Cabarete Tours are numerous, given the bio diversity of the area (mountain, rivers, beach, forest) which makes it an eco friendly location too. Many people travel here for surfing, kiteboarding, Stand Up Paddle ( SUP ), windsurfing and laser sailing, but there is also a great deal of places and activities worth considering, such as the Monkey Jungle, a zip lining experience among a forest of monkeys in the mountains of El Choco ( which is also a national park reserve ). El Choco also has a famous trekking trail where visitors learn about the park, its native flora and visit underground caves where rivers can be explored, along with stalagmites and stalactites. El Choco Caves are a must see for those visiting Cabarete. Experienced cave divers might get a permit to dive the caves; most people can swim in the shallow ones.
Monkey Jungle has three venues for your enjoyment. A 4,500 foot, 7 station ACCT certified zip line, an ancient 3 acre grotto botanical park with 30+ squirrel and capuchin monkeys and a seven station private gun range. It is 4,500 foot ACCT certified zip line with 7 stations and 2 suspended bridges, one with a free fall belay device (fan descender) that drops you over 50 feet into an ancient bat cave. Their ancient grotto is a botanical park with 30+ free roaming squirrel monkeys.
Two activities that promote eco tourism and take advantage of the national park mountain lands are horseback riding and 4wheelers tours, both follow the park trail and end on a long stretch of beach, quite impressive and adventurous.
Cabarete Tours also offer activities such as golfing, having Playa Grande (1.5 hrs away) and Playa Dorada (20 mins away) as the top golf courses available in the North Coast. Sprawling over 180 acres of picturesque coastline, world-class Playa Grande Golf Course was designed by Robert Trent Jones. Playa Dorada offer 18 holes of challenging, 72 par golf in the lush Puerto Plata landscape by the Atlantic Ocean.
There are several horseback riding trails on the mountain, the beach and a combination of both for several hours and even a full day. Quads/wheelers also have beach and mountain trails, the top one being in Montellano, Puerto Plata ( unless the visitor prefer mountains over cane fields ). GT Rentals has access to a private ranch of fine horses and mountain tours, with equestrian center and professional horse whisperers.
Kiteboarding, surfing, windsurfing and stand up paddle boarding are available through agreements we have with various local schools in Cabarete, Kite Beach, Bozo Beach and Encuentro. Lessons are available to newbies and seasoned surfers alike; or just rental of gear, shoes and even clothing.
Of all these water sports, the most extreme and demanding is Kiteboarding. Windsurfing is second in difficulty but can be mastered quicker. Surfing can be learned in a day`s time to begin standing up, although most people take 2-3 days to pick up speed in the learning curve. Stand up paddle is even easier, and can be learned within hours. The trainers are very dedicated people, and get along well with visitors.
Other activities available for travelers are Snorkeling, Fishing, Banana boats, Sailing, Kayaking and even Powered Snorkel ( sort of underwater scooter ) to explore reefs alive with colorful tropical fish in places like three rocks, in a nearby town called Sosua. Top fishing in the area is Marlin, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi and Tuna.
Fishing in Sosua is by far the best experience for new and experienced, and GT is one of the top sources to book a fishing tour in the North Coast. Aboard a Hatteras, Viking or Bertram yacht, fully equipped with bait, gear and staff. Fish can be as big as 300+ pound or as small as -10 pounds ( the average catch is 30-250 lbs ). www.sosuafishing.com is the official website, and their site is also a magazine that publishes important articles on fishing and gear. Best fishing starts at 7:00am to 1:00pm, or 2:00pm-6:00pm ; full day charters are also available.
For the adventurous ( and fit ) there is a unique, thrilling experience called Los 27 Charcos de Damajagua ( Damajagua`s 27 falls ) which is a set of 27 pools that cascade into one another, within a green, lush forest of Puerto Plata. Recommended for anyone over 17 years old, good swimmers. The first half of the tour is easier than the rest, and the length of the tour is determined beforehand when booking.
This is a fulfilling tour, but avoid any heavy rainy week as it becomes extreme. Most people take half the tour, because it is physically demanding to finish all 27 falls from start to finish – walking, swimming and jumping. Protective gear for head and torso is provided by staff at the site, and the guide must be followed at all times to stick together to the group. It is an awesome photo op tour, so bring the GoPro or water/shock proof camera.