I came to Cabarete for a kitesurfing holiday as a single. Lets first talk about the hotel and location.
In my opinion the hotel location on the beach is roughly in the middle of all the restaurants in the area and therefore the best place to stay. The majority of the restaurants is to the right hand side of the hotels along the beach, but there are a handful of excellent restaurants to the left but not on the beach but on the main road, e.g the Mexican place Gorditos, the sushi place, the been cafe etc. The hotel has great staff in reception and the rooms are spacious and very clean and comfortable.
The kitesurfing is good but be warned, you have to be a genuine intermediate. If you are learning or beginner forget cabarete and find somewhere else like Gokova Turkey, Boracay Philippine, el Gouna Egypt, or locally Poole harbour in Dorset.
The bay is protected by a reef, but we are facing the Atlantic Ocean! So it is not flat and it is deep water. I thought I was an intermediate, but I soon realised I was a noob at this location! However as they say, if it doesn't kill you, it makes you stronger! Which is very true, after 1 week, I feel that I can now kite anywhere in the world!
I used the LEK surfing centre for lessons and storage, the people are really nice and the instructor I had was a local chap and he was great with 6 years of experience. The location the school is in my opinion the best location in he bay as it is in the middle.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the very heart of Cabarete, an intimate tourist destination and windsurfers paradise, you find the OCEAN FRONT Hotel Villa Taina, an exclusive, modern hotel right on the golden beach of Cabarete Bay, which is the site of world famous windsurfing tournaments and the hip kitesurfing. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Taina Hotel Cabarete