Cabarete is a village in the Dominican Republic, with long stretching roots in the history of the country combined with a firm knowledge of the modern world and the much needed appeal to tourists. With tourism making up such a large part of the structure of the Dominican Republic, like all villages, Cabarete has undergone something of a change regarding its main focus for workers and services. However, while change is not always seen as a good thing, Cabarate has successfully moved through into an attractive, modern village that tourists cannot resist.
Part of this tourist appeal is proximity, as Cabarate is a 20 minute journey from Puerto Plata International Airport, the main landing spot for most foreign tourists. This accessibility has given Cabarate reason to continue to update and thrive, in a successful attempt to drive tourists to the area. Many hotels and resorts are located in and around the village, and a thriving real estate market has erupted for foreigners looking to extend their stay in Cabarate to something more permanent. There is a wide accepted of US dollars throughout the village, and much has been invested in the infrastructure and public transport of Cabarete so it can continue to grow.
The crowning glory of this charming historical village is undoubtedly its beach, which is semi circular in shape. The shore borders the Atlantic Ocean, which unlike the relatively calmer Caribbean Ocean on the southern coast of the Dominican Republic, is rich pickings for those passionate about water sports. Surfing is particularly popular here, as are water skiing and body boarding, as tourists take advantage of the sea while bathed in the typical tropical warmth.
As one may have already gathered, Cabarate is on the northern shore of the Dominican Republic, close to the neighboring nation of Haiti. This placement forced Cabarete onto the front line of the war for independence from Haiti, which eventually saw the one united island of Hispaniola split into two – the western half is Haiti, while the remaining two thirds are the lands of the Dominican Republic. Cabarete history indicates that they death with the proximity of Haiti well, though there was a brief period of hostility that arose over the giving and accepting of fruit. Refusing fruit was said to be a snub and carried large social implications; this eventually became so fierce and feared that the now infamous Fruit Laws were brought into Cabarete. The Fruit Laws were designed to limit and regulate the exchange of fruit, though were eventually decided to be frightening foreigners and were eventually disbanded. It is, however, an interesting quirk of the village; and in some parts, refusing a simple fruit from someone can be seen as dishonoring them. It may be worth bearing this in mind should the occasion ever arise during your visit.
This minor blip in the history of Cabarete is, however, the exception rather than the rule. By and large, the community is vast and friendly and extremely welcoming of tourists. There are many reports of people enjoying a stay in Cabarete so much, they simply return again and again – sometimes investing in their own property in the region. For this reason, Cabarete is seemingly set to continue to thrive.