The variety of the spot is truly unique. Flat and choppy water on one hand, and swell and shore break on the other, leave nothing to wish for. Kitesurfers and windsurfers cannot get in each others way, as the kitesurfing zone and the windsurfing spot are separated. Cabarete is the ideal location for those who like diversion, no matter whether you are windsurfer, kitesufer or surfer. The numerous possibilities and the comprehensive excursion program ensures that you will never get bored. Cabarete has so much to offer and is also an interesting destination for families.
The wind is modest in the morning and gains strength at midday under the influence of the trade wind. The best wind conditions are in January–March and June–September. The offshore reef is about 600 meters off the beach and the flat water stretching inbetween is all that slalom enthusiasts could wish for. From May–October the wind blows mainly sideshore from the right at 4-5 Beaufort. From November–April it mainly blows cross-offshore from the right and is less constant, but instead wave freaks can ride down waves up to 4 meters high. At this time, the conditions are perfect for intermediate wave riders and wave freaks. Upwind of the center there is a shallow water section where beginners and intermediates feel comfortable and the tuition conditions are excellent. Beginners and intermediates can practice close to the shore while more experienced windsurfers can conquer the waves on the reef.
Thanks to the mobile kitesurfing school it is always possible to choose the perfect spot depending upon the wind and wave conditions as well as your individual needs. In this way we can guarantee ultimate fun for kitesurfers of all levels. Surfing is regarded as a great alternative for all windsurfers and kitesurfers, and Cabarete has always been a hot surfing spot. The beginners spot, where the waves break on a sand bank, is only 5 minutes away from the center. The shallow water allows you to easily walk through the waves. Directly in front of the Velero Beach Hotel is a spot suitable for intermediates. On top of that, we offer tuition for all levels.
The center is situated upwind in the bay of Cabarete at the 'Plaza Carib Wind' together with Laser Training Center, EZE Bar & Restaurant and Carib Wind Surfshop. The center is beneath shady palm trees and offers a cosy chill out area overlooking the ocean. It's only 50 meters from the shore in a wind-protected area, thus allowing windsurfers to start directly from the center. In this part of the bay the shorebreak is less strong making it easier to go in and out of the water. You are perfectly safe, as the spot is protected by a closed end of the bay and one of the ION CLUB team members always keeps a watchful eye on you. In case there is an emergency we use our life boat.
Cabarete offers safe conditions to teach kids. The sandbank, located just a few meters upwind from our center is ideal. The small reef belt behind the sandbank creates a little lagoon with flat water and no shore break. Especially in the summer months we have ideal conditions for kids.