People are drawn here by the
magnificent beaches, which are among the most beautiful in the Caribbean and lined with
resort villages offering accommodations for every taste and budget.
The city's beautiful location, nestled between
the Atlantic Ocean and the Cordillera Septentrionale mountain range, adds to its allure.
Despite the constant development in Puerto Plata, its downtown has remained largely
unchanged, retaining its typical Caribbean flavour.
This is neither
a village nor a town that became touristy, but rather a few square kilometres of
buildings erected solely for tourism. It has about a dozen luxury hotels offering a wide
range of services and activities.
With the exception of
Puerto Plata, Sosúa has undergone more tourist development than any other area on the
coast. Sosúa is a pleasant place to stay, due to its abundance of restaurants, hotels
and outdoor activities. The jagged coastline makes for some beautiful landscapes, and
the bay's waters are always crystal clear.
considered the windsurfing capital of the country, and with good reason. Its magnificent
beach stretches nearly 3 km (2 mi), making it perfect for long walks. Cabarete's beach
is large enough that you don't feel hemmed in on all sides by hotels and sunbathers.
Cabarete has retained a pleasant, casual atmosphere and also offers a good selection of
hotels, generally small or medium-sized, as well as several
Around 8 km (5 mi) from Río San Juan, lie the
most spectacular beaches in the country. The Playa Grande is remarkable for the sheer
length and width of its ribbon of fine sand, lined with coconut palms from one end to
the other for some 2 km (1.2 mi).
Where on earth
Travelling from Puerto Plata to the Samaná Peninsula, a
formidable 150-km-long (93-mi) seafront takes you through one of the best-known regions
of the Dominican Republic.