This Thursday March 17, the 2022 edition of the annual D.R. Open Kiteboarding competition started. It will last for 3 days until March 19. Athletes are invited to compete in different categories: Professional, Semi-Professional, Freestyle Junior and Freestyle Women.

Everyone is welcome to join this colourful kiteboarding performance and support the participants. The program also includes some chill-out Dj sessions at the hotel Millennium.

This annual event has been inspiring young local athletes and promoting the kiteboarding culture in Cabarete for several years now. Numerous local businesses have always supported it recognizing the importance it plays for the younger generation development. And we hope you can also become part of this event and enjoy the local talents performance.

 

 

Cabarete Beach will be the stage where various carnival characters will parade through the water and on the sand this coming March 19 as part of the seventh edition of the Cabarete carnival.

This carnival is the only one in the Dominican Republic that takes place on the beach, which gives an exquisite touch to this great tradition attracting tourists from all over the world, as well as visitors from different parts of the country.

This year it receives the active support of the Cabarete District Board, headed by its mayor Freddy Cruz, who commented: “The Cabarete Carnival is one of the cultural events that keeps the Dominican tradition alive, allowing our community to enjoy a great show and our tourists to have a pleasant experience full of art and culture”.

The event is organized by the Cabarete Carnival Association, chaired by Erick M. Vargas and the creative agency Dosele, directed by Kelvyn Santos and Hasudi Montolío.

The carnival will feature artistic performances by music students of Fedujazz and the Dream Project Bachata Academy, both non-profit entities that constantly work with the children of the Cabarete community. Among other surprise artistic presentations.

We invite everyone to join the Cabarete community in this colorful and joyful celebration. And we suggest taking some sunset drinks or enjoying a dinner afterwards at our restaurant Sunset Grill.

This last weekend Cabarete once again reaffirmed its title of Surf and Wind Capital of the World when hosting the first Qualifying Series event of the World Surf League on the island. It was an outstanding opportunity to show the world Cabarete’s great swell conditions along with the beauty and splendor of our nature.

Over 96 athletes arrived from various countries to compete in Playa Encuentro from March 3 to 6, 2022. 15 local athletes represented the Dominican Republic in this competition too. Despite the tropical rain conditions during the last days of the event, a lot of spectators came to support the happening and enjoy the local vendor market and festive scene.

The joy of the crowd was even bigger when the local wildcard, proven QS veteran, Manuel Selman won the event title on home soil with a fairytale victory. This marks Selman’s first-ever victory, as well as Final appearance.

This type of events is especially beneficial for our town’s development for various reasons. First of all, it puts the name of Cabarete on the world’s surfing map and thus attracts more tourists to the area. Secondly, it gives local surfers a chance to compete with elite athletes from other countries and thus motivates them to train more and get to the next surfing level. And last but not the least, it gives the local youth hope and an alternative area in which they can develop and achieve success.

Special thanks to Carambola Surf House that powered and organized this event from the very beginning.

 

From January 21 to 23, 2022, the Carib Wind Cabarete Regatta was held on Cabarete beach, the only recognized annual Olympic class regatta in the Caribbean.

The event marks the start of the ILCA global sailing regatta calendar, attracting the world’s best sailors (sailing athletes). It is sponsored by Carib Wind Cabarete, Seapro Watersports and Drifter, under the direction of Andrés Santana and the technical team of the Dominican Sailing Federation.

Over 20 participants competed in the ILCA one person class, with representation from the Netherlands, USA, Canada, Germany, Spain, England and of course the Dominican Republic.

The technical coordinator of the event Ari Barshi explained that this type of event attracts water sports tourists who come for the wind and waves that are so unique in our country, especially in Cabarete which is known as the international mecca for kitesurfing and the windsurf.

World Sailing, the international governing body for sailing, includes the results of this regatta in its world ranking, which makes it a very prestigious event on the world sailing calendar.

This year Cabarete will be celebrating the holidays with new shine and glow. Apart from the new sidewalks being finished in the town, there is also a nice Christmas tree and light installation in front of Fresh Fresh Cafe and next to Helados Bon in the town center. It’s a great spot where families can take Christmas photos and get into the Christmas spirit. It adds joyfulness and conviviality to the town look.

At Velero Beach Resort, we also got ready for the holidays season. Look how we’ve decorated our lobby. What do you think? Do you like it?

 

This week Puerto Plata has become the only town in the whole Caribbean with 2 functioning cruise ports.

The President of the Dominican Republic, Luis Abinader led this Wednesday the inauguration of the new tourist and cargo terminal Taíno Bay in San Felipe de Puerto Plata with the arrival of a MSC boat with capacity for 5,000 cruise passengers. Although due to the COVID-19 protocols and security measures, it only brought about 1,700 passengers.
The Taino Bay terminal is part of a multipurpose project that will allow the docking of cruise ships, containers and the loading of products, which will make it one of the most attractive and active ports in the country. Taino Bay with an investment of more than 80 million dollars is part of the government initiatives.

During the inauguration of the terminal, President Luis Abinader reiterated his commitment and that of his government to generate more jobs and increase the arrival of tourists to the country. This terminal will generate 1,500 direct jobs and 3,500 indirect jobs.

Through the gates of this port terminal, it is projected to receive over 750 thousand cruise passengers by 2022, which will represent an average income of US $ 75 million. Among the carriers that have confirmed their routes are Royal Caribbean Cruises, Virgin Voyages, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, TUI Cruises, Celebrity Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

We’re very happy and proud of this new cruise terminal. And we hope it will give the local economy a necessary boost so much needed after the pandemic.

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