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

Cabarete – Ocean Point – Photo from Alice Eyman

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.

Here’s Why Sosua and Cabarete are the Jewels of the Dominican Republic

Sosua & Cabarete are more than just towns on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. They are filled with an allure that continues to entice visitors and residents from around the globe.

People may first choose to visit Sosua and Cabarete for the weather or the promise of an adventure. However, they soon realize that there is so much more to experience.

In fact, there’s something for everyone. From water sports and outdoor adventures to lazy afternoons in the shade of a palm tree, you can find it here. From quiet nights into dinner parties and dancing until dawn, the options are numerous.

The natural beauty and rhythm of the north coast are found in the people that visit and live here. This is a place like no other.

In fact, this video seems to capture that spirit of adventure in a unique way. Many people come here thinking they will find something new to discover in the world, and they do. However, many of them discover that there is always more to experience and enjoy that is waiting just around the corner.

Why not discover it for yourself?

At Select Caribbean, we welcome the chance to introduce others to our world here in Sosua and Cabarete. We live here and we love it! We also love to share this place with others and welcome you to our community of excitement and wonder.

Whether you are seeking the vacation of a lifetime or a new place to call home, we want to help make your dreams a reality, right here.


Contact: Sabine A. Mertes-Urbahn / Select Caribbean Properties / 1-809-885-2260 /

-The preeminent industry conference held in Vienna, Austria brought together real estate leaders from around the world. –

Select Caribbean Properties – Sabine Mertes-Urbahn Speaks at Global Real Estate Symposium in Vienna 2017

Real Estate Symposium, Vienna, Austria

Global Symposium 2017 in Vienna

Cabarete, Dominican Republic – October 7th, 2017 –  Sabine A. Mertes-Urbahn, Broker with Select Caribbean Properties, was a speaker at the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® 2017 Global Symposium, which took place September 24-26 in Vienna, Austria. Open to members of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE), a selective global community of the highest quality independent real estate companies, the Symposium attracted top-tier real estate professionals from 22 countries.

Participants explored the factors impacting real estate worldwide, with discussions focusing on patterns in international real estate, the global economy, the motivations of today’s affluent consumers, the future of technology in real estate, and what LeadingRE members are doing to respond to these trends in their local markets and collectively as a network.

Sabine Mertes-Urbahn was among a talented line-up of speakers who addressed timely global real estate topics, speaking on the topic of WORLD OF REAL ESTATE. One topic was, for example, the state of the real estate market before the hurricanes Irma & Maria- in terms of a stronger buyer’s or seller’s market, the most active price point and the average days a property is on the market.

Also presenting were keynote speakers Debra Searle, a professional adventurer, and entrepreneur who shared key motivational strategies for achieving the impossible, and Geoff Ramm, a customer service expert and author who offered ideas on creating exceptional client experiences. Additional speakers included LeadingRE’s President/CEO Pam O’Connor, COO Paul Boomsma, Chief Economist Marci Rossell, Dean of Innovation Matthew Ferrara, Executive Vice President of Global Operations Chris Dietz and Luxury Portfolio International® Executive Vice President Stephanie Pfeffer Anton. Numerous member speakers provided first-hand reports on their local market trends and business practices.

“What a fantastic opportunity to meet many of the global members at the Symposium in Vienna and to speak about real estate in the Dominican Republic especially after hurricane Irma and Maria,” said S. Mertes-Urbahn.

LeadingRE Symposium

The event, which marked LeadingRE’s tenth Global Symposium, is an important part of the company’s strategy. “The Symposium is such a vital part of our mission to be a truly global community, as we focus not only on engaging the very best real estate firms but also on delivering meaningful, relevant and impactful services worldwide,” O’Connor said.

Select Caribbean Properties boasts 22 years on the north coast of the Dominican Republic as an independent realtor. We take great pride in delivering outstanding service to our clients and offer guidance to those who wish to pursue the luxury Caribbean lifestyle, to invest in real estate, or to rent a vacation villa. It is paramount that you feel secure in your real estate decisions, and we are here to answer all your questions.

Select Caribbean Properties is the Dominican Republic representative of LeadingRE ( With a global membership that spans six continents, LeadingRE connects more than 565 firms and 130,000 sales associates who produce over 1.1 million real estate transactions each year. As a member of LeadingRE, Select Caribbean Properties provides a quality real estate experience, global marketing reach and access to top real estate professionals in virtually any market worldwide.

For more information about Select Caribbean Properties, please visit

Contact: Sabine A. Mertes-Urbahn / Select Caribbean Properties / 1-809-885-2260 /

About Select Caribbean Properties 

We proudly represent select Dominican Republican real estate with a focus on luxury villas, family homes, condos, farms, land, and businesses from Puerto Plata to Sosua, Cabarete, Cabrera, and other parts of the island. We also offer rental and property management of existing Caribbean properties along the north shore.

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Select Caribbean Properties – DR Real Estate


Want to Buy a Foreign Property? Here are Four Ways to Save Time and Money.

Buying a foreign property doesn’t have to be intimidating or expensive. In fact, you might be surprised at the simple steps you can take along the way to save time and money.

Buying a foreign property can be attractive for many reasons:

  • favorable exchange rates for prospective buyers
  • choosing tourism hot spots
  • long-term plans for retirement or family vacations

However, foreign property ownership is also an investment and a serious commitment. It deserves due process when considering any possible transaction.

Educating yourself can ensure that you save money buying foreign property –  and on the transaction.

