Jarabacoa River From AboveIf you have followed us for any time at all you know that we really enjoy our daytrips out of Cabrera.  One of our favorite weekend escapes is to the mountain region around Jarabacoa and Constanza.  The mountain region offers a great change in scenery compared to the unspoiled beaches surrounding Cabrera.  We have taken you along on several of our trips up into the mountains and hope you appreciate just how diverse the topography and micro-climates are here on this huge island.

Jarabacoa Area Farms

Jarabacoa Area Farms

Today we thought we would share a little different perspective of the Jarabacoa region.  A birds-eye perspective of some of what you can expect up in the Jarabacoa region.

The two youtube videos shown below are by a drone operator named Oscar Flores and were taken on several of his recent visits to Jarabacoa.  While the landscape is quite dramatic with its peaks and valleys and rivers, you will also note that there is a good bit of natural farming in the valleys in the area….

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Cabarete Windsurfng And NightlifeCabrera Dominican Republic is ideally situated for the quiet life.  Cabrera basically started as a small fishing and agriculture village up on the North Coast and it still retains most of its small village charm.  For some who thrive in the more hectic nightlife and hustle and bustle of a major city or active tourist destination, life may seem a little slow.  Actually we prefer that quieter life for a number of reasons.  Here are just a few…

  • Less hectic traffic
  • Less crime
  • Slower, more relaxed pace
  • Lower cost of living
  • Friendly, humble local neighbors
  • Better access to freshest organic fruits and veggies and fresh seafood
Cabarete Nightlife And Beach Restaurants

Cabarete Nightlife And Beach Restaurants

The real beauty of living in a quiet, little seaside village is that you can live the peaceful life without giving up the excitement of the nightlife and tourists.  You are only about an hour to hour and half away from all the nightlife and excitement you could ever want.  Take for example the nearest tourist town, Cabarete.

Cabarete is known internationally for its windsurfing competitions and water sports.  Cabarete is also known for its nightlife and beach restaurants all along the beach.

CabreraDominican Republic Local Fishing Boats

Cabrera Dominican Republic Local Fishing Boats

For us, Cabarete is a great, convenient place to visit but we prefer to actually live here in Cabrera.  When we want to splurge we will head over to one of the specialty restaurants in Cabarette or Sosua.  But most of the time, with all the tours we do all over the North Coast, we really just enjoy eating out at one of our local Cabrera restaurants.

While we did not shoot the following two videos, we thought you might like to see what this Kiteboard Surfing thing is all about and take a peak at some of the nightlife you can expect when you visit Cabarete during the tourist season…..

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Explore The Dominican Republic On A HarleyThere are so many different ways to experience all that the Dominican Republic has to offer, especially on the North Coast and up in the mountains of Constanza and Jarabacoa.  While you see thousands of smaller motor bikes and scooters in every town, you do not see nearly as many larger bikes, like Harleys or Gold Wings.  But they are here if you look, and what more exciting way to explore this island.  Of course there are rentals available in some of the larger cities and in the major tourist areas.  If you choose to move here and establish residence here you may also want to bring your bike with you when you move.

Harley On The Beach Trails In The Dominican Republic

Harley On The Beach Trails In The Dominican Republic

As you will see in this couple videos, there is plenty of different topography to explore.  We did not shoot these videos, but it was interesting watching them and trying to identify where the various shots were taken.  See how many places you can recognize.  There are quite a number of North Coast and Jarabacoa recognizable spots.

For the area near Cabrera… think Dudu, Playa Diamante, La Entrada to name a few…..

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Jarabacoa River Club With Friends From Alberta CanadaYou probably already know that we love to hop in the car and head out into the country side to enjoy all that the Dominican Republic has to offer to us expats.  On this day we met up with some friends from Alberta Canada and headed over to the Jarabacoa River Club for a little mountain R&R.

Like so many other Americans and Canadians we meet down here in Cabrera, this Alberta couple has fallen in love with the North Coast of the Dominican Republic, and I suspect it will not be very long before they join us as one of our newest Cabrera transplants.

One of the things that we like most about living here as expats in the village of Cabrera is that we are never very far from a total change in scenery and climate.  While we absolutely love living here on the North Coast, and we love the small village atmosphere of Cabrera, we also appreciate our days away in the mountains.  Our favorite mountain town is Jarabacoa with cooler mountain temperatures, raging rivers and some pretty spectacular mountain scenery….

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Pittsburg PA Father Discovers A New Home In Cabrera Dominican RepublicAs I have mentioned in earlier posts, Cabrera Dominican Republic has been solidly on the radar for future retirees for several years.  Not only is it a beautiful little beachside village, it also offers the opportunity for year-round perfect weather and a lower cost of living for retirees on a fixed budget.

But lately, we are seeing a another trend develop.  Younger people with young families are also discovering the quiet, laid-back, affordable lifestyle that Cabrera offers.  Each year we receive hundreds of requests for information about our free North Coast Discovery Tours from people from all over the world.  More requests come from Americans and Canadians because the DR is so near, and up until recently the larger majority of requests came from people approaching or in retirement.  In the last year though, we have received an increasing number of requests from younger families seeking a less traditional path for their families….

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Canadian Couple With Toddler Explore CabreraWe meet plenty of retirees from the US, Canada and Europe who are seriously considering a move offshore for a better, more laid-back and more affordable retirement.  But it is not every day that we meet such a young couple with a toddler that has decided to say goodbye to all the bureaucracy and governmental meddling as this young Canadian couple has.  They bring an interesting perspective to the whole offshore lifestyle that many others may find useful.

While this couple does have family ties to the Dominican Republic, they are Canadians that are not enthralled with the direction their country is headed in.  Probably more that most, because of an almost 10 year history of exploring the island and getting to know locals on their many visits to the island they have developed an in depth knowledge of what the island has to offer and have had plenty of opportunity to compare the lifestyle here on the island to their country life up in Canada.  As you will see in the video they have finally decided to make the move and they share their reasons…..

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Cemetary Beach Has Come A Long Way Over A Few Years

While there are no shortages of almost deserted beaches to enjoy in and around Cabrera, it is always interesting to see how they are maturing.  One such beach is the little Cemetary Beach in Rio San Juan.  If you recall, we took a stroll through this area a few years ago and it was virtually […]

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Alberta Canada Couple Discovers Potential For Expat Life In Cabrera

Out-of-touch politicians that push costly social programs in Canada appear to have no concept of the damage they are doing to their own hard-working citizens. We interviewed a young couple from Alberta Canada who have had enough. As they say in the interview… it is disheartening to work your tail off, sometimes up to 80 […]

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Hand Rolled Cigars In Rio San Juan – Jhonny Alduino Explains Why Expats Prefer Cabrera And Rio San Juan

As you probably know, I like a good hand rolled Dominican cigar every now and then.  Today we will stop by one of my favorite little local cigar and gift shops in Rio San Juan to get Jhonny Alduino’s thoughts on why he thinks so many foreigners prefer the Cabrera and Rio San Juan region […]

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Cabrera Dominican Republic Mayor Jorge Cavoli Shares His Vision For Cabrera

Cabrera Dominican Republic is a village on the move.   We had and opportunity to interview the current Cabrera mayor, Jorge Cavoli, about his vision for Cabrera and his commitment to serve and protect all foreigners and expats that visit or move to Cabrera. Jorge is serving his third term as mayor of Cabrera and […]

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