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Cabarete Palm Beach Condos
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Reviewed March 30, 2013

Condo Pros:
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.

Condo Cons:
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.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

We are used to 5 star, all-inclusive resorts but because of pricing and proximity to family we thought we would try Palm Beach Condos (PBC). We were on our own for either finding restaurants or cooking at the condo. My biggest fear was getting sick as some friends of mine were in Cabarete three months prior and got VERY sick. My fears were put to rest when I saw that PBC supplies large jugs of clean water. Just remember to use the bottled water to brush your teeth and not run your tooth brush under the tap.

My wife and I, our 17 year old daughter and her friend were in unit 204, a second floor 2 bedroom with the best view in all of PBC. Were high enough to have privacy from any passers by and closer to the ocean than any of the other units. The terrace is a great place for sitting and watching people or listening to the waves pounding the shore line. I will never get bored with that sound. The bed is a double and a lot smaller than my King sized bed at home but I slept better at PBC than I have in years anywhere else (including at home).

Double French doors open up to the terrace and the breeze was wonderful. We had 2 sunny days out of 8 which is not the norm but it meant that we could be out and about more without the oppressive heat of the sun. We still got tanned. The pool is very clean and cool and a nice change from the waves of the ocean, which can knock you flat if you don't know what you're doing.

The staff were all very friendly and willing to help, responding quickly to calls for small repairs or questions.

The unit was cleaned every day, they even do your dishes. I would leave a tip (100 DR pesos, $2.50 Canadian) for the maid each day. Not sure if that's the norm or not.

One thing that PBC can't change is if you don't like Dominicans trying to sell you stuff on the beach, stay away from anything but an all-inclusive. The sellers are very nice and polite but too persistent. It gets to be annoying to say "no" to the same people 30 or 40 times.

Another thing is the main street. I was surprised that I heard none of the cacophony of noise from the street while at our condo. When you are on the main street there is the usual craziness of a country with little or no road rules. Scooters laden with 3 adults and a baby perched on the headlight. People in cars beeping there horns every 2 seconds. Dump truck drivers beeping at my daughter and her friend. People trying to sell you everything from Viagra to hair braids, to fruit and cigars. I was worried about violence at first but soon learned of the gentle and friendly nature of the Dominicans.

Also, if you have an aversion to prostitutes, stay away. It was sad to watch men of 60 and 70 years old with women in their late teens, early 20's. The looks on their faces showed how much they enjoy their profession. The town of Sosua is far worse in this regard.

The restaurants start immediately next door and we really liked the "Front Loop" restaurant. 2 eggs, bacon, home fries and toast is about $5 Canadian. The owners are Swiss and very nice. For noise reasons they close at 10:00 every night. The bars start about a 1 minute walk down the beach and there are a bunch of them. They are all restaurants as well. My wife and I are foodies. We like gourmet food. Don't get me wrong, we eat Kraft Dinner and some basic (crappy) food as well. My favorite sin food is a COSTCO hot dog. So, having said that I must say that the restaurants we ate at in Cabarete served some of the best meals we have ever eaten.

The best restaurants are;
La Casita Di Papi, on the beach 2 minutes from PBC along the beach. One of the best salads I've ever had. Great steak, fantastic shrimp. The tomato sauce for the pasta is like a rose sauce. It's good, but be warned.

Bliss, an Italian restaurant is unique in that you sit at tables surrounding a swimming pool. Excellent home made pasta dishes and steak.

Kahuna. Owned by a Quebecer so the Poutine is some of the best I've eaten. The cheese curds are imported from Quebec. The salad I had was pretty boring though. Happy hour offers 5 beers for $10, among other items such as 2 for 1 Mojitos, etc.

Janet's grocery store is a nice walk up the beach and you can get everything you need to feed yourselves there.

Would I go back? Yes.

