A February 2005 trip
to Cabarete by lroginsky
Quote: Wild beach, incredible waves and surfing, warm weather, and great food in Dominican Republic
The town of Sosua also sells some souvenirs, but there is not that much to see there. The excursions from the hotel include horseback riding, cave trips, and boat trips to the islands and lagoons. The horseback riding is on the beach, and you can swim in the caves, but for the island trips you have to spend several hours on a bus. There are also trips to Santo Domingo and Santiago.
There are no activities at the pool during the day, but the hotel has a schedule of activities at night, including dance and music shows. The local bars in Sosua are not very good and not worth the trip. There is a casino at Plaza Dorado, but it is also mediocre.
The beach is close and private, but it is a small strip. The little rusty tractor can take you to the beach, which is considered to be safer, as there have been some incidents of tourists being attacked on the way to the beach. You can walk on the beach for a while, about 20 minutes in low tide. The beach in Sosua is nicer, and there is souvenir shopping there and in the Playa Dorado complex of 14 hotels.
There is a restaurant close to the hotel, Las Olas, which is owned by French-Canadians and offers great chocolate crepes and other great dishes. We took an all-inclusive plan and did not regret it. The food was great and made-to-order, unlike all the other all-inclusive buffets. The breakfast pancakes are fluffy, and omelets are great, but if you want substitutions, it becomes harder to explain it to the waiters. The all-inclusive includes breakfast and dinner, but you can always buy lunch during the day at the hotel or the local cafes.
The nightly entertainment was almost nonexistent on most nights; occasionally they had shows that came to the hotel for several hours. There is a bar at the pool, where people enjoy drinks all day and night long. There is no air-conditioning in the rooms, but that is not a problem at all in February. It was actually a cold night, and they did not have additional blankets available. The rooms are large; our two-bedroom apartment was very nice, clean, and had two large balconies. The main problem is that the hot water lasts about 5 minutes, so if many people plan to take showers, try to schedule them at least 15 minutes apart so the hot water can accumulate again. The service is okay, but not perfect. Our phone was broken, and it took them 5 days to fix it. You can buy Verizon phone cards at Sosua shops, and fruits and snacks are available at the local shop at the condo next to Coconut Palms.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 15, 2005
Coconut Palms Resort
Vista del Caribe
Cabarete, Dominican Republic 57000