Activities

A typical day in Cabarete…
The morning, when there is usually little wind, offers great opportunities to go surf on Encuentro Beach, to do some stand-up paddle at Bozo Beach or go snorkel at the reef.
In the afternoon the wind tends to pick up which is great news for kiters, windsurfers and sailors. These sports can be practiced anywhere along the beaches of Cabarete. There is also ample opportunity to hire equipment and get some lessons if needed.
In the evening the nightlife area of Cabarete gets swinging, restaurants, bars and clubs along the beach, which will keep the party-goers amongst you entertained until the early morning hours.

Since the late 80’s the town has hosted both professional and amateur international windsurfing competitions. In 2000, the sport of kiteboarding started to take off, and the town has hosted international professional competitions every year since. Cabarete is considered by many to be one of the top places in the world to windsurf and kiteboard (check the live wind conditions on the wind meter on our activities page). But, that’s not all that can be done here. You can surf, mountain bike, horseback ride, go canyoning, sea kayaking and take part in so many other adventures.


Cabarete has a lot to offer both in and out of the water. We can help you organise the perfect holiday. Just choose what you want to do, let us know and we’ll put together an attractive package.

 

Water Sports

 


KiteSurfing


Cabarete is renowned for its fantastic wind and reef breaking waves. The conditions can be good year round, however the best conditions are from mid-December through to September. The combination of the offshore reef, the easterly trade winds and the hills behind the village produces a unique thermal effect, creating near perfect wind and wave conditions for both kiteboarding and windsurfing.
The wind generally comes from the east (Cross-on shore from the right – starboard tack out from of the beach) and is usually a trade wind with localized thermal acceleration.
The wind ‘turns on’ mid-morning to early afternoon and peaks around 1600 hours lasting until dusk. On a good day the wind can start early in the morning.
There can be exceptions to this rule when there is unusual low pressure (a depression) in the Atlantic to the North-West of the Dominican republic. The wind produced by these depressions is usually on-shore or cross-on-shore from the LEFT (North or North West), these days are sometimes rainy but the conditions are often still good. These conditions make the waves even better.
Offshore about 200 meters is a reef that often creates fantastic waves for perfect sideshore glassy wave riding. The swell is usually around 1 meter in the summer and can go up to 3 meters in the winter.


There are several kiteboarding centers both in Cabarete Bay and at Kite Beach at the western end of the bay, offering instruction for all levels of ability together with equipment rental and storage facilities.

Should you stay at Ocean Dream, you will launch your kite right at your door step! Ocean Dream is located at the western end of Cabarete beach. This is the best place to launch and land kites in Cabarete since the beach is very wide, more than 60 meters in some parts.
If you don’t want to bring your own gear, or need to have some (extra) lessons, we can hook you up with a professional school located here in Cabarete.

  • Now based in Cabarete right next to Ocean Dream Residence, ‘Kiters of the Caribbean : Downwinders, or 1 – 2 day Kite Safaris, as well as Stand-Up-Paddleboarding (SUP) tours in flat waters of the nearby lagoon or river.

Wind & Weather Forecasts

Windsurfing


When it’s sunny, and it usually is sunny in Cabarete, the easterly trade winds start blowing around 1 pm, which are perfect for windsurfing.
There are numerous windsurfing centers in Cabarete Bay offering all levels of instruction together with equipment rental, storage facilities and sales of windsurfing equipment.
If you don’t want to bring your gear, or need to have some (extra) lessons, we can hook you up with a professional school located here in Cabarete that guarantees having the best gear.

Wind & Weather Forecasts

Surfing


A good shore break is always present in the bay offering endless hours of boogie board fun and surfing for those liking a one meter wave.
Serious surfers head 7 kilometers West of Ocean Dream to a spot known as Encuentro. Encuentro beach offers the nicest waves on the island. Especially the mornings, when there is little wind, the waves are perfect for both advanced surfers and beginners. Waves can break as high as 5 meters in the winter, but Encuentro is also an excellent place for beginners to learn surfing. There are many surf schools that offer boards rental and surf lessons for beginners.
For those who want to rent a board or need to take some lessons, we have great contacts with a professional surfing school right on Encuentro Beach. Contact us for rates and booking requests.

