Do I need to have any previous knowledge to learn to surf or kite with cabarete surf camp? is there an age limit?
No, you do not need any experience at all to surf or kite with us. No, there is not an age limit, but you must be at least six years old to take a class.
How long does it take to learn to surf?
You probably will be able to get up on the board on your first day. You can start with the 3 days surf lesson package, see how it goes, and then decide whether you want to add more lessons or just rent equipment and practice on your own. To get really good, many say it takes a lifetime...
What should I bring for surfing? Do I need a wetsuit?
You should bring your bathing suit and a good sunscreen. No wetsuit is needed, as the water is always very warm. We’ll provide you with a rash guard and surf shoes. Don’t forget your beach towel!
How can I make a reservation with Cabarete Surf Camp?
Go to our Contact Us page, fill out the form, and send us a message if you have any further questions. We will always be able to help you with your reservation.
How should I pay? Do you accept credit cards?
No, we don’t accept credit cards. You must pay in cash upon the arrival (in $ US or $RD-pesos). You can bring pesos, exchange dollars or any other currency in town at a bank, or you can withdraw pesos from any ATM in Cabarete.
What if I realize that I need to cancel my reservation?
If you cancel 2 weeks before your arrival date, there will be no cancelation fee. If you cancel less than 2 weeks in advance, you will be charged 50% of the total amount.
Is the surf camp a comfortable place for people who are traveling alone?
Yes. We are a perfect place for single travelers, as most of our clients are traveling alone. You will get to the other guests as soon as you arrive!
Can I learn surfing and kitesurfing during my vacation?
Yes. You can surf in the morning and when the wind picks up in the afternoon, you can go kiting. Many people do this.
What currencies can I use in Cabarete?
The currency in Cabarete is the Dominican Peso, but the US $ is widely accepted. There are several stands, banks and ATM’s in Cabarete that will exchange your country’s currency into pesos. Credit cards are accepted at some places, but there is sometimes an additional surcharge. We do not recommend that you exchange money at any airport, is the exchange rates are usually not as good as they are in Cabarete.
What about public transportation? Is it safe? how much does it cost?
Yes, the public transportation is safe. One of the most typical mode of transportation in Cabarete (besides walking) is the “moto-concho”. These are motorcycles with drivers who will take you to almost anywhere you want to go. They are one of the cheapest and easiest ways to get around Cabarete and the surrounding areas. Depending on your destination, they cost approximately 30 – 50 Pesos per ride, per person.
Another inexpensive form of transportation are the local buses called “Gua Gua”s. The Gua Guas are small vans/buses that are not on any formal schedule. They stop to pick up people who wave at them from the side of the road. When you want to get off you just bang on the side of the van. Depending on where you’re going they cost approximately 20 – 50 Pesos per ride, per person.
Is there anywhere to do my laundry?
Yes, if you need any clothes washed during your stay you can drop off your laundry at the “Family” cleaners at the entrance of our neighborhood. It’s cheap and is only a 5 minute walk from Cabarete Surf Camp. The service is prompt and efficient and takes between one and two days.
What about shopping for groceries during my vacation?
Janet’s Supermarket, the largest supermarket in town is just a 5 minute walk from Cabarete Surf Camp. Here you can pick up pretty much everything you’ll need during your vacation – including food, water, alcohol and other sundries.
Is there a hospital nearby?
Yes, there is a medical center in Cabarete that’s open 24/7. There is also a hospital in Sosua (10 minutes from Cabarete) that has excellent doctors on staff from Europe and the United States. While this is comforting to know, hopefully a visit to the hospital will not be a necessary during your vacation!
What’s the nightlife like in cabarete?
Most restaurants and nightspots on Cabarete Beach serve food until about 10:00 p.m., and then after that the party starts! Places like Voy-Voy, Onno’s, Lax, and Ojo are open until 3:00 a.m. and sometimes even later on special occasions.
Can I drink the tap water?
No, we recommend that you drink bottled water (available everywhere) instead of the tap water, but tap water is fine for brushing your teeth.
Are shampoo, soap, bed linens, bath towels and beach towels provided with the room?
- Shampoo, soap and beach towels are not provided. You will need to either bring these with or buy them in Cabarete when you arrive.
- Bed linens and bath towels are provided. Please bring your own beach towels.
Do I need to get special shots/injections before visiting the Dominican Republic?
No. As long as you have had your regular immunizations you’ll be fine.
What documents do I need for entry into the Dominican Republic?
All you will need is a valid passport. When you arrive at the Dominican airport you must purchase a tourist card for US $10. Upon leaving, you must pay a departure tax of $20.
Are there a lot of mosquitoes around because you no the lagoon?
Sometimes there are mosquitoes after 5:00 pm. We recommend that you use mosquito repellent and keep the door to your room closed. All of our windows have screens and in the cottages and bungalows there are mosquito nets for the beds.