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Playa Dorada

Playa Dorada is an area just east of Puerto Plata city with the largest concentration of resorts. It offers a country club setting, with hotels spread out through a very lush and appealing garden-golf course setting. The 18-hole 72 par golf course was designed by Robert Trent Jones

All the buildings on this complex are low-rise, maximum three stories, so the natural vegetation dominates. The whole setting is done really in quite good taste. There are some 15 different hotels in this complex, located about 5 kilometers from the edge of town. But it doesn’t feel dense because of the low rise building code. Some are on the beach, others are around the golf course but all in all you are basically on the beach. The golf course hotels all have their own oceanfront beach clubs and even though it’s walking distance they have golf carts and other means of shuttling those who don’t feel like walking.

When you’re in Playa Dorada you’re basically in a controlled environment. There is a shopping plaza in the middle of the complex with reataurants and pubs and shops, and you can explore up and down the beach. Most all inclusive resorts restrict admission to thier own guests, though.

There’s plenty to do and you don’t really ever have to leave to have a good vacation. But, it’s not the “real” Dominican Republic, so if you want to explore a bit, you’ll have to go beyond your resort.

Puerto Plata: the New Coast of Eco-Style and Activity

The Caribbean’s secret is out: Puerto Plata offers affordable luxury in today’s economy

Puerto Plata, the largest city on the Dominican Republic’s (DR) North Coast, is seen as a shining star for the country’s tourism industry. With the largest number of attractively-priced hotel rooms in the north, championship designer golf courses, shopping, casinos, night life, rejuvenated local beaches and other new developments planned, Puerto Plata is creating a reputation as one of the Caribbean’s most popular emerging tourist destinations in the DR attracting international travelers, sports champions and celebrities alike.

Blessed with stretches of pristine beaches, breathtaking countryside, friendly people, diverse culture, raw nature and luxury, Puerto Plata is great for those travelers seeking a vacation out of the ordinary. In 1492, Christopher Columbus described the region as “the fairest land under heaven.” Over 500 years later, visitors continue to be captivated by the non-stop unspoiled natural beauty.

Just 800 miles south of Florida, Puerto Plata offers travelers rare and preserved beauty with daily flights from Miami, New York, Atlanta and Puerto Rico. Also, weekly charters from dozens of Canadian and European cities make traveling to and from Puerto Plata easier than ever. In addition, Puerto Plata’s centrally located Gregorio Luperón International Airport is less than 20 minutes away from the majority of the area’s hotels making the trip home a breeze.

Known as the country’s most versatile playground, Puerto Plata is an excellent destination for those seeking fun, adventure and enriching activities. Here vacationers can jump river beds on a mountain bike, fight waves on a kiteboard, test their strength on a rock race or rub elbows with the rich and famous who come for the North Coast’s luxurious accommodations.

Travelers with limited vacation time often find themselves hard-pressed to choose from the vast list of activities Puerto Plata has to offer. Top attractions in Puerto Plata include: Ocean World, Playa Grande and Play Dorada Golf Course, Victorian Architecture, Taino Art Museum, San Felipe Fort, Brugal Factory Tour, El Museo de Sosúa, Mount Isabel de Torres Cable Car and the Puerto Plata Jazz Festival. For more information regarding these top attractions click on our Visitors Guide links at right.

In addition to a vast variety of activities, Puerto Plata offers a beach lover’s paradise with the beaches of Playa Dorada, Costa Dorada, Playa Cofresí, Playa Sosúa and Cabarete. “The North Coast boasts some of the world’s most breathtaking white sand beaches surrounded with brilliant shades of turquoise,” said DR Minister of Tourism Francisco Javier Garcia. “In 2008, the DR invested nearly $25 million into the rejuvenation of seven beaches, including a five kilometer stretch of beach east of Long Beach city. In addition, the adjacent stretch from Costa Dorada to Playa Dorada and Cabarete on the North Coast has been doubled in size for traveler’s beach relaxation.”

The word is out. Puerto Plata is the “it” destination for adventure and eco travel along with affordable luxury. With its laid back and relaxing atmosphere, culture and desirable warm weather, Puerto Plata is an astonishing place that will delight even the most experienced traveler.

Cafe Cito, Puerto Plata’s Jumpin’ Joint!

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Isaira Excursions & Transfers

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Aleph Restaurant

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Fun City Action Park

Fun City, the largest go-cart park in the Caribbean, features 3 great racing tracks,gocart, sprint and cyclone, as well as a kids playground, bumper cars, pichers challenge and more! Check out our unlimited racing pass and spend a day with us! Great family fun!
Free taxi transportation from your hotel and back!


Puerto Plata-Sosua Hwy Km 8 near Playa Dorada Tel: 809-320-1031


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Cigar Discount


Cigar Discount offers you a wide variety of FIRST-QUALITY Dominican Cigars, for the best prices available in Puerto Plata. We have all the major brands and offer you free delivery to your hotel, you can purchase online direct from our website, or visit our shop

Plaza Turisol No 40 Puerto Plata
Tel: 809-320-8243


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Plaza Las Americas

Buy gold jewelry by the gram at this Caribbean pawnshop

What could be more fascinating than a pawnshop jewelry store in a Caribbean port city? Discover a great selection of jewelry from all over the world! American Robert Hildreth runs the largest pawnshop in Puerto Plata, and invites visitors to take advantage of his no-nonsense policy of selling gold by the gram. Pricing by gram and not by design or designer means discounts up to 60 and 80 per cent. Plaza Las Americas Jewelry Boutique is located right beside the Caribe Tours Bus Station in downtown Puerto Plata.

Plaza Las Americas
Jose E. Kunhardt No. 7,
Downtown Puerto Plata
• 1 km from Central Park
Tel. 809 586-6516
Open Mon- Fri 8 am – 6 pm • Sat 8 am – 4 pm • Sun 9 am – 1 pm
Visa • Master Card

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