Where in Cabarete did your friend drown? Drownings reported as being in Cabarete have happened anywhere from Camino del Sol on the east side to Perla Marina on the west side. In over 15 years living in Cabarete full-time on the beach(east side), I don't recall one drowning on "Cabarete Beach" in front of the bars and restaurants.!00% agreed. Lost a good friend last November who drowned in Cabarete.
The currents in Cabarete are much stronger where as Sosua Bay has the reef
which helps break them up with almost zero undertow. I would also like to
warn people on the North Coast to be very careful if visiting Playa Los Gringos
in Nagua as the undertow there is horrible.
Because "Cabarete Beach" is oriented east and west in a small bay protected by a reef, the sea and wave conditions there don't remotely resemble the beaches to the east and west. The idea that "Cabarete Beach" in front of the bars and restaurants has strong rip currents and is unsafe is completely false. Here is a link where you can see what I mean and how different/why the conditions are to the east and west and why those beaches are much more dangerous. Pomodoros is on the west end of "Cabarete Beach":