Category Archives: Puerto Plata & North Shore

Pirates, Amber, and a Mighty Fine Beach

Amber square

What do pirates, amber, and a mighty fine beach have in common? Puerto Plata, that’s what! It would be difficult to visit this city on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic without encountering all three. Nor would you want to miss any of them. We visited Fort San Felipe built by the Spaniards (1564 […]

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Kite Surfers of Cabarete vs Kite Flyers of Weifang

Kiteboarding square

If you compare the kite surfers of Cabarete vs kite flyers of Weifang, they aren’t even close cousins. Not really. But I didn’t know that when friends told us about the amazing kite surfers of Cabarete who were a must-see when visiting the north coast of the Dominican Republic. The images of kite surfing that […]

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How Not to Take the Teleferico in Puerto Plata

Puerto Plata Christus

I can tell you how not to take the teleferico in Puerto Plata to the top of Mount Isabel de Torres. I am equally well-versed in the most unpleasant way to see the Puerto Plata Christus and gardens on top. Simple. Visit on a day when the teleferico isn’t running. We assumed that if the […]

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27 Waterfalls of Rio Damajagua

A high-adventure type of friend told me about the 27 waterfalls of Rio Damajagua. Whenever he describes climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or spending the night alone in the rainforests of Costa Rica, I think he’s talking about activities limited to a person with his stamina. But when he heard I was visiting the Dominican Republic, on […]

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Welcome to the Beautiful Land of Cocoa

cacao pod

The sign, “Bienvenidos a esta hermosa tierra del cacao” — Welcome to the beautiful land of cocoa — greets visitors to the famous Dominican cocoa plantation, El Sendero del Cacao. Located a comfortable 2½-hour drive north of Santo Domingo, just west of the city San Franciso de Macoris, the drive takes the visitor through a […]

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