Cabarete is a town in the Puerto Plata province of the Dominican Republic, noted for its tourism and beaches. It is located on Camino Cincoapproximately 11 miles (18 km) from the airport of Puerto Plata (POP).
It was founded in 1835 by Zephaniah Kingsley (as part of his Mayorasgo de Koka estate) along with his mixed-race family, and 53 slaves he freed from his Florida plantations and brought here while the island was under Haitian administration. Anna Kingsley owned a house in the harbor that stretched out to the sea. Several descendants of the Kingsleys and of the former slaves live in the area today.
The Main Beaches of Cabarete
- Cabarete Bay is considered “town” and has hosted many professional kitesurfing competitions like WorldCup/Copa Mundial, Master of the Ocean, PKRA, and WKL.
- Kite Beach is 1.5 miles to the west of Cabarete Bay and true to its namesake is as a world renowned kiting beach. It also has a world class reef break that is visited by Stand Up Paddle Surfers.
- Playa Encuentro is 3 miles to the west of Cabarete Bay and is among the most consistent surfing beaches in the Caribbean.