A beach in Cabarete
Cabarete is a town in the Puerto Plata province of the Dominican Republic, noted for its tourism and beaches. It is located on Camino Cinco approximately 11 miles (18 km) from the airport of Puerto Plata (POP).
Cabarete was founded in 1835 by the British merchant Zephaniah Kingsley (as part of his Mayorasgo de Koka estate) along with his mixed-race family, and 53 slaves he freed from his Florida plantations and brought here while the island was under Jean Pierre Boyer's administration. Anna Kingsley owned a house in the harbour that stretched out to the sea. Several descendants of the Kingsleys and of the former slaves live in the area today.
- Cabarete Bay is considered "town" and has hosted many professional kitesurfing competitions like WorldCup/Copa Mundial, Master of the Ocean, PKRA, and WKL.
- Kite Beach is 1.5 miles to the west of Cabarete Bay and is a kiting beach. It also has a reef break that is visited by stand up paddle surfers.
- Playa Encuentro is 3 miles to the west of Cabarete Bay and is among the most consistent surfing beaches in the Caribbean.
Cabarete Bay has been the site of professional kitesurfing competitions (eg "World Cup" and "Master of the Ocean", which is an international elite sporting event, unique in the world, for understanding the four disciplines of surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing and paddleboarding). Playa Encuentro (3 miles west) is among the most popular surfing beaches in the Caribbean. Every year the city is host to important events in these sports.
Cabarete is a tourist area that combines mountains, lagoons and white sand beaches, it is located on Camino Cinco, approximately 11 miles (18 km) from Puerto Plata airport. The area in which it is located has a large number of condominiums, apart-hotels, hotels, hostels for all budgets, shops, gift shops, bars, nightclubs and numerous restaurants.
It is one of the Dominican tourist areas with the greatest international projection and one of the greatest development potential. But Cabarete offers much more than beach. Among other attractions is the Natural Monument Lagunas de Cabarete and Goleta where Lagunas and Caves stand out with their biodiversity of fauna and flora. This is a tropical karst system located between the foothills of the Cordillera Septentrional and the Atlantic Ocean. Visitors can observe the exotic biodiversity of the Caribbean in its varied routes between sinkholes, mogotes, mangroves, swamps and tropical jungle. There is also time to learn about the variety of tropical fruits and medicinal plants.
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