Just returned back from a week-long trip to Costambar (a quiet gated community located 3 miles away from Puerto Plata). We stayed at Villas Jazmin as part of our RCI vacation exchange.
* This is not an all-inclusive resort. There is the option of a food plan for $160 per person for the week (breakfast and dinner). However, in Costambar there are many other restaurants with excellent food worth trying out. The most I paid for a meal was $10 US. It is worth exploring and experiencing different places instead of being stuck in one place.
* They have excursions leaving everyday for those who want to do more than lay on the beach. I took the Jeep Safari trip and would highly recommend it to everyone.
* This is a very quiet, very safe little community. It is not for those who want an exciting nightlife and a young crowd. It is perfect for those who want to lie on a quiet, not crowded beach with the option of going out to some of the local bars at night.
* Do not expect a soft, sandy beach. Costambar’s beach is protected by a coral reef which keeps large waves from forming. This also prevents sea shells washed on shore from being broken down into soft sand. We also saw a fair amount of trash on the beach including some broken glass. If staying at the Villas Jazmin, Carlos the beach boy will provide you with beach chairs for 40 RD (or a little over $1 US) per chair per day.
* The water is warm and clear, but not ideal for more than wading. The coral reef does provide those interested in snorkeling with a nice view.