Cabarete is the Kitesurf , Windsurf and Surfing Capital of the Caribbean. The lure of trade winds, protective reef beaches, year round conditions and friendly vibe all help to create a unique paradise. It is globally known for it’s windsurf kiteboard and surfing instruction, and proudly boasts a world hampionship in all three, called the Master of the Ocean. No where on else on the planet can boast this ‘tripple crown’.
Cabarete was discovered in 1984 by Canadian Jean Laporte. Falling in love with the place, he opened a windsurfing school and wrote several articles for Voile Libre wind magazine and Hifly Canadian Rep. A few years later, Claude Marois from Quebec introduced the first windsurfing championship to Cabarete. The Professional Windsurfing Association World Cup was here in 1988, -91 and again in1997. Famous competitors included Robby Naish, Bjorn Dunkerbeck, Anders Bringdal and Robert Teriitehau.
The windsurfers reveled in the progressive daily winds, starting in the morning with a light breeze and building to afternoon thermals blowing an average of 15-25 K. Quickly Cabarete earned a reputation as one of the best places in the world to windsurf.
Kiteboarding burst onto the scene in the late 1990’s, and Cabarete took to it like a Dominican to Rum. As the fastest growing watersport, Cabarate’s perfect conditions helped make it the number one hot spot in the world for kitebsurfing. The focal point is Kite Beach, right by the eXtreme hotel. The colourfull sails dancing in the wind provides a georgeous backdrop to the lush tropical setting. Everyone from professionals training for their next world championship to learners on the beach love this place. Watching it is an incredible sight.
Professionals and soul surfers choose Cabarete month after month.
Several kiteboarding schools offering rentals ans lessons are right on Kite Beach, offering training for beginners and pros alike. Extreme hotel is the heart and soul of all the action, offering storage, a restaurant and access to the best spot on the beach.