The town of Cabarete was founded by Zephaniah Kingsley as part of his Mayorasgo de Koka estate in 1835. He along with his mixed race family and a total of 53 slaves who he freed from plantations in Florida and escorted to the island were among the first official settlers in Cabarete whose descendants remain on this land today.
Where is Cabarete ?
Situated on the island’s north coast in the Puerto Plata province, Cabarete is known as the kitesurfing, windsurf and surfing capital of the Caribbean and has gained world wide recognition for its dominance in these sports. It’s water sports potential was recognized in 1984 by a Canadian windsurf expert named Jean Laporte and from this point, windsurf and kiteboarding became almost synonymous with the Dominican Republic. Professional kitesurfing competitions have also been held in Cabarete such as the “Master of the Ocean” and “World Cup/Copa Mundial”.This popularity attracted persons from all four corners of the globe who wish to participate in or spectate this sport.
Persons do not only come to Cabarete for the water sports. Every year thousands of tourists flock to spectacular beaches such as Cabarete Beach(the longest and most visited). Lined with restaurants, bars, boutiques, craft and gift shops and so much more, Cabarete Beach is ideal for family fun and the “tourist lifestyle”. Visitors to the beach also engage in snorkeling, paddleboarding, kayaking and boat rides to the reefs. The beach is also home to the Cabarete Windsurf Club for professional and recreational surfers to rent equipment and use its facilities.Other beaches in and around the town of Cabarete include the Bozo Beach which is ideal for wind/water sports , Kite Beach, which, as the name suggests, is perfect for kiteboarding, Velero Beach, Punta Goleta and the nearby Playa Encuentro.
The beach is also home to the Cabarete Windsurf Club for professional and recreational surfers to rent equipment and use its facilities.Other beaches in and around the town include the Bozo Beach which is ideal for wind/water sports , Kite Beach, which, as the name suggests, is perfect for kiteboarding, Velero Beach, Punta Goleta and the nearby Playa Encuentro.
And when not engaging in water sports, shopping or dining, visitors to this enchanting spot engage locals in conversation and games who share the culture of the region and also participate in land adventures such as mountain biking, hiking, cascading,etc or simply get a tan or sunbathe.
When nighttime approaches the fun doesn’t simply end. Restaurants and bar which overlook the Atlantic Ocean open till late and dance clubs and discos keep locals and tourists jamming until the sun comes up.
Afterward , rest comfortably at one of the all-inclusive hotels and be pampered like never before. Or, if you prefer, rent a guest house or villa and immerse yourself fully into the Dominicano lifestyle.
Located only 20 minutes away from the Puerto Plata International Airport, the town of Cabarete is easily accessible for international tourists. Moving around the town is also fairly easy as persons walk on the main road or on the beaches or travel on motorcycle taxis , minivans and regular taxi cabs which are available 24/7.
Cabarete is for everyone. Whether young or old, athletic or laid back , Cabarete is sure to fulfil and even exceed your every expectation. Look no futher. The perfect vacation and a slice of paradise awaits.