Cabarete Things to Do

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    Outback Safari

    by Benson35 Written Jan 27, 2012

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    We booked this Outback Safari trip in the hotel. We were picked up from the front of our hotel and then went on to pick up other passengers. We drove through the beautiful greenery of the Dominican Republic with the option of having a drink on board. Our guide, Junior, was very informative and had a great sense of humour.
    We drove through a sugarcane plantation where the driver got out his machete, chopped a cane down and cut it up for us all to try. The journey continued and we stopped at a local school. I found it so interesting to see the resources the school had (or rather lack of resources). The children were so well mannered and happy with what they had. In the playground there was a sandpit, it was a large mound of sand surrounded by breeze-blocks in the shape of a circle. Health and safety would have a field-day over here!!
    At the back of the school they grow coffee beans, pineapples, coco beans. Your guide tells you which is which and answers any questions you may have.
    It's on board again then a stop by a lovely little stream for a drink (where I discovered a santo libre - dark rum and sprite!!).
    We drove then to have lunch. We stopped for about an hour. You could buy coffee, rum, necklaces or balsamic vinegar as souvnirs.
    After lunch, we were driven to a secluded lagoon where we could go for a swim if we wanted to! Amazing!
    It was then more drinks on jeep before we got to the beach! By the way, the drinks don't have to be alcoholic! On the beach it was your choice what to do; sunbathe, take a walk, swim in the sea or attempt body-boarding!! Now that was fun!!
    Then it's home time and you're dropped off at your hotel.

    A day full of fun!

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    Paradise Island

    by Benson35 Written Jan 27, 2012

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    This is an all-day trip with an early start. But believe me, what an experience!
    You are picked up at your hotel and it takes around two hours to get to the next part of your journey - a speedboat! A short ride on a speedboat and there you are; on a natural island surrounded by crystal clear water. There is a hut (roof only) to put your belongings in and a hut that has water, sandwiches (all included in price) and bread to feed the fish with.
    There is snorkling equipment for your use and you can swim further out with a group and guide to see more of the fantastic creatures that live under the sea. When the guide drops bread into the water, you are literally then surrounded by fish of different colours and sizes. Ace experience. From the island you can see Hati while sunbathing on the white sands.

    On the way back, you are taken through the mangroves (see photo above) and get to see starfish and crabs etc that live in and round the mangroves. Your guide also tells you some information about the surrounding areas.

    There is no shade - take your sun screen!

    I really enjoyed this trip, the snorkling is brilliant for novices and experts and it was my first time of a speedboat! Worth the early morning get-up whilst on holiday!!

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    Hit the beach bars

    by marielexoteria Updated Oct 2, 2010

    As part of a business trip, we scheduled an (optional) activity in which we visited the beach bars. I gotta say, we got there sometime after 10PM and most of the bars were already full of a young (in body and spirit) crowd of all stratas of society, both foreigners and locals.

    The vibe was incredible, whether you were just passing by, bar hopping or if you chose one bar to stay at.

    All the bars we saw on the beach are located next to each other and all of them had different music playing (loud) at the same time, most bars had plastic chairs and tables but some had lounge-style furniture with sofas, beds with bed posts, and something like a big sack (full of sand maybe?). I'll write a review of the bar we stayed at on the nightlife section.

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    Day Trips.....

    by e_crowe Written Sep 3, 2006

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    Jeep Ride w/ Rum
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    This company offers a variety of Day Trips/Exursions that will keep you busy for most of they day.

