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The North Coast
When I visit the North Coast of the Dominican Republic, I often stay in more than one hotel or resort. Other than Punta Cana region, here you can find various lively beach towns like Sosua, my absolute favorite beach to hang out with the locals and Cofresi, which I adore for its magnificent bay and mountain views. Other options are the resort area of Playa Dorada and of course Cabarete, perhaps the best place on the North coast to go to for wind surfing and kite boarding.

Puerto Plata, the largest city on the North coast, with its wonderful restaurants and cable car to Mount Isabel de Torres, is located within a short distance of all these fabulous towns. The town Rio San Juan, a farming and fishing town known for its Gri Gri Lagoon, and the Palaya Grande/ Cabrera area are located further east, some 100-120 km from Puerto Plata. Here you will not only find white powder sand beaches and big waves, ideal for surfing and body/boogie boarding, but also the Playa Grande Golf Course designed by Robert Trent Jones, with most “holes” being located along the cliffs, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Please be aware: it can be quiet hard to retrieve your golf ball!

What else to expect

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It is said that the North Coast is perfect for town hopping and beach bobbing. This is exactly why I like a car when I arrive at Puerto Plata. The well-maintained two-lane highway that runs along the coast allows you to explore the wonderful beaches and energetic beach towns. I stayed in a very affordable small bed and breakfast while the next day I moved into a luxury all-inclusive resort and both were wonderful. What I mean to say is that the North coast of the Dominican Republic caters to the budgets and interests of all types of travelers!

How to get there

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Whenever possible I fly to Gregorio Luperón International Airport close to Puerto Plata. From here it is easy to get to the towns of Cofresi, Maimón, Luperón, Puerto Plata, Playa Dorada, Sosua, Cabarete, Playa Grande and Cabrera. Santiago's Cibao International Airport is located about an hour south from Puerto Plata.

Distances from Puerto Plata airport to almost all final destinations in the area are limited. You can take a bus, airport shuttle, rental car or taxi to your final destination. To give you some kind of indication of cab fares: a journey from Puerto Plata to other North coast destinations will run between 25 USD (Sosua) to 160 USD when you want to travel all the way to Monte Cristi near the Haitian border.

Tours and Excursions

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I always say: “It is impossible to be bored while vacationing in the Dominican Republic”. You will be able to book a tour or excursion with one of many renowned excursion companies in the area. Excursions range from Whale watching in Samana (which takes you a whole day), to monster trucking or catamaran sailing. The possibilities are almost endless. Families with children might want to consider a visit to the very popular attraction park Ocean World near the town of Cofresi.


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North Coast Hotels

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Hotel Name Destination Hotel Class User Rating Popularity