Save money buying foreign property, Dominican Republic

Residential Gated Community in Sosua

Here are four ways to save time and money when buying a foreign property:

1.Know Your Market And Save Money

Most foreign property purchasers like to rent an apartment or property before making the destination a permanent vacation spot.

According to the BBC, buyers can ask themselves a few basic questions to discover whether this is the right property or place for them.

It’s important to remember that like everywhere else, property markets like the Dominican Republic also go through their own trends and cycles.

If prices are dropping in the United States, that doesn’t necessarily mean they are dropping in the Caribbean.

Because of this, it is imperative that a prospective buyer monitors these trends.

It is also wise to compare prices with local rents to understand property valuations.

2. Obtain Legal Assistance and professional help

One of your initial priorities should be to obtain professional legal assistance.

By seeking expertise in local laws you are protecting yourself from any potential scams or unforeseen issues.

They can also ensure that all routine procedures are done correctly. This includes owner registration, property title, planning consent, and any necessary permits.

In addition, it is better to do business only with professional real estate agencies or with reputable developers who understand the process.

The bottom line is, private transactions by owners can be risky.

We also recommend that all documents are professionally translated into your own language.

3. Obtain the Right Mortgages

While most foreign buyers purchase foreign property against their own home, it is also worth considering a local mortgage.

In particular, this is important if the property is an investment that will generate a local income.

One key advantage of seeking a local mortgage is that loans may still be available on favorable terms – especially if the local economy remains stagnant or depressed.

In addition to this, you may discover that your country of purchase has a much wider range of finance options and even lower rates.

However, getting one is not always easy, as foreign banks are often strict when it comes to who they lend to.

4. Save Money on Currency Transactions

Once you have obtained an attractive purchase price on your foreign home and favorable terms on your mortgage, the next step is to get the best terms on your foreign currency transaction.

Although your banks will undoubtedly offer foreign currency exchange services, their terms are typically not the most favorable. In fact, they often include higher margins on rates, steeper transaction fees, and limited transaction amounts.

Whether you are paying in full, setting up a mortgage payment, or just making a deposit, there are better alternatives available. Specialist foreign exchange brokers are most commonly the best deal on large currency transactions and their rates are considerably better than banks. While the rate difference may seem minuscule at only 1 to 2 percent, that can add up to significant savings when dealing with large sums.

One key advantage of using a foreign exchange broker is that many will permit you to reserve transactions at fixed rates as long as one year in advance. Therefore, you can reserve a favorable rate without needing to send money immediately.

In fact, it’s quite possible that prospective buyers can save thousands with a foreign exchange specialist.

And above all, don’t forget your personal tax implications.

The location of your mortgage could have a significant effect on how your property is valued and taxed by your home country. You will need to consider capital gains and rental income as that will impact tax returns locally and abroad.

The most important key is to stay informed every step of the way.

Research is the key to success and being prepared. The key to a successful transaction is to make it an informed one.

I would love your thoughts on this too. Leave me a comment on my Facebook Page which is SelectCaribbean.

Save money buying foreign property, Dominican Republic

Playground in Your Residential Community

Could This be YOUR Caribbean Dream Home?

If you have ever wondered what your own Caribbean dream home could look like, this might be the home for you!

Many people dream of owning a home in the Caribbean – are you one of them?

As real estate agents, there are aspects of different properties that capture our attention as well. This particular property has many things to appreciate, but we thought we would give you some of our personal favorites.

Here are the Top 5 Things we Love About this Caribbean Dream Property

1. This dream home is located in a luxury gated community, in the hills between Cabarete and Sosua

Caribbean Dream Home - Dominican Republic

Panoramic Mountain View

What this really means is peace of mind, both when you are home and away. The luxury is evident when you see the property and the added peace the owner will have allows them to enjoy that aspect at all times.

2. This Caribbean Dream Home is situated in a spectacular natural environment 

High on a country hill and surrounded by over 10,000 square meters of beautifully landscaped property, it’s hard to beat the location of this beautiful home. The land is well preserved and maintains its natural beauty.

The surrounding area is perfect for trail riding. Because of this, some residents keep horses on their property. You don’t need a horse to enjoy it, but you might find yourself looking for one as soon as you move in!

3. The home is designed by an award-winning architect and built to the highest standards.

Your Caribbean Dream Home, Dominican Republic

Kitchen of the Caribbean Dream Home

It was built by the well known Nazario Construction Company from Puerto Plata.

Designed to be very low maintenance, it’s engineered to exceed local structural standards. It’s also complete with solar panels and inverter/battery bank.

It contains 3 bedrooms and 3-1/2 baths. The spacious open-plan living and dining area includes a luxurious custom mahogany kitchen with granite countertops. The building size is approximately 350 square meters (about 3650 square feet) including terraces and utility spaces.

As a bonus, the location of the house produces refreshing breezes to all rooms!

4. The surrounding area is showing strong economic growth and a thriving property market.

The green hills behind Cabarete and Sosua are home to a select few luxury gated communities.

Prices right now in the Dominican Republic market are still modest compared to most of the Caribbean. Now is the time to invest in property and this might be the perfect place to do that.

There is also a strong, lucrative tourist market in the area. Because of this, many owners rent their properties during certain seasons.

5. This Caribbean Dream Home is a perfect fit for a Caribbean lifestyle and a great investment property.

This villa would suit many lifestyles. It’s a perfect size and easy to maintain. It’s also set up for privacy for the owner yet has enough space to entertain several dozens or just a couple.

AND it may be the perfect dream villa for you!

Caribbean Dream Home - Dominican Republic

Pool and Terrace Area