    The Tropical Sun Jeep Safari is a must do....You ride a jeep to this waterfall location, making several stops along the way to visit various places. Once you arrive you will walk through a path at which you will find natural ice cold, crystal pools of water and waterfalls. Your tour guides will swim/guide you through the water and help you climb up the rocks. (There are 7) Once you have reached the 7th waterfall you can either jump down into deep pools of water, or slide down the rocks until you end up back at the 1st pool of water. At the end of the trip lunch is provided, and free rum is also provided throughout the trip. (I don't have any pics of this tour because you can't really swim and take pictures at the same time =9..... Your tour guides manage the video tape the whole thing which is available for purchase)

    Paradise Island (Cayo Paraiso) "Punta Rusia" is also a nice trip. However, don't be fooled. Paradise Island is not much of an island. It is a small speck (sand dune) in the middle of the ocean that you will reach by speedboat. You will spend a few hours there either swimming or snorkeling. It's pretty, but many tour companies go there, therefore, there will be many tourist on this tiny speck of sand.

    I would probably choose to do a different tour, as this company offers many.

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    Watch Kitesurfers

    by e_crowe Written Sep 3, 2006

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    My friend and I are not kitesurefers by any means, but we were impressed by those who are... It was a coincidence that there happened to be a kitesurfing competition while we were there, which meant lots of parties!!!

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    Beach

    by ChristinaNest Updated May 17, 2006

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    Well, the main thing to do in Cabarete is, of course, go to the beach. It has all the 'ingredients' of a tropical beach: palm trees, fine sand, blue and warm water. Besides that it's one of the best spots for windsufing, and to the north there are a kites' and surfers' beach.
    The surfers' beach, called Playa Encuentro, was kind of hard to get to. It's outside Cabarete, on the way to Puerto Plata. We took public transport, that is, an ancient minibus packed with locals and a chicken or two. Although it was full to the top it still kept stopping at the road to pick up more passengers who somewhow managed to squeeze in following the formula, 'no matter how many people there are on a bus, you can always fit one more'. At some point we got off and walked through an abandoned field, then past a small hotel, and then by some trees and we got to the beach. It was almost deserted and we managed to see just one surfer. We walked further on, and didn't meet any people, so we enjoyed this long beach on our own.

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    Islabon River tour

    by Monoii Written May 1, 2006

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    Visit a minizoo with iguanas, snakes, turtles, etc. before embarking on a small boat on the Islabon and Yasica rivers. The tour will take you to the mouth of the rivers in the Atlantic ocean. There's a restaurant there where you can eat fish, drink "piña coladas" or "coco locos". Try it!!!!

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    El Choco National Park

    by Monoii Written May 1, 2006

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    For about 15 dollars, you can take a guided tour through this nature park and its stalactite caves. You will learn about the history of the area and its wildlife.
    Bring your bathing suit, because you will be able to take a swim in the refreshing water of a cave, 25 meters underground!!!

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    Beach

    by ChristinaNest Updated Apr 23, 2006

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    Playa Encuentro
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    Well, the main thing to do in Cabarete is, of course, go to the beach. It has all the 'ingredients' of a tropical beach: palm trees, fine sand, blue and warm water. Besides that it's one of the best spots for windsufing, and to the north there are a kites' and surfers' beach.
    The surfers' beach, called Playa Encuentro, was kind of hard to get to. It's outside Cabarete, on the way to Puerto Plata. We took public transport, that is, an ancient minibus packed with locals and a chicken or two. Although it was full to the top it still kept stopping at the road to pick up more passengers who somewhow managed to squeeze in, following the formula, 'no matter how many people there are on a bus, you can always fit one more'. At some point we got off and walked through an abandoned field, then past a small hotel, and then by some trees and we got to the beach. It was almost deserted and we managed to see just one surfer. We walked further on, and didn't meet any people, so we enjoyed this long beach on our own.

