• Nancy Michel

Shopping and dining in Cabarete

Cabarete is well known as a suffer town with activities like Kitesurfing and windsurfing but it has so much more to offer. You can shop the boutiques, eat on the beach, pamper yourself at the spa or even take a yoga class!

Restaurants and shops cluster along Calle Principal, the town’s main street, near the waterfront. One of my favorite shop for beach clothes is Olivia’s. I bough my famous sun hat with the turquoise ribbon and my beautiful beach tote there. She has fashion for both men and women and renew her stock often. Her shop is a must! Another shop I like for clothes is Mediterraneo. They have a good selection for both men and women with some t-shirts and caps branded with Cabarete which make a great souvenir or gift. To buy beautiful Larimar jewelry go to Mares Joias or you can buy it from the sellers directly on the beach!

There are many restaurants in Cabarete so you can’t go wrong! We like to have a drink and bite to eat in the afternoon either at the Mojito bar or at the Lazy dog. If you are looking for a place to watch the game, Kahuna is the place! We often dine in the evening at Kalypso that has good fish and seafood. We like the banquets with big cushions that makes it comfortable to eat on the beach. On our to do list is the tapas place Yalla. The menu looks great and they are opening their new location on the beach! Other place we want to check out is El Patron with its Mexican flavor and tequila bar.

One of my favorite places is Vitamin D café. They serve great smoothies and juices, fresh, whole food with vegan, gluten and dairy free options – perfect for me! The best part is the patio with bean bags! You can relax, have your smoothie and watch the kite surfers do their magic on the water. We discovered the Honey Company on our last trip and just fell in love with the small coffee and honey shop. They offer great breakfast, coffees and teas and of course, honey and other product that are made by their own bee hive!

I am really into spa and yoga but did not have the chance to explore all that Cabarete has to offer on the front. On my to do list is to go at the Andaris Spa located in the Millineum hotel. Their hot stone message and facial combo is just up my alley! When we shot our episode of HGTV Caribbean Life (Flying high in Cabarete, season 12, episode 14) we had a private yoga session at Natura Cabana. A covered, open studio is right on the beach so you hear the waves in the background during your session; doesn’t get any better than that! The Extreme hotel also offers Yoga classes in a similar open environment so you have options!

As you can see, Cabarete has so much to offer beyond the beach and water sport. What will you do when you next visit Cabarete?

Until next time!

Nancy and Francois

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