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Cabarete

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Meet Cabarete

Known for its windsurfing and kitesurfing, Cabarete’s active nightlife and idyllic surroundings have made it an increasingly popular destination for tourists both from within the Dominican Republic and around the world.

Like many coastal Caribbean towns, Cabarete began from humble origins. It was established as part of the Mayorasgo de Koka estate founded in 1835 by a British merchant seeking a refuge where his mixed-race family could thrive. It evolved into a quiet fishing village over the decades that followed though it remained largely unknown outside the island of Hispaniola until the 1980s, when the Bay of Cabarete became an increasingly popular spot for watersports like kitesurfing and snorkeling, especially once it began hosting the annual Master of the Ocean competition. Cabarete today is known more for its tourism than it is for fishing, with a wealth of natural beauty both off the coast and in the surrounding jungles. Spots like Kite Beach and Sosua are renowned for their world-class diving, along with providing visitors plenty of places to try their hand at all forms of surfing. The town’s nightlife of beach-side bars and parties is equally popular with tourists, giving Cabarete a reputation as one of the top backpacker destinations in the Caribbean.

Where to live in Cabarete

Cabarete is a relatively compact area and fairly easy to navigate on foot. The beach-side areas are the most pedestrian-friendly, the main reason they’re favored by car-free digital nomads. These are also the areas with the most vibrant nightlife and restaurant scene, and as you might expect the regions most prone to getting crowded during the tourist seasons. If you’d rather live in a more residential area, you’ll find several housing developments both inland and to the north of Cabarete along the coast.

Best Neighborhoods in Cabarete

Most people come to Cabarete for its beaches, and there are several great beach-side neighborhoods where you can live and work mere minutes from the water. Playa Cabarete and Kite Beach are the most popular, though you’ll also find delightful beaches in areas like Punta Cabarete and Punta Galeta. Artists, musicians, and other creative types should consider moving to El Callejon De La Loma. This lively central neighborhood is where you’ll find many of Cabarete’s best music venues and cafes, making it an easy place to find entertainment day or night.

Amazing Apartments, Coliving Spaces and More

We've been rounded up the best housing options in Cabarete. All are available on flexible terms, so you can stay one month or as long as you want

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Quick Facts About Cabarete

Though it’s grown beyond the quiet fishing village it once was, Cabarete is still not a large town, with a population of roughly 15,000. Here are some more things you should know about Cabarete before you visit:
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Work in Cabarete

Since the 1980s, tourism has been the main driver of the economy in Cabarete. You don’t have to go far to find a bit more diversity in employment options, though. While services jobs account for about 65% of the labor force across the Dominican Republic, agriculture and industry are still significant contributors, between them accounting for most of the remaining 35% of jobs. Getting traditional employment as a foreigner in Cabarete can be tricky since you’ll need to have an employer before being eligible for a work visa. Most of the expat community are either retired or work as digital nomads, and it’s known for being a friendly environment for remote workers.

How good is Cabarete for Digital Nomads or Remote Work

Remote work is changing how the global workspace operates. In a trend that is showing no signs of slowing down, remote work is rapidly on the increase all around the world—especially in a place like Cabarete. And about 25% of remote workers describe themselves as digital nomads—those who like to travel or stay in cities around the world while they work. So, how good is Cabarete for both of these growing movements?

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Food and Drink in Cabarete

Given the town’s history of fishing, it’s not surprising you’ll find excellent seafood in local restaurants. The family-run La Casita de Papi is a local favorite, with popular dishes including the mixed seafood plate and camarones a la Papi (shrimp Papi style). Casa del Pescador has a bigger menu, including live lobster you can pick out from the tank yourself. If you’re looking for the best authentic Caribbean dining experience, check out Los Nativo’s Cafe. Their Sanchocho and Mufongo are excellent, and they often have live Bachata or Merengue bands to listen to while you eat. For those with dietary restrictions, Restaurant Natura has a mix of authentic Caribbean cuisine and fusion dishes, with lots of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. You’ll find lots of great international cuisine in Cabarete, too. Bliss Restaurant is a great place for Italian food. For Mexican cuisine, hit up Gordito’s Fresh Mex for a Presidente beer and a Mambo fish taco. Lazy Dog Beach Bar and Grill is a great late-night food option, with classic American fare and a full bar, along with live music and a TV playing American sports.

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Top 6 Things To Do in Cabarete

With both the beach and El Choco National Park in easy walking distance, outdoor activities are favorite pastimes in Cabarete. You’ll find tons of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding, along with great nature-watching opportunities and your choice of swimming in the ocean or an underground cave. The wealth of beaches along the coast make it a favorite spot for surfing, kitesurfing, and paddleboarding. The Rio Yasica is a quick day trip away, too, if you’d rather go tubing or kayaking. When you need a break, you can hit the spa at one of the upscale resorts dotting the coastline, or unwind with a few drinks in one of the many beach-side bars.

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Ultravioleta Boutique Residences

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Millennium Resort & Spa

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