Cabarete, with its 14 miles of coast on the north shore of the Dominican Republic, has been the surfing capital of the Caribbean for 25 years. It started with windsurfing and grew to include kiteboarding and traditional surfing.
It is one of the places in the world to hold important international and national championships like: The Kiteboarding World Tour, Master of the Ocean (the only water sports triathlon in the world), Kiteboarding 4 Kids, The Summer Fest, The Butterfly Effect (a celebration of women in water sports), Pablito Guzman’s Cabarete Classic, the Masters’ Surf Reunion, and The Midwinter Laser Regatta. Good stuff, responsibly done.
Two natural wind factors make Cabarete ideal for traditional surfing, windsurfing and kiteboarding: a low-wind morning, excellent for teaching windsurfing and excellent for traditional surfing, and an easterly wind that picks up around noon due to thermal currents.
The kiteboarding and windsurfing take place in Cabarete Bay. In order not to have collisions caused by different sailing styles, the two groups divided the bay into two sections. The one for kite surfing to the west of the main part of the bay became known as Kite Beach, which, because of the largely greater popularity of kite surfing, has become the greater part of the bay and extends for about two miles to the west. On a busy day, it can have as many as three hundred kite surfers skipping across the chop of the waves.
The shape of shoreline changes along any coast. At the western end of Cabarete is a section of coast called Encuentro Bay. This has a slow-rise bottom that creates wave breaks perfect for traditional surf boarding.
Though a reef breaks down the waves along most of the Cabarete coast, at Encuentro the shore is open to the sea. In the calm mornings waves roll in steadily and smoothly, ideal for surfing. When the wind picks up around noon and the waves get choppy, the surfing ends, and many go kiteboarding. So surfing of some sort is an all-day sport.
But there is more. Cabarete is not just salt-water sports, it is also fresh-water sports. And Cabarete is about choice—more water choice than you get at any other surfing destination in the Caribbean.
Fresh-water sports include white water rafting, canoeing, underwater cave exploration (for the brave of heart), swimming at waterfalls or going down a series of natural water slides.
Cabarete and the north coast of the Dominican Republic have the greatest variety of water sports in the Caribbean basin. They are all offered as tours with guides by such businesses as Iguana Mama, the first licensed adventure tour operator in the Dominican Republic, right here in Cabarete.
For your piece of Dominican Republic real estate on Cabarete’s beach, view this modern, fully equipped and furnished, turnkey condominium.
Imagine waking up in the morning as tropical sunlight and soft sea breezes fill your bedroom. You lie in bed and see before you a broad expanse of Caribbean waters spreading out to the horizon. It is the first part of a luxurious day of ideal tropical living in this two-bedroom, two-bath vacation home (rentable) or permanent residence.
It has marble floors throughout with ocean views from living room and bedroom balconies. The Scavolini Italian designer kitchen has a full set of appliances, complete with granite counter tops. Unit includes 120v and 220v electricity and keyless room entry.
There is a beachside pool and a roof-top entertainment area with ocean and land views of the 44 square-mile El Choco park.
Easy access from the United States to the Puerto Plata airport that is 2½ hours from New York and 1¾ hours from Miami. A 20 minute drive from there and you are home, on the beach, in Cabarete.
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