Where to kitesurf:
The place where kiteboarding was born in Cabarete. Nice flat water on the inside and a shallow reef (particularly upwind) where there are beautiful waves. Watch out for Dominican kids and students...
Home to the Professional Kite Riders Association world cup tour each year. Launching begins only downwind from Villa Taina Hotel and please no kiting in the shorebreak. The bay is very wide and choppy on the inside. The reef is not as shallow and there are wonderful waves. Be careful on the downwind side of the bay (just above Kite Beach) as its shallow reef. Give way to all other water users and enjoy!
The local surfing beach is great for kiting in the afternoon when the wind picks up. Downwind from Cabarete Bay or Kite Beach, its about 5 miles. This place is for advanced riders only. The reef can be shallow in places and the beach for landing is very narrow. Arrange for a taxi to pick you up before you take off on the downwind trip. Amazing waveriding for those who enjoy that aspect of kiteboarding.
The mouth of the Yasica River, about 5 miles East (upwind) of Cabarete. Inside the rivermouth the water is flat, but be careful of submerged trees, and do not kite close to the mangroves on the left hand side of the river. The ocean here is very wavey, its a great downwinder from La Boca home to Cabarete.
Jose-Luis of Kitexcite, a local kiteboarding school. Go
to the gallery for many more pictures.
For your safety: If
you're looking for lessons (highly advised), you'll also find
that most of the kite-schools are located on 'Kite Beach' and Bozo Beach. If
you do decide to go out on the water without lessons (which may
even be prohibited to do so), at the very least have
a little chat with a local kiter in advance for advice on conditions,
especially the reef.
new material in Cabarete is no problem and often less expensive
than you'd find at home. Cabarete does have
very good board and kite repair workshops in case something breaks. Just ask at one of the kitesurf schools
Come get some huge air, and enjoy your stay in
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