In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
North Shore, Dominican
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
With a population of about
39,000, Cabrera is a kind of paradise town that is a well kept secret. Located
between the larger towns of Nagua and Rio San Juan, this sleepy town lies
alongside the Atlantic Coast and has some of the country's prettiest beaches.
beaches in Cabrera
Driving along the newly
paved roads around Cabrera town, you will find stretches of natural beaches
unaffected by all inclusive hotels. In fact, Cabrera still remains largely
untouched by tourism, unlike the well known resorts of Sosua, Puerto Plata or
There are, however, some
lovely luxury villas which tourists rent, away from the crowds of the famous
beaches listed above.
One of several murals in town
Cabrera is more of a laid back
town, and doesn't have the typical raucous nightlife that you'll
find in the famous tourist hangouts. To holiday here, you will have
more of a relaxed style of vacation and an opportunity to see the
local life of the Dominican Republic.
We drove to Cabrera from the city of
several hours away. There is a stretch of mountain road where cell phones cannot
connect and our driver was so protective of us, that she insisted we have a
bodyguard ride along with us for the day.
Caribbean style houses
Driving through the simple
town, you will see the Caribbean influence in the homes and in the bright colors
in which they are painted.
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Brand new road and malecon
Inside Cabrera, there is no main beach as all
the beaches lie a few minutes just outside the town. Here you see the bluff and
a sharp drop off to the ocean. Not having a main beach keeps Cabrera from
becoming over run with the tourist crowd who prefer to sun themselves on a sandy
Sailboat in the sparkling sea
From the malecon you will see
sailboats out for the day in the gorgeous blue waters.
A look at the cliff by the malecon
Here you see the dramatic beauty of the
cliffs of Cabrera. No place to spread out a beach towel, it is nonetheless an
attractive feature of nature.
Across from the malecon
is Manny's Restaurant, one of the best restaurants in town. We ate artfully
presented seafood here and the portions were so large, we split our meal. Trip
Advisor considers Manny's to be the best. If you are ever in Cabrera, you must
try this place. You can choose from pasta, pork, chicken or beef dishes. Have an
ice cold beer, iced tea or soda with your meal.
A popular breakfast hangout
For as quaint as Cabrera is, there is a
strong international presence of French people from Quebec. This influence shows
up in the style of restaurants available and also in the products sold in the
main grocery store in town.
Garcia's, the main grocery store
Here at Garcia's you will find fresh
baguettes, sweet butter, a decent selection of cheeses and wines, along with the
main items on anyone's shopping list.
A sundry store
While there are the modern
stores like Garcia's above, this is the flip side of Cabrera -- local stores
which sell a small variety of items. This one also sells roast chicken, a
popular favorite of Dominicans.
Throughout the Dominican
Republic, you will see these long charcoal grills with chickens being roasted.
We were surprised that these have not yet been automated. You will see a
Dominican turning these chickens by hand constantly for hours until they are
ready to remove from the fire.
Fresh roasted pork
Pork is popular also and is sold by the
pound. Here you see the crisp skin having been roasted to perfection.
Dominican fruit stand
Dotted throughout the town you will find
these shack-style fruit stands selling fresh tropical fruit. The final bill is
tallied on a calculator because digital scales and electronic tills are not
The people in the Dominican Republic in
general and in Cabrera in particular are very friendly. Here we met neighbors
standing in the shade chatting and sharing the news of the day. They were very
amenable to having their photo taken.
Typical clean street in downtown Cabrera
Cabrera does not have a lot of traffic and
it's a laid back sort of town. Here you see a "colmado," the green
building on the right. Colmados are found all throughout the
and are local stores that sell a motley grouping of items.
An old fashioned barber shop
Need a hair cut? Try the barber shop!
If you don't find what you are looking for in
one colmado, you can always go to the next one. They are everywhere.
Visit our Book Store
Tropical fruit stand
Fresh fruits and vegetables are easy to find.
Fruit and vegetable truck
We bought a few of these tiny pineapples to
take home and cut up. Sweet and delicious!
Sitting in a
local hangout, having a beer
When we visited the
Dominican Republic, it was hot! Walking around town we worked up a thirst and
stopped by a local shop to have a Presidente beer, the most popular beer of the
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Editor's Note: Cabrera is like
the Wild West when it comes to purchasing property, so buyer beware. It is
very tempting to want to own your own piece of paradise, but do your
research. Have a reputable lawyer make sure you have a clear title to the
land you are buying. Will your property have access to water or will it need
to be trucked in? Is the geography of your land such that it is falling into
the sea bit by bit each year? Do you have a guaranteed price for your
construction in all of its phases? Remember, you are purchasing what you
see, not what is in the glossy photos the real estate agents show you.
We were approached
continuously by real estate agents who promised us percentages of the
purchase price should we bring them buyers. However, it seemed doubtful that
we would ever get paid that referral fee.
Republic is opening up to Expat investment and there are wonderful
opportunities. We simply recommend that you proceed with caution.
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