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Cable car delivers a picture-perfect outing

Panoramic views unfold as the cable car glides up 2,565-foot mountain.

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Find a little of everything on the Malecón

Puerto Plata’s scenic Malecón is a scenic beachfront promenade

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Free music education reaches more than 200 North Coast kids

Jazz foundation adds 73 students who were on the waiting list for free classes

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New port welcomes 5,000 visitors a week to Puerto Plata

Amber Cove Cruise offers passengers an extensive shore excursion program to enjoy the North Coast

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Ungodly ordeal ends for mighty Neptune

After enduring years of indignities, Neptune rules again from his rocky perch. Photo by Matt Bokor.

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Professional lifeguards from Canada train young Dominicans

Instructors from the Royal Lifesaving Society Canada provided training in Cabarete. Photo: Adan de Miguel

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Columbus’ cursed colony 500+ years later

Historic site near Puerto Plata was the first European town in the Americas. Photo: Matt Bokor

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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.

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Sosua’s beginnings: a haven for Jews fleeing Hitler

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

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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!