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“Must Do in Cabarete, the El Choco Caves are definitely on my top list”
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The Caves
Ranked #17 of 44 things to do in Cabarete
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Owner description: This group of connected rocks and boulders provides an interesting site for divers.
Reviewed March 19, 2012

I`ve been hearing about El Choco National Park and caves since years ago, and had to go on March 11 because my wife had a college assignment on it. I was quite impressed that such a nice attraction is so close to us and some people miss the chance of visiting. There`s a guided tour that includes some botanic lessons on local trees and fruits, quite interesting. Then we reached the first cave, and learned that some of us still can`t make it all the way down.. felt like Indiana Jones!

I`m glad my camera batteries died when I was about 13 meters down, so I didn`t fully tour the first cave to the bottom. The next cave we visited was easier, shallower but provided the best pictures. There`s a lot other caves you can swim on, and many have underground water pools of mineral water. Some are deep ( up to 70 mts depth ) and others are shallow enough for kids to swim on.

Some cave divers ( real pros ) have explored the underwater caves, headed by the Dominican Republic Speleological Society ( DRSS ). El Choco National Park is the newest national park in the DR, 77 square kilometers in size, includes 2 lagoons, the caves, forest and pasture land, and a great trail for horseback riding, 4wheel riding and walking or jogging. When we took the tour one week ago there was no official webpage with complete details on the park, so the college group came up with one, we all helped a bit.

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Reviewed December 29, 2010

Don't go to Cabarate without seeing these lovely caves. The park is now government run but I must say not as well publicized as it should be. It was an easy 25 minute walk from us from Velero Beach Resort. From the main street where you turn off, it's only 10 or 15 minutes to walk there (I think the street was across from the Ocean Dreams Plaza). At the park entrance you pay about $15 per person and a guide takes you through a portion of the park and a series of about 4 different caves. They give you flashlights and there are stairs to help you get down inside. Make sure you swim - the water is lovely, clear, soft and cool. They have now put locks on some of the entrances to prevent vandalism (one pool is free for locals to swim in whenever they want). Our guide was very friendly and had a lot of knowledge about the local plants (he found passion fruit, cacao pods, lemon grass, cilantro etc.). You can learn a lot about the D.R. and especially about the local culture from your guide. The formations are stunning. This tour took us about 1.5 hours and we were the only people with our guide.

9  Thank dimples15
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Reviewed June 17, 2006

Last summer I went to the Dominican republic and stayed at a resort. for something interesting to do I went to the town of Cabarete located about 7 miles east of Sosua on the North coast. I heard people talking about the "cueve de Cabarete and wanted to find out more. I spoke to a motoconcho driver who took me the 2 miles to the caves. For a small fee, (around $10.00 US per person) you take a guided walking tour through a plantation which as explained by the guide never quite got off the ground. He also explains about the canal you walk by. You ascend toward the caves which are rather small but filled with beautifully clear water. Some of the local boys were swimming there. you can see down about 60 or so feet to the bottom. On the tour I took I was the only person along with the guide. It was very nice. He explained about the native plants and animals, and about some of the former uses of the caves. His English was very good. There is a little place to stop to have a beer(Presidente) or soda which you pass on the way up but stop at on the way down. I found it t be well worth the 10.00 fee. The tour lasted about 2 hours. It might take a bit longer if you have a larger group or people who aren't really physically fit but anyone can make this trip. there are however no provisions for someone in a wheel chair. go see it it is a nice diversion from the street hawkers and hustle and bustle of the shops in Cabarete

14  Thank William V
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