Headed To The Crab Shack To See Where The Road Ended

Fresh Smoked Crab ... mmm

Fresh Smoked Crab … mmm

It really is amazing how much things have changed here in Cabrera over the last 15 years, or so.  When I first came to the north coast of the Dominican Republic the main highway from Cabrera to nearby Nagua was not even a continuous road.  At the site of my favorite Crab Shack, at the Boca River inlet, we used to have to drive our car on a little one-car ferry and hand pull the ferry across the river just to get to the other side of the river.  There was no bridge on the main highway to get you from one town to the next without the little ferry.  Trucks needing to get to Cabrera from Nagua had to go inland through a circuitous path just to get goods from one place to the other.

And of course, the little hand-drawn ferry was a real step forward from how most people went from Cabrera to Nagua 40 years ago.  Back then, many of the people in Cabrera hopped on a horse and rode up the beach to get to Nagua.  My, how things have changed.  15 years, and even 40 years ago is not that long ago.

Now the best thing about the new bridge on the main highway is that it gets me to the other side so that I can stop for lunch at may favorite Crab Shack.

Yucca Fritters At The Crab Shack

Yucca Fritters At The Crab Shack


crab2-300-3Unbelievably tasty fresh crab smoked on a wood-fired oven  is the standard faire at this little roadside restaurant.  My usual is a plate loaded with about a pound and a half smoked crab, rice, a yucca fritter and a beer…..   all for about $5.  And if I ever get tired of the smoked crab (very rarely) they also offer fresh fish stew and stews of free range chicken and grass fed beef.  Love this place!  Simple good food in a simple open aire setting.  No telling who you will meet here, from workers to professionals to expats….   Everyone seems to love the food.  Be prepared to pick a few pieces of shell out of the crab though.  Just the way it is.






In this video we take a short ride out to the crab shack and to the river’s edge where the ferry used to run.


Back on the road for another tour.  It’s Barry in DR.

Don December 26, 2014 at 6:52 pm

I want to eat at this place and I don’t even like seafood!

Barry December 26, 2014 at 7:28 pm

Not to worry the chicken or beef is also excellent. Once in a while they have goat and I think it’s the best of all of them. Cool Comment thanks.

Dave December 30, 2014 at 9:15 am

I think I remember the bridge but I had no idea that’s where the crab shack was. We’re gonna hit that up for sure!

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