Whether you want to go on a beach vacation to unwind under the sun, participate in
exciting excursions, or experience a different scene that has cultural flavor and fun, Cabarete is the place to visit. Located on the Atlantic side of the Dominican Republic, Cabarete touches the sea and El Choco National Park’s mountains and lagoon. Once a quiet fishing village, this sand and surf paradise is now known for its ideal wave and wind conditions. People come to Cabarete from all over the world to surf, kiteboard, sea kayak, windsurf, and scuba dive. It’s also a great place to relax in the sand with a
Presidente beer or a tropical drink, enjoy a spa day, or take a Spanish class.
One of the most memorable adventures that you can have while staying in Cabarete, is visiting the 27 Waterfalls of Damajagua. Though you need to be in decent shape to hike up the falls, you can opt to go up to the 7th, 12th or 27th waterfall. No matter what you decide, a helmet, lifejacket, and a trained guide are mandatory. The guides are friendly and lend a hand as you hike toward the falls, ascend wooden ladders, climb up slick rock surfaces with the aid of knotted ropes, and swim through cave-like passageways. How do you get down? You let go of your fears and harness your adrenaline by jumping off each waterfall. Some have rock-formed chutes that you can slide down, but many others require you to leap into the air and splash into a teal pool below. The highest waterfall is the 8th one and is roughly 26 feet high, which is almost as tall as a three-story building. But, by the time you get back into town, you’ll be excitedly telling people you practically jumped off of a waterfall as tall as askyscraper. And, you will have definitely earned a nice dinner and a few drinks that night.
Cabarete has an interesting assortment of open-air restaurants offering Dominican, Spanish, Italian, American, French, Japanese and Caribbean cuisine. At night, these laid back restaurants turn into lively bars and clubs that spill onto the sand. Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, pop, and electronic music play as Dominicans, backpackers, and expats from around the world mingle and dance under the coconut
trees. Don’t be afraid to jump in when there’s karaoke, learn a few moves on the dance floor, or meet some of the interesting people who have made this beautiful place their home. Cabarete is meant to be thoroughly enjoyed.