We are renting rooms in our house in Dominican Republic and charges are £15 per person per night.
Our lovely family home is in the gated community of Bayardo, on the north coast of Dominican Republic. These are some of the places you might like to visit, and which we can recommend to help you get the most out of your stay.
Starting with those closest, you have:
Oceanfront Boulevard is a long, wide road which runs alongside the sea with beautiful views and plenty of bars and restaurants to stop off at - great for walks or for just relaxing and enjoying the view and the cooling ocean breezes.
Long Beach and Camacho is the nearest beach to our house and where you can go swimming (although the sea can be a little rough at times), with plenty of sand for children to play.
Fort San Felipe at the end of the boulevard, was built in the 16th century by the Spaniards to protect the city from French and English pirates.
Museum General Gregorio Luperon is one of the oldest buildings in the city and was brought back to life as an educational institution to honour the life of the national hero and President General Gregorio Luperon. It will give you a good insight into 19th century Dominican society.
Puerto Plata Central Park, with its attractive Victorian bandstand, is close to St Felipe Cathedral. It’s a great place to rest up and observe the local culture, especially on Sundays when large crowds attend Mass.
Amber Museum. Right in the city centre stands this lovely two-storey Victorian building which house one of the largest amber collection in the world. Dominican amber is also reputed to be the most transparent in the world.
Mount Isabel de Torres. The most amazing natural land mark in Puerto Plata, Mount Isabel de Torres is 2,555 feet (780 metres) above sea level and is a must-visit spot. Make sure you choose a cloudless day and take the 8-minute cable car ride to the top. The panoramic views are simply breathtaking! At the top, you are greeted by a replica of Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, botanical gardens and walking trails to the surrounding forest.
Ocean World Park, Marina and Casino. Ocean World is a zoo and marine park, located in the tourist resort complex of Cofresi. Features include the world's largest custom-made dolphin lagoon, a swimmable aquarium, sea lion and dolphin encounters, a shark interaction pool, tiger feeding area and bird area, as well as a large man-made beach and marina. The park is in a spectacular location.
If you have the opportunity, visit the marina. It is a lovely spot at any time of day. For evening entertainment, the casino and night club are open to the public.
Cofresi beach is right next to Ocean World.
Maimon is renowned for its restaurants specialising in fish dishes. We never leave the Dominican Republic without going there for the best fresh fish and sea food. There are lots of good restaurants along the main road.
Los 27 Charcos de Damajagua (27 Waterfalls), located half an hour from Puerto Plata, between the Altamira tunnel and the town of Imbert. These natural treasures are an amazing adventure. You need to be physically fit for this excursion. The idea is to make your way up to the head of the falls on foot and then make your way down by jumping and sliding down the pools of waters (10-20 ft drops)!
Nearby are Luperon Beach and La Isabela National Park.
Going in the opposite direction, we recommend:
Playa Dorada, which is 10 minutes east of Puerto Plata, is like Cofresi, a tourist resort complex by the sea. It has an 18-hole golf course and a small shopping arcade.
Fun City is an open air action park just past Playa Dorara. It has a go-kart centre, a play ground and pitcher challenge.
Keep going east, past the airport, and you will soon find yourself in Sosua, a busy coastal town. Sosua’s beautiful beach is dotted with lots of bars, cafes and restaurants and, of course, gift shops.
Caberete, has an equally attractive beach, lots places to eat and drink, and is the place to go for watersports, such as kiteboarding and windsurfing.
Beyond Cabarete are Playa Grande and Rio San Juan and from there you can keep going all the way to Samaná, the main centre for whale-watching tours.
Although we have mentioned a few places, there is certainly a lot more to see and do. The north coast is extensive and the list can just keep on growing. To make the most of your trip we advise you to get a map and do some online research of the places you are planning to visit or which look like possibilities. Many of these locations have their own website which will provide you with all the information you need.
If you are a first time traveller or you want an adventure-packed holiday, we suggest looking at what excursion companies have to offer, as they can organize day trips and provide guides to locations that are otherwise inaccessible.
Well, we hope you are ready to start your Caribbean adventure!
The Bayardo, is one of the best and most prestigious urbanizsciones city of Puerto Plata, characterized by his tranquility and comfort for walking.