Known for being one of the most prominent water sport capitals of the world, the laid back, quaint and picturesque beach town of Cabarete attracts thousands of visitors each year. Discovered in the mid 80s by wind surf fanatics for its perfect conditions to practice their sport, Cabarete now hosts a community of perfectly tanned, and salt watery wavy haired surfers, kiters, windsurfers and sun worshippers. With an impressive selection of local restaurants and beach bars, Cabarete excels in its nightlife as well. Below are only a few of the activities available in close proximity to Cab (as lovingly called by local expats) and Sosua.
The go to beach for kiters and windsurfers (20 km east of Sosua) on windy days. Rentals of sports gear available as well as first class instructors and schools. Also frequented by a range of ocean front beach bars with a chill vibe where you can sip on a beer, juice or have a post activity burger.
El Choco National Park, Caves of Cabarete
Only 20 km east of Sosua you will find this 77 square kilometers beautiful protected area, inviting you to explore its lush lagoons and tropical caves surrounded by tropical plants and Caribbean birds. 1,5-2,5 hour long day trips available depending on age group and wants (swimming in caves, jungle tours etc.).
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There are several dirt paths and small rocky mule trails leading into the protected area and Goleta. However, there are two main entrances i) on the eastern side of Cabarete and ii) at the end of the Callejon de la Loma road (about a 15-minute walk from the center of town). For a more “local” experience, a 5 km (3 mile) ride in guagua or carro publico (local affordable transportation) heading west out of Cabarete will bring you to the roadside community of Islabon. Just before the Islabon bridge, a small road proudly bears the sign “Area Protegida Cabarete y Goleta” at its entrance on the right hand side. A 5 minute walk brings you to the park entrance. Visitors should expect to pay an applicable fee to a National Park official for admittance at both entrances.
Islabon Jungle River
The option for those looking to explore local vegetation and wildlife by boat on the rivers of Islabon and Yasica. A tour guide will accompany you to explain the peculiarities of the Caribbean flora and fauna. Walks through jungle trails and a swim in the Atlantic ocean at the mouth of the river can be expected. Moreover, there is a miniature zoo with iguanas, snakes, turtles and monkeys which will surely entertain big and small visitors. Cost is 20 USD and free of charge for children under 5 years. Located around 25 km east of Sosua.
Laguna Gri Gri, Rio San Juan
Around 60 km east of Sosua, in the municipality of Rio San Juan,one finds the beautiful lagoon Gri Gri. Guided tours are available. Swim in natural crystal clear waters, explore caves and experience local exotic birdlife up close. Renting a boat costs around USD 30 for an entire family.
Parque Nacional Cabo Frances Viejo
Also located in the municipality of Rio San Juan, this national park might only be 1,5 square meters in size, yet offers precious beaches, diverse bird- and wildlife, humid forests, cliffs and caves. Camping is possible for the adventurous!
Dudu Lake and Blue Lagoon
About 1-1,5 hour drive from Cabarete and a great day trip option (popular among locals as well). Spend an afternoon swimming in cool, clear lake water, one of which is in a cave, take a dive, or jump from a zip line into the cooling waters. Restaurant available to cool off with a drink or treat yourself to a meal. Entrance fee is RD 100.
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A one hour drive from Sosua is well worth it once you reach this beautiful beach in Rio San Juan. With its crystal clear turquoise waters and white sand, this beach lives up to its name as a Caribbean treat. Explore the waters snorkeling or lay in the shade of a palm tree while being prepared a freshly grilled local fish at the hands of the few but charming restaurants and bars on the beach. A popular spot for the locals as well, this beach makes you feel immersed into all that is Dominican.
One of many prides and joys of the DR is Playa Grande which is a 1 hour car ride away from Sosua. With a scenery taken off a postcard, this exotic beach impresses with its beautiful waters, white sand and towering palm trees offering much needed shade from the tropical sun. Bring your family for a day trip and make sure to treat yourself to the fresh seafood and typical Dominican lunch of fried fish and tostones offered by beach bars and restaurants just a few feet from the ocean.