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

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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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Tubagua Plantation Eco Lodge

This thatch-roofed lodge offers spectacular ocean views of the Puerto Plata coastline from its mountaintop location on the Ruta Panoramica. Tubagua is rated #1 in Trip Advisor’s recommendations for alternative lodging

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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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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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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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Perla de Sosua

Conveniently located in the heart of town these condos are just steps from all the action yet quietly situated on a private cul de sac

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Well appointed private villa in Lomas Mironas

This stately villa is conveniently located in a gated community midway between Sosua and Cabarete

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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

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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

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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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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  www.DominicanRepublic-guide.info

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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

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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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Live Jazz in style Saturdays at the Waterfront

Saturday October 24 Patricia Pereyra performs at On the Waterfront , Sosua’s premier oceanfront restaurant. Click for address and map

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Regional Map

Interactive regional map from Google shows Puerto Plata, Sosua, Cabarete and more

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La Roca Restaurant

La Roca Restaurant is set in what was Sosua’s first general store

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Bravissimo! Nightclub Show

Enjoy an unforgettable evening out… starting with dinner at Ocean World’s Poseidon Restaurant, front row seats at Bravissimo, and some fun at the Ocean World Casino Lighthouse Disco