Cabarete. Dominican Republic

Cabarete. Dominican Republic

Post by Martyn Thompso » Wed, 30 Apr 1997 04:00:00


I am about to go to Cabarete for two weeks holiday.
Can anyone tell me the best hire facilities in the area. Whats the
sailing like inside / outside the reef.
Nightlife - what time does it go off!, which places are a must to visit
& which should be avoided.
How far from Cabarete village is the "Punta Golletta Beach Resort".

This is the first time I've windsurfed in the Caribean, the last three
years I've been to Kefalos on the Greek island of Kos. A definate place
to visit, good hire equipment from the F2 centre.

 
 
 

Cabarete. Dominican Republic

Post by Tom » Thu, 01 May 1997 04:00:00

Hi Martyn,

forget the Punta Golletta Beach Resort in Cabarete. It's on wrong side of
the beach (the left/west-end, Bozo-Beach, see map on
http://www.hispaniola.com/Cabarete/MapFrames.html). It has shore-break and
reef.

I stayed at the hotel El Pequenio Refugio on the east end of Cabarete
Beach, next to the Cabarete Beach Hotel.

This side of the beach has several advantages:
- no wind on the beach (if you travel with your non-sailing partner,
(s)he'll like it !!)
- flat slalom-strip first, then reef and waves
- closer to the village center

- nightlife: Las Brisas and New Wave are a MUST
- board rental: all the big ones are on this side of the beach, but they
are quite expensive (about 500 DM per week). In our hotel, beginner surfing
was included in the rooms price, and for pro-stuff, they took about 90 DM
per week extra. They also required no extra fee if you bring your own
stuff.

Try these links to find out more about Cabarete:

http://www.columbia.edu/~ak148/cabarete.html
http://www.hispaniola.com/Cabarete/indexframe.html
http://www.hispaniola.com/CaribeSurfHotel/index.html
http://www.hispaniola.com/Cabarete/MapFrames.html
http://www.inforamp.net/~wilsonjd/cabarete.htm (best place for my opinion
!!!)

--
Hang Loose :-)
Tom
Bielefeld, Germany



Quote:
> I am about to go to Cabarete for two weeks holiday.
> Can anyone tell me the best hire facilities in the area. Whats the
> sailing like inside / outside the reef.
> Nightlife - what time does it go off!, which places are a must to visit
> & which should be avoided.
> How far from Cabarete village is the "Punta Golletta Beach Resort".

> This is the first time I've windsurfed in the Caribean, the last three
> years I've been to Kefalos on the Greek island of Kos. A definate place
> to visit, good hire equipment from the F2 centre.


 
 
 

Cabarete. Dominican Republic

Post by Ed Fost » Sun, 04 May 1997 04:00:00


Quote:

> Try these links to find out more about Cabarete:

> http://www.columbia.edu/~ak148/cabarete.html
> http://www.hispaniola.com/Cabarete/indexframe.html
> http://www.hispaniola.com/CaribeSurfHotel/index.html
> http://www.hispaniola.com/Cabarete/MapFrames.html
> http://www.inforamp.net/~wilsonjd/cabarete.htm (best place for my opinion
> !!!)

I don't see any reference in those links to scuba diving, my other passion
besides windsurfing.  Do you know if there is decent diving or at least
snorkeling at Cabarete?

--
Ed Foster


 
 
 

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Post by Olaf Meye » Wed, 07 May 1997 04:00:00

Snorkeling in Cabarete sucks, you don't see much in the water.
I think snorkeling in Sousa (15 minutes by bus from Cabarete)
is supposed to have better snorkeling. The Samana Peninsula
also has good snorkeling available!

Olaf

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Post by Tom » Wed, 07 May 1997 04:00:00

Hi Ed,

snorkeling an diving is also possible in Cabarete, but I was told that it's
not very interesting because flora and fauna on the reef are not as at
other spots in the neighbourhood.
I went to Sosua (10min by Taxi) and saw a lot of diving shops and schools.
But in all surfstations at Cabarete, you can rent snorkeling equipement.

--
Hang Loose :-)
Tom
Bielefeld, Germany



Quote:


> > Try these links to find out more about Cabarete:

> > http://www.columbia.edu/~ak148/cabarete.html
> > http://www.hispaniola.com/Cabarete/indexframe.html
> > http://www.hispaniola.com/CaribeSurfHotel/index.html
> > http://www.hispaniola.com/Cabarete/MapFrames.html
> > http://www.inforamp.net/~wilsonjd/cabarete.htm (best place for my
opinion
> > !!!)

