Cabarete | Dominican Republic

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Cabarete beach

AVERAGE COSTS

Beer: DOP47
Restaurant Meal: DOP500
Accommodation: DOP2,800 – 5,300 per night.

THE LURE

If you crave sun and wind, then the four kilometre long beach that is the kitesurfing haven of Cabarete, on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, could be just for you. Open stretches of golden sandy beaches are combed by a regular cross-onshore wind and protected by an offshore reef. Cabarete is also a great holiday destination with a wide range of activities and experiences to choose from and the unique atmosphere is fuelled by the Caribbean nightlife.

THE SET-UP

When the trade winds are in, there's no shortage of good riding and Cabarete offers several classic spots. Cabarete beach can get busy near to shore as advanced riders like to kite close to each other and there are beginners along the shoreline, but head up- or downwind and you'll have waves and open water all to yourself. There are also many other options. Take a trip directly east or upwind of Kite Beach and you'll find Cabarete Bay. La Policia is just upwind of the windsurfing zone on the main beach and is the perfect playground for advanced kitesurfers. Beginners can learn to fly kites here too as the conditions are perfect. Bozo Beach is situated downwind in Cabarete's main bay with a cross-onshore wind and flat to choppy water conditions. Bozo is suitable for all levels and the more advanced can venture 800 metres out to the reef to find a lovely breaking wave. Although not as windy as Cabarete, Punta Cana on the south side of the island, offers flat, shallow waters, beautiful beaches and all-inclusive resorts.

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14h 17h 20h 05h 08h 11h 14h 17h 20h 05h 08h 11h 14h 17h 20h 05h 08h 11h 14h 17h
Wind speed (knots) 14 13 11 6 6 5 6 7 5 2 2 5 8 8 7 4 5 6 8 9
Wind direction NW NW NW NW NW NNW NNE NE ENE SE SSE ENE NE NE NE NE NE NE NNE NE
Wave (m) 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.3 1.2 1.5 2 2.3 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.4 2.2 2.1 1.8 1.7 1.6 1.5 1.4
Wave period (s) 6 7 7 10 14 14 13 14 14 14 14 14 13 13 13 13 12 12 12 12
Wave direction WNW NW NW NNW NNW NNW NNW N N N N N N NNE N NNE NNE NNE NNE NNE
Temperature (°C) 27 25 24 23 23 24 26 25 23 22 24 26 26 26 24 23 24 24 25 25
Cloud cover (%) - 25 43 33 55 81 47 20 12 57 41       36 82 74 93 73 81
Rain (mm/3h) -                             0.7   0.3    
Windguru rating 1 1                                    
 Lat: 19.8, Lon: -70.38 Timezone: AST (UTC-4) sun07:14 - 18:37 [Archive] [Tides]


WIND, WEATHER AND WATER

Cross-onshore winds from the right, stronger in summer, but Cabarete is a year-round destination. The most reliable time is April - September when the temperatures reach just over 30°C / 86°F and the waters are nice and flat. Better waves in winter. There are literally well over 200 days kiting here a year. October is rainy though. Kite Beach's wind is solar driven, so the best riding is generally later in the day with the wind cranking after 4pm, leaving plenty of time to catch a morning surf at Encuentro or sleep off a night of partying on the beach. Generally the day's heat rises and cool trade winds fill in, providing cross-onshore winds of 20 knots. These same trade winds push water on to a well-defined outer reef that kicks up chest- to head-high waves and protects the bay, making for flat water on the inside and rolling blue water swells on the outside. Find anything from flat or choppy water through to world class reef and shore-break starboard tack wave riding. The water temperature sits in the mid-20s all year / roughly 75°F.

ACCOMMODATION

Go budget or go large; you've got all the options around here. Some beautiful hotels in lovely spots, or apartments, like the Luxury SeaLane apartments on Bozo Beach. Check out www.oceandreamcabarete.com

SCHOOLS

THE STARKITES boutique is at the entrance to Cabarete. Sociable and friendly, the manufacturer's pro riders are there to help. Watch videos or pick up some advice. The shop has a full selection of Starkites gear and accessories and there's gear for demo on Bozo beach behind the shop. Linked with Luxury Sea Lane apartments (www.oceandreamcabarete.com) on Bozo beach as well as most schools and repair centres.

www.starkites.com
sales@starkites.com
+1 809 571 9745

CLUB MISTRAL operate a mobile school, so you can be sure of being at the right spot for the conditions, although you'll find the centre nestled beneath shady palm trees with a cosy chill out overlooking the ocean. Providing lessons, rescue and kiteboarding rentals, they also offer windsurfing, surfing, SUP, Laser sailing, beach volleyball and excursions.

Languages spoken by staff: English, French, Spanish and German
www.club-mistral.com
company@club-mistral.com
+49 (0) 881 92 54 960

TRAVEL AGENTS

CLUB MISTRAL
www.club-mistral.com
+49 (0) 881 92 54 960

TRAVEL ACTION
www.travelaction.co.uk
+44 (0) 844 811 8489

SPORTIF
www.sportif.travel
+44 (0) 1273 844 919

NO WIND

With so many activities on offer Cabarete is the perfect destination for non-kiting partners and family. Choose from other watersports such as surfing, windsurfing and wakeboarding. There's also a host of excursions into the tropical countryside, as well as mountain biking and even taking a romantic horse ride or the full moon boat trip down the Yasica river.

GET AROUND

Cabarete isn't as big as most people seem to imagine and car hire is optional, but really isn't necessary as everything is in walking distance or within a short motoconcho ride. Watch Susi Mai's guide to Cabarete on the Kite Show episode 3 at: www.thekiteshow.tv

CURRENCY

Dominican Peso (DOP) - £1 = DOP70 / €1 = DOP60 / $1 = DOP42

FOOD AND DRINK

Directly east or upwind of Kite Beach is Cabarete Bay with a great quality and quantity of food options to replenish your energy after a long day on the water. This beach is packed with great restaurants offering every type of food and drink. There's always a party going on in Cabarete, including three very lively bars on the beach where you can party until six in the morning.

AIRPORT

Puerto Plata airport (POP) is a 25 minute drive from Cabarete and the transfer costs around US$30 in a cab. Santo Domingo (SDQ) is a four hour drive and can cost US$100 by cab.

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