Waves & Weather Forecasts

Stand Up Paddle Boarding


Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) is one of the fastest growing sport across the world. Because you don’t need waves to propel yourself, you can do it on any open water. Not only SUP is fun and perfect for your entire family (anyone can do it), but SUP also has huge benefit for you. A total core and cardiovascular workout, stand up paddling works your entire body and mind. Cabarete is one of the best places for SUP. You can do it in the bay, on flat water, cruising along the coast of the north Shore of the Dominican Republic, in the waves, surfing on the reef and on the inland river, discovering the beauty of the Dominican wild life.

Ocean & River Kayaking


Ocean kayaking is a great way to experience the waters of Cabarete Bay, either close to the shore or out on the waves of the reef. Several windsurfing/kiteboarding centers offer ocean kayak rental.
You can also paddle your way through rapids and crystal clear pools under a canopy of lush tropical vegetation. Jump in the water, swim with the fish, listen to the birds and enjoy the incredibly beautiful countryside. You will then discover wild landscapes only accessible by rivers, far from the average tourist routes.

Sailing


Cabarete Bay itself is unique for the ability of sailors to choose their training conditions. Within Cabarete Bay, the sea state is flatter than on the ocean side of the reef protecting it. Inside, the winds are lighter and shifty.
Most of the boats used are lasers and hobby cats.
There are several sailing schools in Cabarete for those who would like to rent a boat or take some sailing lessons.
You can also enjoy an unforgettable tour on Catamaran, during which you will admire the beauty of the north coast and its beaches

Wakeboarding


The River Yasica just 10mins east of Cabarete is ideal for wakeboarding on perfectly flat water. A Cabarete based wakeboarding center welcomes all abilities from beginners to advanced.

Scuba diving & Snorkeling


Sosua just 11km west of Cabarete offers clear turquoise waters for scuba diving, everything from shallow water reef dives to deep water wall dives. A wreck lying between Cabarete and Sosua also provides the ideal setting for wreck diving. Several dive centers in the area offer gear rental and diving certification.
Several dive centers offer snorkeling excursions by boat which include a guide and all necessary equipment, both in Sosua (15 minutes west of Cabarete) and in the Rio San Juan area (one hour east of Cabarete).
For those that do not want to dive, snorkeling can be done all along the reef in Cabarete bay, the best places being at either end of the bay where the reef meets the beach.

Whitewater Rafting, Cascading & Canoeing


– The back mountains of Jarabacoa offer fantastic white water rafting opportunities on the river Yaque del Norte. Several tours can be booked, all rated with class III or class IV rapids.
– Canyoning combines hiking, climbing, swimming, jumping and rappelling (abseiling) into river canyons. There are many places in the Dominican Republic and especially around Cabarete where you can go canyoning. All tours include professional guides, all the gear necessary including wetsuits, helmets, harnesses, and transportation from Cabarete.
– Cascading involves jumping off waterfalls ranging in size from one meter to fifteen meters, depending on abilities, skill and level of fitness. These activities are offered by a Cabarete based adventure tour company and include all instruction and equipment.

 

 

Land Sports

 


Mountain biking


El Choco Natural Park, which stretches out over 77km2 behind Cabarete, has thousands of trails that can be explored by mountain bike. Either rent a bike (usually not great quality) and explore on your own or go on a tour with one of our partners.
Mountain biking tours are offered by a Cabarete based adventure tour company. Daily excursions range from beginners trails to advanced rides through challenging mountainous terrain, and vary depending on level of experience and length of trails.

  • Iguana Mama Eco Adventure Tours specializes in building custom trips for friends, families, corporate team building and student groups and is located right in the center of Cabarete.

