Surrounding Areas & Attractions

For a fun night on the town try a Dominican Casino which is located right on the same property as your stay. These casinos are set in a scenic tropical setting, making your night out a fun adventure. The casinos feature typical blackjack, craps, roulette, poker and slot machines. Players must be at least 18 years of age. Casinos are open from Mon- Fri 4pm-4am weekends 4pm-6am.

Overlooking the marina stands the landmark Ocean World Casino. The spectacular four-story building is an aquatic themed casino that features extraordinary mosaics of whales, dolphins, and tropical fish. Each floor offers visitors different experiences from five-star dining, live music, gaming, spectacular ocean views, cocktail lounges and featuring the tropical and exotic Bravissimo Show.

With your VIP stay status you may enjoy these shows and entrance to the Ocean World Casino for free!

Less than an hour away…ideal for day trips:

Maimon

Located to the west of Puerto Plata, about 20 minutes from the property you will find the small fishing village of Maimon. Maimon is a quiet, small and well known for the local fish and seafood that it sells for very inexpensive prices.

Sosua

Sosúa is a small town in the Puerto Plata province of the Dominican Republic. The town is divided into three sectors: El Batey, which is the main section where most tourists visit, Sosua Abajo, and Los Charamicos. It is a beautiful seaside town located 30 minutes from the property, with a rich history and cultural heritage dating back to the 1930`s when Sosua was turned from an old banana-producing town to a more productive one by the Jewish refugees fleeing Hitler’s persecution during WWII. Still proud of its Jewish-related past, Sosua still has about 25 Jewish families who keep their traditions alive, and the Sosua Jewish Museum is the place to go if you would like to learn and see about the history of Sosua. One of the main producers of dairy products and meat products in the Dominican Republic was born out of this town, bearing the name of Productos Sosua.

This beautiful town with golden sand beaches and blue skies became the first important tourist destination of the Dominican Republic in the eighties, when the Playa Dorada complex was inaugurated and the tourism industry was born in the Dominican Republic. Sosua beaches are among the most beautiful in the Caribbean, with thousands of tourists visiting each year from Europe and North America. Sosua has colorful gift shops, many international restaurants, a thriving real estate industry developing condos, villas and homes with beach and ocean front. It is good to mention that Sosua`s population is made up of so many different people from many different countries, expats from Canada, Italy, United States, Germany, France, England, UK and many more countries.

Besides Sosua beach, there`s a new beach newly formed about 6 years ago, at the Calle Sin Salida ( Cul de Sac ) street besides the Waterfront. This beautiful beach is the one in the background of this text, also considered the second beach in Sosua and mostly used by foreign travelers. Other beaches are also available, many in nearer towns such as Cabarete, a famous spot for kite surfers and wind surfers. Playa Encuentro in between is the best surfing beach in the whole Dominican Republic. Puerto Plata, just 25 minutes away has beautiful beaches in Playa Dorada, also in the main ocean drive ( Malecon ) which is called Long beach.

Cabarete

Cabarete is located approximately 40 minutes away from the property and is a perfect day trip. It is 40 km east of Puerto Plata and 20 km east of the Puerto Plata Airport, is a charismatic little beach town that attracts sports enthusiasts and sun worshippers from all over the world. Until the late 1980′s, this town was not much of a town at all, but a vacation area for a few Dominicans from Moca and Santiago. A couple of foreigners discovered the ideal windsurfing conditions in Cabarete Bay, and this secret spot didn’t stay secret very long. Since the late 80′s the town has hosted both professional and amateur international windsurfing competitions. In 2000, kiteboarding started to take off, and the town has hosted international professional competitions every year since. Cabarete is considered by many to be one of the top places in the world to windsurf and kiteboard, but that’s not all that can be done here. You can surf, mountain bike, horseback ride, go canyoning, and take part in so many other adventures, or just simply enjoy the fun in the sun to be found here.

Santiago, DR

(located 1 hour away from the property)
An hour’s drive south of Puerto Plata is the Dominican Republic’s second largest city, Santiago de los Trenta Caballeros, with a population of about 1,000,000. Santiago came to life when Columbus had a fort built on the banks of the Yaque del Norte Riverto protect gold mining being done in the area. In 1504 Spanish farmers settled in this fertile center of the Cibao Valley and began farming tobacco. Today the area is still the most important to the Dominican Republic agriculturally – particularly for livestock, tobacco, coffee, and fruit farming. Santiago and its surrounding region are known for their elaborate celebration of the carnival taking place in February. The city also offers good restaurants and an active nightlife. During the day visitors can enjoy the busy street life of downtown, visit the Parque Duarte, the Cathedral of Santiago, or some of the many monuments and museums. The Tomás Morel Museum of Folkloric Art is popular for its very colorful collection of carnival masks. There is also the Santiago Museum andTobacco Museum. A monument very difficult to miss is the 67 meter Monument a los Heroes de la Restauracion (Monument to the Heroes of the Restoration). Trujillo had the monument constructed to honor him, but after his death it was renamed to honor those who lost their lives in the War of Restoration. You can climb the stairs of the monument and get amazing views of Santiago and the surrounding area. Santiago’s rum and tobacco factories – Bermudez Rum Factory and E Leon Jimenez Tobacco Company – offer tours that are quite popular with visitors. The Leon Jimenez Cultural Center offers cultural exhibits and performances rivaling those of the other museums in Santiago.

El Limon

Nestled in a thickly forested area in the middle of the Samaná Peninsula, northwest of the town of Samaná, is Salto El Limón (Lemon Waterfall). This 52-meter-high cascade falls into a swimming hole, giving a most refreshing end to the somewhat difficult, and at times hair-raising, trek it takes to get there.

Of the many waterfalls on the Samaná Peninsula, El Limón is the most spectacular. It rises 900 feet above sea level, and cascades 150 feet into a deep pool of water. In fact, of all the waterfalls to visit in the entire country, El Limón may have the most alluring combination of beauty, size, prime surroundings, and relative ease of access – though it’s still something of an adventure to reach (making it all the more of a thrill when you do). Trails to the falls are lined with giant ferns and huge trees, with rivers and thatched huts adding to the tropical ambiance.

Most people go to the waterfall by horseback. Paradas (literally “stops,” but in this instance it means a horseback-riding tour operator) line the highway that cuts across the peninsula from El Limón to Samaná. These outfitters’ routes vary, but most will provide your party with a horse, a guide who will walk beside you up the mountain, and the option of a lunch prepared for you upon your return. It is an awesome experience that shouldn’t be missed when you visit the peninsula.