What’s the Weather Like in Cabarete?
The weather in the Dominican Republic is sunny and warm year round. Since we in Cabarete have almost constant winds, there is almost always a lovely cooling breeze. In the summer months (June – August) it can get quite hot in the middle of the day, reaching upwards of 38 degrees Celsius or about 100 degrees Fahrenheit. During the winter months, the temperature can be a quite lovely 24 – 26 degrees, or about 75 – 80 degrees Farenheit. We do recommend good sun protection though, as we’re quite close to the equator and especially those who aren’t used our sun can burn quite easily!
What’s the best time of the year to visit Cabarete?
The entire year is lovely – and it depends what your coming for! In the summer, the temperatures are hotter but the winds are very consistent and great for kiting. In the fall, we get a bit more rain but that keeps the temperature down and there are less crowds, so its better for those who are looking to relax – its also the best season for quality surf. The winter has the most comfortable temperatures, but that also means there are the most crowds. For partiers this is a great sign, but if you’re more of a mellow character it might be better to think about coming at the end of the winter season.
Are there Mosquitos?
Unfortunately, we do have mosquitos, and we recommend that guests take precautions to avoid getting unwanted bites. All of our rooms are 100% screened in, so as long as you don’t leave your screen doors open you should sleep soundly. The afternoon winds keep the mosquitos at bay but at the end of the day it’s good to have long sleeves or repellent on hand. Luckily, there is a fantastic natural repellent sold in town that we can recommend to you upon arrival!
Which Airport Should I Fly into?
We have four airports that you could fly into: Each one has its own pluses and minuses, so we like to leave guests to decide what works best to balance their budget and travel style.
Puerto Plata airport is about 30 min away, and a $35 USD taxi ride (taxi seats 4). It is a local airport but it is as close as you could possibly get to us, so if you want to fly into here you’ll have to book your international flight into Santo Dominigo or Punta Cana and get a small connecting plane to Puerto Plata.
Santiago is 1.5 hours away, and about $100 USD by taxi. It is an international airport, however flights are frequently more expensive into Santiago than into Santo Domingo or Punta Cana.
Santo Domingo is 4 hours away, and is about a $200 USD taxi from eXtreme. There are a lot of international flights to Santo Domingo, and coming from Santo Domingo you also have the option of taking the local bus (about $20 USD) to us instead of a taxi. This is a good option for budget travelers.
Punta Cana is 7 hours away and is a $400 USD taxi ride. The downside of Punta Cana is both the distance and the expense, but the upside is that it is one of the nicest airports in the Caribbean due to the large number of private flights that arrive there, so if you are nervous about flying, Punta Cana might be a good option for you. Also Punta Cana is a resort city, so there are frequently flight deals to there that might offset the taxi ride if you’re sharing the fare.
How do I get to the Hotel?
What language do they speak in Cabarete
While most locals here will also speak English, the official language of the Dominican Republic is Spanish. You don’t need to know Spanish to get around town, but if you’re looking to travel further, or if you’d like to haggle better, its good to learn a few phrases before you come.
What is the Time Difference?
The Dominican Republic is on the Atlantic Standard Time Zone, so it’s the same time here as it is in New York.
How Long is the Flight?
From the East Coast of the United States, The Dominican Republic is a very short flight. From New York City, it’s 3.5 hours – from Miami it’s just 2 hours. From Los Angeles you can expect a six hours (the same as getting to the east coast), and from London its an easy 9 hour overnight flight. It’s fun to play with the flight calculator to to find how far away it is from your city.
What should I Pack?
We recommend packing mostly light, summery clothing. Shorts, lots of bathing suits, light color tops and relaxed dresses. Hats are great for sun protection, and if you’re planning on kite boarding, bring a strap for your sunglasses and a rashguard to protect you from the midday sun. The vibe in town is pretty laid back, so theres not much sense in bringing fancy clothing or heels. Light makeup or no makeup is best with the heat, and don’t forget to pack lots of SPF and mosquito repellent. We have lots of shops with fun clothes, and our pharmacies that stock most of what you’d get in the United States, so if you forget anything you’ll most likely be fine buying it here. Most guests find they pack way more than they end up using, so do your best to pack light and save on luggage space for souvenir shopping!
I would like to speak the Manager, but no one is picking up the phone!
Extreme is a little different than other places – our staff often has more than one ‘job’ and therefore they can be found around the hotel property, thus they are not always in the reception. You always reach any of our team members by emailing [email protected] and someone will respond to you within 24 hours, often much earlier. If you’re on the property, you can find the cell phone number of whoever is on duty that day on the front gate of the reception.
If I want to extend my stay, can I?
Yes of course – as long as there are free rooms! Please speak with our reception staff about extending your stay as early as possible. We will happily accommodate you as a long as there are free rooms.
How do I book tours?
