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Cabrera, Abreu, Río San Juan, and the Playa Grande area are largely unspoiled and pristine coastal areas. There's a raw beauty, with some beaches that are still completely undeveloped, soaring cliffs overlooking pounding ocean waves, and towering inland hills with sweeping vistas not seen elsewhere on the North Coast. In addition, there are some of the most luxurious villa choices in the country.
These high-end vacation homes, which are far away from the action and the bustle of Sosúa and Cabarete, will appeal primarily to those who wish to avoid noise. The area in general attracts a more moneyed crowd—mostly baby boomers—who want an upscale experience, as well as couples or friends who want to share a house and enjoy the unspoiled beaches.
Cabrera itself is still a sleepy, dusty Dominican town centered on its central square, which is remarkably clean. Tourists can safely mingle with townies in the park, and can stop for a drink at one of the adjacent restaurants, such as the thatched-roof Town Square Bar. In a land of warm, friendly people, Cabrerans are among the sweetest. More than 50 local and expat children now attend the International Academy here, soon to expand to a secondary school. Decades ago, the area was known for its ranchos (ranches) and more recently for its beaches and Playa Grande’s golf course than anything else.
Of the towns within easy reach of the Puerto Plata airport, Cabarete has the best dining, the longest beaches, and the most youthful spirit...
Although it has been sleeping for decades, this was a dynamic city in its heyday, and it is coming back. You can get a feeling for this past...