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 Post subject: Cabarete, Dom. Rep. by Toby
PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2003 10:18 am 
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Hi Guys,

here some infos and images from my trip to Cabarete:

If you have wind, which normally there is a lot and many days, but I was very unlucky, Cabarete is a nice spot.
Many kiters from all around the world. Outside at the reef you have nice waves with flat water to get speed for the ramps.
Warm air and water!

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First I stayed at the Playa del Oro Hotel directly at kitebeach.
Conny and Rick are very nice hosts. Directly next to the beach bar of the Playa del Oro is Kitexcite, a certified school and rental place.
The most people know Marina from Kitexcite, since she is in this forum and answering all questions regarding Cabarete.

Playa del Oro Hotel, Kitebeach
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Beautiful view over the pool, beach bar and kitebeach of the Playa del Oro Hotel. The hotel has about 25 room, and 2 with this beautiful view
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Playa del Oro has a garden in which you can clean and dry your kites.
Rick is working on a storage right there for kites and boards so you don't need o bring it to your room all the time.
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This is the view from the normal room and the balkony
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My room with AC and bathroom with shower
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View from the beach at the Playa Del Oro with the beach bar and kiteschool Kitexcite.com
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Action in front of the hotel with wind
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same beach with no wind
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me looking for wind......
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view from the beach bar
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here the area for kiting with a flatwater area and outside is a reef with very flat water and beautiful waves. At lowtide you have sometimes watch if the reef is not too shallow. The wind comes normally from the right side and is sideshore to side-on.
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next to the Playa del Oro Hotel is the Kitebeach Hotel.
Here some images
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The I stayed 3 nights at the Caracol Appartment Hotel.
It has a beautiful garden, is close to Cabarete downtown.
The beach is less crowded with kiters and shortly it will have abig kitesurf center with testings and school. A so called Kiteclub.
The beach is 100m away from the Caracol

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Here is a nice BBQ place where kiters from around the world meet and grill together.
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The pool
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This was my room with a small kitchen and living room.
Also a refrigerator!
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My bedroom with AC
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The view from my balkony into the quiet garden with a lot of shadows!
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The manager of the Caracol, Roch (here in a black T-Shirt) shows us the beach front property where soon the new kitecenter/club will be build.
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And here the beach (Pozo Beach) with the view to the right shows the worldcup area
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Here some more distinguish images:

The beach at Cabarete downtown
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Here the nightlife zone at Cabarete downtown
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Cabarete downtown at daytime
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Crazy traffic. Normally you ride with the motorbikes from hotel to Cabarete and back. at the backseat without helmet...
I think very dangerous and I never felt happy with it...
Specially if guys drive about 140 km/h or 80 mph and don't havethe control over it.
See what happens:
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With the team from kite-boarding.de we went to the blue moon restaurant up in the mountains. Unique restaurant, since you have to sit on a pillow and no plate and you eat with the fingers. Some kind of indian food.
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some guys of the kite-boarding.de team
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here you can view a beautiful sunset
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The Russians.....from the Ukraine, living in NY, with Stacey from the US, who just got hooked on kiteboarding at the Caracol beach
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Some guys in the garden of the Caracol
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Laurel Eastman's new sponsor: Wipika and the Caracol Hotel
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Marina from http://www.kitexcite.com the best contact prior to your trip to Cabarete for school, rentals and hotels
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Raphael Saelles at Playa del Oro
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Links:
http://www.kitexcite.com
http://www.hotelcaracol.com
http://www.kitebeachhotel.com


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