Horseback riding


There are several ranches in the Cabarete area offering horseback riding for both beginners and the more experienced. Trips include rides along the beach and trails through tropical mountain forests, in the hills and rivers.
El Choco Natural Park, which stretches out over 77km2 behind Cabarete, has thousands of trails that can be explored on horseback. Our partners offer a fantastic half day tour, which can be done by nearly all age groups, including small children. The horses are used to carrying people that have never ridden before in their lives and the guides that go with you on this tour will make sure that you are going at the pace you are comfortable with. More experienced riders will be taken on more difficult trails to ensure that everyone enjoys this trip as much as possible.
The tour includes a welcome coffee, refreshments and lunch as well as well-broken into horses and knowledgeable guides.

Dirt Biking and Quad/4-Wheel drive expeditions


The mountainous terrain behind Cabarete offers great opportunities for dirt-bikers. Cabarete based motocross professionals offer all the gear and expertise for lessons and enduro-tours.
Anyone who has basic motorbike skills (you need to know how to use a clutch) can join. If you want to push your skills to the limit you can also go on an “enduro trail”, with river crossings, single tracks and sandy downhill trails.
Tours include KTM enduro specific bikes, all protective gear, snacks and guides.

Karting


Close to Puerto Plata there is a go-karting park with three different tracks that can be accessed as often as you want when you buy the entrance ticket. The park also features a playground for young kids (2-8 years) who are not allowed on the tracks.

Caving


Just next to Cabarete in the interior lies Choco National Park. Apart from fantastic hiking and biking opportunities this park also boasts a number of caves that can be explored.

  • El Choco National Park

An incredible 77 square kilometers of jungle, lagoon, caves, forest and open backcountry to explore. This is an easy hike so great for families and has a strong focus on educating our hikers on the local flora and fauna and what the government is doing in terms of protecting natural areas and replanting important endemic tree species.

Walking


Ocean Dream condominiums are situated right in the middle of Cabarete Bay. The 6 KM long sandy beach of Cabarete Bay invites you to enjoyable walks or run along the beach. 

Hiking / Trekking


The Dominican Republic offers many national parks and protected areas where the hiking is real good, ranging from the three-day hike to Pico Duarte (highest point: 3,087m) to treks of a few hours in El Choco National Park, just behind Cabarete.
Hiking adventures are offered by a Cabarete based adventure tour company. Several one day hiking adventures are offered for all levels of ability, together with a three day/two night climb up Pico Duarte, at 3085m the highest mountain in the Caribbean, for the more experienced hiker.

Paragliding


A Cabarete based operator offers tandem paramotor (powered paraglider) flights over Cabarete Bay together with guided paragliding tours to a wide range of sites on the island from smooth flights on the coast to more demanding flights in the central mountain ranges.

Golfing


The Dominican Republic is becoming a very popular golf trip destination due to its beautiful tropical courses and reasonably priced equipment hire, green and caddy fees.

You can choose from one of two challenging golf courses.

  • Costa Azul Golf Club with a 9-hole course, just 5 minutes west of Cabarete
  • Playa Dorada, with a 18-hole course designed by Robert Trent Jones, about a twenty minute drive to the west of Cabarete
  • Playa Grande, also with a 18-hole course designed by Robert Trent Jones, this golf course is often referred to as the Pebble Beach of the Caribbean with 12 holes on the ocean, about a 40-minute drive to the east of Cabarete

 
 
 
 

Yoga / Dance

Spa / Fitness

  • N Day Spa : Facials, Anti-aging, Massage, Body treatments, Waxing, Pedicure, Manicure, Spa packages… Consult the website for more details

Circus Activities

  • Kaiceitos circus. Training on circus Apparatus, Acrobatics, Tight Wire, Juggling, Static Trapeze, Double Trapeze, Spanish Web, Tissue, Lyra, Trampoline, Hand Balancing. Visit their website for more information.

Zip Line Adventures


Located between Sosua and Cabarete, this is the only ACCT certified zip line course of the North Coast (YasikaAdventures). Zip from mountain top to mountain top, over the valleys and down into a newly discovered cave. The zip line is exhilarating, safe and a lot of fun with many monkeys greeting you in the jungle. You will also enjoy spectacular views of our city and the Atlantic Ocean, which converts our tour in an unforgettable experience.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Outback Safari


Visit a typical dominican home, swim in a river, see crocodiles, enjoy a picnic lunch, take a jungle river boat ride and more, for a great full day adventure! Visit their website for more information.

