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Paradise on the North Coast of the DR

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A March 2005 trip to Cabarete by JulieHolm

Dominican Republic Photo, Cabarete, Dominican Republic More Photos
Quote: Mango daiquiris, whales, super snorkeling, and the history of the Dominican Republic all conspired to make this trip to an offbeat island paradise wonderful. The kids happily visited beaches and a water park and played in the pool at our great timeshare resort!

Paradise on the North Coast of the DR

Overview

Dominican Republic Photo, Cabarete, Dominican Republic
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We were there during whale-watching season, so we headed off to see the humpback whales frolic. The trip, in a little boat, was a bit frightening to the little ones, but fascinating for the adults. Two fantastic snorkel trips, one to Sosua nearby and one out to a reef near Punta Rusia on the far west point of the north coast, provided some of the best snorkeling I've seen, with lots of fascinating coral and tons of tropical fish.Quick Tips: Take care in selecting whale-watching companies. Ours was less than careful about ecological laws and came very close to the whales. In addition, the small boats frightened the children. Most tours can be arranged through your resort or hotel, but Bah...Read More

Coconut Palms Resort

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Hotel | "The Coconut Palms Resort"

Coconut Palms Resort Photo, Cabarete, Dominican Republic
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Best Things Nearby:The beach and the little tiki bar on the beach were nice. Just west of our beach there was another resort with a good restaurant, and we could walk to anther good restaurant. The horses we could see over our unit balcony were great.Best Things About the Resort:It was close enough to Cabarete and Sosua to allow easy access, but somewhat separated. I liked that. There were nearby places to eat. The on-site restaurant was great, and if I had not planned to eat in other restaurants, I would have purchased the meal plan. It is indeed a great deal. However, they did have few options for vegetarians, as I ate pasta several nights.Resort Experience...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 14, 2005

Coconut Palms Resort
Vista del Caribe
Cabarete, Dominican Republic 57000
(809) 571-1174

Opa's

Restaurant

Opa's Photo, Cabarete, Dominican Republic
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Opa's is a little German beach bar in Cabarete. They're only open for breakfast and lunch. You can, and we did, eat bratwurst in a roll, as well as various salads, pizzas, and the like.

When we were there, they had no German beer. Evidently there was some problem with importing, and they were waiting for it.

Did I mention it's relatively inexpensive, and you can show up in shorts and a swimsuit.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 21, 2005

Opa's
On the beach
Cabarete, Dominican Republic

Checkpoint

Restaurant | "The Checkpoint"

Checkpoint Photo, Cabarete, Dominican Republic
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The Checkpoint is a big round kiosk, right where the bus drops you off in Sosua in the Dominican Rebublic. It's within spitting distance from the sign that says "Beach Access". These folks were great, pointing me to a restroom when I was desperately needing one, but unable to find it, when we arrived in Sosua. We returned for a late lunch after we finished snorkeling a couple of hours. The restaurant is run by a friendly expatriate couple from Canada, and the menu is pretty much limited to a short list of sandwiches and bar food. They also have a variety of libations, from Dominican soft drinks to beer and tropical cocktails. Mark had an Italian sub, and they made me a cust...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 24, 2005

Checkpoint
Near the Beach in a Kiosk
Cabarete, Dominican Republic

Whale-Watching, Semana Bay

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Attraction | "Whale Watching, Semana Bay"

Whale-Watching, Semana Bay Photo, Cabarete, Dominican Republic
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Between approximately January 15 and March 15, Humpback whales, who normally live off the coast of Maine and Canada, return to the Dominican Republic to mate and give birth to the young children. They tend to congregate in two places. One is Silver Bank, an island and sandbar off the coast, where week-long whale-watching trips go, and Bahia de Semana, where day trips go. We did the latter. Tours are available all over the place; we got one at our hotel desk. Warning: be careful to ask about the tour. We ended up with a tour operator who did not follow ecological rules, and got us much too close to the whales. For that reason I'm not publishing their name in this review. It was fascinating...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 24, 2005

Whale-Watching, Semana Bay
Semana Bay, Dominican Republic
Cabarete, Dominican Republic

Visiting the Town of Sosua

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Attraction | "Visiting the Town of Sosua in Dominican Republic"

Visiting the Town of Sosua Photo, Cabarete, Dominican Republic
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After an unsuccessful attempt at lying around (Julie read some of her book, Mark caught some rays), we caught the resort's 11am bus to Sosua. We were dropped off near the beach entry and walked in, past a lot of very aggressive dealers. After finding a spot (and renting a chair at $60 Dominican--less than $3 U.S.), Julie headed off on a quest to find an ATM, a grocery store, and a bathroom and get ready for the beach. After a little effort, she found all three with some help from some Canadian expatriates who ran a little cafe called the Checkpoint. They pointed me to a bathroom right near their establishment (there is another at midpoint on the beach). Returning to Mark and the gear, we g...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 24, 2005

Visiting the Town of Sosua
Center of Town
Cabarete, Dominican Republic

Brugal Rum Factory Tour

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Attraction

Brugal Rum Factory Tour Photo, Cabarete, Dominican Republic
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We took a taxi to Puerto Plata, which is often the best transportation here on the north coast of the DR. It was about a 45-minute drive from Cabarete, past all sorts of Dominican countryside. We especially saw sugarcane fields, which we appreciated, since our first stop was the Brugal rum plant. The plant tour is very brief. Brugal is a family-owned rum manufacturer. They harvest the sugarcane, then press it to extract the juice, which is then processed into molasses. The molasses is distilled into 96% alcohol. The alcohol is then cut with water to produce the 80 proof (40%) rum we are used to. Between these steps, the juice and rum is sent between various locations via truck and ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 5, 2005

Brugal Rum Factory Tour
On the way to downtown Puerto Plata
Cabarete, Dominican Republic

Sights in Puerto Plata

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Attraction

Forteleza San Felipe Photo, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
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Forteleza San Felipe This fort, built in 1540, is not huge, and there was no English-language interpretive material, so we just walked around it. We got a brief interpretive talk on the history of the fort, which was available in English. The fort is interesting, and worth an hour or so of wandering around. The view of the harbor is beautiful, and some of the exhibits on old weapons and history are interesting. Sometimes an interpretive discussion in English is available, as it was when we visited; sometimes, I gather, not. That is fine, as the fort is a rather minor fort. Nonetheless, it is very picturesque and very well preserved, and no doubt a must-see in Puerto Plata. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 5, 2005