WHEN TO GO
Main Season: April – September
Avg Air Temp: 30°C / 86°F
Avg Water Temp: 25°C / 75°F
Restaurant Meal: DOP500
Accommodation: DOP2,800 – 5,300 per night.
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One of kitesurfing’s original meccas should still be
on your bucket list of kite-travel destinations. For sun and wind the four kilometre beach of Cabarete on the north coast of the Dominican Republic is a kitesurfing haven. You’ll also find a wide range of activities and experiences to choose from and the unique atmosphere is fuelled by the Caribbean nightlife.
Cabarete offers several classic spots. Cabarete beach can get busy near to shore with advanced riders and beginners, but up- or downwind you’ll have waves and open water 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 Policía is just upwind of the windsurfing zone on the main beach and is the perfect playground for advanced riders. Beginners can easily learn to fly kites here, too. Bozo Beach, downwind in Cabarete’s main bay, has cross-onshore winds 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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WIND, WEATHER AND WATER
Cross-onshore 20 knot winds from the right, stronger in summer, but Cabarete is a year-round destination. Most reliable April - September when the temps reach just over 30°C / 86°F and the waters are nice and flat. Better waves in winter. There are well over 200 days kiting a year, October is rainy though. Kite Beach’s wind is solar driven, so often best after 4pm, leaving time to catch a morning surf at Encuentro or sleep off a night’s partying.
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 starboard tack swells on the outside. Water temps sits in the mid-20s all year / roughly 75°F.
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
STARKITES boutique is at the entrance to Cabarete. Sociable and friendly, the manufacturer’s pro riders are there to help with a full selection of Starkites gear and accessories with demos on Bozo beach behind the shop. Kite lessons on Starkites equipment at www.starkites-school.com with great teaching techniques on the least crowded beach in walking distance of the centre of town. Linked with Luxury Sea Lane apartments www.oceandreamcabarete.com on Bozo beach as well as most schools and repair centres.
+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
+49 (0) 881 92 54 960
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
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
Dominican Peso (DOP) - £1 = DOP68 / €1 = DOP50 / $1 = DOP45
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.
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.
Zenith Ocean Voyages | The Caribbean
Zenith visits locations across the entire Caribbean chain, from Antigua to Los Roques and all the way to Curaçao.
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