Top Reasons to Stay at Natura Cabana
- Founded by a Chilean family in 1997, Natura Cabana gradually grew from a small guest house to the boutique hotel it is today. It now has 10 bungalows crafted from local materials including bamboo, mahogany, and coralline stone.
- Located on the northeast side of the Dominican Republic, the resort is just a short drive from the bustling hub of Puerto Plata. Also nearby: gorgeous beaches and El Choco National Park.
- The outdoor pool, surrounded by native palm trees, is just a few steps away from the bungalows. The ocean is right around the corner, too.
- There are two open-air restaurants, tucked beneath thatched roofs. You can enjoy breakfast and lunch at Karaya; at Natura, there’s fresh seafood and international gourmet cuisine for dinner, such as cashew chicken and cranberry pork sirloin.
- Visit the onsite yoga temple and you can take part in 90-minute classesthat focus on posture, breathing, and meditation.
- You can head to the spa for massages (two are included with this deal), body wraps, and spa mani-pedis.
Cabarete, Dominican Republic: Windsurfing, Kiteboarding, and Lively Nightlife
Cabarete was just a quiet beach town on the northeast corner of the Dominican Republic until the late 1980s. Soon, windsurfing put the town on the map. Cabarete’s first tourists were foreigners who flocked to the area for its ideal wind and wave conditions. Today, Cabarete routinely hosts professional and amateur windsurfing competitions, and the laidback village is often hailed as the country’s capital of both kiteboarding and windsurfing. You can show off your chops or sign up for a lesson at Kite Beach.
If you prefer traditional surfing, there’s El Encuentro Beach. An off-shore reef near the entrance to the bay is a popular site for scuba-diving and snorkeling, too. At night, the town is anything but sleepy: Nightlife comes in the form of pulsing nightclubs, local watering holes, and beach bars.
Nearby, at El Choco National Park, you can hike, bike, or explore underground caves. Some caverns house freshwater springs that large enough for swimming or scuba-diving. The park is also home to a rich ecosystem of animal and plant life, including one of the smallest hummingbirds in the world.
Puerto Plata is only 20 miles (about 34 km) away. You can get an aerial view of the city and the Caribbean Sea on a teleférico, or cable car. One of them climbs 2,565 feet to the apex of Mount Isabel de Torres, which is crowned with blooming botanical gardens and a replica of Rio de Janeiro's massive Christ the Redeemer statue. It's also worth it to take a scenic drive to Parque Histórico La Isabela, where you'll find the remains of a church as well as ruins of a colonial village where Columbus routinely woke his neighbors by blasting the Santa Maria's foghorn.
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