There’s this thing called Cabarete Time and if you have visited or lived in Cabarete, Dominican Republic you will know exactly what we mean. It’s a fantastic phenomenon where the hours seem to go by really slow, but the days go by really fast – and before you know it, there is no reference to what day of the week it is, because every day feels like Friday and the Monday Blues more than likely referring to the vibrant color of the sky and the ocean. For years, we have been captivated by this phenomenon and all of a sudden here we are celebrating our 20th Anniversary in this delightful little town. It seems like yesterday that we were blown away, literally, by the glorious winds, warm water, and the seemingly endless summer. Over the years, what started off as a family owned windsports school, has gradually grown into a 61-room hotel, spa, restaurant, and bar.
When we first started planning our 20 Year Celebration, we were overcome with fond memories of windsurfing all day, dancing all night, and just plain enjoying Cabarete with people who have come, gone, and stayed. So, we decided to commemorate these moments and individuals with a #RememberWhenCabarete photo contest, a series of Cabarete Icons articles on our website, and, of course, a grand fiesta! The photo contest brought up memories like empty streets with no traffic, intense sandcastle competitions, and the days of New Wave Cafe and Las Brisas.
Our Cabarete Icon Series highlights well known Cabarete figures like Ana the Fruit Lady and Eric Hertsens from EH Kites. Our 20th Anniversary Fiesta welcomed media personalities from respected publications like Somos Magazine, Plus Magazine/Plus TV, Rumbo TV, and Ultimo Diario.
We were left speechless by live musical performances by The Mariposas of The Mariposa Foundation (who surprised us with the original composition “Soy De Cabarete”) and The FEDUJAZZ Ensemble. To top it all off, we ended the night with a fire poi show by Cabarete Icon, Orchid Bowcutt!
We thought about adding a nice little article that would tell the story of how it all came to be, but then we remembered that some of our very talented friends owed us a favor or two, so we had them make us a video history instead!
We hope that all of you old timers have enjoyed reminiscing with us, and we hope all of you newcomers, who have come to love Cabarete just as much as we do, enjoyed this little piece of recent history. We would also like to take this time to thank the thousands of guests who have chosen to make memories with us. Some of them have been returning for all of our 20 years and feel more like family than guests. And never to be forgotten is our team. There is no way we would operate as smoothly as we do without all of the people who keep our hotel running like a well oiled machine.
The year isn’t over yet and we intend on milking the celebration for as long as we can, so stay tuned for a few more articles full of stories that tell the tale of Villa Taina and how Cabarete came to be what is now called the Adventure Sports Capital of the Caribbean.