The best shopping for great Dominican souveniers is in the small town of Sosua. Drive right down to the beach, thru the main part of town, park and as you walk towards the beach you will see a very long strip of small shops and vendor's (they all pretty much sell the same stuff, but it was a great place to haggle them down and, yes, you can get them down in price quite a bit) there are also alot of small beach side cafe's and restaurants, BUT, carefull what you eat, especially seafood, you never know how clean or fresh it is and I learnt that one the hard way! Stick with a larger restaurant in town.
It is one of the most challenging fall I climbed so far. Very virgin, dangerous, thrilling. Avoid if you have health problem. Go early in the day and also avoid going in if there is a chance of rain - the flow of water can become so strong - there is no provision to get any help .
The Carribean sea meets the Atlantic ocean on the east coast of the Dom Rep, and this meeting point is also a place in which Whale watching can seen, there are plenty of tour companies running these trips so looking round and see who`s cheapest.
Dominican Republic is where Michael Jackson married Maria Presley, they got married here because if you marry in the Dominican you can divorce 24 hours later.
You can visit the church they got married in it`s about 45 minutes west of Peuto Plata and overlooks some amazing views of rainforestr and river as it is situated high on top a mountain, really would recomend seeing it if you are staying close by.
If your staying in the North side of the island an excursion to Saona island can be exspensive as it requires a flight down to the South side and also a speedboat ride as well but this island is totally worth it, you can go there and get the local`s to climb a tree and pick you a fresh coconut and the white untouched sand with the crystal clear blue sea is to die for.
Like most Spanish - Latin American type of places, most towns have a central park. Puerto Plata is no different. Next to the park is an old church. Outside this church there was a nativity scene set up. It was very nice. Every street around the park had street venders selling everything. Some people will walk up to you and start talking. When they are done, they expect you to give them money because they just explained some history to you and therefore they were like a guide.
This was a nice little park and contained a buff of the founder of the Republic "Juan Pablo Duarte Y Diez 1813 - 1876"
The fort was built in 1540, becoming the first fort in the "New World". The resulting port became the stopping place for traders between the New World and Europe.
This fort is quite small.This fort use to also be a prison. The cells were very small with very low doors. The view of the sea is remarkable. The brown stones against the blue sea......
It cost us 15 pesos to enter the fort and we had to explore on our own. The museum did not have many artifacts but it was still very interesting. My son thought it was neat to see actual cannon balls. If you climb up one of the turrents (up the very step ladder), you have to be tall in statute to see over the top.
There were a couple of cannons still there, aiomed over the bay.
This was worth the trip. I think my kids appeciated the history. It was not just some picture in a book but an actual fort.
The hotel allowed us to use the gear for free each day for 1 hour. There was alot of Coral around the beach at the resort but most of it was dead. There was few fish but we did find shells and star fish. My son enjoyed it alot.
I have never been in a kayak before. Neither has my son. We went out into the water to the point where the waves would break over. With the tip of the kayak pointed into the waves, we would get thrown around and a face full of water each time......My son giggled the whole time.
This was one of our highlites of the trip. We were allowed 1 hour of kayaking a day. It was too bad that we never tried it until our second last day of the trip.
For a wondeful time of horseback riding you will meet nice hosts at Gypsy Ranch (8kms from Sosua) in front of Coconut Palm Hotel.
Prices are reasonables and poeple very sociable. The trails gives you the opportunity to have a variety of panoramas.
Sosúa town has not much to offer. A sexual haven years ago, now prostitution is still there butgoign down due to a lack of clientele (basically Eastern Germans).
The town has its origins in a United Fruit Company waterfront town created as a plantation base. After that it was populated by 400 Jew families brought by Dictator Trujillo from prewar Germany in 1939 to white down the Dominican race.
You can find a Museo Judío telling the story and a beautiful wooden synagogue. Don´t miss the beach and great places to eat (such as La Roca, quite good prices too; Café Atlántico -Chez Jaime and Central; in Charamicos), El Toro and Jade.
Nightlife in Sosúa is not the best but some cool places have been opened recently: Voodoo Lounge and D' Clásicos, plus Plutus a great classic. Another coffe-time or early drink must: Nativos, also known as El Cubano.
One of the finest beaches on the northern coast, beautiful bay with a reef, crystal clear water and golden sands. However, too noisy, full of hawkers, and hanky-panky gigolós. Forget about going there on a Sunday. Try the restaurants on the beach, but don´t pay too much. Skive off sellers and don´t miss snowkeling on the reef.
There is a little "mountain" near Puerto Plata called Torre de Isabel, or something very similar. The mountain was named after a Spanish Queen Isabel the second. You can catch a cable car up to the top and walk around. Not much to do up there but there is a nice view, when the peak is not covered in clouds. Also there is a small replica of the Jesus statue in Rio.
There is a market downtown Puerto Plata where you can find souvenirs, jewels, real vanilla and rhum. It is very nice to go there and you will be welcome by the nice people of Puerto Plata.
Ask the wawa driver to tell you when to step down of the bus (wawa) and give you indication where it is.
General Luperón was one of the Dominican Republic's greatest heroes; in 1879, under his leadership, the country was reorganized and set on the road to economic recovery.
There is a great statue in is honnor.
#7 Calle Llibre, Sosua, Dominican Republic, Caribbean
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