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Best wind season in Cabarete, Dominican Republic.

The best wind season in Cabarete is summer, June through August. The summer Caribbean trade winds bring consistent side onshore wind conditions ranging from 12-25 knots or 14-29 mph.

The wind direction in early morning is side offshore then sideshore and quickly switch to side onshore in late morning. Afternoons are quite windy so you will want to switch to a smaller kite size to enjoy the thermal winds.

Early kite session – Kite foiling, wing foiling.

Late mornings are great wind conditions for kite and wing foiling, especially in the summertime because the waves are at their smallest, so when you see those foilers on the water … this is your queue to start setting up your kite gear and get on the water for an early kite session.

Freeride kitesurfing – Kite lessons.

You’ll enjoy the gentle wind conditions and share those turquoises blues with just a few other riders. Beginners kitesurf lessons usually starts not too long after.

Be aware though! … The sun is really hot at this time of day so you will want to put up some really good sunscreen, wear a long sleeve rashguard and hat before you head off to the beach.

Freestyle kiteboarding session.

If you are into freestyle, you’ll definitely want to score a nice early afternoon kiteboarding session on the flat water and try all those new tricks you’ve been waiting to land!

Perfect waves to learn strapless kitesurfing.

Summer is the best wind season in Cabarete. It’s also the best time of the year to learn kitesurfing as well as the best season to improve your wave riding skills. The average wave size range from 0.8 to 1.2 meters or 2 1/2 to 4 foot. Rest assured, you’ll always find nice waves on the reef and the steady trade winds makes it the perfect combo for strapless kite surfing.

Downwinders and epic sunsets.

The smaller waves conditions are also great to go on a downwinder so you can ride waves after waves. Sunset sessions are also pretty epic! … A must add to your Cabarete bucket list!

One great way to familiarize yourself with strapless kitesurf is to sign up for a wave riding clinic. Surfing is also great to learn about waves, better understand the dynamics of the ocean and ease into your comfort zone.

Improve your skills with Kitesurf and Surf lessons.

Salty Addict offers beginners kitesurf lessons, intermediate and advances kite clinics and coaching, surf lessons and rentals as well as SUP excursions.


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The end of travel as we know it. What’s next?

Is it the end of travel as we know it? The beginning of 2020 started with Pura Vida lifestyle; “perfect waves on a surf trip to Tamarindo, Costa Rica… amazing kitesurfing sessions in Colombia’s windiest kite spot, Cabo de la Vela … unforgettable stand-up paddleboarding excursions on the pristine waters of Los Cabos, Mexico …” The list of travel destinations goes on and on as we got used to having access to just about any destination we could dream of. 

We were blatantly unaware that travel would suddenly come to a complete halt! 

I will never forget that last carefree evening back in early February 2020; dining with friends at Nectar, one of our favorite restaurants in Cabarete bay. As usual, our typical friendly gatherings consisted of a melting pot of world citizens, surfers and kiteboarders that previously met at one of the local beaches. We were all enjoying ourselves, talking about how great the surf and kitesurf sessions were that day and when would the next swell come in. We were simply celebrating life!   

Back then, we all knew of that coronavirus but none of us had the slightest idea about the immensity of the situation and how fast it would also affect our lives. Needless to say, two days later, the coronavirus was pretty much all over the worldwide news and unfortunately became part of our daily lives as well!   

I sometimes wonder if knowing what was coming, we would have taken the opportunity to go on that kite safari or another trip on the top-rated bucket list travel destinations. 

The pandemic led to an ongoing chain of events bringing sudden changes and new rules every other day. Ocean lovers are used to having to navigate true all kinds of situations and continually adapt to changes in weather forecast, swell changes or wind shifts. This last year has been like a never-ending storm where one has to stay far offshore, enduring all kinds of weather, waiting for the calm after the storm to safely return to shore. I don’t know about you but this one has been a tough one to navigate!   

The way we travel.  

Who would have imagined that we would one day have to wear a mask at the beach! And what about all the countries that are not yet reopened to tourism? How are the locals and their families surviving? How many of our favorite local businesses will still be there when we return? There are still lots of uncertainties?   

One can say it’s the end of travel as we know it. Time will tell what will travel be like in a year from now.  

New travel trends are emerging, one of them is slow travel; taking longer holidays, taking the time to get to know a new place and connecting with local communities. Sustainability and responsible travel are now considerably higher on traveler’s priorities and slowing down has also allowed us to reflect on future travel plans and how to travel with purpose.   

Embrace the wave! 

The ride is far from over and until then, we need to take care of ourselves physically and mentally. The first thing that comes to mind is escaping to nature, the beach and the ocean. Nothing beats the healing power of the ocean, relaxing under the swaying majestic palm trees and drinking coconut water!   

Kudos to all of you that have decided to embrace and enjoy life through these tough times. Do whatever you need to take care of yourself and never stop doing what you love most!   

The ocean will always be there and we’ll be waiting for you whenever you are ready to travel again. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions about planning your holiday. Our travel advisor will be happy to help!  

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