Why choose the Casa Blanca Hotel and Cabarete?
Choose the Casa Blanca Hotel if you want the best value and the best of both worlds. The Casa Blanca Hotel is close to all the action. We are a two minuite walk from Cabarete center and 100 meters from the beach. But it is also very quiet at night as we are not in the center of town. We have many guests who transfer here from the center of town as they like to get a good nights sleep after enjoying the night life. Choose Cabarete if you love windsurfing or kiteboarding. Cabarete is famous for having excellent conditions for the sports. Everything revolves around the six kilometres of Cabarete Beach. On a two kilometre stretch, Cabarete Bay, businesses of all types have sprung up, many run by foreigners who first came as tourists and then came back to stay.
The restaurants, bars, surf shops are located just far enough from the beach to add to the destination, not detract from the enjoyment of the beach. Many feel the attractiveness of Cabarete is in the people, the mingling of tourists who enjoy the intimacy of the smaller non inclusive hotels like the Casa Blanca Hotel that encourage their guests to venture out and discover Cabarete. In the evening, the restaurants place their tables on the beach to serve dinner. While some are plastic tables, don't be fooled. The quality of most of the restaurants is first class, similar to what you would enjoy at a five star casino resort. The whole evening experience of strolling on the beach under the stars from one place to the other to pick the restaurant for the evening is special. Many tourists even dress up for a fun people-watching evening. See and be seen.
While Cabarete caters to a young sports-minded crowd, it is also perfect for those who just want the leisure of sitting in the shade or taking sun on the beach, and for parents with little children.
Port of Entry-How to get there?
You will likely fly into the Gregorio Luperon International Airport of Puerto Plata (POP). If you fly into Las Americas International Airport (SDQ) you will be a 4 hour drive away from Cabarete. There is coach bus service from Santo Domingo to Sosua, from which point you can take a minibus or taxi onward to Cabarete. Minibuses travel to and from Cabarete all day long from Puerto Plata, Playa Dorada or Sosua. Most Taxi Drivers will know the Casa Blanca Hotel. IF they do not just tell them it is just past the Yanet's Supermercado Store in Cabarete on th emain street. We can arrange a Taxi for you.
You can get around Cabarete by foot. Everything is close by if you are staying at the Casa Blanca Hotel. Some people book out of town and do not find out till they get here that they are so far out they can not walk to town. Those that can get out of their rentals transfer to us. Some hotels do not have a pool and garden. Ours is lovely with a great variety of tropical plants.
The Beach Is Awesome
Few people realize that Cabarete beach is one of the longest stretches of uninterrupted sand beach in the DR. The bay of Cabarete is two kilometers long. You can walk west to Sosua until Perla Marina, probably 6 kms. Going east, it is 7 kms to the Yasica River which you can cross walking usually only waist-deep pending on rain in the mountains the night before. Before crossing, you might have lunch in the Dominican bar overlooking the lagoon that serves fresh fish with an incredible view. Then you can walk another 30 kilometers on a totally deserted palm trees lined beach. That's 6+2+ 7 +30= 45 kms. So close to civilization, such a long beach.
With a wide beach and soft white sand, the coral reef-protected bay has ideal conditions for windsurfing. Windsurfers revel in progressive winds that pick up around noon with waves breaking from three to six feet high and only light currents. We can arrange excellent prices for training and equipment rental. Bring your own and store it right on the beach for $20 USD per week.
2001 World champions Julien Sudrat and Sebastien "Catman" Cattelan enjoyed their relaxing stay at Casa Blanca Hotel during the 2003 Kiteboarding Worldcup.Sebastien's comment about kitesurfing right in front of Casa Blanca: “It's perfect and the best: it's not crowded!”
As a world class windsurfing destination, Cabarete was discovered in December 1984 by Canadian Jean Laporte who spread the word. He set up a windsurfing school and wrote several articles for Voile Libre wind magazine and Hifly Canadian Rep. Claude Marois from Quebec brought the first windsurfing championship to Cabarete -- the Professional Windsurfing Association World Cup in 1988. The World Cup event came to Cabarete again in June of 1989, 1990, 1991 and 1997. The big names of professional world class windsurfing have competed here, including Robby Naish, Bjorn Dunkerbeck, Anders Bringdal, Robert Teriitehau and many others.
