Cabarete – Surfing Capital of the Caribbean

Cabarete – Surfing Capital for 25 years with its 14 miles of coast on the north shore of the Dominican Republic is the number 1 destination.

Cabarete – Surfing Capital of the Caribbean. It started with windsurfing and grew to include kiteboarding and traditional surfing.

Ocean Point 1 Aerial

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, The Summer Festival, 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 kitesurfing to the west of the main part of the bay became Kite Beach, because of the largely greater popularity of kiteboarding. On a busy day, it can have as many as three hundred kitesurfers 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 low-rise bottom that creates wave breaks perfect for traditional kiteboarding.

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 beach house Cabarete which comes fully equipped and furnished, turnkey ready.

Beach House Cabarete, Cabarete, Dominican Republic

Beach House Cabarete

Imagine waking up in the morning as tropical sunlight and soft sea breezes fill your bedroom. It is the first part of a luxurious day of ideal tropical living in this three-bedroom, two-bath vacation home (rentable) or permanent residence.

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.

Five reasons why to retire in the Dominican Republic

Five Surprising Reasons People Are Choosing To Retire in the Dominican Republic

Imagine you made a decision to fulfill a lifelong goal: to retire in the Caribbean.  

For you, that decision may mean spending the bulk of your year on the north coast of the Dominican Republic.

As a condo owner, your concerns about maintenance are minimal and generally only a phone call away. Once a week you have a housekeeper that comes in and does a thorough cleaning. Most of your destinations throughout the day are within walking distance and for those that aren’t, they are a quick drive along the coast, just out of town.

Your days are filled with everything from yoga to art classes, early afternoon bingo at a local pub with friends to happy hour drinks on the beach. Your network of friends is robust and you realize that you feel a strong connection to where you now call home.

The decision to choose to retire in the Dominican Republic may seem obvious. However, beyond the obvious, there are many other residents here that will attest to the fact that there are a few surprising benefits about choosing, for example, the beach towns of Cabarete and Sosua, on the north coast as a retirement destination.

Sosua Contemporary House, Sosua, Dominican Republic

Just the Two of You! Two Bedroom Vacation House

Here are five reasons to consider the Dominican Republic as a retirement destination:

1. The relative affordability of purchasing a property and the cost of living

Compared to the rest of the Caribbean, property prices in the Dominican Republic are still relatively low. As stated in a recent article in the New York Times, luxury property prices in D.R. start at around $700 USD per square meter. Basic condos with considerable amenities are as low as $150,000 USD. Not only is this good news for would-be property owners looking to make the most of a fixed income, but it’s also a reflection of the investment potential for the years ahead.

2. The ease of owning a condo for both living and renting.

The Dominican Republic is a very popular vacation destination. Many condo owners choose to block out time each year to reside in their home and then trust respected property managers to handle lucrative rentals for them when they are not in the country.

3. Affordable and thorough health care is within a few minute’s reaches of most residential areas.

At the top of mind of many retirees is quality health care. This is more than understandable – and on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, it’s a pleasant reassurance. Private, effective health care is accessible in Puerto Plata, Sosua, and Cabarete.

In addition to medical care, there are chiropractors, physiotherapists, acupuncturists, naturopathic doctors and massage therapy clinics. There are an active health provider community and numerous health fairs throughout the year where local residents can meet and learn about what’s available in the community for them to access and benefit from.

4. An extensive selection of groceries and fabulous restaurants.

Due to the cultural diversity on the north coast, there is a wide variety of grocery stores and restaurants. There is also an emphasis on healthy alternatives and many businesses that support a holistic, healthy lifestyle. The restaurant industry is a direct reflection of the cultural diversity in the community and many residents enjoy a rich dining experience.

5. An easygoing and welcoming community.

One can’t underestimate the power of relationships and connections. Time and again, what is most often spoken about on the north coast is the connection of the community, the strength of the bonds and the sense of belonging that is accessible to all who choose to settle in and connect. The population on the north coast is a reflection of the global village. Residents and short-term visitors alike are from all over the world. This global representation helps to create rich and diverse relationships and cultural connections.

To find out more about what a retirement property can look like for you in the Dominican Republic, contact us today.