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Velero Beach Resort
Ranked #2 of 20 Hotels in Cabarete
Certificate of Excellence
Orting, Washington
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66 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“The best vacation of our lives.”
Reviewed 27 May 2009

My husband and I were at Velero from the 15th of May for a week. We fell in love with the hotel, their staff and Caberete. We are already planning a return trip in August. The rooms are wonderful and spotless. The grounds are beautiful and the staff very helpful. I want to send a special thank you to Mario for all your help, without you we could not have completed the things we needed to do. :) We were in room 214 with a beautiful view of the ocean and pool. The beds were so comfortable and had plenty of great pillows to snuggle into each night. Breakfast was wonderful everyday. We actually had to fly into SDQ so it was a long drive for us to reach Caberete but thanks to Mario again he set us up with LG a wonderful man who made a very long day great for us. Thank you LG for getting up so early to take us back.

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Reviewed 27 May 2009

We stayed a week at the Velero beach resort and really loved the place. We had a junior suite and the resort is right on the beach, not back a block or two like many. This is on the eastern curve of the beach (I think) and the last one. Though I don't think it's affiliated with the hotel, the restaurant Toma la Luna is accessible from the lobby, or the road out front. This restaurant was absolutely the best. The staff are great and they had awesome mojito's. It's an easy stroll down the beach to some other great restaurants, we would also recommend Papi's. The food at Papi's was also great!

If it's your first time to the DR you'll probably fly into Puerto Plata airport (POP) and need to get a cab. Dont bother having some bring your luggage the few feet to the exit, unless you really can't manage it all. The price from POP to Cabarete was about $35US or $1100 Dominican in May 2009.

By the way, you REALLY don't need to change money in advance if you dont want to. I think EVERY place accepted US currency. Most restaurants put the total in US$, Euro and DR$.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank IndyDogz
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Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
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Reviewed 25 May 2009

We selected to stay at the Velero based on reviews posted on Trip Advisor and were extremely pleased with our choice. The photos on TripAdvisor and the hotel's website are 100% accurate. We stayed for 7 days/6 nights at the resort during the “low season.” Although it was just the two of us, we stayed in a deluxe suite which included a kitchen, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a huge living room and one large balcony.

We utilized the kitchen everyday for breakfast (the supermarket is about 150 yards away), and had a hotel chef come twice to prepare dinner for us in our room. This sounds indulgent but actually it’s a very good deal. For the two of us, the first dinner was $50 + tip, and the second which included salad, lobster, steak, vegetables, and dessert was only $60 + tip. Compared to what we paid at other restaurants along the beach, this was steal as we were able to enjoy the sunset from our balcony, and eat in peace without having to wave away vendors.

The hotel location is fabulous, right on the beach with a beautiful view, and near enough to the tourist area so that the restaurants, bars, and beach activities were a short walk down the beach, but far enough away to feel somewhat secluded. The grounds were well kept, pool was great, and hotel security was excellent. Since it was “low season” we had no difficulty finding a seat poolside or on one of the beach beds. The hotel’s position on the coast is perfect as it allows for a nice sea breeze most of the day, but was not windy, like “Kite Beach.”

The rooms were clean, air conditioning worked well, no power outages. Showers were lacking in the amount of spray, so “rinsing” took a little longer. Beds were on the harder side and pillows were a little flat, but looking at the experience as a whole, that’s nit-picking.

Liked: Beautiful location, price, personal chef, grounds, friendly staff

Disliked: Lack luster showers, hard beds

Highly recommend Velero Beach Resort!

Other places close by to eat/drink:
La Otra Cosa-next door to the Velero, fabulous food, excellent atmosphere
Café Piku- just down the beach a little, good drinks, good “dominican food,” relaxed atmosphere

Side note: Vendors
I think because we went to Caberete during the low season, and there were fewer tourists around, we received a lot more attention from vendors than other reviewers may have reported. A good tip is to walk on the beach rather than the street. We nicknamed walking the street as “the gauntlet” as the constant attention from vendors, shop owners, etc. was overwhelming. We received less attention walking on and eating at restaurants along the beach, but at one point we were hit by 5 vendors in a row, approximately 10 seconds apart (we timed it.) The usual was about 4 vendors each way from the hotel to the touristy beach area. It is true that most will leave you alone, after a polite, “no gracias,” but some are more persistent.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank lesliena99
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Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2009

We rented a mini suite for the 2 of us. Very comfortable but probably bigger than we needed. Nice having the kitchen but hardly used it. Many good relatively inexpensive restaurants nearby. Market on the corner. Local beer, El Presidente is pretty good. I refuse to play the "rfeserve a pool chair early and keep it all day" game and did fine. Couldn't always get a cabana (they are comfortable) but in the end we got our share. Looking at the other resorts on the beach, I would definitely pick this one. Didn't ever feel crowded.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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San Diego
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2009

My husband & I attending his daughter's wedding in the DR and it was beautiful! about 30 people attended the wedding but most of them stayed elsewhere because this was a little to expensive for them. But I have to say that most of them regretted it! This is the perfect location. Close to the shopping district, right on the beach, and close to all the happening beach locations. The air conditioning was a heaven sent! I would love to return soon! Thank you for a wonderful experience in the DR!

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Cinmik
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brooklyn
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Reviewed 4 April 2009

My girlfriend and I had a great four nights at the Velero Beach Resort. Our room was clean and comfortable, breakfasts at the hotel restuarant were delicious, and we spent our days relaxing at the pool and on the beach. There was also a nice selection of resturants a short walk away. We both wished we could have stayed longer. I highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank proverbidiom
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new york
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2009

The rooms were a nice size. The beach was beautiful. The sun beds around the pool were a great hit with my kids. There was a supermarket and a fruit stand a block away where we got food for breakfast lunch and ate it out on our patio.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled with family
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2 Thank fritzlehopper
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Property: Velero Beach Resort
Address: Calle la Punta #1 | Carretera Cabarete, Cabarete, Dominican Republic
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Region: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Puerto Plata Province > Cabarete
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Cabarete
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Cabarete
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Velero Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Velero Beach Resort was the first luxury Cabarete hotel to be built and the visionary architect chose the best location on the entire beach to build. Our grounds are sheltered from the wind for the non-windsurfers, but 5 meters into the water the windsurfer or kiter will have access to the trade winds. Velero Beach Resort is the only one of the Cabarete hotels to have a small reef right out front that forms shallow tidal pools at low tide. These are perfect for the toddlers to play in protected from the waves. Our restaurant is also the only one in Cabarete that is directly on the water for perfect sunsets! ... more   less 
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