Cabarete is one of the world's most complete kitesurf destinations and an ideal vacation base.
It combines good wind, varied conditions with a good standard of accommodation and excellent value laid-back nightlife. The beach is sandy and the water warm. Leave your wetsuit and boots at home!
The surrounding area is lush and tropical and great to explore by bike, jeep or on horseback. Head a mile or two up the coast or inland and you will be in completely undeveloped areas.
The Kite Surf Spots:
KITE BEACH The closest spot La Policia is located 3 minutes walk upwind from the centre. Here they teach beginners the first hours of flying the kite on the beach. Advanced kiters also find ideal conditions on the water here. The spot has direct access to Cabarete Bay, so that kitesurfers stay upwind of the windsurfing zone.
LA POLICIA The closest spot La Policia is located 3 minutes walk upwind from the centre. Here they teach beginners the first hours of flying the kite on the beach. Advanced kiters also find ideal conditions on the water here. The spot has direct access to Cabarete Bay, so that kitesurfers stay upwind of the windsurfing zone.
POZO BEACH Another close spot from the center is Pozo Beach where the annual kite World Cup is held and which is the downwind beach of Cabarete Bay. It's within 5 minutes walk from the centre. The wind is side-onshore, flat to choppy water conditions in the bay, breaking waves in the outer reef (800 m). Due to its wide beach during the summer, it offers great teaching conditions at this time.
POZO DOWNUNDER: Located downwind from Pozo Beach, this is the perfect alternative to Pozo Beach when the shorebreak is too high or the wind blows offshore/ onshore in Cabarete Bay. Here they find excellent teaching conditions especially in the winter time.
This is another area influenced by the trade winds that are most reliable from January or February and continue right through until August. June has a reputation for being very windy and this is the time that the famous Cabarete Race week is run. The best time for waves is winter although there is almost certain to be some swell the whole year. The so-called "cool" season is from November to April, with what is considered pleasantly warm weather, relatively low humidity and low precipitation. On the coast, i.e. near the beaches, the temperature hovers fairly constantly around 29°C (84°F) during the day and drops to around a comfortable 20°C (68°F) at night.
The "hot" season is roughly from May to October. Then the average temperature rises to 31°C (87°F) during the daytime and drops to about 22°C (72°F) at night. However, with the accompanying high humidity that is more common during this season, it usually feels much hotter. It does rain a bit more often during this season, especially from May to August, but usually this turns out to be no more than a 30 minute tropical (sometimes heavy) shower. There are usually also some brief rainy periods during the months of November and December. It should also be mentioned that weather varies a lot from one year to the next, being influenced by phenomena such as "El Niño" and "La Niña" among others.
Cabarete has developed around windsurfing so all the bars are laid back. Local bands play at different venues most nights and somewhere along the beach Happy Hour seems to last from 5pm to midnight. Into the early hours, Las Brisas stays open late playing Latin American music. On Saturdays they also have a volleyball competition which is popular with everyone. Best of all, it is only stumbling distance along the beach.