Columbus’ cursed colony 500+ years later

Historic site near Puerto Plata was the first European town in the Americas.

Not for Sale: local hotels join the fight against child prostitution

The Northern Hotel Association signed a pact that unites Puerto Plata’s hotel sector with ECPAT International, UNICEF and the World Tourism Association to combat child prostitution.

Damajagua’s Joe Kennedy wins US Congress seat

Joe Kennedy spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer organizing the Damajagua Falls ecotoursim attraction near Puerto Plata

Sosua’s beginnings: a haven for Jews fleeing Hitler

The village of Sosua was founded by Jewish refugees from Hitler’s scourge

Whale season Jan 15 – March 25

Humpback whales wow visitors in Samana. Each winter The Dominican Republic plays host to a huge number of North Atlantic humpback whales that spend January to March mating and calving in the wide, sheltered Samana Bay. Whalewatching pioneer Kim Beddall runs daily boat trips

New route guide highlights the Santiago-Puerto Plata panoramic mountain pass

Spectacular views: this mountain pass takes you through sugar and coffee plantations and up into amber mine country. Photo: Kieren Barry

The Puerto Plata Report: news and travel info from the Dominican Republic's north coast
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