|Space||2,200 sq. ft.|
|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Casa Bonita is a beautiful 3 bedroom villa for rent situated right on Cabarete Bay! It is a short term or medium term rental-Available weekly or monthly. It has its own private pool and 6-person outdoor jetted jacuzzi. Casa Bonita is in a gated beach community with 24 hour security. The house is perfectly situated in the center of the development, 60 seconds from the beach. It isn't on the perimeter so it is away from any street noise and has a lot of privacy. There aren't many houses steps away from the real Cabarete Beach on the north shore of the Dominican Republic but Casa Bonita is one of them!
We have a private Roof-Top Deck with an Ocean and Mountain View! It is the perfect setting for a relaxing holiday or an active one. Our beach and trade winds make the perfect launch spot for kite surfing or windsurfing. You can sunbath on the beach or sit up above under the palm trees overlooking the ocean on our neighborhood's private green space. We are in between Kite beach and the town of Cabarete! We are also a short ten minute drive from the surf spot of Encuentro beach. Cabarete is only 20 minutes away from the Puerto Plata International Airport. Our home is in a lovely beachfront community, which has 16 Caribbean style homes in an extremely picturesque setting. It is a gated community with 24-hour security and a tennis court next door! You can hear the ocean waves from the house, which is only steps from the beautiful, golden-sand beach of Cabarete Bay with palm trees for shade if you wish, if not there is plenty of sun!
The village of Cabarete is spread out across the center of a gorgeous, semi-circular beach. We are a ten-minute walk from the heart of the international town of Cabarete with its quaint restaurants, casual and fine dining, and its infamous nightlife. The distance to Cabarete is close enough for convenience but just the right distance away for enjoying the tranquility that Bahia de Arena offers. You may have heard a lot about the Dominican Republic lately in the New York Times, CNN and many other nationally syndicated publications, it is being touted as the next undiscovered hotspot. Well I can tell you that it is being discovered but it is still very affordable and not crowded.
Nestled amid Cuba, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico in the heart of the Caribbean archipelago, the island of Hispaniola (Little Spain) is divided between Haiti, on the westernmost third of the island, and the Dominican Republic, which has a lush landmass about the size of Vermont and New Hampshire combined. In the Dominican interior, the fertile Valley of Cibao (rich sugarcane country) ends its upward sweep at Pico Duarte, the highest mountain peak in the West Indies, which soars to 3,125m (10,417 ft.).
Much of what Columbus first sighted still remains in a natural, unspoiled condition. One-third of the Dominican Republic's 1,401km (870-mile) coastline is devoted to beaches. Columbus sighted its coral-edged Caribbean coastline on his first voyage to the New World and pronounced: 'There is no more beautiful island in the world.' The first permanent European settlement in the New World was on November 7, 1493, and its ruins still remain near Montecristi in the northeast part of the island.
The Dominican people are some of the friendliest and happiest people in the world, unlike some destinations, they welcome tourists and go out of their way to ensure a great vacation. Cabarete is also world famous for being one of the top windsurfing, kitesurfing, surfing, SUPing and now sailing destinations. Any activity that you want to do in Dominican Republic is possible either right in Cabarete, or a short distance away. Besides the watersports, there is horseback riding right on the beach, canyoning, kayaking, waterfalls and yoga!
Casa Bonita is a 3-bedroom, single-dwelling 2200 square ft home and as compared to any other house in Cabarete bay it is considered a luxury house rental; it is beautifully decorated with premium furniture, indoor and outdoor eating areas, large open living room/kitchen concept with 21 foot vaulted ceiling, a panoramic view of a private tropical garden with private swimming pool and in-ground 6-person Jacuzzi Tub (non-heated, suitable for cooling down while you relax and/or fun tub for kids)! Quality mattresses on all beds, screens on all windows, private outdoor shower for rinsing after the beach, very large roof top Ocean and Mountain view Deck. It is a Gated community with 24 hour security. Maximum occupancy 7 people. Master bedroom, King-size bed/ Air-conditioned. Second bedroom, Full-size bed/ Air-conditioned. Third bedroom one-twin, one-full bed/ Air-conditioned. Ceiling fans, stainless steel appliances; dishwasher, microwave, gas oven/stove, full-size refrigerator, blender, toaster, coffee maker, all necessary kitchen supplies, ipod speaker dock, Cable TV, DVD, Wireless internet, a safe, 2 bathrooms, the master-bedroom bathroom has a large 2-person jetted tub and the other has a bathtub and shower. All linens, including beach towels, 6 day a week maid service. Meals prepared, if desired, nominal fee, Driver available, if desired, negotiated fee depending on time and distance.
Travel expert Lonely Planet describes the Dominican Republic as a great place to party, relax or explore, saying: 'The white-sand beaches, impressive mountain ranges veined with spectacular rivers and waterfalls, and saltwater lakes teeming with exotic wildlife are just part of the appeal.'
There is nothing like having your own private house and pool for your tropical island vacation. There are few private houses on Cabarete Bay and Casa Bonita is one of the nicest! It is a wonderful home with a great vibe -- it is very special! It is open and spacious and beautifully bright. The birds, flowers and trees are plentiful. Perhaps you will be here when the banana trees are ripe and you can get the organic bananas right off the tree! You will feel an incredible sense of peace and freedom here.
Maria our housekeeper is wonderful and comes to clean 2-3 hours per day, 6-days a week. We can also arrange for her to prepare your food for a small charge if you wish. Best residential villa development on Cabarete Bay. Best kite surfing location. Gorgeous beach and very tropical. This house is located in the center, closer to the ocean, of the development, not on the perimeter, sides or road.
