Cabarete#1 in Best Things To Do in Puerto Plata
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Cabarete used to be quaint fishing village; now, it's a high-geared getaway for the jet-set. You should consider planning a day or two's worth of activities in this town east of Puerto Plata, where you'll find the best kitesurfing and windsurfing beaches, not to mention a smattering of bars and new restaurants.
The town's big claim to fame is Kite Beach. "It has sandy beaches and areas to launch your kite, perfect conditions and a reef 300 meters from shore," notes world66.com. "Beginners don't kite on the reef, but as a more experienced kiter it can be a lot of fun." Other popular shores include Bozo Beach (about 5 minutes from downtown Cabarete) or Encuentro Beach. Most of the surf breaks are too rough for first-timers, but never fear, Cabarete also has about 10 kitesurfing schools where you can learn the craft.
Don't leave the area before sampling some of the nightlife options. Most of the bars and restaurants are located along the main street, Calle Principal.
- This town is renowned for kite surfing and wind surfing, and numerous schools offer multi-day lessons. Kite Beach is the best area for kite surfing with flatter inside water and waves, too." -- Wikitravel
- Hip nightlife is also found at the little bars -- shanties, really -- along the beach. Tuesday nights it's salsa and merengue at Onno's Bar (tel.809/571-0461). The Bamboo Bar is the place to be on Friday night, and on Saturday the new Wave Bar and Tribal Café (no phones) draw the most patrons." -- Frommer's
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We don't really need to tell you to go here; chances are this is where you're staying. Playa Dorada is THE beach of choice in the immediate Puerto Plata area, and all the major resorts are represented along its shores. Also, staying at the beach could easily take up at least one full day of your time at the Amber Coast. If you racking your brain for things to do, take note that previous travelers have enjoyed windsurfing, snorkeling and even fishing along Playa Dorada. Most of the hotels offer rental equipment (some even for free), if you want to try your hand at any number of sports. And what's the best aspect of Playa Dorada? It's free to enjoy and open any hour of the day.
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