Cabarete, Dominican Republic Travel Guide
Cabarete and Sosua Summary
- Hotspot for extreme sports like kitesurfing, windsurfing, and traditional surfing
- Attracts a diverse crowd, including a lot of European expats
- Some of the best restaurants in the D.R. -- thanks to those European expats
- Giant beach
- 20-minute, $35 cab ride from Puerto Plata airport (aka Gregorio Luperon International Airport)
- Very active nightlife scene, with clubs on the beach
- Laid-back, surf-town vibe
- Frequent solicitations from prostitutes
- Chaotic downtown streets
- Swarms of beach vendors
- Swimmers need to watch out for kiteboarders!
What It's Like
A scrappy and mostly charming beach town on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, Cabarete attracts visitors for its daytime cafe scene, nighttime club scene, and huge, windswept beaches that have made it a world capital for kitesurfing, as well as a popular place for windsurfing and traditional surfing. At night, when the cafes transform into nightclubs, tourists and young crowds heavy with German and French expats come to party and dance to thick reggaeton beats. The scene has an ugly side as well: Advances from prostitutes are extremely common, and tourists are advised to travel in groups and to use common sense to avoid street crime, especially at night. Sosua, a small town located roughly halfway between Cabarete and the Puerto Plata airport, offers at least one appealing resort, but its beaches are notorious for nighttime prostitution.
Where to Stay
Viva Wyndham, in Cabarete, is an all-inclusive with minimal amenities and subpar food -- but a great beach, making it a preferred spot for kiteboarders. Fifteen minutes from Cabarete is Natura Cabanas, a quiet, eco-friendly alternative to the big resorts with (yet another) great beach and strikingly good food, especially for the D.R.