An Underrated & Affordable Beach Town You Need To Visit

Cabarete, Dominican Republic may not be underrated for wind surfers but the beach town is not only fun on the water it’s fun on land too! I’ve been traveling to the Dominican Republic my whole life since my parents are Dominican natives and in all the years I’ve just recently discovered Cabarete, an affordable beach town with all the fun vibes.

The affordable beach town provides things to do for everyone from beach lounging, adventurous water/land sports to a buzzing nightlife.

Photo taken at El Magnifico

Why you should visit Cabarete

Amazing food

The Dominicans don’t have some secret ingredient that makes all the food taste so good, it’s pretty simple, it’s all fresh. These guys are catching the fish in the AM and cooking it for you at night. The fruits are picked right in front of you and cut open, everything is organic/fresh making even the simplest of foods the tastiest.

Culturally diverse

Cabarete is filled with culture, not only the Dominican culture, there are different people from different parts of the world that have made a life in Cabarete. walk around and see the melting pot of people all around the city. It makes for a good atmosphere and also brings so many choices in places to eat.


The nice thing about Cabarete is the hidden gems of places to eat and stay and the best part it’s affordable! I mean we hopped around numerous hotels and villas and stayed at the best suites and penthouses and didn’t pay more than 200$ a night. So you can live like royalty with peasant incomes lol

Fun Filled 

Dominicans are known for a good time so the fun is expected. There are so many different activities you can do by day, water sports, ATV & horse rides through town. The night life is also fun filled with a strip of bars and restaurants along the beach. The music plays all night long, spend the nights dancing away. One negative about the night life is you will encounter women on the prowl as prostitution is legal in the Dominican Republic so don’t be surprised if you and your group are approached, politely decline and keep on turning up.

Photo taken at Hotel El Magnifico

Stay at a hotel

Velero Beach Resort

Velero’s rooms are pretty standard and clean but the hotel is in the cities centers and the pool area is so chic. This was a favorite for the pool and the restaurant on the hotel grounds is so delish.

Ultravioleta Boutique Residence

One of the pricier hotels in Cabarete but so worth it. The service, security, pool, beach bar is everything. Literally zero complaints. It’s perfect for couples although we had our boys with us who enjoyed morning horse rides on the beach, a dreamy location.

El Magnifico

This hidden gem is perfect if you want to get away from the city but still be in the city. The pool and hotel is covered by lush gardens it’s just beautiful. Stay in one of the penthouses so affordable but you’ll feel like a Kardashian when you first walk in lol!

Natura Cabana 

This is good for my eco chic, yoga peeps. It’s about an 8 minute ride away from the city center but so cool. The rooms are little casitas/ cabanas and there are yoga classes at a temple right on the grounds daily.

Photo taken on Cabarete Beach at Ultravioleta


Or stay at a villa

Villa CocoMar

I only listed one Villa because it’s the only villa we stayed in. its a 4 bedroom villa with a building on the same grounds that houses 10 additional bedrooms, a total of 14 bedrooms. The staff is on point with daily breakfast and meals. You get your own private beach, pool, bar we had about 25 of our friends and family stay with us and split the cost, was amazing.

Where to eat 

Definitely make a stop in at Vagamundos for Breakfast

Victor’s at Veleros was great for breakfast, lunch or dinner

Bliss for a candlelit Italian dinner

Fresh Fresh Cafe for breakfast or mid day smoothie

Cafe Claro for breakfast

Photo taken at Vagamundos

Here’s what to pack and where to shop for great deals before your trip 

Bathing Suits 

ASOS SwimTarget AerieTJ MaxxForever 21

Maxi Dresses 

Forever 21| Lulus | H&M 

Skirts/ Shorts  

Abercrombie American Eagle Levis | Macys 

Fun Accessories

Urban outfitters | Free People | Target | Amazon 


Have you ever been to Cabarete, if so what did you think? If not, will you plan on visiting?