Cabarete in the Dominican Republic has long been known for its fantastic kite surfing beaches that attract droves of college aged travelers from around the world. Cabarete is a popular destination where the young come to surf, drink, tan, and party.
Most people do not realize that Puerto Plata's towns of Sosua and Cabarete offer much more that a few all inclusive resorts. This is particularly true if you're young and looking for a place to have a few nights of romance.
By day Cabarete is a quiet little beach town, only a few miles long. By night it becomes a happening beach strip. Unlike its neighbor Sosua, Cabarete is known more for its European travelers than for the working girl locals.
There are a strip of restaurants along that beach with outdoor seating. These restaurants are a great place to catch dinner and watch the sunset. Once the sun goes down the restaurants turn into nightclubs. There is Casanovas, Ohm, Blue, and a handful of others that offer late night drinking and dancing.
The party does not stop at these clubs though. Once these clubs shut down the truly vibrant head over to the Casino where the action goes well into the morning. The Casino is the after hours place that offers a trendy nightclub and gambling. What else do you need?
Cabarete is a small town and if you find yourself up for adventure you are just a quick cab ride away from Sosua where the streets are filled with "beach bars." Beach bars are small open bars, mostly frequented by Dominican working girls. Even if that does not sound like your scene its worth it just for the experience.
My recommendation for those of you heading to Cabarete is to rent a condo or villa instead of booking a week at a hotel. While a hotel might offer some nice luxuries you will most likely wind up missing out on the fantastic Cabarete nightlife.