General Info: The location and the Village
The Dominican Republic is a nation on the island of Hispaniola, part of the Greater Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean region. The western third of the island is occupied by the nation of Haiti, making Hispaniola one of two Caribbean islands that are occupied by two countries. Both by area and population, the Dominican Republic is the second largest Caribbean nation (after Cuba), with 48,442 km² and an estimated 10 million people.
Cabarete is a town in the Puerto Plata province of the Dominican Republic, noted for its tourism and beaches. Cabarete Bay has been the location of professional kitesurfing competitions (e.g. "WorldCup/Copa Mundial", "Master of the Ocean"), and nearby Playa Encuentro (3 miles to the west) is among the most popular surfing beaches in the Caribbean. Cabarete is located on Camino Cinco approximately 11 miles (17.7 kilometers) from the airport of Puerto Plata (POP). Cabarete is a good holiday destination for non-kiting partners and family.
The seasons and Hotel info
The best months to visit Cabarete are from April to September. There are many hotels and other accommodations near Cabarete. An avarage hotel will cost you RD$2,800-5,300 (1euro = RD$47).
Possibilities besides kiting
Besides kitesurfing you can:
-Do all kind of other watersports
-Do excursions into the tropical countryside
-Go moutainbiking/horseback riding
-Do a full moon boat trip down the Yasica river
-Enjoy the nightlife of Cabarete
Quisqueya, as Dominicans often call their country, has a mild average temperature (26°C). The climate is tropical and sunny most of the time.It can get hot and sticky.
Spot conditions: The beach
The sandy beach is medium sized. There is enough space for save lauching and landing. The beach is not crowded and there are no obstacles.
The water conditions
The water temperature is warm, with a mild average temperature of 25°C. It is pretty shallow but on the reef near the shore you can hit some medium sized waves.
The wind conditions
The best wind (trade winds) period is June-August. The rest of the year the thermal wind picks up gently at around 11AM to 1PM and then progressively gets stronger as the day progresses. The wind on Encuentro is sideshore from the right.
There are kitesurfschools on the spot. There is also a kiteshop in Cabarete.
Downwinder and trip possibilites
In and around Cabarete are some other spots:
Cabarete, Kite Beach
This beach is 2km more upwind and pretty bussy.
Cabarete, Bozo Beach
This beach is better for beginners. It is just around the corner upwind from Kite Beach.
Cabarete, La Boca
La Boca is a lagoon 4km upwind of Cabarete Bay. It has a nice sandy beach that offers good conditions for beginners. But there can only be four kiters on the lagoon at the same time.
This spot is upwind from the windsurf area on the main beach of Cabarete Bay. This spot is only for advanced riders.
You can join the free EH downwind tours. The truck will pick riders from the Dare2Fly and Kite Club centres on Kite Beach and pick up max. 20 riders.
The nearest airport and big city is Puerto Plata. It is a 35minute drive from Cabarete. Santa Domingo is four hours from Cabarete.