The condos are in the center of the beach with excellent access to restaurants, a 10 minute walk to the grocery store (Janet's) & a small market directly across the street. Evening ecurity is attentive and the rooms are clean and spacious. Restaurants to the west are few and have no open air restaurants (tables on the beach) and it is area for kite & wind surfing so the beach is a maze of equipment. Condos to the east have very little beach and do not seem well maintained. Our condo (#104) had a great view and a nice patio. Twice we called the office because we needed our water replaced and both times, the water was replaced within minutes.
Management was not proactive at all. When arriving, it would have been nice to know the names of the staff and protocol for new beach towels, using the chairs on the beach (as some of them cost money and some do not), etc. Not once during our stay did management leave the office to cross the ally to the condos to check in to see how we were fairing. Our group stayed in all three of the front condos and each was stocked differently. We did not have a microwave, while the others did. One condo had a toaster, one did not, and we had a toaster - but it was broken. Day security allowed vendors to come onto the property and approach us while we swam in the pool. The last two days of our stay overlapped with Holy Week, which is a giant party for DR citizens. We were warned several times that our last night would include loud music and crowds. Knowing that we were spending 7 nights, this was not an issue and we looked forward to experiencing it. What they did NOT tell us, is that nobody is allowed to swim in the ocean! No swimming is allowed due to hazards of the party atmosphere (AKA - drunks). No swimming allowed is definitely something 3 families with kids should have been told.
Our family has vacationed in Negril, Jamaica for the last 9 years and this year we decided it was time to try another location. We loved that DR has the same laid back feel with small restaurants right on the beach, no large all inclusive compounds, and no cruise ship docking. If we were to return to Cabarete, we would stay at Palm Beach again - as most of the cons were due to it being our first trip to the DR and our first stay at Palm Beach.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- FOR RENT SHORT TERM AND LONG TERM: Cabarete Palm Beach Condos and Studios offers beachfront 2-bedroom condos, penthouses, and large studios, each with an ocean view. Nestled in a quiet location in the center of Cabarete, Dominican Republic. ... more less
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