Frequently Asked Questions
Why is Cabarete so popular among Kiters, Windsurfers and sailors?
Cabarete has been hosting Kite and Windsurfing World cup events since the 1980’s. The side/onshore wind and the protective reef, make it very easy for launching, and safe for sailing inside the sheltered bay. For more advanced sailors, the Atlantic swell out in the open ocean makes perfect for downwind surfing.
The usual trend is for the wind to start light in the morning and increase strength during the day. Just pick the time of day that fits your sailing best. The fact that the wind is stronger in the afternoons leaves the mornings free for relaxing, surfing, and mountain biking or going on other excursions.
Cabarete is a small beach town. All hotels and restaurants are within a short walking distance. One does not need a car while in Cabarete.
For Laser sailors life is made very easy. Boat rigging is done in a wind-protected area. Launching is right of the club, with Wilson and the rest of the team always ready to assist with the dolly.
How do I get to Cabarete?
Flying to Puerto Plata Airport (POP) is your best option. It is a short 25-minute, $30 taxi drive from Cabarete. American Airlines, JetBlue and Continental Airlines have daily flights and connections from all over the USA. From Europe and Canada there are Charter flights from a few major cities. Please check with local travel agencies.
The Santiago airport (STI) is 1.5 hours away. At times fares to STI are on sale, and offer an easier schedule to the USA. The drive from Santiago over the mountain to Cabarete is beautiful. The taxi fare is $90.00 (US) each way.
What documents do I need to come in to the DR?
A Tourist Card, is required for entry into the DR. Depending on your Airline, you may or may not have paid for yours. You can purchase these cards on arrival for $10 US before proceeding through Customs & Immigration. Keep the Tourist Card for Departure. Passports are required for all travelers, while citizens of some countries are required to have a Visa stamp in their passport prior to traveling here. You can find the list of countries that require a Visa on www.domrep.org/consulates.html
Anything special upon arrival at Puerto Plata airport?
Once you’ve passed immigration, picked up your luggage, you will walk to the Customs checkpoint. You may be asked to open a bag or two, and than move on. At this point you will also encounter Porters in blue shorts and white shirts offering their help. This service is optional. The current rate for this service is $2 US per suitcase. This is just one occasion where small US bills may come in handy.
How do I find the Laser Training Center in Cabarete?
Coming from the Puerto Plata airport, we are on the left hand side of the main road, just after passing the Scotia bank, which is on the right. Most locals call us -Bic Center. This originates from our history of having a fleet of Bic Windsurfing boards when we opened in 1988.
What currency is used in Cabarete?
The official currency is the Dominican Peso (RD$). Most people find it safe and convenient to bring travelers checks (in their own currency). There are a number of banks and exchange stands in Cabarete to change your checks into Pesos. US dollars usually have the best exchange rate. Visas, MasterCard, Euro Card are accepted at most hotels, but not in restaurants and gift shops. We do accept credit cards, in our store and rental programs. There are also five (5) ATM machines on the main street making it fairly easy to retrieve money.
What is the Electricity system in Cabarete?
The electrical current is 110V; with US plug (jack) design.
What is the area code to call Cabarete?
We are in US dialing area code of (809) and (829).
Where can I get connected to the Internet?
Most hotels offer Internet service. Otherwise Internet Café’s are widely available.
What can my family do while I sail?
Cabarete is a very popular destination for families. It is very easy to hire a nanny to watch young children to have free time for sailing or going out in the evening. On the amenities tab of this site you will be able to find some of the many excursions offered around us.
Any special recommendations while vacationing in Cabarete?
There’s nothing like ‘fun in the sun’, but in a responsible way. Keep yourself hydrated, with bottled water. Make sure you bring your sunglasses, high SPF sun block, a hat and a long sleeve shirt or cover-up. These are advisable for the warmest parts of the day. Don’t worry; if you forget anything, our shop carries all of these items. If you plan on participating in activities like mountain biking or horseback riding, it is advisable to bring along a pair of running shoes.
What kind of weather should I expect?
We are in a tropical country, and sudden short rain is not uncommon. It keeps the vegetation green and beautiful. It is advisable to bring a very light rain jacket. The trade winds usually run from January to October, enhanced by local thermal winds. In stormy days, we usually sail inside the natural reef area, and try paddle-boarding, surfing or body boarding.
Is it clear to see why the Dominican Republic is the 2nd happiest country in the world 2010?
Yes! Dominicans are cheerful, love their music, love to dance, they are animated, outgoing, and aren’t afraid to make a new friend or… five. They also like to help, and at times approach strangers with questions and suggestions. As Spanish is the native language, a smile is the best way for communication, and don’t be shy to say: No gracias.
Are there any doctors or hospitals in Cabarete?
There is a professional 24-hour clinic located across the road from our club, open for emergencies and general medical care. A new (2010) and modern hospital was opened 15 minutes a way from the sailing area. There are also a few pharmacies in Cabarete for typical non-emergency first aid and pharmaceutical needs.
Can I rent a car?
A car is not required in Cabarete. For those who want to tour the country, rental cars can be reserved in advance with Avis & Budget and picked up at the Puerto Plata Airport. You can also rent from various independent companies locally. A passport and valid driver’s license are required.
What public transportation is available?
Taxi, Guagua which is a mini-van for 8 passengers many times full beyond capacity, and Motorconcho which is a scooter-taxi, are available around the clock. Stations are anywhere one wants to get on or off. Most drivers make themselves very noticed, so don’t worry about not being sure if it is a transportation service or not.
Are there any supermarkets in Cabarete?
For those who like to cook in. There are at least 4 grocery stores where typical food requirements or toiletries can be purchased.
When is the best time of year for whale watching?
In February you can take part in whale watching. North Atlantic Humpback whales come to mate at the Bay of Samana and Silver Banks. It is a 3-hour drive from Cabarete.
When are the international competitions held in Cabarete?
The Caribbean Laser Midwinter Regatta is held in the second Weekend of January, the weekend before Miami OCR, convenient for those who wish to attend both regattas. The Kiteboarding World Cup is held second week of June, and the Pablito Guzman Cabarete Classic Windsurfing event is held in July every year.
What do charter Lasers include?
Charter boats include hull, mast, boom, rudder assembly, centerboard and dolly. All Laser hulls have a hiking strap, mainsheet block, deck pulleys and outhaul/cunningham cleats. Please bring with you, sail, battens, tiller with extension, traveler line with blocks, main sheet, complete Cunningham and outhaul systems with the blocks, compass if you use one, bungee cord for the centerboard , and life jacket. For those who don’t own a Laser, a complete Laser can be offered as well.
What if I don’t own a Laser, can I still come?
Yes, of course! For a surcharge, we will supply the items that do not come as part of the boat charter . But for sailors who are coming here to train we really recommend to bring your own gear, as it will allow you to feel right at home, and allow the coaches to see how one rigs, and suggest any changes when needed.