This was our first trip to the Dominican Republic. We are a family of four with two children aged 5 and 9. What a wonderful place Casa Bonita is. Located in a gorgeous, gated community near downtown Cabarete, the villa is located on a winding street with stone walls and an abundance of tropical vegetation (including a banana tree in Casa Bonita's backyard!). The house has a terrific layout for a beach vacation - a large main living space with 25 foot ceilings, a spacious kitchen and sitting area, and a dining area that looks out over the pool. There are three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The villa has many extra touches that only add to the experience of calm and relaxation - English books and magazines, an ipod dock, a television with a huge number of channels, great art and decor. The pool has a shaded sitting area that was a great respite from the heat. If you want to catch some rays, there's an upper deck area with comfortable chairs that has two stunning views - one of the ocean, the other looking off towards the mountains. The beach is about a two minute walk through the community, convenient enough that you don't have to plan for a 'beach day' - you can grab your towels and head down because it's so close. There was always a lot of room on the beach and the water is absolutely beautiful. The surf was perfect for my kids - wavy enough to be fun, but not so much that we worried for their safety.
Down the beach are quite a few restaurants with seating both inside and out. One word of caution - most places don't accept credit cards so bring adequate pesos. That said, our two favourite spots to eat were Gorditos Fresh Mex (a five minute walk either on the road or down the beach) and the amazing Cabarete Coffee Company located just outside Bahia De Arena where the villa is. The latter had terrific sandwiches, salads, smoothies, coffee and breakfast. Groceries are available at two separate stores, one close to the villa, one a fifteen minute walk. The great part is doing some walking and experiencing the local culture. Just keep your head up and watch out for the ubiquitous motorbikes that speed around. The cost of food was on the cheaper side of what we would pay in Canada.
We're definitely beach people and have been on many beach vacations. This was one of the very best both in terms of the villa, which has been so thoughtfully and carefully kitted out, and the beach. Definitely recommended. We will be back!
My children and I fell in love with Casa Bonita! The house had a great layout and the courtyard with the pool was really nice. The location was perfect. Close to the center of town but not too close. We were never kept awake by noise. We are a really active family and loved that the kite surfing was so close and amazing and that the surf beach was only a 10 minute motorcycle ride away. The house was kept so clean by Maria and one night she cooked us a fantastic authentic Dominican dinner.
We had a ball!! We will be back!
This was our second trip to Cabarete the first being in December 2013 where we rented a very nice villa a little further down the beach. As it turns out the very nice villa down the beach is not in the same league as Casa Bonita and I would argue not even the same sport.
This villa is fantastic every little detail has been thought of (at least everything we could think of) The owner is very responsive to any enquiry and Marie the maid is great.
Thanks for a great week out of the snow Joe, we will be back.
Casa Bonita is, of course, not an all inclusive resort, but rather a very nice 3 bedroom home with the best features of an all inclusive (pool, hot tub, 6 day per week maid service) without all of the structure.
Eat when and where you want, sit on a beach that is never busy and somtimes yours alone, walk an easy fifteen minutes on the beach to shopping, ride horses on the beach, sail board,fish with Freddy, learn to kite board etc.etc.
The owner lives near by...while we had very little reason to call him, he and his wife were most respinsive but never obtrusive. The maid has been with the house for a number of years and is absolutely perfect, "muy simpatico"
The house is in a sub division known as Bahia Arena....very secure and all other houses are as nice as this one.
My wife and I spent January and February of "13 in this house...hope you enjoy your visit as much as we did.
Review Submitted: 01 March 2012 Date of Stay: February 2012 (This review has been re-posted by the owner of Casa Bonita from client, Mary G who rented Casa Bonita and wrote this review from a different rental site -- Homeaway.co.uk.)
Our son has just sent photos and videos of our week in Cabarete---they could be right out of a tourist brochure. The skies were blue, the weather was perfect, the beach was unbelievable, the kites were a colorful distraction each afternoon---all in all, it couldn't have been better. Casa Bonita was airy and spacious, attractively decorated, and well maintained by Maria and the owner, Marc, who was instantly responsive to our vacationer questions. We were asking a lot; we were a group ranging from 6 months old to 76 years. The families with small children stayed next door at the Nanny Estates---we all went back and forth, stopping frequently at the good coffee shop near the gate. Casa Bonita was Command Central, with some delicious dinners, and many quiet moments spent reading by the pool. It was a tropical treat in the middle of February!
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! I am so glad you and your family had such a wonderful time! I hope you will come back and stay at Casa Bonita again soon. :)
Rating5 out of 5
Our stay at Casa Bonita was great. We found the property to be well maintained. Maria came every day but Sunday to clean up which was a huge bonus as the sand from the beach would inevitably track in no matter how careful we were. Marc was very helpful and all suggestions/recommendations were great. Instructions to the house addressed all needs and Marc was very quick at responding to questions. Walk to the beach was 2 minutes, walk to restaurants along the beach was 10-15 (even with kids). House perfectly accomodated us and we had 5 adults and 3 kids for part of our stay. Everything we needed was there and is reflected in the description. We would definitely recommend the house to friends/family and would stay there again on our next trip.
Bahia de Arena is a gated community with private beach access for residents and renters only. There is a beautiful grassy area with palm trees and chairs overlooking Cabarete Bay with steps down to the beach. Truly one of the most beautiful spots on Cabarete Bay! Also, if you are a kitesurfer or windsurfer you can be assured this is the best, least crowded launch spot on Cabarete Bay, with the perfect tack to the best waves on the reef!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$250|
Check In -- 4:00 pm/Check Out -- 11:00 am. A generous electricity allowance of 40 kilowatts per day (don't worry, no renters have ever gone over this amount, we only put it in to protect against abuse of the electricity which is very expensive in the D.R.).