Puerto Plata Journals

Paradise in the Dominican Republic?

An August 2003 trip to Puerto Plata by Rittu

The Paradise Beach Resort Photo, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic More Photos
Quote: This was our first visit to the DR and deciding between Puerto Plata and Punta Cana was tough. We were also worried about the kind of weather we would get, the end of August being the hurricane season and all! We exchanged to the Paradise Beach Club and Casino in the Playa Dorada complex and everything worked out fine!

Paradise in the Dominican Republic?

Overview

The Paradise Beach Resort Photo, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
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The highlights of our trip were: 1) Relaxing on the Beach. The Paradise Resort has a wide stretch of beach and lots of beach chairs. There are ladies who walk the stretch offering 1/2 hour massages for US. My husband and I both got massages and it was great! 2) Taking the Jeep Safari tour to the Dominican countryside. The highlight of the tour was the visit to Dama Jagua Falls. To get to the base of the falls we had to wade across a river and walk along a very rough path through a jungle setting for about a mile, crossing the river many times. When we reached the falls, we had to swim through clear, gushing spring water to get to the falls. There are 21 levels in all, and the tour takes yo...Read More

Grand Paradise Playa Dorada

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Hotel | "Paradise Beach Club & Casino"

Grand Paradise Playa Dorada Photo, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
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Best Things Nearby:The Playa Dorada shopping complex -- the selection and prices were even better than in town. The Dama Jagua Falls excursion -- exciting, a little scary and well worth the price of the tour. Best Things About the Resort:The Beach -- the resort has the best stretch of beach in the Playa Dorada tourist complex. Lots of activities for kids. My 13-year old loved it -- tennis, beach and pool volleyball, ping-pong, the ATV tour, etc!Resort Experience:The resort is old but clean and well-maintained. Our two-bedroom unit was spacious and clean. We had a view of the beach and the balcony was large with comfortable chairs and a table! We loved to sit o...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 9, 2003

Grand Paradise Playa Dorada
Playa Dorada
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
(809) 320-3663

Playa Dorada Golf Club

Attraction | "Playa Dorada Beach"

Playa Dorada Golf Club Photo, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
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The beach is nice, except that it is rocky along the shore. When you step into the water, you can unsuspectingly scratch your feet and legs on the rocks below the waves close to the shore! The water temperature was great! Warm and soothing! The Paradise Resort has the longest and best stretch of beach in the complex. The palm trees provide shade and cool breezes during the day! I would highly recommend getting a massage from one of the ladies who walk the beach offering massages and are registered with the Playa Dorada complex. For $15 U.S for a half-hour massage, you can't get a better deal.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 3, 2003

Playa Dorada Golf Club

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
+809 320 3472

Jeep Safari Tour

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Attraction

Jeep Safari Tour Photo, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
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Cost: US$35 p.p. We later found out that some people had got the same tour for US$29 p.p. Kids were half-price An open jeep that can seat about 8 people comfortably takes you on a tour of the Dominican countryside - the real Dominican! We were picked up from our resort at 8am. We drove through Puerto Plata with its pink and blue clapboard houses, its crowded smog-filled streets and its bike traffic! Then you leave the town and drive into the countryside with it's lush green tropical forests, sugarcane plantations and little villages. We first stopped at the Dama Jagua Falls which was an adventure! You wade through a river, walk through jungle paths and swim (about 2 kms) till y...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 9, 2003

Jeep Safari Tour
Playa Dorada Complex
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Pico Isabel de Torres

Attraction | "Cable car up Isabel Del Torres mountain"

Pico Isabel de Torres Photo, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
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Cost: RD$100 p.p.

We also hired the services of a guide. We took the cable car up the mountain. The view was fantastic. Once you are on the top of the mountain you can see the town of Puerto Plata, the ocean and the many bays along the coast, if it is not too cloudy! The clouds usually gather towards noon. So try to make it up early! We got there in the afternoon so we could not get a good view from the lookout point at the top! We walked through the tropical forest and gardens at the top and we loved it! The guide gave us a lecture on the flora over there. There is a restaurant at the top where we had coffee and snacks!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 9, 2003

Pico Isabel de Torres
1 Km West Of Puerto Plata
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic