Kitesurfing in Cabarete Dominican Republic
Cabarete is probably the best known kitesurfing spot in the Caribbean. Up on the north coast of the Dominican Republic not far from Punta Cana. There is a long crescent beach of golden sand stretching from the main bars and clubs up to Kite Beach. There are lots of kitesurf training centres including my favourite Kite Club with it’s own beach bar and restaurant. The main wind season is during the summer, but there were plenty of good wind days whilst I was there from the end of December to the start March.
As well as lots of beginners learning there are some exceptionally good kiters and many pro’s pulling all sorts of tricks to keep you entertained while you sip your sundowner.
There is a nice chilled out Carribean vide to the area and most people are very friendly and help each other. Outisde of the front line tourist restuarants and bars local food is cheap and some of the BBQ chicken I had was devine!
The one thing which can be a little annoying is the local hussle. A lot of the young locals particularly at Kite Beach make money by helping set up and pack down kites. Initially I thought “Why aren’t you in school”, but subsequently found out many of the children do not have schools to go to. So, to many working on the beach is their education. Some of the older guys can be a bit more forceful and I did speak to a couple of people who had run into trouble and been given an “unsolicited rescue” followed by demands trying to extort $100 from them.
There is one main road that runs through town which can be a little overwhelming and noisy when you first arrive.
River mouth – La Boca
About 20 minutes to the East of Cabarete there is a kitesurfing spot where the river mouth meets the sea. It’s a bit of an adventure to get there especially after the roads are flooded by rain but lots of fun. Having not kitesurfed in fresh water before I was initially surprised at the difference in buoyancy (or lack of it).