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    Wind Surfing

    by ChristinaNest Written Apr 12, 2006

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    Cabarete

    Cabarete is considered on of the world's best wind-surfing locations. It has something to do with the winds. As you lie on the beach you can see sometimes dozens of windsurfs darting here and there, it's nice to look at their colourful sails. There are classes too provided by several companies, so if you have the time and money, it's a good idea to learn how to windsurf in one of the best places. If not, you could always relax on the beach and watch the pros :)

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    Kite Boarding

    by ChristinaNest Written Apr 12, 2006

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    There is a kate boarding beach in the north of Cabarete. You can go and ride the waves or just watch. Just be careful, there is no swimming in this area and walking too could be dangerous as you can be hit by a kite or the ropes as boarders are 'parking'. We had no time to try it but there are classes and we were told that it's easier than wind-surfing... Well, to me it looked very difficult and for sure you require big muscles! There were some guys and girls there who looked like pros, doing all sorts of stunts so it was fun to watch.

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    Scuba diving part 2

    by ChristinaNest Written Feb 22, 2006

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    We were assisted by the instructor in going down and up so all you had to do was enjoy the corla reefexperience. We ahd brough a single-use underwater camera and had those great pictures (for more see the travelogue on my Dom. Rep. page). Unfortunately I'd had ear problems before and the pressure wasn't too comfortable and I had to miss the last 5 minutes. At least while waiting for the others to emerge I had the chance to swim in the open sea.
    After the dive we were given a PADI certificate which allowed us to take a second dive without an initial lesson. If you don't take a second dive within a year you are required to take a lesson again. After a certain number of dives you can dive without an instructor's direct help and after some more you can dive without any supervision. So if you follow the safety regulations scuba can only be fun, moreover the clubs claim to only take you to safe coral reefs with no sharks around.

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    Scuba Diving(bring bananas!)

    by ChristinaNest Written Feb 22, 2006

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    This was our first time and we totally loved it, everybody should try this! It's so great to see all these colourful fish you've only seen on Discovery or in aquariums swimming around you.
    We went to several clubs and decided to do it with the Dolphin Club. It cost us $50 each which included one lesson in a pool and then the real thing the next day. The stuff were very friendly although I kept using the thumb-up sign for 'OK' althogh in scuba sign language it means 'going up' and 'OK' is expressed by forming an 'O' with thumb and forefinger. And thumb-down doesn't mean 'scuba sucks', no, on the contrary, it means 'let's go down'! Another thing was fighting your natural impulse of breathing through you nose and getting used to breathing through your mouth. After we finished the lesson the instructor said, "You are allowed to bring one banana each". I didn't whether this was a joke or what it was for but then decided to get those bananas just in case... The next morning a few middle-aged americans and us were taken by minibus to Sosua where we got our equipment and got on a small motorboat. The rest of the group looked at us kind of weird when we took out our bananas but afterwards they all regretted not taking one: those fish love bananas (it's a rare delicacy for them, imagine, like trying tasty extraterrestial food once in your life!) so in the beginning the fish tried to hide from the intruders but when we started giving them pieces of banana they all flocked around us and we could have a good look and take pictures. Besides eating this unusual food doesn't harm them in any way, just remember to take back the peel with you and don't try to get shells or corals off the reef!

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  • night life & surfing

    by rickvaughn Written Aug 24, 2005

    Certainly Cabarete is beautiful seen in broad daylight, but did anyone said this is a real world-class surfing beach? and at night there`s no better place to be than Cabarete, I have been there everytime I have been to the DR, and the array of beachfront discos, with people from all over the world made it worthy of some cable channels specials, such as E! and MTV.
    When anyplace becomes real good, it sure gets crowded, and Cabarete can be no less. Just stay away from illegal drugs, which can make your life hell if you get caught with in the island.

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    Parque Nacional El Choco

    by Bigjones Updated Jul 12, 2003

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    Caves

    The park's main attraction is its five million year old caves with subterranean water. Take your bathing suit in case you would like to jump in this cold but clear water. The entrance costs about $15 but it is very interesting, especially with the guide we had : Pedro. He guided us through the caves and then in the jungle where he gave excellent explanations about animals, plants, the Taýnos and their culture etc. He also showed us a pineapple plantation. Pedro studied biology if I well remember and he was so interesting that I decided to make another tour with him on another day. And again I enjoyed it a lot !

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