While the cost of the World Cup has lately been too high to find sponsors in the DR, the Cabarete windsurf community organizes an annual international amateur event, the Cabarete Race Week, that attracts some of the leading amateur competitors of the world for a week of windsurfing days and partying nights. Competitions are organized in the Open Class, Masters, Grand Masters, Women, Juniors and Sports Class categories. This year the event took place 18-23 June 2001.
Windsurfers say the best months for the sport are the summer months (June through August) when you can expect good flat water. Trade winds and thermal winds create perfect conditions for world class sailing, with winds averaging 15 to 25 miles per hour (24-40 kph). The best waves occur from January to March. The worst months are May, October and November. But, if you can't make it in the summer don't worry. Wind conditions vary all year and it is more than likely there will be many good surfing days regardless of when you travel.
For those of you bringing your own equipment, there is no duty or deposit required upon entry through the airport. But for those who don't want to bring their gear, quality equipment and instruction are available at the resorts here.
Cabarete has hosted World Kiteboarding Championships since 2001. The site is regarded as a world class kiteboarding destination and has been ranked as the world's best. Mauricio Toscani, president of the PKRA, the Professional Kiteboarders Riders Association, during his visit for the June 2004 World Cup described Cabarete as the best place in the Caribbean for kiteboarding. In his opinion, the natural conditions make Cabarete the preferred beach by kitesurfers the world over.
Several kiteboarding schools are located right on the beach for those who want to perfect their skills or take up this extreme sport. We can arrange excellent prices for training and equipment rental. Bring your own and store it right on the beach for $20 USD per week.
David Tyburski was the 1st place Champ in the 2002 PKRA held in Cabarete. He came back to Cabarete in 2007 as one of the six judges of the 2007 competition. He enjoyed a couple of weeks at the Casa Blanca Hotel, along with Toby one of the other judges. On the left is William, owner of the Casa Blanca. Visit www.davidtyburski.com to find out more about this very talented young man. He has won numerous championship competitions and founded the famous worldwide New Wind Kiteboarding Schools.
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“The lush garden at Casa Blanca made me feel further from town than I actually was. Not only is the best breakfast in Cabarete right in front at Claro, but I was only steps away to what felt like my own private beach. Close to town, easy beach access, and comfortable rooms, Casa Blanca suited me perfectly”
Cabarete is a good choice if you want to go surfing. Playa Encuentro, just five minutes from Cabarete, has a reputation among local surfers as the best spot. You can bring your own surf board or rent one in Cabarete. Some businesses will offer lessons and shuttle buses to North Coast surf spots.
Skateboarding was also added to the active sports of Cabarete with a new facility opening in 2004 of a vet skateramp, that is the first underground ramp built in the world. The skateboard facility is located at the Extreme Hotel.
In Cabarete the beach is the main attraction, with body boarding and kite surfing being offered as options to windsurfing. But tour companies have also arrived to take advantage of the energies of the usually under-40 crowd that visits. Tourists should take advantage of well-organized horse ranch tours, cave tours in El Choco National Park (Laguna Cabarete and Laguna Goleta), and mountain biking in the neighborhood. There is waterskiing in Yasica River and safari-type excursions. These same companies will help you climb the highest mountain in the Caribbean or take you river rafting in the Central Mountain Range. Visitors to this area should likewise check out the Puerto Plata, Sosua and Playa Grande sections of DR1 Travel Pages for more on what to do in the area.
The Puerto Plata Jazz Festival is held in the first week of October. An annual Sand Castle Festival is held in mid February at Cabarete Beach with participation open to children and adults.
