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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