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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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Puerto Plata: The Caribbean’s newest cruise destination

More than 250,000 cruise passengers are expected in the first year.

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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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Dominican Republic Jazz Festival delights audiences

The event featured four nights of free concerts. Photo: DR Jazz Festival Facebook page

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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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Puerto Plata Region at a glance

What to expect on a visit to these shores

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Dominican Republic Video

A video introduction to the Dominican Republic… dorky lyrics but great imagery

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La Citadelle

Cap-Haitien, Haiti.- The sun rises slowly over the bay in Cap-Haitien casting a soft golden light over the town as the car trundles laboriously along potholed streets. All around us the city begins to stir, vendors appear on the street corners and groups of schoolchildren, books in hand, shield their eyes against the glare as […]

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Luperón: a Hurricane Hole And An Adventure Of A Lifetime

You had planned to stay a week or two, but you lose the urge for going. Your boat throws down roots like a mangrove… it happens all the time in Luperon’s harbor…

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Retired teacher organizes “Helping Hand Vacations” for youth

Judy Warrington’s students do “extreme school makeovers”

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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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

Timeline: Dominican Republic

Historical timeline of the Dominican Republic

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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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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Cigar factory photos: “Made by Hands” in Dominican Republic

Post card collection depicts the hands of people at work rolling fine cigars in the Dominican Republic. Photographed by Owen Franken in 2007 at Luis Cuevas factory, a duotone treatment of these recent pictures emphasizes how this caring, handmade process is a tradition that has gone unchanged since its very beginnings.

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Adventure travel in the Dominican Republic

Two hours into the mountains, Maxima Aventura is a wilderness dude ranch for adventure travelers and extreme sports enthusiasts