Room Tip: Room 204, second level on the west side is best. Quiet, elevated and closest to the beach.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Our family has been staying here for more than twenty years. The staff at Palm Beach Condos is efficient, warm and friendly. The condos, most of which are 2 bedroom units, are cleaned daily, come with well equipped kitchens and the grounds of the property are beautifully maintained. It's a great place for families with young children, couples or families with older children. One of the great things about Cabarete is that there's lots of stuff to do, both in town and in the surrounding countryside. If you want to use the town as a "destination" you don't need a rental car. Everything is within walking distance. There's a grocery store at either end of town. In the middle of town is Dick's German Bakery- fresh bread and pastries made daily. Most of Cabarete's 100 or so restaurants are on the beach - simply walk out your door at Palm Beach Condos, stroll down the beach and pick out a place for dinner. We consider La Casita de Papi the #1 restaurant in town. Go there and have "Shrimp a la Papi "- you'll love it! For people who love wind/water sports, Cabarete is a great place - kite boarding, wind surfing, paddle boarding, small boat sailing & kayaking.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

2 BR Apartment perfect. Furniture good. Complete equipment. Nice balcony.
If there is a Nespresso machine next year, I would appreciate. But you also can take an expresso on the main street with good french croissant.
The residence is just 1 minute walk from the main street. It is very well protected from any noise or pollution. Absolutely quiet. In the night you can open the windows and only here the ocean. There are several restaurants along the beach within walking distance.
The pool is small, but as the beach is so close, it does not matter.
When we arrived, we paid more than necessary, but did not recognize it. The chief gave us back 300$ without being sollicited.

Thanks to Nelly and her kind team

Room Tip: all are ocean view
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 20, 2012

Stayed here several times. Perfect location, well maintained condos. All the 2 bedroom units face the ocean Right in the middle of the activities in Cabarete but you can retreat to the quite of the Palm Beach Condos and have quiet and privacy. Classy. Have traveled all over the Caribbean and always find ourselves back in Cabarete and at Palm Beach. There allot of new, fancy condos going up around Cabarete, but we think Palm Beach has the perfect mix of class and bare-foot beach elegance. Cannot go wrong.

Room Tip: Check the website for a picture. Second and third floor units toward the outside have the most ligh...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

Palm Beach is a really nice, clean complex with good amenities, in the heart of the Cabarete beach nightlife scene. There are condos and a pool fronting the beach, and condos across the street, facing the beach, above the admin office. All have balconies and a view with AC and furnished kitchen. You are a short walk away to the bar scene and a bunch of different surf shops and rental spots.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

2nd time in 5 years I came to this condos with my family: 2 kids of 13 and 15 years old.
We stayed 14 days there on the condo 208: 03/08/2012-17/08/2012.

To summarize what I detailed here under: Great location, unic area, professionnal&friendly staff and 1st class services for a family.

Perfect location in the center of Cabarete with a front view to ocean and all you need nearby: Supermarket, shops, restaurants, bars, kite&wind surf club.

Warm, friendly and professionnal staff from reception, maintenance, security guards to maids. All were excellents and very helpfull whenever you need.

Services TOP: Maids cleaned everyday and provided clean towels and drinking water whenever required. Beach towels as well as sun loungers put at your disposal free of charge.

We had the condo nb 208 (2nd floor back stage with sea view). I had the impression that this condos was up graded recently. Everything looks new. 2 spacious bedrooms with 2 dedicated bathroom, a kitcheen fully equipped to cook (if you want), a great leaving rooms to welcome friends for a last drink and a large balcony to take your breakfast with the see and the coconuts in front of you.

The architecture of the Plam Beach with few rooms, a nice swimming pools and a UNIC TROPICAL Garden dedicated to the "farniente" makes the difference with what you can find in Cabarete.

I read some reports underlining the "noisy" area. Honestly speaking I came two times here and I did not noticed it. And just to give a concrete example: we were able to fall asleep during the day in the garden several times.

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Room Tip: The first time I was on the ground floor. it was perfect with young kids. As there are not so much p...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Address: Cabarete, Dominican Republic
Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Puerto Plata Province > Cabarete
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 48 Specialty Lodging in Cabarete
Price Range: $95 - $251 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Cabarete Palm Beach Condos 3*
Number of rooms: 16
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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