Humans have had an impact everywhere in the world. Some places are still preserved as the people who live there understand how important it is to keep things balanced. Unfortunately, not everywhere in the world is like that. Cabarete, located in The Dominican Republic, is a perfect example of that.
Over 25 years ago my mom and dad came to the Dominican Republic. My mom being a native Dominican and father loving to travel, it was a perfect destination to come to. They ended up settling in the very small town of Cabarete. Everything was still true to the Dominican roots and being here, I’ve been told, felt like a complete escape from the rest of the world. Although it still has that feeling now, compared to my earlier years coming here on vacation, the change is huge.
Cabarete was making its way onto the map for its optimal water sport conditions and little by little more and more people started arriving. The main attraction being windsurfing and surfing as the waves and wind worked here like clockwork and still do. Not only has the landscape changed but so have the water sports. You used to step on the beach to see hundreds of windsurf set ups laying in the sand and now there are hundreds of kites pumped and laid out on the beaches.
As the people started coming so did the investments. Hotels popping up left and right, apartments for foreign residents, bars, restaurants, surf shops and more. Roads started getting paved and services like internet and cable TV became available. Over the past 25-30 years the change has been huge. If you where one of the first to arrive in the early 80’s you may not even recognize the place anymore.
With time, many of the people who where here when it all started left, but many also stayed. It’s amazing to see places still in business after being one of the first. Living in that time was an era of freedom. As told to me by a local friend who was here in the beginning, you could roam any beach you would like and even spend days naked on beaches, only to have locals bring you fresh fruit and home made food, but that story is for another post.
Cabarete isn’t the only place to have changed. Have you lived in one area for a longgg time? If so what changes have you seen and do you have any before and after pictures you could share with us? Have a beautiful day =)