 

Excursions

 


Whale watching (in Samana)


From mid-January to mid-March each year, about 3000 Humpback whales migrate from the North Atlantic to the warm shallow waters of Samana Bay to mate and give birth. Boats take you as close as they can to view these large mammals swimming and jumping through the water. Numerous tour companies in Cabarete offer excursions which include transportation to Samana, refreshments and a guided boat trip.

Waterfall


The spectacular El Limon waterfall, 40m high, is set among the Sierra de Samana hills about 300m above sea level. The trail to the waterfall takes about an hour either walking or on horseback. Numerous tour companies offer this excursion or you can hire a guide at El Limon.

The 27 waterfalls, or the Damajagua cascadas, is a great outing for anyone looking for a little adventure. Set in the hills of the Northern Corridor Mountain range, you first walk up through the forest and then work your way down the waterfalls, with jumps and slides ranging from one to eight meters.
Three tours are possible: 7 waterfalls, 12 waterfalls or the full 27 waterfalls (the entrance price varies on which tour you choose). If you choose the 7 waterfalls tour, you work your way up the river first and then come down the same way.
Prices include helmets and life jackets; the guide expects a tip. Be sure to wear comfortable, closed shoes that can get wet. If you don’t have any shoes can be rented onsite.
The falls are located a little more than an hour from Cabarete, and 20 minutes from Puerto Plata.

Cayo Levantado


Cayo Levantado (Bacardi Island) is a small island in Samana Bay, the perfect tropical island with white sand and crystal clear turquoise water, ideal for snorkeling and swimming. Amongst the palm trees and tropical vegetation there are a large number of bird species including Hispaniolan parrots, gannets and owls. Numerous tour companies in Cabarete offer this excursion which includes transportation, refreshments and boat trip.

Gri gri lagoon & Playa Caleton


In Rio San Juan (about an hour west from Cabarete) you can visit the beautiful Gri-gri lagoon on the boat of one of the fishermen. The tour takes you from the lagoon onto the sea to a small cave populated by swallows, a natural swimming pool with incredibly clear blue water and then to stunning Playa Caleton where you can enjoy fresh fried fish or lobster.

Ocean World (in Puerto Plata)


Ocean World Marine is located about 3km from Puerto Plata, in the resort area of Cofresi. It is reputed to have the largest man-made dolphin habitat in the world, where visitors can touch, pet and feed dolphins, sea lions, sharks, stingrays, exotic tropical birds, meet tigers, walk through a tropical rain forest and much more. Add a swim with dolphins or sharks to your visit and the experience is bound to be a memorable one.
It has the worlds largest dolphin lagoon, sea lion encounters, the worlds first shark interaction pool together with tigers, exotic birds, reptiles and tropical fish. Live an unforgettable experience by meeting and swimming with the dolphins, sharks, fishes, and other wild animals in the largest water park of the Caribbean. Numerous tour companies in Cabarete offer this excursion.

Cabarete Caves


These five million year old caves are found in the 77 square kilometer El Choco National Park just outside Cabarete. Guided tours are offered which take you through the caves, explaining how they were formed together with other interesting information on caves. El Choco National Park is a protected area with many species of flora, birds and bats. The park includes pasture, lagoons, jungle areas, caves, fresh water springs and many trails.

Puerto Plata


Puerto Plata (Silver Port) is a town 40 minutes west of Cabarete. Interesting sights include San Felipe Fort built by the Spanish in the 16th Century, Puerto Plata Lighthouse built in 1879 and restored in 2002, Victorian architecture in the Central Square, the Brugal Rum Factory, the Amber Museum, the Taino Art Museum and the Isabel de Torres Botanical Gardens.

