUNAS Bar & Grille

One night I was enjoying a cold refreshment at Kahunas Bar, when all of a sudden, some funky music came on, the bar was lit on fire, and 6 girls hopped on the bar and started dancing! If you have the chance, go talk to the DJ... DJ Angelo. Angelo is a great guy and can give you the ins and outs of the area. Kahunas has Canadian Owners, and you can definitely tell from the music being played. The manager is also a lovely lady and will make you feel right at home. From Kahunas you can check out all the kite surfers and wind surfers for some entertainment. Looking for a cold beverage? I would recommend a Presidente :)

Where to Shop

Arts & Handicrafts

Dont't Get Ripped Off! Go See Chicco.
by Beckyfld about 4 years ago
Dont't Get Ripped Off! Go See Chicco.

There are dozens of shops along the cabarete strip. Some vendors speak English, some do not. There is a younger boy named Chicco who helps run one of the stores. He speaks very good English and from my experience, was pretty honest. Express to him that you are not a "gringo", or a tourist. Because obviously, these vendors make much of their money by exploiting the ignorance of wealthy tourists. All in all, Chicco was a pleasure dealing with! The picture provided shows Chicco in the store he works in. He might also offer you a free cigar, which you can see me enjoying :)

Suggested Itineraries

4 To 7 Days

Sosua Beach- A little Piece of Paradise
by Beckyfld about 4 years ago
Sosua Beach- A little Piece of Paradise

Calm, quiet, perfect for relaxing, with warm water and bright sun. If in Cabarete, it is definitely worth the short moto ride (or take "guagua" a taxi van, which is only 25 pesos, or about 60 CDN cents) over to Sosua Beach. As you walk along the beach, almost every food merchant will ask to pull a chair/table up for you right on the beach. It is so relaxed you can even bring your own bottle of liquor and drink right on the beach. The merchants are a bit of an annoyance to some, but if you don't mind being wined and dined and having everything at your fingertips, including pineapple drinks and massages whenever you like, Sosua is the spot! The water is incredibly warmer at this beach in comparison to Cabarete. There are local kids always playing which can be fun to get involved with too, especially if you brought a football! Everyone is extremely nice. Food is amazing. Great spot to check out!