Dominican Carnival Traditions Come to Cabarete

Have you ever heard of the Dominican Carnival? Every time you hear talk about carnivals, you must immediately think of Brazil. However, Carnival or “Carnaval” in Spanish and Portuguese are not only characteristic of Brazil. The truth is that having large celebrations at the end of winter are common for most Latin American countries.

This tradition has deep religious roots. Thus carnivals are usually celebrated before Easter and, most importantly, before Lent, period of repentance and abstinence from all earthly sins. During the Spanish conquest when Carnival traditions came from Europe to Latin America, African descendants gave the celebration a distinctive touch with dances and masks.

And the Dominican Republic isn’t an exception.

The Dominican carnival traditions definitely have their own twist but they carry an incredible vibe and upbeat energy!

Every Sunday during the month of February, colorful parades take place in every major city and region around the country. La Vega Carnival is considered the oldest, largest, and most popular of all. Each area has its own distinct costumes, masks, and mystical characters inspired by the Dominican folkloric traditions and beliefs. There are some common characters that you will find in any parade: El Diablo Cojuelo, Roba La Gallina, Los Taimáscaros, etc

You will have a chance to meet these and other Dominican carnival characters in Cabarete on March 25. This colorful event filled with music, dances, art, history and joy of life will take place on the main Cabarete beach. Besides, Cabarete carnival is the only show of all Dominican carnivals that takes place on a beach. You can find more details on Cabarete carnival main website. 

If you plan to join the show and look for an accommodation, Velero Beach will be happy to welcome you. Please check our booking engine for price and availability. Or contact our manager Rusbel Acosta at

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Support InspireDR For a Future Community Center

This coming Saturday February 4 at Goddess Beach Club, you have a chance to participate in a fundraising event by the local non-profit organization InspireDR and contribute to the construction of a future Cabarete Community Center.

InspireDR provides free after-school and summer programs to teach boys practical life skills and instill positive values. Since 2015, they have helped more than 100 boys on their path toward being responsible men, husbands, and fathers.

Every year before the pandemic they organized a fundraising event to collect money towards more programming & course materials as well as new workshops and community events. 2 years after the last InspireDR fiesta, everyone is now invited to the new Carnival edition 2023.

This year’s goal is to raise necessary funds to build a community center in Cabarete. It’s expected to become a key element for the organization. Since it will bring the community together by sustaining a space for educational and cultural purposes.

Besides making a meaningful impact on the noble cause, all guests will enjoy live music (Concón Quemao), tasty food and drinks, silent and live auctions, raffles, carnival & dance performances, fire show, and much more.

To get more details and buy tickets, please click the link. And hope to see you there on Saturday, it will be fun!

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8th Annual Dream Holiday Brunch

Velero Beach Resort was honoured to host the 8th Annual Dream Holiday Brunch this year.

The Dream Project is a renowned non-profit organization based in Cabarete. It provides high-quality educational opportunities for children, youth and families in the whole country. Within just 17 years, DREAM has grown from one small community in Cabarete to 15 throughout the Dominican Republic, educating more than 6,500 people through 17 innovative programs. DREAM offers literacy, early childhood education, youth leadership, the Bachata Academy and various community programs.

Every year DREAM organizes a Holiday Brunch event where everyone is welcome to join the Christmas season opening and also to contribute to the organization’s funds. Each of the participants becomes a contributor to DREAM’s education programs as all the profit from the sold event tickets goes to financing resources for more than 2,000 local youth and their families. Those who can’t assist are always welcome to donate to support the fundraiser through the official website.

This year Velero Beach Resort was chosen as a venue for this important community event. It was such a joy to see so many people assist to the brunch and enjoy all the activities. It’s heartwarming to realize how united and caring our Cabarete community is and how everyone is committed to giving back to all the nice local people contributing to a better future for their youth.

Besides, Velero Beach Resort also offered free meal certificates for our restaurant Sunset Grill. Those were awarded as prizes at the traditional Holiday Brunch sweepstakes.

We hope you can participate in the next year Dream Holiday brunch!

Below photos are courtesy of DREAM

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24th Dominican Jazz Festival Cabarete

24th Dominican Jazz Festival to take place in Cabarete

The Dominican Republic Jazz Festival returns with two concerts

About the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival

The Dominican Republic Jazz festival is one of the biggest cultural events in the Caribbean, with twenty years of history. Annually presenting a series of free concerts on the North Coast of the DR, the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival has enjoyed participation by internationally acclaimed artists such as the prestigious GRAMMY Award winners Esperanza Spalding, Chuck Mangione, David Sanchez, Ray Baretto, Nestor Torres, Chucho Valdes and Arturo Sandoval, Ignacio Berroa, John Patitucci, and Joe Lovano among others.

24th edition to take place on November 11 and 12 on Cabarete beach

After a two-year break due to the health crisis that hit the world, the event returns with more force to offer “the music of musicians, jazz”, to the hundreds of people from all over the country and tourists from all over the world.

It will feature the participation of national and international artists, such as the Equatoguinean-Spanish singer, Buika, who stands out in different musical genres such as flamenco, jazz, tango and boleros, as well as Grupo Bonyé, with a repertoire that includes son, guaracha, montuno, traditional son, salsa, salve and merengue.

In addition to the presentations of important musicians and singers, the DR Jazz Festival 2022, offers an interesting agenda that includes different free musical educational workshops, jam sessions for those who want to improvise, as well as activities for the whole family.

Thanks to these concerts, more than 80 children with limited resources will benefit from classes in different musical instruments such as piano, drums, saxophone, guitar, bass, violin, cello, among other instruments, using Jazz as a teaching platform.

Hope to see you on the beach and enjoy magic music together! You can check the official program of the event on this website

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