Off the water
Pack plenty of high factor sun cream and bring anti-mosquito spray and mosquito net if you want to get a good night’s sleep and avoid mid-night feasts!
Be careful at night. Although Cabarete is generally safe there are instances of mugging and avoid those romantic night strolls along the beach or secluded areas where you put yourself at risk. I’ve heard that men have also been targeted by hookers on the beach at night who will pick-pocket you whilst distracting your attention!
Don’t drink the tap water and be careful when you are cleaning your teeth.
There are a number of hot locals, most memorably Sammi, Chibo and Fernando. Whilst we were there they held the Encuentro Surf Classic and a locally organised slalom competition and the week previous the Master of the Ocean Competition took place all of which attracted international competitors. In June there is the annual Cabarete Race Week which is a highlight in the local calendar alongside the Kiteboard World Cup event.
I would like to thank Neil, Jens, Serle and everyone at La Vela for their help in putting this article together, Antonio at Ali’s Surfcamp for storing our surfboards for free and all the fun people we met along the way!
The Tourist was...
Name: Lucy Robson, K195 (JP /Neil Pryde, SevenX) and Caspar Coninx
Local beach: Brighton
How many years sailing: 4yrs
Last windsurf move you cracked: Spock
What you’re working on now: Aerials