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People Making a Difference: Bob Hildreth and Lisa Ballantine

These two innovators, working independently, provide cheap, effective filters that make polluted water potable.

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Luxuriating at Villa Castellamonte

How the rich live every day—you can rent it for a week. A correspondent recounts her experiences staying at the posh Villa Castellamonte in Cabrera near Playa Grande

Japan helps relaunch Puerto Plata region’s tourism

Japanese representatives began to implement a sustainable tourism program in Puerto Plata, with the participation of the public and private sectors, to relaunch the country’s north coast as a tourism destination.

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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

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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

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Ocean World, the world’s first fully interactive marine park

At Ocean World, you swim with the dolphins, and the sea lions — and the sharks!

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Local hotel & restaurant association publishes guide book

Find lots of interesting information in the official guide

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Our quest for the ‘right’ cigar

After a year of legwork we discovered an ideal combination of quality, price and consistency from a small, Cuban family-run factory hidden away in the Cibao Valley

Carnival announces $65 million cruise port for Maimon Bay

The facility is expected to open in Fall 2013

Timeline: Dominican Republic

Historical timeline of the Dominican Republic

Air Turks & Caicos to fly Puerto Plata – San Juan PR

Turk and Caicos announced that it will start daily flights from Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic to the popular Caribbean hub of San Juan, Puerto Rico from April 15th

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AAAS raises funds for animal neutering and care

This non-profit provides an important service in the control of a community’s animal population

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New arrival at Ocean World, a baby sea lion

Ocean World Adventure Park executives announced the birth of a baby sea lion. This is the second event of its kind to be recorded at the site, as in 2006 a bottlenose dolphin “Lili.” was born under human care at the park.

Lifestyles: a visit to Rancho Nazdrovie

On a countryside drive we come to an unusual rest stop, run by an English heiress

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Ocean World Fact Sheet

Ocean World Adventure Park, Marina & Casino is the most complete entertainment complex of the Dominican Republic, located in Cofresi Beach, just 3 miles west from the town of Puerto Plata. Is made of an elegant Marina, a unique adventure park and the outstanding building where our clients will have the opportunity to enjoy restaurants, […]

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A family trip to Cabrera

You’d be surprised how much vacation you can squeeze out of a four-day getaway. Behold New York city designer Cynthia Rowley and her family, who spend a long weekend in the Dominican Republic hopscotching nonstop from surfing to horseback riding to swinging Tarzan-style through the jungle. And that’s just between breakfast and lunch.

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For Sale: Prime Real Estate

A selection of private listings for land and homesites in the Sosua-Cabarete-Puerto Plata area

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Trip Planning: how much should you spend?

The cost of travel varies greatly between countries. You’ll find an informative overview of what to expect cost-wise in the Dominican Republic, along with many other informative resources at

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Canadian publisher honored for cultural contribution

The ceremony, held last week at City Hall, commemorated El Faro’s 40th year in circulation and marked the paper’s formal designation as part of the city’s Cultural & Historical Patrimony. Five other past and present Directors were also honored.

Flash floods damage homes in Puerto Plata, one dead

Civil Defense director Hugo González said flash floods damaged 34 houses totally, and 850 partially, whereas 635 families lost their belongings and 6,435 others had partial losses.

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Puerto Plata Hot! Magazine: what’s hot in Puerto Plata

Browse and download free Puerto Plata Hot! Magazine to bring on your vacation

Spanish Galleon That Sank Around 1700 Found near Nagua

A research team has discovered a Spanish galleon that apparently sank near Nagua between 1690-1700