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FAQ

Kite beach wind is solar driven which means that later in the day is better riding and more times then not, the wind cranks after 4pm.

This leaves riders plenty of time to catch some morning surf or re-cooperate after a night of reggaeton (Latin Reggae/Hip Hop).

Generally the day’s heat rises and cool trade winds fill in providing side on-shore winds of 20 knots. These same trade winds push water onto a well defined outer reef, providing riders with chest to head high waves, flat water inside and rolling blue water swells on the outside.

When the trade winds fill in, there is no shortage of good riding!

Q. Why is there no wind?

A. Fronts or tropical lows disrupt the High Pressure. When this happens, the chance of good wind decreases.With that said…don’t give up on wind at Kite Beach…be available from 3pm-7pm these 4 hours usually rock!

Q. How many days of wind are there on Kite Beach, Cabarete.

A. 200 strong trade wind days. 65 ride-able light trade or days. 50 North West or Clearing wind Days. 50 no wind days.

Q. What is the windiest time?

A. Summer, but storms happen all year, so August and September can be stormy as well as January and February.

Q. Is kite Beach the same as Cabarete?

A. No they are different towns and much different wind.

The town of Kite Beach is next to (West) of Cabarete. Although they are side by side, they are very different.

1. Cabarete Bay is a natural wind shadow, a great place to dine and drink on the beach because it faces North West

2. Trade Winds come from the North East, so when you are in Cabarete you basically have your back to the wind, the land, trees and buildings offer shelter.

3. Wind shadows are just that, places the wind does not reach

4. Wind shadows are not generally where wind sports take place

Kite Beach/ Punta Goleta

1. Kite beach is a North East facing beach/point (Punta Goleta)

2. Kite Beach bears the full brunt of the trade winds

3. Kite Beach is too windy to enjoy a lobster and wine on the beach is a “shelf” just in downwind of a “point”, Punta Goleta. Points receive a lot of weather.


FAQ’s for Kite Beach Dominican Republic

Check list when traveling to Kite Beach Dominican Republic
(this information was compiled through experience as Lodge Manager)

1. Passport required

2. Cash…this is a cash country…most bars and restaurants will not take a credit card

3. Bank cards work as long as the bank has power. You can take out about $100-$150 per.

4. The exchange is 40.6 pesos to the dollar at the banks…39 pesos to the dollar at the restaurants

5. Best thing to do is bring cash and change it at the bank the first day you are here…low to no crime here so having cash is not a big deal.

Directly east or upwind of Kite Beach is Cabarete Bay. Kiters will be impressed by the quality and quantity of food in Cabarete. This beach is packed with great restaurants offering every type of food and beverage. In Cabarete, everyday is Christmas and every night is New Years Eve. The food in Cabarete is just rewards after an afternoon of catching all the waves, eating under a canopy of Palm frongs helps complete the tropical vibe.

Kitebeach on the other hand gets quite at night, unless Extreme Hotel has one of it’s legendary raves or the Method lodge has a local style pig.

What is there to do when there is no wind?

Kite beach is a triple threat! Great Kiting, Good surf and Excellent Spear Fishing.

The Method Lodge is more of a University than just a kite school, these lessons happen daily:

- Every level of Kiteboarding for new riders and those who want to Coach the KITEs Method

- Kite boat rides and Classes

- Spear fishing and surfing tours

About Kite beach

Q. Is the water crowded?

A. Yes and No. Two factors make the near shore area of kite beach very crowded.

1. Advanced riders seem to like to ride together.

2. The traditional way of learning takes up a lot of room. On the other hand, the reef has very few riders and there is miles of super reef, upwind and down wind of kite beach. So, if you like blue water or waves, you got the place to yourself. If you like riding in front of the beach…get ready for a lot-o-traffic!

Q. How many days of wind?

A. 230 trade wind days, 100 days of light to onshore winds, 35 days of North West or clearing winds.

June July and August are the most consistent, the other nine months have good trades mixed with waves and rain. Storms (cold fronts or Hurricanes) generally kill or cut the trade winds.

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The KITEs Method Resort sits on kite beach, 18 degrees off the equator and faces North North East. The Kite beach is a short 20 minutes from Puerto Plata International Airport. Miami is only an hour and 20 minute flight. Kite beach is only a part of the story, the town of Cabarete borders kite beach and is famous for it’s laid back eclectic party scene and cuisine.

Cabarete Bay is a natural wind shadow, a great place to dine and drink on the beach because it faces North West, it is sheltered from the trade winds. Trade Winds come from the North East, so when you are in Cabarete you basically have your back to the wind, the land, trees and buildings offer shelter.

1. Kite beach is a North East facing beach/point (Punta Goleta)

2. Kite Beach bears the full brunt of the trade winds

3. Kite Beach is too windy to enjoy a lobster and wine on the beach because it is a “point” which receives a lot of weather.

Kite Beach FAQ’s

What riders really need is input from a single guy who knows how it goes after mid-night. With no where else to turn, they chose me. They are plenty of other guys who know the party scene better than me, but non of those guys were coherent enough to write a story. I quickly did some research and discovered the following:

After midnight:
Cabarete transforms into a truly unique party scene, many restaurants become laid back “lounges” where fine wines and stories flow. Other restaurants come alive with the sounds of Hip Hop and Reggaeton. This setting is a far cry from the dark smokey clubs of the cities. Cabarete disco-techas operate under a canopy of stars, the Rum and Mama Wanna (Dominican Yager Mister) flow as people bounce from club to club along the beach.

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