There is a nine-hole golf course in the area, Costa Azul. But Cabarete is also only half an hour away from the Playa Grande golf course, one of the better courses in the entire Caribbean. For more information see our Golf Page
Dive shops in Cabarete offer to take tourists on diving trips (open water and resort course dives) to Sosúa Bay. There are many opportunities for experienced divers to discover walls, a sunken cargo ship wreck, coral reefs and even underwater caves in the area.
Skin Diver Magazine describes the area: The bay's broad, peninsula shaped reef begins 15 feet from the surface, dropping down to a depth of 60 feet on one side and 45 feet on the other with a narrow slit that cuts through it, forming a small canyon. Outside the bay, a second system featuring a broad network of patch reefs known as Tropical Garden, follows the bottom's easy sloping contours from a maximum depth of 100 feet, stretching back up to 30 feet, ending on a site named Three Rocks. Coming to within 15 feet of the surface, Three Rock's three linear shaped, patch reef formations make an exciting macro dive through their rich presence of small reef beauties like juvenile Spotted Drums, swimming about the corals with almost complete abandon."
There are several PADI dive operations operating in the area that will take tourists to the sites that can be swum to from the shore, but also to walls, a sunken cargo ship wreck, coral heads and even underwater cave near Cabrera, a short distance from Playa Grande and Rio San Juan to the East. Expect underwater temperatures between 26C and 29C and visibility ranging from 18 to 35 meters.
Dining Outside the Casa Blanca Hotel
Dining in Cabarete is fun. There is a wide selection of restaurants right on the beach, for those perfect romantic dinners with your sweetheart. Many have half price happy hour specials.
Nightlife outside the Casa Blanca Hotel:
Cabarete attracts a young crowd so expect the night life to be lively while it happens right on the beach strip that during the evenings converts to restaurants, bars and discos. The restaurants, bars, surf shops and occasional hotel are located just far enough from the beach to add to the destination, not detract from the enjoyment of the beach. Many feel the attractiveness of Cabarete is in the people, the mingling of tourists who enjoy the intimacy of the smaller non inclusive hotels that encourage their guests to venture out and discover Cabarete. In the evening, the restaurants place their tables on the beach to serve dinner. While most are plastic tables, don't be fooled. The quality of some of the restaurants is first class. The whole evening experience of strolling on the beach under the stars from one place to the other to pick the restaurant for the evening is special. Many tourists even dress up for a fun people-watching evening. See and be seen.
Volunteer Teams get Special Rates at The Casa Blanca Hotel:
The Owners William and Dorothy have a heart for the Dominican people. There are so many needs to be met. As such they have made the Hotel a place where teams of young people and others of all ages can stay at preferred rates. We have a capacity of 38 and we have deals with some local restaurants to be able to provide meals and low cost. We are also linked up with various missions in Sosua. They operate a medical clinic and help out in some very needy villages. We have had Dream Team volunteers stay with us as well as various church and secular groups. If you want to come down and combine a time of volunteer work and some fun time we can help make it happen.
The Dream Project Team from Kingston Ontario hard at work erecting a play structure for the kids atthe school that is right across the road from the Casa Blanca Hotel.
Teaching local children to swim is very important. When they graduate they move up to wind and kite surf lessons and will get jobs as instructors. It all begins here in the Casa Blanca Hotel pool.
Prestige Realty Office & Agent On Site:
William is a Prestige Realty Agent and can show you any villas, condos or other property you may be interested in purchasing. There is a good selection and this area is growing in value every day. There will be 80 million people in North America retiring in the next 20 years and only a very limited amount of good Caribbean property near an International Airport available. Email me for more information and for a list of properties for sale. We also do referrals with our partners from any other agency in the USA, Canada and worldwide. Send us your buyers/clients and the referral commissions will pay for your next Caribbean vacation.
The North Coast, and Cabarete in particular, or only just now being discovered as the place to buy and live. Prices have gone up at 25% a year and people are making money just holding on to their villas and condos. We have condos from $26,000 to $900,000, and we have Villas from $90,000 $3,000,000. There is one for every budget. Think about that dream of long walks on a private beachand the caribbean night life coming true!