The Yoga Loft is located on Kite Beach, Cabarete, on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic. Cabarete is the perfect place to escape to for a yoga retreat, giving you the opportunity to unwind and be at peace without removing yourself completely from everything. Located only 20km from Puerto Plata airport with daily international flights it is easily accessible but once you arrive and find this unique adventure sports town built between a breathtaking, semi-circular beach and the El Choco National park it is like stepping into a different world. Year long trade winds, glassy waves and the dense tropical rain forest and mountains close by pull in a diverse, active crowd and no two days here are quite the same.
The center of Cabarete-just a 5 minute ride from the hotel- is full of international restaurants, bars, live music spots and much more. Since the town is a hub for active travellers, with a large expat community, there are also a variety of healthy food options. The local fruit stand offers fresh produce at unbeatable prices so even keeping your snacks healthy becomes easier and you can grab a moto for just $1 to take you to a close by vegan restaurant or stroll along the beach into town for freshly caught seafood.
With so many things to try out it’s almost impossible not to pick up a new hobby while you’re here. Cabarete is famous as one of the top kitesurfing destinations in the world but one of the best kept secrets of the Caribbean is that the area also boasts world class surf breaks. If neither surfing or kiting is for you there are other water-sports to choose from, you can learn windsurfing stand up paddle boarding, or body surfing or if the ocean isn’t your thing you can go canyoning, river tubing, or mountain biking. Most of the instructors for the classes are Dominican locals, so you will also get the opportunity to interact with them and learn more about the country and it’s culture.
Dominican culture is very social and full of passion and life – a great example being the importance of sharing music and dance with popular styles including Merengue, Bachata and Salsa. You can go to the local hotspots and see the experts in action or even try out a few moves yourself as the friendliness and infectious enthusiasm of your new friends will have you up and dancing in no time.
Being outside of the town centre you also have the luxury of heading to bed at 8pm as soon it gets dark if an early night sounds more enticing than latin dancing with no need to worry about the music following you home.