Punta Rucia Travel Guide

  • Cayo Paraiso (Paradise Island)
    Cayo Paraiso (Paradise Island)
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  • Speedboat ride through the mangroves
    Speedboat ride through the mangroves
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  • Beachfront at Punta Rucia
    Beachfront at Punta Rucia
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  • by doctoririe Written Oct 23, 2006

    A german and french couple ... both perfekt english, spanish and french speaking are living in
    a house closed to beautiful coast strip of punta rucia near puerto plata, it`s avery small fisher village far from the big hotels in puerto plata !
    they are living there together with their dogs and cats .... and the view from their terass is the most beautiful i have ever seen ! In the last 2 years the built to cabins for guests!
    it`s space for 6 to 8 people so its very small but unique ! who is looking for material luxus is wrong at this palce ! but who likes the nature silence .. relaxiation and 2 kilometers lonly beachs!
    its only 400 peso a night with breakfast and thats 5 US or 4 €

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    by Monoii Updated Jul 22, 2005

    Not far from Punta Rucia, you can visit the national park of La Isabela, known as the first city in the Americas. It was founded by Columbus in 1493.

    There is almost nothing left. A few ruins, the skeleton of a Spanish colon. But the museum is nice (artifacts from 15th c.).

    La Isabela
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    • Archeology

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    by Monoii Updated Jul 9, 2005

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    If you like snorkeling, take a boat to Paradise Island or Cayo Arena. This sandbank is surrounded by a coral reef. Very nice !!!

    Fishes from Punta Rucia
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    • Eco-Tourism
    • Beaches
    • Diving and Snorkeling

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    by SWFC_Fan Updated Dec 2, 2012

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    The easiest way to reach Cayo Paraiso (Paradise Island) – a small sand bar off the northern coast of the Dominican Republic – is by speedboat from the town of Punta Rucia.

    We made this journey during a daytrip from Puerto Plata in November 2012. After a 90 minute drive from Puerto Plata to Punta Rucia, we boarded small speedboats from the beach at Punta Rucia. These were not speedboats as I know them; they were wooden boats with a motor on the back.

    The 20 minute journey was a rough one. We bounced across the waves at a fair pace. Some of the passengers preferred to cower on the floor between the seats rather than sit on the seats and be thrown up and down. (There's a short video of the journey on my Punta Rucia page).

    Our speedboat ride was included as part of an organised excursion and was operated by Cayo Arena. I'm not sure whether it is possible to independently arrange a trip across to Cayo Paraiso.

    On our return from Cayo Paraiso, we were treated to a fast-paced speedboat ride through the mangroves that form part of the nearby national park.

    Speedboats at Punta Rucia beach On board a speedboat to Cayo Paraiso Speedboat at Cayo Paraiso Speedboats at Cayo Paraiso Speedboat on Punta Rucia beach

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