Cabarate, today a laid-back Caribbean beach village, mostly visited by surfers and kitesurfers, was originally founded in 1835 by Zephaniah Kingsley (as part of his Mayorasgo de Koka estate) along with his mixed-race family. He was joined by 53 slaves he freed from his Florida plantations and brought here while the island was under Haitian administration. Anna Kingsley owned a house in the harbor that stretched out to the sea. Several descendants of the Kingsleys and of the former slaves still live in the area today.
History of surf, wind- and kitesurfing in Cabarete
Known for its strong steady winds and perfect waves for surf, the beaches of Cabarete is attracting kitesurfers from all over the world. Nowhere on this Dominican Republic island or on any other Caribbean will you find such near perfect conditions for kite surfing, windsurfing, kiteboarding and other wind-propelled water-sports. Cabarete is a relatively new on the tourist map. It first put on the map by Canadian windsurf enthusiast Jean Laporte and journalist Tim Hall who spread the word about this soon to be windsport mecca, close to Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. Although windsurfers have been coming here for some time before that. Laporte later opened a windsurfing school on the beach here in 1984. It's said that the first kitesurfers here where a couple of japanese in the mid nineties. Cabarete's first kiteboarding school opened in 1999 and today there are many schools at Kite beach, Bozo beach and in the center of town.
Cabarete is one of the safest and most laid back places to live in all of the region, once experienced, never forgotten. It has friendly, happy go lucky locals and a diverse mix of foreign cultures from all over the globe. During the year this "village" hosts various world class events such as events Master of the Ocean, Cabarete Classics, Butterly Effect. All off them ofcorse linked to water, waves and wind.