Hotel El Cabito Hotel 2 star
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Samana, 32000, République dominicaine Las Galeras, Dominican Republic -
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El Cabito's main draw is its spectacular location. Perched up on a cliff, it looks out to a bay of the bluest of waters and it is possible to spend all day gazing at the wonderful vistas from the panoramic bar - especially good for sunset. There is nothing in the immediate surroundings but banana plantations so guests who come here must want to be surrounded by nature for a complete wind down. The accommodation here is fairly basic, although the view is worth it.

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    Location 3.0 /10

    El Cabito is located along a rocky dirt track just outside Las Galeras, a small festive fishing village by the sea in the Samana Peninsula in the north east of the Dominican Republic. There is nothing but banana plantations in the immediate surroundings and a couple of the country's most beautiful beaches.

    The village of Las Galeras (about half an hour's walk away) comprises two main streets lined with bed and breakfasts, shops and restaurants. The main road leads right to the main beach, Playa Las Galeras. It is possible to reach Playa Rincon, a long stretch of white sand and turquoise waters, in 15minutes by boat and about 20 minutes by car.

    There is a domestic airport in the town of Samana, and the international airport, El Catey, is just at the entrance to the peninsula, which is about three hours away from Las Galeras. The easiest way to access Las Galeras is to arrive in Santo Domingo, the capital, as with the new highway it takes two and a half hours to reach the peninsula. There is an efficient bus service run by Bahia Tours that leaves from Samana town to the capital. Puerto Plata is about three to four hours away by car.

    Accommodation 5.70 /10

    In terms of accommodation, don't expect anything close to five-star luxury (or four or even three for that matter), but the basic accommodation has its charms and as we say above, the location of El Cabito is worth it.

    There are several very quaint thatched-roof cabanas, which we found very basic but comfortable. Each one is two storeys high with a terrace running across the top floor - perfect for admiring the breathtaking view of the ocean.

    It is also possible to camp out and sleep in a hammock in the designated open pavilion. The bathrooms are shared and are very clean despite being very basic.

    Overview 6.70 /10

    El Cabito was first built in 2006 by German-Dutch couple Catrin and John, and first comprised two cabins, the camp site and the restaurant; the hammock hut and tree house came later on.

    Surrounded by banana plantations, there isn't much in the surroundings but sun, sea and peace, which suits the guests who seek out this place, right down to a T. Lounging in the restaurant/bar/living area, all days long, looking out to the sea a dreamy look in their eyes, their daily troubles far away - yes, the guests who stay here certainly look happy with themselves for having chosen such an off-the-beaten track place to stay. And it's not hard to see why one would spend their day in this rustic yet very charming area of the hotel. Especially as it has a diving platform for the thrill-seekers among the guests to jump off the cliff side into the crystal clear waters below (there is a ladder to climb back up) - a perfect way to cool down in an instant.

    In season from January to March, it is possible to spot whales from the wooden deck and if you're lucky you might even be able to spot a few turtles. Activities while staying here include climbing, exploring the area on boat tours, hiking and horse riding as well as diving and snorkelling. If you don't come by car, the owners can arrange a pick-up, depending on your schedule (to be specified before arrival for a specific activity).

    Food and drink 8.20 /10

    El Cabito is well-known for its delicious fare and fresh seafood - people travel far and wide for a table here at sunset. The food served here is all local fare made with fresh, locally-sourced produce. All dishes are prepared by Dominicans.

    The restaurant, a rustic circular wooden pavilion with a wraparound terrace looks out to the sea. This area doubles up as a bar in the day and has an extremely soothing atmosphere. Decorated with wooden furniture all made by hand, it's difficult not to just sink into the sofa and day dream throughout the day. The restaurant is closed on Mondays.

    Beach 7.70 /10

    The nearest beach to El Cabito is about 10 minutes' walk away, however, slightly polluted with lefy-over fishing equipment, it isn't the best one. The beaches of Las Galeras are a long walk away, so it is best to explore them by car. Playa Madama and Playa Fronton can be reached in about 20 and 30 minutes respectively by boat from Playa Las Galeras. Guests can also trek to the beaches or go on horseback, which the staff at El Cabito can arrange.

    To know

    - If you want to be able to explore the surroundings without having to rely on other people, make sure you come with a car (a 4x4 is preferable as the driving is rough along the dirt tracks).

    - The owners have several (harmless) dogs that run free onsite.

    - There is Wi-Fi at the hotel (complimentary).

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Sports equipment

      horse riding, paddle boats

    advantage

    • The spectacular view.
    • The peace and quiet.
    • The diving platform for jumping off into the crystal clear waters down below.
    • The food (a definite plus).

    disadvantages

    • The accommodation might be a little too rustic for some travellers.
    • Some guests might see the lack of a pool as a disadvantage.

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    • Overall Score nc/10
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