I always believe what the president of the Cabarete Development Association says about crime in Cabarete.
Originally Posted by ADECA
Yes, also a good source...
I just got back from Cabarete and had a blast there. Walking around at night was fine, the beach area is great with about seven to ten good restaurants and bars with seating on the beach. Nearly every night at least one of the bars has a Presendente party. Music and such doesn't start until late. The beaches are nice and there is a lot to do. Because there is a ncie breeze, eating on the beach provides a romantic and fun evening. Lots of fresh fish and such. The excursions are relatively cheap. As far as crime, I didn't see anything. There are tourist police walking around on the beach area. Dominicans like to hang out along the street at night so it can seem a bit scary I guess... Also, you will see a few prostitutes walking around, but the only hastle I got was from people trying to sell you something. They will go away relatively quickly if you are firm and say NO GRACIOUS (No Thankyou). The vendors on the beach will get into trouble if they are found to be hastling everyone. If you see something you like, negotiate and offer a quarter of the price and you might still be paying too much...LOL
Emily, Unless you are an avid kiteboarder, you do not want to waste your time in Cabarete. The sand in brown and the water is murky, like the Pacific. If you are traveling this far for the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, visit Las Terrenas instead since you are on a budget. You can arrive at any airport (Santiago is the least expensive) and just hop on a bus to any destination on the island -- very inexpensive but time consuming. If your are sold on Cabarete, I know of nicer, less expensive hotels in the area. I recommend visiting the entire island. Cabarete will disappoint if you are seeking Caribbean waters and beaches.
I've been to Cabarete numerous times with friends. We don't kitesurf. But I have tried windsurfing, horseback-riding, hiking, biking, going on a waterfall/rapelling tour, surfing, gone dancing, met locals, enjoyed watching kitesurfers from the beach, had fabulous food on the beach, etc. It is not the ideal beach for snorkeling although I have seen it appear turquoise on some calm days. The sand is clean - it's not pure white. It's - um, sand colored. The water is not clear because there is generally a breeze and waves.
OK, first of all, Loriann, you sound like a reactionist gringa. Chill out. I don't have a gun, I don't like guns, and I won't be needing one. Of course we will lock our doors! Anyone visiting a strange place would be stupid not to! We don't plan on doing any night driving, but if we do we will CERTAINLY pull over for police. We're not stupid tourists. We don't drink much....two drinks at most...so we'll never be all incapacitated and asking to be mugged the way many tourists in the DR do. We're not going to be carrying large amounts of cash and if someone wants to hold us up for our $10, we'll hand it over, same as we would do here.
I don't live my life in fear and I'm not going to stay home locked in my house because of what *might* happen. I will take precautions and be smart, it's who I am, but I'm not going to write the DR off as a vacation spot because it's a third world country and has some issues with crime. It's considered a safe place for Americans to visit, the State Dept has no warnings, I'm NOT worried.
3rd of all: Cabarete haters, please just go away. I researched my destination and I HAVE ALREADY PAID FOR MY ENTIRE HOTEL UP FRONT AND BOUGHT PLANE TICKETS TO PUERTO PLATA! WE ARE GOING TO CABARETE, PERIOD!
It shocks me that so many people are sooooo obsessed with "white sand and turquoise water". REALLY? I can assure you, we're ok with brown sand, as well as black sand and even GREEN sand (ie Big Island of Hawaii) I used to live in Hawaii and I don't need sugar sand and calm water to be happy on the beach.
We will be taking a day trip to Las Terrenas and/or Las Galenas for snorkeling and beach time. If we love it, perhaps we'll stay a night there instead of returning to our hotel in Cabarete.
The owner of our hotel is going to help us plan trips to some other beaches outside of Cabarete as well.
As far as the water goes, I LOVE waves! The water doesn't have to be clear. My only concern with the water not being clear is that sharks like to attack in murky water. What's the shark attack situation in Cabarete? Anyone been attacked in recent years?
Again, I don't mean to be rude, I do appreciate all the advice you guys are giving, but if your advice is "Don't go to Cabarete", I'm not interested in hearing it. I'm going. The end.
Well Don, what do you suggest? If we're being pulled over and we choose not to stop, couldn't we be thrown in jail or shot or something? It seems like from what everyone is saying we shouldn't drive ourselves at night...and anyway I don't think we're renting a car at all.
Originally Posted by EmilyCaldwell
Originally Posted by EmilyCaldwell
Thanks for saying so well what I wanted to say but restrained myself from writing. Cabarete's a great home base from which to see lots of the north coast, or simply stay near the hotel & enjoy the laid back atmosphere of the town. I honestly believe you'll be very happy with your choice & choose to return like so many do over & over again.
What would really be great is if you'd come back here after your trip & post your personal opinion - good or bad. Everyone sees things differently.
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