Traveling Around Dominican Republic: A Day in Cabarete

written by Melissa August 8, 2017

Cabarete is one of my favorite spots in Dominican Republic because there’s something to do for every type of traveler. Are you looking to reconnect with nature? Visit Cabarete’s Eco Lodge. Are you looking to have a relaxed shopping experience? Take a walk down the shops at Calle Principal. Are you looking for some adventure? Check out the Cabarete’s Caves or take up some waves at Kite Beach. Are you more into the nightlife? Go bar hopping on the beach!

This small beach town is perfect for both tourists and Dominican locals to kick-back and enjoy a day away. Here’s my little guide of recommendation for anyone planning a visit.

Cabarete

The Planning

There’s something for every type of budget and preference here.

  • Traveling with a big group of friends, I highly recommend to take a look into the awesome villas on Airbnb.
  • Traveling in a small group, a couple or by yourself and looking for something affordable take a look at the options on Booking.com, but don’t book through them. After you have found your place to stay, look it up on Google and give them a call to book your stay. This will save you the booking fee.
  • Still traveling in a small group, couple or by yourself but looking for something a little fancier? Check out Cabarete’s Eco Lodge.

Morning

After sorting out your stay, you should drop your bags and get ready for some adventure at the Cabarete Caves. Don’t forget to bring your swimsuit and leave behind your fear of heights.

Tip: stop at the colmado on the way there and grab a bottle of water because you are going to need it!

Remember that everything is negotiable in the Dominican Republic and you should definitely negotiate the price for the entry and guided tour, specially if you are in a big group. As a reference point last time I visited the caves in a group of 4, we only paid $700 Dominican pesos each.

Your tour guide will provide with helmets and flashlights that you will need for this adventure. He will take you down the caves while giving you some history and fun facts about the area. One of the best parts of this tour is that you can actually dive in the caves and have some swim time there.

After a tour of approximately 1 to 2 hours, you should definitely tip your tour guide and get ready for some afternoon fun!

Afternoon

After some cave fun, you should definitely go back to Calle Principal to grab a lunch bite at one of the many restaurants in the area. Restaurants are very affordable and are usually running lunch or dinner specials.

Now that you have been refueled is time to have a relaxing afternoon getting to know this small town. You can roam around the cute little shops in Calle Principal, then grab a few Presidente beer and head down to the beach to have some fun in the sun.

Night

Head back to your hotel, villa or lodge to glam up and get ready for a bar hopping night like you’ve never experienced before. Now is time to head back and grab some dinner at the Calle Principal and go bar hopping on the beach. There’s a plethora of clubs and bars for everyone. You will find anywhere for typical merengue and bachata to some techno and mainstream EDM.

Cabarete is a small town perfect for the solo traveler, the romantic couple and the group’s kickback. It has it all in-stored for anyone looking to have some adventure.