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April 30, 2002
We did have one cockroach, but consider that it was very rainy while we were there, and it is a lush tropical environment. We were there for two weeks and this was the only incident.
It is a cozy place and you get to know the other guests and the staff quickly. The security guard even came in a fixed our TV one night. EXCELLENT service, but in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere.
I especially liked that I could go down and swim in the pool in the middle of the night and no one bothered me. It is lovely to swim at midnight in the Carribean in the quiet.
From journal The DR cabarete
March 15, 2005
The beach is close and private, but it is a small strip. The little rusty tractor can take you to the beach, which is considered to be safer, as there have been some incidents of tourists being attacked on the way to the beach. You can walk on the beach for a while, about 20 minutes in low tide. The beach in Sosua is nicer, and there is souvenir shopping there and in the Playa Dorado complex of 14 hotels.
There is a restaurant close to the hotel, Las Olas, which is owned by French-Canadians and offers great chocolate crepes and other great dishes. We took an all-inclusive plan and did not regret it. The food was great and made-to-order, unlike all the other all-inclusive buffets. The breakfast pancakes are fluffy, and omelets are great, but if you want substitutions, it becomes harder to explain it to the waiters. The all-inclusive includes breakfast and dinner, but you can always buy lunch during the day at the hotel or the local cafes.
The nightly entertainment was almost nonexistent on most nights; occasionally they had shows that came to the hotel for several hours. There is a bar at the pool, where people enjoy drinks all day and night long. There is no air-conditioning in the rooms, but that is not a problem at all in February. It was actually a cold night, and they did not have additional blankets available. The rooms are large; our two-bedroom apartment was very nice, clean, and had two large balconies. The main problem is that the hot water lasts about 5 minutes, so if many people plan to take showers, try to schedule them at least 15 minutes apart so the hot water can accumulate again. The service is okay, but not perfect. Our phone was broken, and it took them 5 days to fix it. You can buy Verizon phone cards at Sosua shops, and fruits and snacks are available at the local shop at the condo next to Coconut Palms.
From journal Dominican Republic Vacation
Hackensack, New Jersey
December 22, 2004
They have their own private beach (small but adequate) and a little golf cart-like vehicle to take you to the beach and back. They offer tours from the hotel - do not take the Blue Lagoon Tour unless your guide (the taxi driver) speaks English and knows of the spots he is to be taking you to. The casinos are small and mostly filled with locals. Souvenir shopping is best at the Plaza Dorado, a complex of about 15 hotels.
Downtown is impossible to navigate and hardly anyone speaks English. We found out that it is better to hire a taxi driver who speaks English and pay him $60 for the day. He will drive you to all the scenic spots: Isabel de Torres, the cable car up the mountain, The Amber Museum, the fort, and the flea market. They are all in Puerto Plata.
Our favorite restaurants close to the hotel are Paradise and La Camarone in Cabarette - one is in front of the other as you drive into town. If you eat on the side of the street by the water, the prices are two and three times the dollar amount. In Sosua we liked PJ's Restaurant. We got lost in Sosua and found lot of small out-of-the-way roadside restaurants and hotels.
Also, when we booked the trip, we didn't realize that Puerto Plata is still on the Atlantic Ocean. On the other side of the island by Punta Cana, you are by the Caribbean Sea. It takes about 6 hours to drive from one side of the island to the other, so you couldn't take a day trip. Gas was $3/gallon, but we only used one tank for the 2 weeks.
The hotel has a computer for the visitors to use. The food in their restaurant was very good, and all the hotels in the DR usually have nightly entertainment - Coconut Palms was no different. I would not visit our hotel in the summer months, as they have no air-conditioning in the rooms, only ceiling fans. We were fine in December, but the summer months would be brutally hot. The maids are good. The room was very clean, and our two-bedroom suite was well-equipped and large.
From journal Vacation in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
March 30, 2005
The forecast called for mid- to high 80's temperatures. The prospect of sleeping a week without air-conditioning also raised concern. Again, we were pleasantly surprised at how comfortable the room was, with a beautiful breeze blowing through the suite. Although, on two occasions, when we opted out of parties at the bar, windows would have been welcomed to help cut the noise down.
Our bedroom backed onto a pasture complete with horses and the backdrop of the ocean. It was nice and quiet.
We experienced rain the night we arrived. And while it was overcast for parts of two days, the balance of the week was dry and filled with plenty of sun.
Pizza was a family favourite at the only restaurant at the resort. The buffet was also very good, but be sure not to sit downwind, as the smoke will bring you to tears.
The beach is a 10-minute walk away. There was a shuttle bus, but we never used it. The beach was nice for walking and surfing. It was not much of a swimming area. The kids enjoyed learning to surf there. I recommend the Wet & Wild Surf School, which was at the hotel's beach. The bartenders and waiters at the beach bar do not speak any English.
The staff, for the most part, was helpful and friendly.
We took the hotel bus to Cabarete and spent a couple of days on the beautiful beach there. It's lined with bars and restaurants. The vendors are plentiful but seemed to be licensed and not overly persistent. Be sure to haggle - they start four to five times higher than their best price.
We traveled to Sosua for snorkeling. There were beautiful fish and lots of them, albeit an hour in the one spot was more than enough time for me.
I was surprised to find that there wasn't a lot of silver in Cabarete or Sosua. The best selection and pricing was from the vender who showcased his wares at the hotel two or three days during the week.
All said, I wouldn't hesitate to go back.
From journal March Break in the Dominican Republic
June 14, 2005
We spent about half our time just at the resort and half the time visiting various places. We had two families, with six people and two little children, so some days we went off on our own, and some days we stayed together.
Nearby, Cabarete is great if you get OFF the dirty and busy main road. Walk along the sand and visit the little shops in the side streets. That said, there were a couple of really interesting shops.
Puerto Plata is worth a visit for the history. We hired a taxi driver for a morning. It was nice, but I did not get to walk much, which I'd hoped to do. Still, it was convenient to have the tour guide along. The rum factory, while worth doing, is small. I'd go back, though!
Surfing and windsurfing can be done right at the resort, as can drinking. The little bar has a 2-for-1 happy hour everyday!
The big kitchen and living area were great with kids, as they had lots of space. It would have been crowded for eight.
There were few organized activities for kids, but there were some, and the kids enjoyed them. Better yet was the nearby water park.
From journal Paradise on the North Coast of the DR
by unorthodox traveler
March 10, 2001
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