I stayed at Ali's Surf Camp for 6 weeks during a volunteer placement in Cabarete last summer, and loved it. The room I was in was very basic, but it had a large fan (on constantly) and mosquito net supplied. If you pay more though, the better rooms are well worth it, with showers and some with cooking facilities.
The best thing about the camp is the people though - I travelled on my own, and the first night joined the 'communal table', where the people travelling alone or in small groups tend to sit. This way, you get to know the vast majority of the other guests there, inheriting a instant group of friends from the people who've stayed there before.
Staying there for so long meant that, after a while, when new people arrive, you can then tell them about the best places to go, nights out (if it's Monday then you HAVE to go to Voyvoy on the beach and listen to the awful but brave karaoke) etc, and discuss the surf or wind if you're kiting.
As an animal lover, away from home and missing my pets, another plus point to Ali's are the camp dogs, 2 gorgeous boxers who'll demand rubs off you, cover you in fur and lounge by the pool :) Plus there's a deep little stream running through camp with loads of fish in it.
The camp is well situated in Cabarete, off the highstreet and tucked away. The food was lovely, (specially the churraso and spare ribs and pretty much anything they put on the flame grill). There is wireless broadband in most areas of the camp too, which is useful.
When I go back to the DR, I'm definately staying at Ali's again. It might not be the poshest place to stay in town, but the people and welcome you get there makes it so worth it. Ali's rules.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cabarete Surfcamp is located on a quiet lagoon in Cabarete. The town center and beach are only a two minute walk from our Hotel. Our peaceful Hotel lays in a quiet neighborhood, only a few walking minutes from all the nightlife and shopping facilities Cabarete has to offer. Our Cottages and bungalows are cheap and affordable lodging alternative. We also offer high standard studios and apartments for families, couples or single travelers, we have the right option for your vacation budget.The swimming-pool lays in the shade of coconut palms and has a great lawn with sun chairs for sunbathing available at no cost, to all of our guests for a full Caribbean experience. Even if you're not a guest of our surfcamp it is worth a short walk for dinner at our famous restaurant, built in a typical Caribbean style with the beautiful view to the natural lagoon of Cabarete.In the evening our restaurant is also a popular meeting point for many locals who appreciate our great food and cocktails famous in Cabarete and throughout the whole Caribbean.Alis Cabarete Surf Camp Restaurant is simply the best way to start a fun night out at downtown Cabarete! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cabarete Surfcamp Hotel Cabarete