The second part of my Dominican Republic trip had us looping north, toward Puerto Plata, Cabarete beach and its grittier sister, Sosua. Having last been to Cabarete in 1998, I was surprised at the sheer overhaul in the town’s development; many more shops and quaint restaurants and far more touristy in feel. But Cabarete remains a far cry from the towering resorts of Punta Cana, and with some of the best wind and waves on Hispanola, it is the go-to place for adventure sports. This part of the trip remained my favourite, with a half day of waterfall climbing, scaling, slipping and sliding with Iguana Mama, a teleferico ride up to the top of Mount Isabel del Torres to view the ribbon of coastline stretching below us as far as the eye could see and a group dinner at Sea Horse Ranch’s beautiful restaurant overlooking the sea.
Our morning was spent with Iguana Mama’s owner Michael, who took us up Damajagua’s 27 waterfalls. Because we also all enjoyed soccer, we only climbed to 12 of the 27 falls and high-tailed it to Cabarete beach to watch the World Cup final – but those 12 falls were a thoroughly enjoyable adventure.
Me at the start of our waterfall hopping down 27 Falls, near Cabarete beach. Photo credit: Abbie Mood
From the falls, we hit Cabarete Beach, famous for its big waves and adventure sports as well as the lively bars that dot the beach from tip to toe. From the arc of the turquoise to the thick, rolling hills just behind the beach, Cabarete appealed to me the most out of the places we visited. Only 30 minutes from Puerto Plata airport, it’s certainly not isolated, but it attracts a very different crowd from the beach resorts and I doubt I would run out of fun activities to keep me busy.
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