My husband and I just returned from a 6 week stay in Cabarete. (Dec - Jan 18th) We always rent a private apartment at Cita Del Sol. Since we have stayed there many times, we think this is the best place in Cabarete.
The apartment we rent is fully equipped with almost anything you could want or need. It is just like home, without the phone calls.
The cable TV has been upgraded and there are a lot of U.S. television programs now. They have a new planta or generator and it has taken care of 99% of the electrical problems. In fact, a lot of places that used to have electrical problems only have them occasionally now.
It is located near the center of town, with Internet cafes, restaurants, banks, groceries, a bakery all just past the front door. The grounds are beautifully kept as well as the delightful pool. The beach is across the street.
We were there for Christmas and New Year's, it was quite a different experience then in the U.S. I had never been away from home for the holidays. Being in summer like weather for Christmas was strange, but wearing shorts was a lot more comfortable then coats, hats and gloves. They had a great fireworks display on the beach for New Year's, however I did have a complaint about that. There were several places where they were shooting off the fireworks, but since it was so dark you couldn't see where these places were setup. I came close to being injured when one misfired and almost hit me. Organization is not always one of the Dominican Republic's strong suits.
There are many types of transportation available ranging from the "tourist taxis", local taxis, bus and motos. The only warning I have is, neogotiate transportation prices before you commit. If you think you are being overcharged just say no and there will always be someone else who will neogotiate a better price.
The staff at Cita Del Sol is the best. Very friendly, accomodating, and full of great information from where to eat and shop, including the best prices, to solving any problems we had. My
husband had to have emergency surgery in Puerta Plata while we were there and the staff was always concerned about his condition and always supportive. The apartments are very clean, and believe me I'm picky so this is high praise. If we had any problems they were taken care of just as soon as possible.
Whenever we go to the Dominican Republic, my husband and I think about going to another part of this large island to see something different. But we love the "Cabarete Community" feeling and always end up back there. Maybe we will try another part of the country someday, but we are happy in Cabarete.
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