Escape to the Caribbean’s extreme sports haven while saving money on baggage fees with this carry-on packing list for Cabarete, Dominican Republic.
Why Visit Cabarete, Dominican Republic
This tropical destination has everything you need for an exhilarating vacation with no lack of relaxation and indulgence. Stay on Kite Beach and take kiteboarding lessons right outside your door, dine on gourmet Italian food overlooking the ocean or ride past the clouds on the Teleférico in Puerto Plata—that’s a typical day in Cabarete.
The resort town is affordable with beachfront accommodations and dining options to suit every budget. While you can walk or take a short taxi ride to the strip of beach restaurants or Encuentro Beach for surfing, it’s worth having a rental car to explore nearby areas like Puerto Plata and Sosúa. In just five days on vacation in Cabarete, I easily managed to:
- scuba dive in Sosúa
- surf at Encuentro Beach
- ride the Teleférico in Puerto Plata
- take kiteboarding lessons on Kite Beach
- dine in gourmet restaurants like Restaurant Tuvá and The Beach Club
- AND catch up on my Netflix series
Carry-On Packing List for Cabarete, Dominican Republic
Whether you’re flying a budget airline that only allows a free personal item or choose the most affordable option on a major carrier, this carry-on packing list for Cabarete is for you.
5 Tops – Two tank tops (one was used as a sleep shirt) and three cute short-sleeve tops to be worn with shorts.
3 Shorts – Two pairs of jean shorts (one high-waisted, the other with rips) and one pair of exercise shorts.
1 Dress – Floral and comfortable wrap dress that’s perfect for a nice dinner or night at the beach bars! I purchased from Amazon and the size small fits perfect without dragging on the ground and I am 5’3″.
2 Swimsuits – It’s nice to have one swimsuit dry at all times so you don’t have to put a wet one on the next day. I brought two bikinis—one with fuller-coverage bottoms for activities like surfing on Playa Encuentro.
1 Cover-Up – A beach cover-up is your best friend in the Caribbean. If you really need to pare down your packing, you can wear a cover-up over your swimsuit three days in a row and it’s not weird (trust me, I’ve done it). I opt for a white bohemian-style, see-through cover-up dress.
2 Rash Guards – It’s likely you’ll spend most of your trip in the water or sun and rashguards are perfect for protecting you skin swimming, surfing or kiteboarding. This rashguard swimsuit from Amazon helped me protect my skin in style while kiteboarding for three hours at a time.
2 Pair Leggings/Loose Pants – Cabarete is a famous kiteboarding spot because of its consistent, strong winds. Bring one or two pairs of leggings or loose Thai pants for wearing on the plane, yoga class or to keep warm in the wind.
1 Light Sweater – Planes tend to be absolutely freezing so do yourself a favor and bring a light sweater with you on the plane. You can just carry it over your arm instead of packing it.
Underwear for Each Day
2 Bras – You may only need one depending on what kind of tops you bring.
2 Sports Bras – Cabarete is full of yoga classes and it’s a beautiful spot to run on the beach.
2 Pairs Comfortable Shoes – I brought one pair of comfortable leather sandals and a pair of cheap rubber flip flops. If you know you’ll be hiking or need good walking shoes, trade one pair of sandals for tennis shoes.
1 Toiletry Bag – There’s no need to get extra fancy with a toiletry bag. This toiletry bag on Amazon is under $6 and gets the job done just fine. Be sure to pack reef-friendly sunscreen, light makeup, shampoo, body soap, face wash, face lotion, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, TSA-friendly shaving razor, hair ties and a hair clip.
Miscellaneous – hat, sunglasses, compact day pack, hair straightener, mask, snorkel, waterproof speaker, phone charger and a GoPro camera and housing.
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