> Where did you stay in Cabarete?
> Which hotel, condo or villa would you recommend?
I have been there 3 times in march. I always stay at the Palm Beach Condos.
It's a pretty nice place, and it's great for my kids.
> Did you make any reservations in advance?
Yes. There are lots of hotels so you would probably find a bed,
but it may not be where you would like to be.
as far as equipment goes, YOU NEED A RESERVATION. I have seen many
people turned away. On one trip I called the Vela office in California
and inquired about equipment, they told me there was plenty of availability
and I didn't make a reservation. When I got there it turned out that they
were full. Luckily a friend had made a reservation for me without my knowledge.
> What bars did you like?
I go out a lot for dinner, but not so much for nightlife.
> Do you know what the wind is like in May?
no, but i think that the general pattern for the spring is ~3 to 5
good days per week. summer is supposed to be more consistent.
i keep a log of gear that i use when i am there, it is at
> Was there any snorkling or diving near by?
Cabarete bay itself doesn't look so good for snorkeling. Although
the water is blue and seems pretty clean, visibility isn't that great.
Remember that Cabarete is an Atlantic facing Bay, it is on the windward
side of the island. The waves stir up the sediment. Also, I've been told
that the reef across the mouth of the bay is dead, probably a result
of high sedimentation rates associated with agriculture and development.
I've heard that Sousua, about 10 km west of Cabarete, has very good snorkeling
> Did you bring a shorty wetsuit or harness or anything?
You don't generally need a shorty in march. I sometimes use a 1 mil. neoprene
short/shirt outfit. Plenty of people sail with just a bathing suit. Once
when it was overcast/rainy the sailing was pretty good but the air was cold
and I wore my shorty.
bring your harness.
> How about transportation. Where did you fly into, Puerto Plata?
I ahve always flown to Puerta Plata. Cabarete is about 20 km east of
the airport. I just get a taxi - about $20 US.
> Sorry for the barrage
of questions. Thanks in advance for any more info.
> Looking forward to the trip.