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If you go to the Dominican Republic

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Getting there: Puerto Plata's airport is only 20 minutes from Cabarete. Several carriers have direct flights there from the United States. Cabarete is a four-hour drive from Santo Domingo, the capital. For people unfamiliar with the country, it's probably easier to take a Caribe Tours bus from Santo Domingo to Sosua and a taxi from there.

Lodging: Rooms range from the Cabarete Surf Camp at $7.50 a night to the Hotel Paraiso del Sol at $85 a night for each person. At $20 a night, the Hotel Casa Laguna, across the street from the beach, is quiet and comfortable, with air conditioning and hot showers.

Dining: Don't miss the crab and dill sandwiches at Onno's. For seafood, Casa del Pescador is a good choice, with tasty paella and rock lobsters cooked just right.

Windsurfing: Race Week, the amateur windsurfing competition, is June 18-23 this year. Book early.

Night life: Las Brisas plays Dominican merengue, while the rest of the bars generally play American and European music. New Wave is the center of it all, but the Tiki Bar, Onno's and all the other beach bars are laid back and fun.

On the Web: For information about activities in Cabarete and around the island: www.drpure.com

For general information about the Dominican Republic, the Dominican Embassy in the United States maintains a Web page in English: www.domrep.org.