Excursions from Cabarete
Cabarete has a lot of variety to offer so depending on how long
you are visiting, you may never feel the need to leave. If you would
like to pack your vacation with as much as possible, or you are
here for over a week, there are definitely some excursions that
are worth your time. All are within a few hours or less of Cabarete.
Some of these locations can only be reached by car
or taxi. Others
can be reached by public
transportation as well.
Day trips from Cabarete
Other Beach Areas:
You can travel the main road to most of these beach areas by Guagua
but you will have to walk from the main road to their location.
For this reason, it is recommended that you either rent
a car or hire a taxi
to take you.
Boca de Yasica
Boca de Yasica
Located 20 minutes east of Cabarete, you can reach this lagoon
by turning left off the main road at the Camino/Paraiso del Sol
Hotels entrance. Follow this road and turn right. After passing
these hotels keep left until you reach a dirt road that eventually
follows the ocean. There are few people, and along with the beautiful
ocean, you'll get a chance to see where the Boca de Yasica meets
the sea. A small restaurant sells fresh fish.
Located 1.25 hours east of Cabarete, this beautiful beach
area is just after the Playa Grande Golf Resort. The sand is soft
and white, and the water is clear and a magnificent turquoise color,
typical of the Caribbean. There are several open-air Dominican restaurants
in the area where you can feast on delicious fresh seafood.
This beach is right next to Playa Grande and is as equally appealing.
The difference between the two is that this one has no restaurants,
beach vendors, and tends to be visited by fewer people.
Locate 1.5 hours east of Cabarete, this pretty bay area is enclosed
by mangrove forests. The geological make up of the area makes
the shallow waters quite cool, and therefore lovely to wade in.
Locate 50 minutes east of Cabarete, this lovely, secluded beach
is right before the town of Rio San Juan. With three restaurants
and a horseback riding ranch in the area, many people take a trip
here to do something different for the day.
Located 1 hour east of Cabarete, this beach area is in the fisherman's
village of Rio San Juan. You can take a boat trip on the Gri Gri
Lagoon, a fresh water lagoon with a mangrove forest forming a
canopy over its various channels. The trip makes its way through
the winding lagoon to a shallow cove in the ocean. This cove is
like a crystal clear pool where you can enjoy a swim before getting
back on the boat. The journey also takes your through a cave area
unique to the area. There is a restaurant in amongst the mangroves
at the lagoon if you care to enjoy some lunch during your visit.
These towns and cities are all within an hour and a half of Cabarete
and quite easily accessible. You can rent
a car, or hire a taxi
to take you, but you may want to consider taking public
transport because it's so reasonably priced.
Haitian art displayed on the road
Located 15 minutes west of Cabarete, Sosua is for the most part
a tourist town as well. It is also where you'll find most of the
dive companies on the north coast. All of them begin their dives
from the picturesque Sosua Bay. The beautiful Sosua Beach is the
main attraction here and it is lined with food stands, restaurants,
bars, and a variety of shops selling tourist souvenirs.
San Felipe Fort
Located 45 minutes west of Cabarete, Puerto Plata is the largest
city on the north coast. It's name, 'Port of Silver', was given
to it because of the silver luster of the water at sunset. There
are a few attractions you can visit besides the town, such as
the Amber Museum, the San Felipe Fort and the famous Brugal Rum
Located 1.5 hours west and south of Cabarete, Santiago is the
Dominican Republic's second largest city. Some things definitely
worth the trip are the Tomas Morel Museum of Folkloric Art, the
Monument of the Heroes of the Restoration, and the Tobacco Museum.
Make sure you also visit the bustling downtown area, alive with
the colors, sights and sounds of typically Dominican 'big city'
These areas are recommended because of the drive, as opposed to
the destination. For this reason it is probably best to rent
a car or bike, or if you're not comfortable with driving, hire
Cibao Valley seen from the Cordillera Septentrional
Located 10 minutes east of Cabarete is the town of Sabaneta.
At this town junction, take the Moca Mountain Road to the right.
This winding mountain road leads you through the Cordillera Septentrional
mountain area. The drive passes through small Dominican villages
and you'll have panoramic views of the countryside along the way.
If you keep driving this route you will eventually end up in the
city of Moca, the cigar-making capital of the Dominican Republic.
This mountain road is an absolute favorite of motor bikers looking
for a winding scenic tour.
The road between Gaspar Hernandez and Tenares is very similar.
Some would say it's an even more beautiful route to take. A great
day trip by motor bike or car would be to do the round trip from
Cabarete - Sabaneta - Moca - Tenares - Gaspar Hernandez - and
back to Cabarete.
This hilly area is located 35 minutes west of Cabarete towards
Puerto Plata. Once you pass the Montellano junction, turn left
on the road heading to Santiago. Along this road is where Dominican
vendors sell their particular specialties: fresh cheese, meat,
fruit, flowers, and hand made furniture. This route also has beautiful
views of the hills and countryside of the area.
You can travel the main road fairly close to these areas but you'll
still have to walk from the main road to their location. For this
reason, it is recommended that you either rent
a car or hire a taxi
to take you.
Yasica Jungle River
Local fisher on Río Yasica
Located 25 minutes east of Cabarete, just before the town of
Islabon, you must turn right before a bridge heading to town.
There is a boat that tours this river that includes an informative
chat about the nature in the area. A small zoo on site has iguanas,
snakes, turtles, ravens and a monkey.
Statue on top of the mountain
Located 45 minutes west of Cabarete, towards Puerto Plata, is
Mount Isabel. You can't miss it on your drive there. This is a
close area to do some hiking and see some beautiful views of the
Blue Lagoon and Dudu Lagoon
Located 1.5 hours east of Cabarete, behind the town of Rio San
Juan, Blue and Dudu Lagoon are a clear blue freshwater water holes.
There are big signs for the area on the right side of the main
road. Once you turn in here you'll have to stop at the small restaurant
so they can give you a key to enter the areas.
Located 1.5 hours west of Cabarete, in behind the city of Puerto
Plata, is the Damajagua waterfall area, hosting 28 waterfalls.
For a few Pesos you can hire a Guide to take you through the route.
It is a 30 minute walk to the first waterfall and you can climb
up to the seventh one. Or, if you are really adventurous, you
can walk all the way up on a foot path and then make your way
down through all of the waterfalls. Sneakers or runners are a
must! For more on cascading go to DominicanAdventures.com
Rio Yaque del Norte popular for rafting and kayaking
Located 3 hours west and south of Cabarete, is the mountainous
Jarabacoa area. This area is flush with adventure opportunities,
with the most popular being horseback riding and river rafting.
It's a beautiful area for hiking in the fresh cool mountain air.
This area is where most of the flower and strawberry plantations
For more on Jarabacoa go to DominicanAdventures.com and Hispaniola.com
Some great tour options are:
- Ecology-based whale-watching in Samana Bay
- Enchanting waterfalls of El Limon
- Mountain towns of Jarabacoa and Constanza in the cool heights
of the Dominican Alps
- White-water rafting, kayaking and cascading
- Thrill to the challenge of deep-sea fishing
- Charming isle of Cayo Levantado just off Samana (Bacardi Island)
- Cultural and historical highlights of the capital city of
- Experience the exotic Africa-in-the-Caribbean culture of neighboring