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Puerto Plata — NIGHTLIFE

Within the Playa Dorada resort complex is a nightclub (for both resort guests and outside visitors) called Mangú, as well as a competitor called “Crazy Moon” (adjacent to the lobby of Paradise Hotel).  Both locations play a mix of Merengue, Bachata and “Top 40” American pop music.  Aficionados of the House and Trance music scene […]

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Puerto Plata — DINING

  The tourist presence in the Puerto Plata area has kept in business a string of decent restaurants, such as La Parrillada Steak House (Av. Manolo Taveres Justo, Puerto Plata) – well reviewed by International carnivores; Le Papillon (Villas Cofresí, Puerto Plata) – a charming restaurant set on a hillside in a residential neighborhood about […]

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Puerto Plata Airport

During the 1980s, Puerto Plata, which had its own airport, used it to attract budget tourists from Canada and Western Europe who stayed at the all-inclusive resorts in that area.  Puerto Plata Airport also served the provincial city of Santiago, which was a one-hour drive away (but didn’t have its own large international airport at […]

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Amber Museum

Museo de Ambar (Amber Museum) (Calle Duarte 61, Playa Dorada, Puerto Plata):  a temple to the island’s prized resin that inspired the movie Jurassic Park.  Located within a two-story Victorian-era building, it holds the largest collection of amber of world.

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Cabarete

Meanwhile, for extreme sports enthusiasts, the Cabarete area east of Puerto Plata has been known over the years for water sports (kiteboarding, windsurfing, etc.) to the point where young tourists from South America (Chile & Argentina) trek there just for that.  This is a mecca for college-age travelers passing through the Dominican Republic.  A huge […]

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“Brugal”

The other thing that Puerto Plata is known for is rum.  The city is home to the major Dominican rum label “Brugal” (started there by Catalonian Spanish immigrant Andrés Brugal in 1888).  Even though the Brugal label was bought by the Scottish distilling firm, The Edrington Group, in 2008, the rum is still produced in […]