When you arrive (or at any point during your stay), you can speak to the reception staff and they will help you book tours. Most tours require at least a 24 hour notice for booking.
How do I join one of the activities at the hotel?
When you arrive (or at any point during your stay), you can speak to the reception staff and they will help you book any additional activities. Please note that our activities are all run as separate small businesses, so they will have to be paid separately from your room.
Does Extreme Accept payment by Credit Card?
Unfortunately, we do NOT accept credit or debit cards at this time. There is a 26% tax for using cards in the Dominican Republic, so many businesses choose not to accept cards in order to keep their costs down. For this reason, we ask you to plan to make your payments in cash only while you are here (there are several ATM’s in town where you can withdraw money, or money changers if you bring cash with you.)
How do I get to town?
There are several ways.
1) During the day, the town center is a beautiful 30 minute walk along the beach
2) You can take a guagua, which is a shared taxi-van for about 25 pesos. Just wait outside the gate on the road and flag one down as they drive by. They’ll stop anywhere.
3) Moto taxi – not for the faint of heart, but one of the most commonly used local transportation. Getting to town is about 30-50 pesos per person, although sometimes the drivers charge more at night (three people can fit on one moto.)
I can’t figure out how to open the gate to the stairs! Help!
The gate and security was designed by a Navy Seal (no kidding!) Normally, the keys turn the opposite direction than you’re used to – towards the Mountain side (vs the beach side). Remember we have a strict NO GUESTS policy.
What does “No Guests” mean?
For your own security, and the security of the other guests, we do not allow non-registered persons in the hotel rooms. If you have a friend who would like to stay, they need to register and pay as a guest of the hotel. You can read more about why this is on our Safety & Security Page here.
Why does my toilet keep getting clogged?
As gross as it might sound to you, you cannot put toilet paper in the toilet here. Toilet paper, and anything that didn’t come out of your body, needs to go in the bin, or else it will clog the toilet. Unfortunately, we will have to charge guests who put toilet paper in the toilet the cost of unclogging the pipes.
How safe is Cabarete?
Cabarete is a safe place, however it is important to remember that you are in a foreign country and you’ll need to act a bit differently. One should act in a smart and respectful manner to avoid any altercations. It’s always better to stay low profile -don’t flash money, don’t wear expensive jewelry or watches. It’s always better to walk in a group, especially at night. When going out in the evening, leave everything valuable (like your iPhone) at the hotel, separate your money and only carry the cash you’ll need. If anyone does give you trouble, just give them your money and you’ll be completely safe.
I need to exchange money, where can I do that?
There are several places in town you can change money or withdraw from an ATM. You can read more Banks and Money about it in our Cabarete Travel Guide.
Is the hotel safe to leave my computer?
As we mentioned before, the security at the Hotel was designed by a Navy Seal. You’re valuables are safe in the hotel, just be careful if you plan on taking them out anywhere. You can read more on Safety & Security Page here.
Can I cook my own food at the hotel?
Unfortunately, we do not have a common kitchen. If you are staying downstairs, you’ll notice that there is a staff kitchen, but it is for staff only. We have an amazing farm-to-table restaurant, and there are in numerous places to eat both on Kite Beach and in town. You can keep leftovers or fruit and snacks in your mini-fridge.
Is it safe to rent a car or a motorcycle and drive in the Dominican Republic?
Driving in the Dominican Republic is not for the faint of heart. We recommend only experienced drivers (preferably with experience driving in third world countries) attempt it. You can also read more about Getting Around on our Cabarete Travel Guide.
I finished my book. Do you have others?
There is a book swap in reception – feel free to leave-a-book/take-a-book … or leave us your finished books on the way out! Our other guests (and our staff) thank you.
Can I go for a run along the beach?
Yes! Walking or running on the beach is completely safe during the day, and it’s a great place to walk. We only ask that you stay off the beach at night to avoid incidents.
I saw a cockroach!
Yes, we live in an ecological zone and are an eco-hotel. We don’t use intense chemicals to kill the bugs, so every once in a while one might run through the hotel or in your room, since it was their home before yours. If it’s really bothering you, please speak to the front desk and we can spray bug poison in your room.
Where can I get laundry done?
The hotel doesn’t offer laundry service, so you’ll have to take it to town. You can read more about it on our Cabarete Travel Guide here.
How can I book a taxi back to the airport?
When you arrive (or at any point during your stay), you can speak to the reception staff and they will help you book a taxi.
What’s this I hear about “The Farm?”
We have an Organic Permaculture Farm with rare tropical fruit right on the river 20 min away in Los Brazos. It’s where we recycle our organic waste, compost and recycle a lot of our garbage into useful items. Often some of the volunteers come down and spend a night at the hotel. You can book a farm tour with the front desk – its amazing off-the-beaten path tourism experience complete with a farm-to-table lunch and a relaxing lazy river float. Read more here.