Agualina Kite Beach Resort Cabarete 2 reviews

Albatros Residence Cabarete 1 reviews

Alegria Cabarete 2 reviews

Allegro Puerto Plata Playa Dorada 4 reviews

Apart Hotel & Beach Club Caracol Cabarete 0 reviews

Aparta Hotel Lomar Puerto Plata 2 reviews

Azzurro Club Estrella Cabarete 0 reviews

Bahia Principe San Juan Rio San Juan 42 reviews

Barcelo Puerto Plata Playa Dorada 23 reviews

Be Live Grand Ambar (formerly Oasis) Playa Cofresi 23 reviews

Be Live Grand Marien Playa Dorada 24 reviews

BlueBay Villas Doradas Playa Dorada 28 reviews

Brisas del Yaque Jarabacoa 2 reviews

Cabarete Bay Cabarete 0 reviews

Caliente Caribe Resort & Spa Puerto Plata 3 reviews

Caribe Campo Club Sosua 1 reviews

Caribe Surf Cabarete 2 reviews

Casa Blanca Hotel Cabarete 1 reviews

Casa Cayena Sosua 1 reviews

Casa Colonial Beach & Spa Playa Dorada 3 reviews

Casa Ekke Sosua 1 reviews

Casa Laguna Beach Resort Cabarete 1 reviews

Casa Marina Beach Sosua 13 reviews

Casa Marina Playa Escondida Puerto Plata 1 reviews

Celuisma Cabarete Cabarete 2 reviews

Celuisma Paraiso Tropical Beach Cabarete 5 reviews

Celuisma Tropical Playa Dorada Playa Dorada 30 reviews

Claro de Luna Villas Puerto Plata 1 reviews

Club Residencial Sosua 1 reviews

Club Tropicana Sosua 1 reviews

Coco Sosua 2 reviews

Coco Cabanas Beach Club Gaspar Hernandez 1 reviews

Coconut Palms Resort Puerto Plata 9 reviews

Condado Puerto Plata 1 reviews

Eden Bay Nudist Resort Puerto Plata 0 reviews

El Colibri Sosua 2 reviews

El Rancho Sosua 1 reviews

Estrella del Mar Cabarete 0 reviews

Extreme Cabarete 0 reviews

Gran Jimenoa Jarabacoa 1 reviews

Gran Ventana Beach Resort Playa Dorada 31 reviews

Grand Paradise Playa Dorada Playa Dorada 36 reviews

Hideaway Beach Resort Cabarete 1 reviews

Holiday Village Golden Beach Playa Dorada 9 reviews

Hooked Cabarete Cabarete 0 reviews

Hotetur Dorado Club Playa Dorada 0 reviews

Iberostar Costa Dorada Puerto Plata 17 reviews

Isla Verde Beach Cabarete 0 reviews

Kaoba Cabarete 0 reviews

Kite Beach Cabarete 0 reviews

La Cana Vacation Club Sosua 1 reviews

La Catalina Puerto Plata 1 reviews

Larimar Beach Resort Sosua 0 reviews

Lifestyle Crown Residence Suites Playa Cofresi 3 reviews

Lifestyle Crown Villas Playa Cofresi 2 reviews

Lifestyle Hacienda Villas Del Mar Playa Cofresi 0 reviews

Lifestyle Tropical Beach Resort & Spa Playa Cofresi 11 reviews

Lifestyle Vitalis Garden Club
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Playa Dorada 0 reviews

Lóase Resort and Racquetball Club Puerto Plata 1 reviews

Marco Polo Club Sosua 0 reviews

Natura Cabana Cabarete 0 reviews

New Garden Hotel Sosua 2 reviews

Ocean Manor Beach Resort Cabarete 4 reviews

Paraiso de Colon Sosua 1 reviews

Pinar Dorado Jarabacoa 1 reviews

Playa Chiquita Sosua 1 reviews

Playa Sanssouci Cabarete 1 reviews

Puerto Plata Beach Resort and Casino Puerto Plata 1 reviews

Ramada Hacienda Resort Playa Cofresi 1 reviews

Rancho Baiguate Jarabacoa 1 reviews

Rancho Nazdrowie Puerto Plata 0 reviews

Ria Fortuna Cabarete 0 reviews

Riu Bachata Puerto Plata 31 reviews

Riu Mambo Puerto Plata 18 reviews

Riu Merengue Puerto Plata 21 reviews

Sea Horse Ranch Cabarete 0 reviews

Sol De Plata Beach Resort Sosua 1 reviews

Sosua Bay Resort Sosua 9 reviews

Sosua by the Sea Sosua 5 reviews

Sunshine Hotel Puerto Plata 1 reviews

Tangerine Palace Cabarete 1 reviews

The Oasis Cabarete Beach Resort Cabarete 0 reviews

Tropical Clubs Cabarete Cabarete 0 reviews

Tropical Luperon Beach Resort Luperon 10 reviews

Tropical Ocean Suites Playa Cofresi 0 reviews

Tropicana Caribe by EVRentals Playa Dorada 0 reviews

Tropiclub Los Almendros Sosua 0 reviews

Tropix Sosua 2 reviews

Tubagua Plantation Eco Lodge Puerto Plata 3 reviews

VH Victoria Resort and Beach Playa Dorada 1 reviews

Victoria Golf & Beach Resort Playa Dorada 6 reviews

Victorian House Sosua 2 reviews

Villa Almonte Sosua 1 reviews

Villa Rosada Cabarete 1 reviews

Villa Taina Cabarete 2 reviews

Villas Jazmin Puerto Plata 1 reviews

Viva Wyndham Playa Dorada
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Playa Dorada 4 reviews

Viva Wyndham Tangerine Cabarete 15 reviews

Voramar Sosua 1 reviews

Waterfront Sosua 1 reviews

Wilson’s Beach House Cabarete 1 reviews

North Coast Restaurants

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Acuarela Garden Cafe Puerto Plata 0 reviews

