Besides awesome surfing conditions for surfers of all levels, Cabarete is also widely regarded as the kitesurfing capital of the world.
Perfect conditions for kiteboarders of all levels.
Have a look at the video below to see what a kitesurfing holiday in Cabarete is all about.
KITESURFING CABARETE VIDEO
What to expect if you are coming to Cabarete for a kitesurf holiday?
- Steady tradewinds that kick in in the afternoon, so no need to get up early in the morning.
- Warm water and air temperatures so no need for a wetsuit.
- Different kite surf spots close to Cabarete, from waves to flat water.
- Plenty of space, no need to get lines tangled.
- Good kite surf schools so you can learn in a safe manner.
- Awesome local talent that put on a great show.
- Cool Caribbean Vibes
CABARETE KITESURFING BEACHES , DRONE VIDEO
KITESURF BEACHES / SPOTS IN AND AROUND CABARETE
Have a look at the below Kitesurfing Cabarete Map for spots
Description of the kitesurf spots below.
Spots from east to westLa Boca
River mouth with ultra-flat water, pro's love to go there to practise their freestyle tricks. It's a bit more sheleterd so the wind is usually a few knots less than Cabarete and Kitebeach
20 minute taxi or moto concho drive from the center of Cabarete. To get back to Cabarete: most people kitesurf downwind, takes about 20-30 minutes
Cabarete beach / Bozo Beach
The upwind part of the bay is for the windsurfers, also not very stable wind because of wind shadow from some buildings. The kitesurfing is good and stable from Cabarete Ocean One complex. Large open beach, plenty of space on the water. Semi choppy water in the bay. Great waves on the reef and mellow water past the reef.
A short walk from SwellGoleta Beach
In between Cabarete and Kitebeach. Large open beach, not too choppy and stable wind, not very crowded either. Caution when you drop the kite on the reef when just a bit upwind of Kitebeach since the wind will direct you towards to point at Kitebeach which has some rocks
Start at Cabarete beach and go downwind. getting back to Cabarete beach is done within 1 or 2 tacksCabarete Kitebeach
Famous kiteboarding beach. Pretty flat water and ideal conditions for beginners, intermediate and expert kitesurfers. Locals will show off their incredible skills. A couple of nice cafe's for a drink or to watch the action ( kiteclub cafe is the best option).
The wind at Cabarete kitebeach is very stable since the wind is side-onshore, which means no disturbance in the wind and the second aspect of this wind direction is that if something happens (kite crash, losing board etc.) there is no danger of getting into serious trouble since the wind will take you back to the safety of the beach very quickly.
The reef and the waves out in front of Kitebeach is the playground for the more advanced kiteboarders that want to ride waves or use the waves to boost big air jumps.
Start at Cabarete beach and go downwind, takes 5-10 minutes. Getting back to Cabarete beach is done within 3-4 tacks. Alternatively take a moto-taxi for 2 USD and start from kitebeachEncuentro
Our favourite surf beach is also a great kitesurfing spot if you want to ride in the waves. Be careful when launching and landing your kite since the beach is small and there are some urchins in the shallow water
Kiting downwind from Cabarete is what most people do, takes 30 minutes. From there take a moto-taxi back to Cabarete or Swell
KITEBOARD SCHOOLS IN CABARETE
There are over a dozen or so kite schools. Not all are of equal quality, some only use qualified kite instructors, some use new material, and others...well not.
Send us an email and we can create a learn to kitesurf package for you that caters for your level and length of stay.
WHAT TO BRING FOR A KITESURF HOLIDAY TO CABARETE
One of the reasons that Cabarete is such an ideal kitesurf holiday destination is that the wind is perfect for kiters of all levels. When the tradewinds kick in at around noon every day they get to the perfect strength between 14 and 20 knots.
Kite size: 7 m2 and 11 m2 should be good kite sizes for 90% of the days with wind in Cabarete.
Boards: Standard twin tip or surfboard
WHEN TO GO TO CABARETE ON A KITE TRIP?
There is no off season for the wind in Cabarete, the only time when the wind might not cooperate on a kite holiday to Cabarete is when there is a hurricane somewhere in the Caribbean since they tend to mess up the normal Tradewind patterns.
From March to August is the most wind consistent with the Tradewind being between 16 and 22 knots at 15.00 in the afternoon on most days. From September to February the wind is less strong ( generally speaking) so expect wind between 14 and 18 knots.
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