> I don't see any reference in those links to scuba diving, my other
passion
> besides windsurfing.  Do you know if there is decent diving or at least
> snorkeling at Cabarete?

> --
> Ed Foster


 
 
 

Cabarete. Dominican Republic

Post by Wulfekuhler' » Thu, 08 May 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

> I am about to go to Cabarete for two weeks holiday.
> Can anyone tell me the best hire facilities in the area. Whats the
> sailing like inside / outside the reef.
> Nightlife - what time does it go off!, which places are a must to visit
> & which should be avoided.Cabarete is approximately 2 mi. east of Punta Golleta. You'll need a

taxi or hire Pedro and his motor cycle for a buck or two. I sailed out
of Vela Ctr. and was very happy with the selection of Mistral/F2/neil
pryde sails, definitely windsurfer Heaven. Inside the reef is nice chop.
The reef swells can be intimidating with waves cresting several feet
over your head but swells spaced 50 meters apart. Need to be able to
land your jumps and jibe reasonably well. Swell outside the reef bigger
than inside but forgiving to mediocre jibers.  Hotel California
$35/night.  See April "
Wind Tracks" excellent article.WSW> How far from Cabarete village is the
"Punta Golletta Beach Resort".
Quote:

> This is the first time I've windsurfed in the Caribean, the last three
> years I've been to Kefalos on the Greek island of Kos. A definate place
> to visit, good hire equipment from the F2 centre.

 
 
 

Cabarete. Dominican Republic

Post by vill.. » Wed, 14 May 1997 04:00:00

Hi folks,

I'm in the process of booking a trip with Joe at Cabarete Vacations in NJ (ref the wind tracks article last issue) with F2 center, Albatros hotel.  Any comments from folks with experience?  This will be our first trip there.

I've heard the Bic Carib center is good too.  F2 just as good?
The hotel mentioned in the previous post sounds interesting too, any more?  
We are thinking being away from action will be more mellow, and walk down the
beach to the center is ok.  Thusfar Joe has been helpful and informative.

Thanks
/Dan

 
 
 

Cabarete. Dominican Republic

Post by Tfernstr » Thu, 15 May 1997 04:00:00

Please excuse this posting if you feel it doesn't apply.  The resort
mentioned below is near Cabarete in the Dominican Republic and many resort
visitors spend time in Cabarete windsurfing.  Our general manager also
runs a dive shop in Sosua and can be of assistance there.

Dear Reader,

My name is Tom Fernstrom and I am a board member of the Eden Bay
Homeowners' Association.  The Association General Members are
made up of unit owners who are nudists and who's purchase decision was
predicated on creating a premier nudist/clothing-optional vacation
destination in the Caribbean.  This has been accomplished with the opening
of Eden Bay Resort, Abreu, Dominican Republic this past November 15th,
1996.

I am using the above as a preface to introduce you to an Eden Bay
Homeowner's
trip report below.  I am providing our owners this opportunity to post
these trip reports to various newsgroups using my name and return e-mail
address so they may maintain their anonymity.  Please also be aware that
the Resort ammenities and services referred to reflect availability at the
time of the report.  Special packages offered by the Resort  may modify
these ammenities and services.  

If you would like more information please visit our WebSite at:
http://SportToday.org/***.com

**********************************
HOMEOWNER'S TRIP REPORT
**********************************
Ed and I have just returned from Eden Bay on April 30th, after having
spent
ten days relaxing.  This was our first visit in eigh*** months and we
were
unsure of what we might find.  We found 20-25 people visiting, about ten
were owners, the rest were guests.  The responses from guests ranged from
"This is the best buy in the Caribbean," to "I bet that by next year,
you'll have to call months ahead to get a reservation."

It is without a doubt the most beautiful resort of this kind (and we have
been to most in the Caribbean and many in Europe), and the only one with
such gorgeous views from EVERY cabana or hotel room, not to mention the
exquisite views from the outdoor dining room.

The daily highs were in the upper '80s; each day with a mostly calm sea.
The beach was much improved; it was possible to walk into the water
without
beach shoes via a sandy path.  You could float on a mat in the protected
cove.

We met and were impressed with Roch, the new Resort manager.  He is on
site, visible and most responsive to suggestions.  Ashley,  the Resort
reservationist, was always there, willing to assist or help with special
excursions.

