12 Things That Will Happen To You When You Visit Cabarete
Learn what to expect to happen to you when you visit Cabarete
1. You will lose your shoes
Not because anyone stole them or anything like that, but because you won’t need them 99% of the time. If you go to a restaurant…don’t need em. Going for a walk on the beach…don’t need em. Going to yoga… don’t need em. Going swimming…don’t need em. You get the point. Even if you don’t lose them in the technical definition of losing something, you will certainly be spending most of your time barefoot. So, either way, you will be ditching the shoes.
2. You will be blown away
We say this all the time, but Cabarete is historically windy 300 days per year. This is why our little town has become what it is today — the Adventure Sport Capital of the Caribbean! This means you will see people flying through the air with kites attached to their waist and boards attached to their feet. You will also see an array of sails gliding across the bay and jumping about in the waves in the form of windsurfers and laser sailboats. All of this stimulation, pun intended, will blow you away!
3. You will eat pica pollo
What is pica pollo, you ask? It is deep fried deliciousness on a plate! Also known as pollo frito, and in English…FRIED CHICKEN! But like the best fried chicken you have ever had. What makes it so good? It has to be the abundance of seasoning and lime juice that goes into the recipe. At the end of the day, it’s not considered a health food, but DANG KFC ain’t got nuttin’ on pica pollo! You will find it on every corner during your visit and unless you are a dead or a vegetarian, you won’t be able to resist the aroma wafting throughout the streets.
4. You will drink Presidente and/or Brugal and/or Mamajuana
There is absolutely no way around this one. First of all, the advertising is on point! Presidente green might as well be the official color of Cabarete. The umbrellas and chairs are all sponsored by the pilsner. And in a weird twist of irony, many of the road signs are sponsored by Brugal. So, subconsciously, you are gonna want it. We don’t make the rules, that’s just how advertising works. Even if you have a mind of steel, someone is going to buy you one and you won’t be able to refuse. Because, really? What kind of person refuses free bebidas (Spanish for drinks) while they are in a tropical paradise? On to Mamajuana, which is basically the national drink. Mamajuana is an aperitif concocted by allowing rum, red wine, and honey to soak in a bottle with tree bark and herbs. Back in Taino Indian times, it was consumed as a sans-alcohol tea for its medicinal value. Somewhere along the way, alcohol was added and these days is considered an aphrodisiac. Wepa! Maybe this is why everyone falls in love with Cabarete.
5. You will participate in happy hour
This ain’t North Carolina, so happy hour is legal (yes, happy hour is illegal in North Carolina). In fact, it is more than legal. It’s pretty much always happy hour somewhere on something. First off, every restaurant has some sort of happy hour special at some time during the day. Usually, it is a 2-for-1 type deal just as one would expect. But be on the lookout for happy hour out in the wild, because one can pop up anywhere. It could be when you are negotiating a box of cigars with the traveling cigar man, or a pair of Larimar earrings with a beach vendor, or even when you need a cab ride. Happy hour doesn’t necessarily mean 2-for-1 because remember “happy hour” is actually just the the universal term for “deep discount”. And hey, even if you don’t experience 2-for-1 or a deep discount, we guarantee you will have at least ONE LITERALLY HAPPY HOUR while you are in Cabarete, so there!
6. You will meet your newest best friends
Perhaps thanks to happy hour, but more because Cabarete is a special place. It will be hard to exactly capture what we mean, but here it goes: There is a beautiful mix of locals, transplants, and tourists and this is the perfect mixture for meeting new people. The locals and the transplants exist in harmony and everyone loves welcoming new people to our town. Being that Cabarete is an “off the beaten path” destination, it attracts a certain type of free-spirited person – because if you even know about Cabarete, you have dug deep. The people who actually have the gumption to come here realize they have discovered a figurative gold mine. Gold makes people happy! Happy, open-minded people make friends easily…and thanks to Facebook, you can stay friends no matter where you end up! Yay! And that, my friend, is how new best friends in Cabarete are made.
7. You will be late
Caribbean time is definitely a thing. Cabarete time is a whole other phenomenon. If you took Caribbean time and added at least 30-minutes to it, you would have Cabarete time. Even if you are the type of person who is NEVER late, you will learn to be late because everyone is always late and if you aren’t late…you will be the only person on time. So, the best thing to do is tranquilo (relax). Have an extra Presidente and watch the palm trees blow before you walk out the door…and you will probably be right on time.
8. You won’t know what day of the week it is
As we kind of already mentioned, time is a weird thing here. It will go by slow, but fast. Things are relaxed but adventurous. Put all of this in a pot and mix it up and things can get a little disorienting. Cabarete is notorious for making people miss their flights. Every day you will see someone and say to them, “I thought you were leaving yesterday.” To which they will nonchalantly reply, “Oh, I missed my flight.” Now, we can’t be sure if this is on purpose or an excuse, but we are going to stand behind our peeps and say obviously it’s time’s fault for being so darn sneaky.
9. You will watch the sun set — and it will be spectacular!
Mother Nature loves Cabarete, so she blesses us with the most epic sunsets! Here is a little advice from a true sunset junkie (such as myself): Get a sunrise/sunset app for your phone. Here is the one I use, but it doesn’t matter which one you use as long as it tells you when the sun sets. Set your alarm 15 minutes early. Grab a friend or loved one, run to the shore, and be ready to be amazed!
10. You will dance Bachata
Bachata is Dominican. You could maybe even reverse that and say Dominican is Bachata. That’s how serious this is. At some point someone is going to grab your hand and lead you through the steps: 1, 2, 3, tap and pop your hip. Guaranteed if a good Bachata song comes on! And just want to put it out there that there is always a Bachata song on…and every one is considered good.
11. You will have the chance to watch the sunrise
You might notice that this one has a little bit of a sketchy tone to it. That’s because you will for sure have the opportunity to see the sunrise, but if you spend all of your time at happy hour, drinking Brugal, eating pica pollo, and dancing Bachata, with no regard for time…you might not make it up in time for sunrise. But if you do, it will be spectacular.
12. You will start planning your next trip before you even leave
If you ask a visitor when they are leaving, the answer will go something like, “I leave in 5 days, but I will definitely be back.” It’s like these people feel guilty for leaving or something. Don’t worry, Cabarete will still be here when you get back!