Teeanna and I went into Cabarete today to take pictures of the Samana Santa aftermath. The sun was out and there were no clouds in the sky, so it was a good day for it. Even though the wind was good, there were not as many kiteboarders out as usual, probably because everyone was tired from the big party last night. I didn’t leave the beach bars until 5:30am even though the party was still going strong. Supposedly Onno’s Bar didn’t shut down until 9am, and I’m sure the El Recon after-party didn’t end until early this afternoon. Despite the thousands of people on the beach last night, it was surprisingly cleaned up by the time Teeanna and I got there today. We walked down to the tidepools in front of the Valero Resort and since it was low tide we could walk out pretty far. Even though the tide pools are only a 5 minute walk from the Cabarete center, Teeanna had never been there before so we spent about a half hour exploring the sea life. We headed back to Extreme hotel and then went with all the guests to the Swiss restaurant for the best burgers in town.
Last night was the second biggest party night of the year in Cabarete in celebration of Samana Santa (tonight is supposed to be the biggest). The beach bars were packed and many of them brought in famous DJ’s from around the country. One of the high school students I tutor has connections to Blu (one of the beach bars), and was able to get me a free ticket to the Rachael Starr (www.rachaelstarr.com) concert they were having. I arrived early and since there were not many people there yet, no one was regulating the VIP section, so my friends and I snuck in. As the place started to fill up, I went to the VIP host and told him I lost my VIP wristband, and he actually gave me one! My friends then tried to do the same, but they got caught and kicked out. So I’m in there by myself surrounded by a bunch of people who were getting Grey Goose bottle service and I figure the only thing to do was to see how many free drinks I could get from people. I befriended a guy by introducing him to two girls who I had never met. Of course the guy though I was friends with the girls, and the girls assumed I had met them earlier. I actually don’t think any of them spoke English, but the music was loud enough it didn’t really matter what I said. Everyone was happy, and I got my free drinks.
The eXtreme Crew is a group of individuals from different corners of the planet that share a passion for eXtreme sports, the eXtreme hotel and Cabarete.
The Kite School Manager Sven:
Sven is a Belgian x pro moto cross champion. He is as nice as they come. He knows exactly what to do in any situation, it doesn’t matter what the question or the problem is. You either find Sven behind his desk in the school or you find him ripping the waves on the reef or flying high across the bay. Sven speaks a whole lot of languages and can communicate with more or less anyone. Dutch, English, Spanish, French plus plus… And he’s been in the DR for more than 4 years and can help out with practical tips if needed too.
The Hotel Manager Andrew:
Hailing from Virginia Beach, Andrew practiced his service skills when he owned on of the most popular fine dining restaurants called Create. He came to Cabarete on a 3 month break, and like so many of us, just decided to stay.
He will do what it takes to ensure you have a fun trip.
The Distillery owner, Paul:
Paul is a 3rd generation fish monger, and has a secret recipe for a fish fry that is sure to make your mouth water. After huge success in Toronto, he decided to expand his horizons south, and franchise his parent’s fish fry to compliment the Distillery, where he makes his own ‘hooch’.
El heffe, Robbie:
After falling in love with Cabarete, Robbie decided that the benefits of spending time with family outweigh the money making opportunities in other parts of the world so he chooses to spent his life here (well mom lets them). His passions include all eXtreme sports, exotic fruits and baby Savannah.
With so much to do, the difficulty is getting enough sleep in between.
If you are active, then Cabarete is an action sports wet dream. World class everything is right here. Surfing, windsurfing, wakeboarding, skateboarding and tow in surfing are all practiced in Cabarete. Every year the Master of the Ocean competition, brings all disciplines together.
If exploring is your thing, then you can choose from a variety of ways to do it. Mountain bike, motocross, dune buggies, hiking, horseback riding, helicopter rides, white water rafting down the many rivers… the list goes on and on and on.
For nature lovers, try the famous waterfall tours, that take you cascading up 27 falls.
Right behind us is El Choco national park and some great caves to explore:
For the art lover, stroll through the Haitian and Dominican art and craft stalls in town, or take a trip to where they make it all, a short trip over to Puerto Plata.
Unpopulated beaches are only 10 minutes away. Cave and reef diving are all over the place. Kayak the reef, go deep sea or river fishing, or just sit back, relax, and enjoy your tan. This place has somethings for everyone.
People are often asking what are the wind seasons here. To be honest, with all the global warming, weather patterns all over have been mixed up, so there is no guarrenteed wind season. However, there are guarrenteed wind conditions. For example, if the weather is hot enough, then we get a thermal wind. If there is a storm front, then we get storm wind.
Here are some general guidelines to the weather during the seasons.
WIND, WEATHER AND WAVES:
|Fall||nice||rashie||storm styems mostly 8-18 K||primo 3-12 ft||12-18 and a surfboard|
|Winter||dare I say cool?||wet suit top||thermals kick in 10-20 K||primo 3-12 ft||10-16|
|Spring||getting hot in here||rashie||storms and thermals 10-25K||good 2-6 ft||8-16|
|Summer||sweating my butt off||naked||pumping. 15-25K||good 2-8 ft||8-12|
But the best course of action in Cabarete is to enojoy more than one of Cabarete`s multiple sprots. There are many ways to get on a board, either kiteboarding, surfing, skateboarding, wakeboarding, tow in surfing…. that way every day is a chance to improve your skills!