Al Fresco Playa Dorada 0 reviews

Aleph Puerto Plata 0 reviews

Aquaceros Bar and Grill Puerto Plata 0 reviews

Atlantic Blue Sosua 0 reviews

Bliss Restaurant Lounge Bar Pool Cabarete 0 reviews

Blu Cabarete 0 reviews

Blue Moon Cabarete 0 reviews

Bologna Ristorante Pizzeria Sosua 1 reviews

Cabarete Coffee Company Cabarete 0 reviews

Cafe Barrio Latino Cabarete 0 reviews

Cafe Cubano / Cuban Cafe Sosua 0 reviews

Café Pitu Cabarete 0 reviews

Cariatides Restaurant Playa Dorada 0 reviews

Casa Colonial La Verandah / Lucia Playa Dorada 1 reviews

Casa del Pescador Cabarete 0 reviews

Casa Valeria Sosua 0 reviews

Casanova Cabarete 0 reviews

Castle Club Cabarete 0 reviews

Chili Thai Sosua 0 reviews

Chris & Mady's Playa Cofresi 4 reviews

Cinimon Cabarete 0 reviews

Claro Cabarete 1 reviews

Dick's Bakery Cabarete 0 reviews

El Batay Puerto Plata 0 reviews

El Jardin de Jade Playa Dorada 0 reviews

El Tigre Cabarete 0 reviews

Embocca Cabarete 0 reviews

Gran Ventana Beach Resort Puerto Plata 0 reviews

Hemingway's Café Playa Dorada 0 reviews

Jardin Suizo Malecon Puerto Plata 0 reviews

Jolly Roger Bar & Grill Sosua 0 reviews

Jose O'Shay's Cabarete 1 reviews

Kahuna's Restaurant & Bar Cabarete 1 reviews

Kite Club Cafe Cabarete 1 reviews

K's Coffee Shop Cabarete 0 reviews

La Casa Del Pescador Cabarete 0 reviews

La Casita De Don Alfredo Papi Cabarete 1 reviews

La Cueva Puerto Plata 0 reviews

La Parrillada Steak House Puerto Plata 0 reviews

La Puntilla de Piergeorgio Sosua 1 reviews

La Vaca Loca Cabarete 1 reviews

Las Brisas Cabarete 0 reviews

Lax Cabarete 0 reviews

Le Papillon Playa Cofresi 0 reviews

Los Charros y Los Pinches Chaparros Playa Cofresi 1 reviews

Los Locos d'enfrente Cabarete 0 reviews

Los Tres Cocos Playa Cofresi 0 reviews

Maraja Cabarete 0 reviews

Mares Restaurant & Lounge Puerto Plata 0 reviews

Martini's Beach Bar & Grill Cabarete 0 reviews

Mercedes Cabarete 0 reviews

Miro Cabarete 0 reviews

Morua Mai Sosua 1 reviews

Natura Cabanas Restaurant Cabarete 0 reviews

Nuevo Simply Red Sosua 0 reviews

Occidental Grand Playa Dorada 0 reviews

On the Waterfront Sosua 1 reviews

Onno's Bar Cabarete 2 reviews

Orchidee Restaurant Sosua 3 reviews

Otra Cosa Cabarete 0 reviews

Pizzerio Roma II Puerto Plata 0 reviews

PJ's Pizzeria Sosua 0 reviews

Placito Criolla Playa Dorada 0 reviews

Pomodoro Cabarete 1 reviews

Resto Veintiuno Sosua 0 reviews

Riu Bachata Puerto Plata 0 reviews

Riu Mambo Puerto Plata 0 reviews

Roadways Playa Dorada 0 reviews

Schnitzel Paradise Puerto Plata 0 reviews

Scotch N Sirloin Sosua 0 reviews

Serenade Cabarete 0 reviews

Taste Restaurant & Terrace Puerto Plata 0 reviews

The Ponderosa Puerto Plata 0 reviews

Toma la Luna Cabarete 0 reviews

Tostacos & Sushito Puerto Plata 0 reviews

Tropicoco Cabarete 0 reviews

Tu Kasita Cabarete 0 reviews

North Coast Bed And Breakfast Accommodations

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Casa Veintiuno Sosua 1 reviews

Condos Dominicano Sosua 4 reviews

Hostal Jimesson Puerto Plata 0 reviews

Seaside69 Sosua 1 reviews

North Coast Tours

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Deep Sea Fishing Puerto Plata 1 reviews

Eco Tours Puerto Plata 0 reviews

Iguana Mama Cabarete 1 reviews

Northern Highlights Puerto Plata 0 reviews

waterfall Puerto Plata 1 reviews

North Coast Excursions

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Cable Car Puerto Plata 0 reviews

Deep Sea Fishing Puerto Plata 1 reviews

Ocean World Adventure Park Puerto Plata 0 reviews

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