Cabarete, Dominican Republic: A Traveler’s Dream

Nearly 800,000 Canadians can’t be wrong. That’s how many visit the Dominican Republic each year, with numbers growing.

It’s a special place for Canucks’ vacationing and business travelers, with an eclectic collection of irresistible attractions. Wherever you go, you know you’ll find their famous rum and cigars, resorts and beaches, adventure tourism, and beautiful year-round weather.

A growing hotspot is the Cabarete area, in the northeast, where visitors can enjoy upper tier accommodations, and high-end excursions, for reasonable prices.

Here are seven true adventures you must try while in the area (including Puerto Plata and Sosua):

  1. At Monkey Jungle, enjoy the feeling of puppy-sized capuchin monkeys hopping on your back, reaching over to nibble a plate of munchies from your hands. See these adorable creatures scamper up trees, and bounce from branch to branch.

While there, enjoy the 4,500 foot long, seven station zip lines, as you whip across from tree top to tree top. (Without the monkeys, though)

2. Ride the 75 feet long and 33 feet wide Tip Top Catamaran. While out in the waters, enjoy the chance to view the vibrant underwater coral, reef and tropical schools of fish, with provided snorkelling equipment, all included. Maybe you’ll get face-time with a puffer fish, or have the opportunity to cup a starfish in your palm! (Lunch and open bar are included)

3. Twenty Seven Waterfalls of Rio Damajagua is a natural wonder, tucked away in the Northern Corridor mountain range. This isn’t merely hours-long hiking through the woodlands. It’s about smelling the fresh air, the fun of sliding on smooth rock waterfalls, and cliff jumping into natural rushing waters. In late summer, fruit will bear on trees on the trail: coconut, avocado, coffee beans and mangoes.

  1. Think of yourself in the ocean, on a surfboard, propelled by a giant inflatable kite, and you have kiteboarding. Dare2Fly provides kitboarding packages, lessons and rentals. Established in 1999, it touts itself as one of the first kiteboarding schools in Cabarete. They’re located at the perfectly named Kite Beach, where it’s said that the reef also creates nice waves for those who ride a surfboard and kite.

Newbies, please mark: it could take an entire day of training, as well as ample muscle stamina, to successfully navigate the wind and kite. But as is evident by the scores of wave-riders, this is a high adrenaline sport worth trying.

  1. What’s the Dominican, without rum, and its household brand Brugal. Take the factory tour, where you’ll be shown how late 19th century oxen-powered “machines” used to grind sugar cane stalk-by-stalk, and go inside the modern facility, where some 350,000 bottles are filled daily. It’s interesting to note that there are several varieties of aged rum, about only thirty percent of it is imported. (Of course, enjoy the samples too.)
  2. Outback Adventures’ ATV tours takes you and your buggy through back roads, dirt roads and jungle at speeds up to 45 km/h. Take an in-between break with a wade through the river, and later, a little relaxing by the beachfront, and then get back in the vehicle to kick up some more sand.
  3. Try a morning horseback ride at Rancho Luisa y Tommy. Run by 30-year-old Tommy Bernard, a Quebec ex-pat, he’s an affable fellow who’ll treat you to engaging conversation on topics as animals, his adopted country, and anything in life.

Swirl through the winding trails of the countryside, view the stunning mountainside scenery, and cross through fresh running streams. Pass by several fruit trees including breadfruit, mango, almond, pineapple, plum, coconut, and avocado. (En route we nibbled on fresh picked cherries and passion fruit.) The country adventure also took us through not one, but two cheese maker stops – where we sampled just-made white cheeses and orange cheeses.

Where to Stay

Let’s face it: you have your pick of resorts, hotels, condos and even AirBnb’s. But for all you see online, you still don’t know if you’ll be stuck with something you don’t like for your entire stay.

Cabarete Palm Beach Condos – a killer view!

If this trip is a Do-It-Yourself getaway, versus an all-inclusive, and if what you want is to have all of the amenities of home, with an adjacent beachside view, Cabarete Palm Beach Condos ought to be your choice, hands down.

Centrally located in the Cabarete area, each condo has a fully equipped kitchen, living room (with big TV), dining area, and outdoor patio. Elegant and spacious, it gives the vibe of luxury and comfort. What’s more, it’s not going to rip up your wallet – you will get top tier accommodation for a very reasonable cost.

The property also includes an outdoor pool, in case you don’t want to hike an extra 75 feet to the ocean front (and get all sandy.)

What’s also great is the ability to plan excursions through the front desk, as well as have a driver to take you there.


Where To Eat

There are endless varieties of restaurants throughout the area, but there is one eatery that does what no one else does.

Vitamin D Café is a one of a kind establishment located on the beachfront at Hotel Agualina’s Carretera Pricipal Kite Beach (next to Dare2Fly). The (mostly) vegan restaurant never uses sugar, salt or hot oil.

Some of their specialties include: Veggie curry with sprouted lentils, hand cracked coconut milk in the sauce, and quinoa; green papaya salad; and veggie noodles with almond pesto hand spiralled.

The mix of flavours of the fresh island fare will not only be a theme park for your taste buds, but will leave you missing what you ate, after you ate it.

Then take a load off at their ocean-facing patio, decked out with bean bags, and listen to the island beats pumped out from the speakers.

 

In summation, in just five or six days, you can have as many filling adrenaline fixes, as well as “chillax” sessions, you could ever want, with the best weather — and not have to spend into oblivion…
make Cabarete your bucket vacay destination.

 

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