A Cabarete Windsurf Holiday offers not only a world class windsurf destinations but is a great all round holiday destination; it has clock work wind, great wave sailing, flatwater freestyle, and offers non wind sports which ensures you can be on the water from the early mornings up until happy hour. It’s typically Caribbean with clear water, long sandy beaches, and hot all year round. It is the most mountainous island in the Caribbean making endless beautiful excursions into the mountains, from hardcore mountain biking to cascading in the waterfalls. The island is full of natural beauty and is very unspoilt, you only need to head a mile out of town to find a completely undeveloped area.
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The wind in Cabarete is famous for the easterly trade winds which combined with the 2 o’clock thermals make for good windsurfing. This means that the most reliable wind comes in June, July and August. However January and February have a reputation for being packed with some really strong windy days occasionally reaching 30 knots. April has a tendancy to be slightly rainier than other summer months, though it is never a certainty, and April is an awesome month for waves. The main season for waves is September to April when you are guaranteed waves more or less everyday. Although the summer also brings some really clean swells, just not as big.
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 medium 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.
Rain is not uncommon in Cabarete but will normally only be a light, usually refreshing shower lasting 30 seconds. If the weather has been very hot, don’t be surprised if it rains heavily a few nights in a row. Luckily heavy daytime rain is uncommon, especially in the summer months.
Away from the wind sports, many people visit Cabarete for the spectacular diving, especially up towards Las Terrenas which is a 2 hour drive east along the coast where you will find numerous beaches to explore.
Five minutes from Cabarete are cliff jumping spots, you may need to ask a local where to turn off but they’re easy to find.
Hire a care and drive 30 minutes east along the coast you will find a stunning beach ‘Playa Grande’ where you can buy fresh lobster, a whole coconut ready to drink, and dine with your table on the beach.
When the swells roll in this is also an insanely beautiful surf spot, we can only recommend a sunrise surf here!
A little further on from ‘Playa Grande’ is ‘Blue Lagoon’ which is legendary for being bottomless. Scientists have allegedly made all sorts of tests and cannot find a bottom, maybe a little eerie but still stunning, the water is crystal clear so be sure to take your waterproof camera. Of course there is also a swing there. A short walk form blue lagoon is another smaller, with a bottom lagoon which has small, clear caves to explore. Apart from the above there are also numerous other excursions available, most of which you may want to use a tour operator. These excursions, include ‘El Limon’ the stunning waterfall, ’27 waterfalls’, Mountain biking, Kayaking, Abseiling ‘The Magic Mushroom’.
If you visit Cabarete between January and March you may be lucky to catch the Whale season which is spectacular. The whale watching happens at the Semana Peninsula, however some lucky people have reported seeing the whales from Cabarete bay when Paddle Boarding.
The strip of diverse bars along the beach give Cabarete a buzzing nightlife which starts to really pick up around 10 PM Friday night being the best for partying. The standard of food in Cabarete is superb, with people from all over the world bringing there influence, from German meat to Venezuelan Arepas, and of course plenty of seafood restaurants.
Over some holiday period like Easter the beaches can be packed with party goes. This can be great fun but can also be very noisy and effect some windsurf services.
The summer in Cabarete is absolutely ideal for kids, there is no shore break, if you are planning to take your kids in the sea, probably better to avoid the winter as the shore break is bigger. There are kid’s camps which allow your kids to get started on all the sports ready to go pro after a few years. All under the watchful eye of a professional instructor.
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