Spent there relaxed 2 weeks.
Condo #115, ground floor, direct beach access from the balcony (some 15 steps down). 200m2, including balconies. VERY spacious. We had 2 bedrooms out of the 3. The flat looks better in the real world than on the photos.
We were there on a self-catering basis as we started to hate the crap that all inclusive resorts used to serve nowadays.
This east end of Cabarete is more quiet and relaxed than the center. Less people, less vendors, no pubs. On the other hand it’s also just 5 mins walk to the center. Janet’s is also just a 5 mins walk. No need for any transportation. The sea is also more quiet here than in the middle of the bay. The beachfront is very quiet, practically you just hear the waves breaking. Just the condo inhabitants and a few people walking around, unless it’s sunday when lots of locals appear. The street side (guest bedrooms) can be more loud, there are a few loud vehicles and they used to honk.
Security is very good, guards are visible 99% of the time on the beach and on the street side.
They are watching closely, let you in from the beach if you forgot the keys, let you in from the street side before you get the keys from the pockets.
Minor issues were quickly resolved by Raquel.
Nice improvement would be a food processor and renewed nonstick pans (I know renters are usually careless about such, but self-catering would have been easier).
(west is towards Puerto Plata / airport)
Janet’s supermarket. East, about 100m. Great selection. Use your sins to select meat/cheese/fruits. Avoid frozen stuff. Prices quoted on shelves is what you pay, unless they forgot to update. There are price checkers around. Takes a bit to refill after holidays/Sundays. If you don’t find something, ask the guy at the front counter, he speaks English. Accepts cards.
Albertico supermarket. West, about 100m, after scotiabank. Open longer than Janet’s, but avoid unless there’s an emergency. Small selection. Cash only.
Fresh fish: “pescaderia” a bit after Janet’s to east. Be prepared that you need to buy the whole fish, not just a part. On the other hand the guy filets the fish.
Bank: scotiabank, west, about 100m. Has indoor ATMs. I’d avoid any other street side teeny tiny ATM. Looks like a real bank.
Transportation: bargain on the prices, tourists get usually double the regular quoted.
guagua: minibus, lots of people fit, 25 pesos/person for shorter rides
motoconcho: motorbike, 1-2 plus the driver fit, 50 pesos/person for shorter rides
taxi: station on the right, about 100m, fixed prices to given destinations, ask for specials like whole day Puerto Plata tour (is a lot cheaper than tour ops for more people)
rent a car: west, about 100m, easy rider. The owner gives detailed instructions what to visit around.
Watersports (windsurf, wavesurf, kitesurf):
Vela, west, about 100m -- ask for Bernat, you won’t be disappointed.
Would definitely return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- BEACH PALACE CABARETE is one of the most luxurious vacation properties available in Cabarete, Dominican Republic - perfectly located in the very center of Cabarete and situated right on the idyllic windsurfing- & kite boarding beach. You will find the entire warm ocean and swaying palm trees at your feet day or night. All our spacious, modern and tastefully furnished condos include a beachfront living room, complete kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and beachfront terrace or balconies. Additional amenities (flat screen cable TV, wireless internet, cookware, towels, linens, condo cleaning service, beach chairs, etc) will enable you to thoroughly relax upon arrival and enjoy everything your 'home away from home' and Cabarete have to offer. Condos can be rented as 1, 2 or 3 bedroom units. An underground garage is available for your vehicle with 24/7 security service. Our beachfront location, in the center of Cabarete Town, provides you with easy access to the beach, the ocean, restaurants, grocery stores, banks, etc. And we are only steps away from Cabarete's major windsurfing centers. ... more less
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