The food ranged from fair to excellent, but always beautifully presented
--- the soups were outstanding.  Menus were creative with four choices of
appetizers and four choices of entrees for the evening meal --- poultry,
pasta, beef and fish.  Snacks were served at the beach bar at 4pm each
afternoon.  The coffee is wonderful, but decaf is not available.  Most
important, no one got ill at all during our visit.  The dress code is
whatever you want it to be in all areas.  Most of the guests were on an
all-inclusive plan.  

The pools were clean with the three beach pools nicely heated.  The rooms
were clean with lovely hibiscus placed around each day.  Bottled water is
placed in each room's refrigerator along with a basket of fruit on
arrival.

The activities offered during our stay were a folkloric show one evening;
a
pig roast on the beach one night; a guitarist during dinner two nights a
week (really good); and a roving mariachi band twice a week (also good).
Water aerobics were offered in the mornings usually followed by water
volleyball.  The kyacks were available along with the banana boat.  Skuba
is being set up.  Various games are available from the beach stand -
dominoes, etc.  Horseback riding is available and there is no charge if
the
horses stay on the resort grounds.

We went on a snorkeling excursion that was offered for $22.  The boat
picked us up with three other couples right from our beach.  We snorkeled
at two sites --- over a German ship (WW II, I think), and over a c***
reef.  We went to the swallow cave and to the beach near Rio San Juan.  On
the way, we passed Playa Blanca and the gorgeous new golf course rumored
to
be opening this Summer --- it does look almost ready (playing arrangements
are being made for Eden  Bay guests).  The boat ride ended by riding
through GriGri Lagoon into Rio San Juan, where we browsed the gift shops.
A taxi was provided to return us to the resort --- nice trip and good
value.

The disco was open each evening, although it needs more people to make it
fun.  The exercise room was in poor condition; however the bicycles by the
front reception area were very nice and we enjoyed jogging in the morning.

We visited the new and quite impressive Bahia Principe Hotel one evening.
It's about five miles West of Rio San Juan.  An impressive 1200 room hotel
with a restaurant and nice shops open to visitors as well as a ***.
Roch is making arrangements for free transportation one evening a week for
resort guests who want to visit .

So, all in all, things are looking up.  We were impressed with the changes
made since our last visit, with the attitude of the resort staff and most
delighted to see the hotel guests clearly pleased to be at Eden Bay.  Hope
this update helps you decide to go check things out for yourselves.  Then
give us your update and impressions.  That way, we will all have the
latest
scoop.

Sharon

 
 
 

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Post by P PAWLI » Sun, 18 May 1997 04:00:00

<I'm in the process of booking a trip with Joe at Cabarete Vacations in NJ
(ref the wind tracks article last issue) with F2 center, Albatros hotel.
Any comments from folks with experience?  This will be our first trip
there.
I've heard the Bic Carib center is good too.  F2 just as good?>

I've booked a couple trips to the D.R. though Joe. He's a good guy,
straightforward, honest and patient. Put together a list of very specific
questions and go over them with him one by one. He's glad to help.

The Albatros is a nice place. I enjoyed my stay there. It's in town, very
convenient, close to all the action, not too noisy.

One thing to remember when renting equipment anywhere is to get very
specific information on insurance. In Cabarete, for example, some rental
outfits will only insure wave equipment out on the reef. If you bring
slalom stuff out there and break it, you're toast. And sometimes there's a
limit to the insurance coverage. At Spinout, for example, the limit is
$600. Now, that sounds like a lot, but what if you break a board? What if
you break a board and a mast? It can happen. My group found out the hard
way.

Last time I went to Cabarete, I rented from Spinout with two friends.
During the first week, I broke a boom, and my one friend broke a board,
and the other buy broke a board and two masts. Hey, what can I say, they
sail hard, jump big and .... land flat, sometimes. Funny, though. Back
home, neither guy has ever broken a board, and the guy who broke the two
masts had never broken a mast before. But they're both big guys, and they
don't show their equipment any mercy. They sail *alls to the wall, that's
their style.
That's what insurance is for, right? I mean, what are you going to do, get
in some good waves and not go as high as possible into the critical
section because you're worried about your equipment? Are you going to see
a juicy ramp and back off a jump? I don't think so.

Turns out both my friends went over their $600 Spinout insurance limit,
and it also turns out most other rental places on the beach offered better
insurance plans. So, shame on us. We should have asked more questions
before renting at Spinout. (My two friends switched from Spinout to Vela,
which they said had a better insurance plan, and they were very happy with
the equipment).

Funny part was, for the rest of the trip we'd be walking down the beach
and other sailors would be calling us The Destroyers. We were just some
fun-lovin' Americans trying to have a good time.

Cheers,
Pat Pawling