KITESURFING HOLIDAYS - CABARETE
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.
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
WIND, WEATHER AND WATER
Crossonshore winds from the right, stronger in summer, but Cabarete is a year-round
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
Go budget or go large. Bank breakers and modest shelter for steady savers; 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
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.
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.
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.