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  • Writer's pictureTomáš Homolka

How to plan your vacation in Cabarete

Whether you are escaping the cold winter of your country, or seeking a adventure experience in the warm Caribbean, including surfing or kiting or just to relax from your work, you will find this blog useful, when planning your trip to north shore of Dominican Republic

In this post, we will look into tips like which airport to choose from, place where to stay and all the best activities and tours to do, around Cabarete.

Choosing the Right Airport

the Dominican Republic has 7 international airports located across the island

  • Puerto Plata International Airport (POP): The closest airport to Cabarete, about a 20-minute drive. Ideal for convenience and a quick transfer to your accommodation. From the airport you can take a taxi to Cabarete costs $40

  • Santo Domingo Las Americas International Airport (SDQ): A more significant international hub, it's about a 4-hour drive to Cabarete, offering usually cheaper flight tickets. To get to Cabarete, you can take a bus called Caribe Tours, that will cost 500 DOP to Sosua.

Where to Stay in Cabarete

We are partnering with lovely B&B hotel Surfbreak Cabarete, that can be described as a hotel with hostel vibes with a stunning garden that you will encounter, offering:

  • private rooms with all kinds of different price ranges, breakfast included

  • common space area for travelers to hang out and common kitchen

  • located 5 min. walk from the best surfing spot, Playa Encuentro

  •  Common activities like a yoga, barbecues and all kinds of tours

Ideal choice for people looking for surfing, to meet new friends and to relax. Encuentro is located 10 min. drive from Cabarete so you will be not so far to the center of the action and still experiencing the peaceful surfing village Encuentro.

Activities and Tours Around Cabarete

Cabarete is known for its water sports, but there's more to explore:

  • Surfing lesson at Playa Encuentro: Known for its consistent waves, Encuentro is the best surfing spot in DR suited for beginners to experienced surfers. Experienced instructors will help you to catch you first wave and show you the joy of surfing

  • Kiteboarding lesson: With consistent winds, Cabarete is a kiteboarding paradise. Kite Beach and Rocon are the main spots, offering conditions for all skill levels. Whether you want to improve your technique or learn how to kite, taking a kiting lesson can be a exciting thing to do.

  • SUP River Tour Down the Yasica River: A peaceful yet engaging activity, perfect for nature lovers. Going through beautiful scenery of the river la boca, ideal for couples, solo travelers and families with kids. You will finish at seafood restaurant where you can eat your deserved dish

  • Canyoning at Cola de Pato: An adventure tour that combines hiking, cliff jumping, and swimming in natural pools. It's a thrilling experience in the heart of nature, ideal for adventure seeking travelers

  • Horseback Riding Mountain & River Adventure: Explore the countryside on horseback, traversing rivers and scenic trails. Suitable for all experience levels.

  • Relaxing on Cabarete Beach: Spend a day lounging on the sandy beach, swimming in the warm waters, and enjoying the local beachside restaurants, offering all kind of delicious food

  • Nightlife in Cabarete: Known for its vibrant nightlife, Cabarete offers a variety of bars and clubs where you can dance the night away or enjoy a relaxed evening.

Tips for Your Trip

  • Best Time to Visit: For surfing, December to April offers consistent swells. For kiteboarding, June through August provides reliable thermal winds.

  • Transportation: Renting a car can be convenient for exploring the region. Local taxis and motoconchos (motorbike taxis) are also available for short distances.

  • Language and Currency: Spanish is the primary language, but English is widely spoken in tourist areas. The Dominican Peso (DOP) is the local currency, though USD is often accepted.

  • Travel Insurance: Always travel with comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, accidents, and trip cancellations.

  • Stay Hydrated: The Caribbean sun can be intense. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, especially if you're engaging in physical activities and put on a lot of sun screen.


Cabarete, with its perfect blend of adventure and relaxation, promises a memorable vacation. Whether you're there to ride the waves, explore the natural beauty, or want to enjoy Caribbean sun, this destination is a perfect choice for all. By planning ahead and considering these tips, you're set for an unforgettable experience in Cabarete.

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