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

Puerto Plata Region at a glance

An overview…

What can you expect on a visit to these shores?


Playa Dorada
Beaches that just don’t quit... Most of the north coast is beach and most of the beaches are unspoiled and undeveloped

View of Puerto Plata coastline from the Panoramic RouteBreathtaking countryside… More than just a strip of sand in the sea, this is the second largest island in the Caribbean with an ever changing terrain and non-stop unspoiled natural beauty.

Friendly
people…
Almost all visitors comment on how Dominicans are the friendliest people they have ever met when
traveling.

Lively
Latin culture…
counterbalanced by the familiar faces and flavors of many Europeans and North Americans who have relocated
here.

Raw nature… but you don’t have to rough it. You can be four-wheeling through jungle roads by day and, at night, be sipping sipping French wine and eating lobster in your cottons beside the beach.

Not expensive … No matter your style of travel, you encounter relatively good value. With few exceptions, dining out costs US$8-$20 and local drinks are about $3 apiece. In other island nations prices are typically 30- to 50% higher than at home; here, virtually all local services and supplies cost the same, or less, than at home.

Easy to get to… Daily flights from Miami (2 hrs), New York (3 hrs), Atlanta (2 1/2 hours) Puerto Rico (1 hr), weekly charters
from dozens of Canadian and European cities.

Backpackers… Lots of pensiones, cheap hotel rooms and inexpensive public transportation. Easy hops from place to place with something different to experience at each one.

Luxury… This destination attracts many very well heeled people who want to get away from all that. You won’t find Marriot or Sheraton but you do find some very exclusive and comfortable owner-operated small hotels and you can also rent million-dollar villas by the week. Most of the large resorts are predominantly filled with economy travelers on all-inclusive vacations; a handful are four-star. Meanwhile, you can get just about anything you want, from private car and driver to helicopters and yachts. Maxim Bungalows in Cofresi, poolside

All-inclusive resorts… There are dozens of all-inclusive beach resorts, where food, drinks, beach equipment and a long list of amenities are all part of a one-price package including airfare conveniently organized out of major European, American and Canadian cities. Lots of great deals available.

Adventure Travel… Dozens of specialty vacations are being offered by people who came as tourists and then moved
back to set up shop because they discovered that this place is great for… horseback riding in the mountains (several
excellent ranches), getting scuba diving certification (one of the least expensive places to get it), windsurfing (excellent schools for learning and all services for pros), white water rafting, whale watching (the largest Atlantic ocean gathering of humpback whales spawning January to March in Samana Bay), hiking trips (the tallest mountain in the Caribbean, Pico Duarte, 10,000 ft, with guides and mules available), mountain biking (bikes and guided tours for all levels), motocross and four-wheeling (dirt bikes and jeeps for rent and you’ll find endless, unmapped backroads). There are plenty of guided day trips and excursions that make it easy to have a tropical or third world adventure and get back to the comfort of your hotel by the end of the day.

Relocating and Investing… Each year more people come and don’t leave. As one of our friends says, “my cost of living is equivalent to my tax and utilities budget back home.” People looking for a place to retire, or who simply dream of living in the Caribbean will find that there are a lot of good reasons. price and friendly people being the main ones, to consider this part of the Caribbean.

. This guide will help you find all of this and more.

Have you already booked your trip? Don’t forget to get a free copy of our Puerto Plata Hot! Regional Visitors Guide that you can download to bring with you maps, coupons and local information that you will be glad you have once you get here!

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  1. […] http://www.debbiesdominicantravel.com/ for hundreds of local resort reviews … … Link: Puerto Plata Region at a glance : The Puerto Plata Report, news … ← Harbour Town Golf Links Ranks in Hilton Head, South Carolina … Elect Absolute […]

  2. Mark Welch i stayed at Reina Del Mar and its good and affordable place.

  3. TH says:

    Check out http://www.debbiesdominicantravel.com/ for hundreds of local resort reviews

  4. James Raines says:

    Are you familiar with the Breezes resort in Puerto Plata? This is my first all-inclusive trip and I was wondering if people are satisfied with the amenities and quality of food?

  5. TH says:

    Viva Tangerine is located on in Playa Dorada, a country club-like setting with 14 hotels, beaches and golf course. Viva, like almost all the other resorts here, operates as an all-inclusive property where food, drinks and watersport acitivities are all included in your room price. There are several bars within walking distance of Viva, at a mall in the middle of the compound. The hotels are clean and nice and all pretty much standard fare, satisfying, good value for the money. Nightlife in the hotels are usually skts put on by hotel animation staff, group games etc. For a more authentic experience think about getting off the compound, to restaurant/bars such as Cafe Cito, a half kilometer down the main road from Playa Dorada. Cafe Cito also hosts a party bus twice per week that takes people out to different places in Puerto Plata, Sosua and Cabarete. Read about Cafe Cito and Nite on the Town on this site.

  6. What is your opinion on the Viva Wyndham Tangerine in Puerto Plata – including what you know about it and what it offers in night life?

    Thanks.

  7. Mark Welch says:

    We are considering staying at Reina Del Mar in Costambar. What have you heard about this resort?

  8. TH says:

    This one is up the Camu river near Puerto Plata, not easy to get to. Google El Limon Waterfalls (near Samana) or 27 Charcos (near Puerto Plata) to find accessible waterfalls

  9. Lindsay Miller says:

    I am wondering where this waterfall is in the dominican republic? Could you please let me know about this one and any others in puert plata..Thanks

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