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.

7 Fascinating Facts about Cabarete

Once Cabarete on the north coast of the Dominican Republic is experienced, it’s never forgotten.

Life on the north coast of the Dominican Republic is unique, vibrant and full of cultures from all over the world. There is a steady, upbeat rhythm to life in our community and it can be seen in the strong connections that are built, the diverse cultural opportunities and the familiar faces that return here, time and again.

Cabarete is the poster child for how to create a work/life balance – and we are not scared to show it!

1. Cabarete hosts various world class events throughout the year.

Many of them linked to water, waves, and wind. Events such as the Master of the Ocean, Cabarete Classics, and the always popular Butterly Effect. These events draw visitors from all over the world who come for both the competition and showmanship, as well as to relax and enjoy the laid back lifestyle of the community.

Surf Beach - Cabarete - Dominican Republic

El Encuentro Surf Beach

2. We are proud to say that we have a vibrant and lively local “scene” for music and the arts.

Sunday nights bring the popular craft market to our beaches. Long weekends often involve music and cultural festivals such as the Jazz Festival, various art shows, and craft markets.

In addition to this, live music can be found almost ever night of the week and the performers are diverse and well-loved. From Jazz to Classic 80’s rock, we have it all.

Jazz Festival Cabarete - Dominican Republic

Jazz Festival 2016 – Dominican Republic

3. Our community knows that we thrive when we support each other.

From the popular Butterfly Effect (in support of women and girls in water sports around the globe) to community mentorship programs using Jiujitsu, performing arts, fine arts, and sports, we love to support each other.

Our local residents wholeheartedly get behind local businesses and are quick to give recommendations whenever asked. 

Cabarete - Dominican Republic

Community Support – The Butterfly Effect

4. We are always open to new faces.

We celebrate visitors and new residents – and it shows in how we treat them. Help or suggestions for where to find what you need is only a simple text or community post away from being resolved. Questions can be answered through community forums and simply by asking a neighbour.

5. Cabarete has a fabulous selection of restaurants for every possible dining budget and taste.

Cabarete Dominican Republic restaurants vary from burgers, tacos, Sushi, and roadside pop up stands, to exclusive European fusion menus and wine cellars. We have it all.

In addition to this, don’t forget that happy hour is every day all along the beach and the drinks never disappoint!

EZE BAR in Cabarete - DR

Cocktail Time at EZE

6. Life is always happening outside!

The beach is a community of its own. Stretching out over 6 km’s, Cabarete beach and bay area is a playground for all things water and beach related. The weather is stable and you are guaranteed to run into friendly and familiar faces as you are out and about.

You might even catch a glimpse of some of our homegrown professional kiteboarders and windsurfers as they are out daily practicing in our backyard.

In addition to this, there are daily opportunities to get in on yoga, cycling, circus arts and even organic farming markets and wellness classes.

Kiteboarding - Cabarete - DR

Kites in the Sky

7. The Cabarete Dominican Republic condo market is growing and expanding.

New hotels and condos are steadily rising, yet the small town charm has remained strong. The people who live here understand the value of building a community.

Because of this, Cabarete real estate is considered a very desirable place to own properties and reside in. From villas to investment properties, there is something for every budget.

We have some favourites of our own. Check out this Luxury Condominium in Cabarete and this two bedroom Ocean Dream Condominium.