What currencies can I spend on my vacation?
• The currency in Cabarete is Dominican Pesos, but the US $ is widely accepted. There are several exchange stands, banks and ATM’s in Cabarete to change your country’s currency into Pesos. Credit cards are accepted at some places but there can be a surcharge if you choose this method of payment.
Do I need to rent a car or a scooter to get around?
• Cabarete is small town so it’s not really necessary to rent transport. However, if you want to drive further along the coast there are several car and scooter rental offices in the town.
• Approximate prices are as follows:
Car rental costs around US$ 35 to US$ 55 per day.
Scooter rental costs around US$ 20 per day.
What about public transport? How much does it cost?
• One of the most typical modes of transportation in Cabarete (besides walking) is the ‘moto-concho’. These are motorcycles with drivers who will take you pretty much anywhere you want to go. They are one of the cheapest and easiest ways to get around Cabarete and the surrounding areas. Depending on your destination, they cost approximately 30 – 50 Pesos per ride, per person.
• Another inexpensive form of transportation are Guaguas. These are small vans/buses that are not on any formal schedule. They stop to pick up people who wave at them from the side of the road. When you want to get off you just bang on the side of the van. Depending on where you’re going they cost approximately 20 – 50 Pesos per ride, per person.
Is there anywhere to do my laundry?
• If you need any clothes washed during your stay there’s a good and economical laundry a 5 minute walk from ECO HOSTEL. The service is prompt and efficient, taking between one and two days.
What about shopping for provisions during my vacation?
• The largest supermarket in town is just a 5 minute walk ECO HOSTEL. Here you can pick up pretty much everything you’ll need during your vacation – including food, water, alcohol and other sundries.
Is there a hospital by?
• There is a medical service in Cabarete that’s available 24/7. There is also a hospital in Puerto Plata (45 minutes from Cabarete) that has excellent doctors from Europe and America on staff. While this is comforting to know, hopefully a visit to the hospital will not be a necessary part of your vacation!
What’s the nightlife like in Cabarete?
• Most restaurants and nightspots on Cabarete Beach serve food until about 10:00 p.m., and then after that the party starts! Places like Voy-Voy, Onno’s, Lax, and Ojo are open until 3:00 a.m., and sometimes even later on special occasions!
Can I drink the tap water?
• We recommend drinking bottled water during your visit (available everywhere), but tap water should be fine for brushing your teeth.
Are shampoo, soap, bed linen, bath towels and beach towels provided in the room?
• Shampoo, soap and beach towels are not provided. You will need to either bring these with you or buy them on your arrival.
• Bed linen and bath towels are provided.
Do I need special injections to visit the Dominican Republic?
• No. As long as you have had your regular immunizations you’ll be fine.
Do I need to have previous knowledge to learn to surf, and is there an age limit?
• You need no experience at all to begin to learn to surf. There is no upper age limit, and we take children from the age of 6 years.
What documents do I need for entry into the Dominican Republic?
• You will need valid passport and upon arrival at the airport you must purchase a tourist card for US $10. There is also a departure tax of $20.