Santo Domingo


Santo Domingo is the capital of the Dominican Republic with a population of over 3 million people. Historic sights include the Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor built in 1514, the Palace of Diego Colon built in 1510, the 16th Century monastery of San Francisco and the fortified walls of the old Spanish town. Cultural sights include the National Gallery of Art, the Museum of Dominican Man (for its pre-Columbian collection) and the Museum of Modern Art. There are a huge number of restaurants and nightlife especially around La Malecon, the main boulevard of the Zona Colonial. Also on offer are great shopping opportunities including discount stores for designer brands and the large Mercado Modelo selling a huge variety of goods.

Playa Grande & Playa Preciosa


– Playa Grande is a long, broad beach lined with palm trees which is reputed to be one of the most beautiful beaches of the Dominican Republic. Located about 8km from Rio Grande, this is a great place to spend an afternoon soaking up the sun, eating fresh lobster and drinking pina coladas served in real pineapples.
– Playa Preciosa is next to Playa Grande and offers great well-shaped waves for experienced surfers.

Scenic Drives


From Cabarete drive 15 minutes eastwards to Sabaneta, then turn right onto the Moca mountain road, which leads into the Cordillera Septentrional Mountain area. The winding road passes through small villages and farming areas with beautiful views of the countryside on the way. The road eventually comes to Moca, the cigar-making capital of the Dominican Republic.
From Cabarete drive 20 minutes westwards and turn left onto the Carretara Turistica road towards Santiago. The winding road has fantastic views of the hills and countryside, as well as ocean views from some points. Along the road there are many vendors selling fresh fruit, flowers, cheese, meat and furniture. There are several places along the way to stop for refreshments and to enjoy the view.

 

 

Other Activities

 

Only a 5 minutes walk along the ocean beach and you are in the heart of the village of Cabarete. By night or day, Cabarete booms with activity : bars, restaurants, hotels and shops, follow one another along the beach, providing non-stop entertainment in a joyful atmosphere of local music. Once you are in town, choose from one of the many oceanfront restaurants or bars, or just chill at a coffee shop while you soak in the wonderful culture of this unique village and its friendly and welcoming people. Finally visit one of many ocean-front nightclubs and merengue on the warm sand under the stars into the wee hours of the morning!


Learn Spanish


Why not take advantage of your time in Cabarete to learn Spanish at Cabarete’s premier language school. Cabarete Language Institute (CLI) is in the heart of Cabarete, and offers private and small group classes, including an Intensive Spanish Course, with experienced and certified language teachers (early booking recommended).

Shopping


Cabarete and Sosua have plenty of shops selling souvenirs, clothes and jewelry. Further away Puerto Plata and Santiago have a huge scope for shopping.
There are two supermarkets within short walking distance of the residence. Numerous Supermarkets stock most goods. Anything not available in Cabarete can be bought in the large Playero supermarket in Sosua.
Pharmacies have a good range products, western pharmacists offer a high level of service.
You will find most of the shops and services here. Hairdressers, bakeries, cigars, tattoo, internet cafes etc

Car Hire


Many of the major companies have offices at the airport. Many cheaper local companies offer better rates. If you are coming at holiday time then pre-booking would be recommended.
If you plan to stay in Cabarete you don’t really need to rent a car. The premier location of Ocean Dream Condominiums (within 1 block of Cabarete village) provides a short walk to various supermarkets, restaurants, bars, and banks. Should you decide to venture out of the village area there are plenty of Taxi’s readily available.
Note that a gas station open 24 hours at 2 minutes of Ocean Dream condominiums.

Volunteering


Even though the Dominican Republic has so much to offer, you too have something that you can offer to the Dominican Republic: your time and expertise.
We have close contacts with a number of charities that are constantly looking for volunteers to help teach adults how to read, to help out with the education of young disadvantaged girls or help build classrooms.

Restaurants

More than 20 different restaurants in Cabarete are in walking distance, a short 5 min walk along the beach. Huge variety of dishes available at reasonable prices. Dining on the beach…

Bars & Night Clubs


Sit at a beach bar or at a table on the beach and watch the world go by… Many bars turn into beach side night clubs as midnight approaches. Dancing Salsa, Bachata, y Merengue every thursday at Ojo Cabarete.