Our coastline is made up of shallow coral reef that drops into deep water pretty sharply. There’s no gradual slope of land out into the sea, which means big surges of water are stopped in their tracks.
Stormy waves hit the wall of coral and break on the reef instead of powering on into the island.
Analysis of 250 studies revealed that reefs can dissipate up to 97% of a wave’s energy, as it comes into shore. This is a big deal for coastal communities around the world, and a major reason to feel safe in Cabarete.
Check out this article for more info on just how effective coral reefs are as natural protection against flooding.
Weigh it up
We should note that the DR has been affected by a few hurricanes in the past, and there is no absolute guarantee of safety. It’s mostly been minor damage, even the giant Hurricane Irma did not devastate the coast in Cabarete.
Hopefully, being aware of the risks and also the elements at play in hurricane activity, you can make an informed choice. Check out the US National Hurricane Center website for up to date news.
And, as locals know, big Atlantic swells mean big waves here in Cabarete. The height of surf season stretches across the fall and winter months, here. So, come on down and catch some epic overheads!