Puerto Plata, Sosua & Cabarete
The top destinations for tours within Puerto Plata are Sosua, Cabarete, San Felipe and Cofresi. Also neighboring towns such as Cabrera and Rio San Juan.
ATV adventures in Puerto Plata take visitors to the old cane fields of Montellano, and through a Dominican village. In Sosua, it goes through El Choco National Park, a must visit for eco friendly adventure lovers.
Horseback riding on the beach or mountain side is available in Puerto Plata ( Loma Grande ) and Cabarete beaches, including El Choco National Park trail. The Sea Horse Ranch also offers equestrian center classes.
Golfing in the North Coast includes 2 of the top courses, Playa Dorada in Puerto Plata and Playa Grande in Rio San Juan. Both are located in the ocean shores, and offer 18 hole, world-class golf with equipment rentals.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding is available in Sosua Beach, Alicia Beach, Cabarete beach and at the Laguna de Cabarete ( The Lagoon ). In Sosua With Eric Tours, Ramiro Q at the Sosua Diving Center and in Cabarete with Method Lodge and Kayak River Adventures.
Monkey Jungle is a zip lining forest with squirrel monkeys, set high up in the hills of El Choco National Park. The location includes a non profit center that helps those less fortunate from the area, providing medical and dental assistance. It also has a gun shooting range for practice, with certified instructor.
The 27 Falls of Damajagua is a set of cascading pools deep in a jungle, a challenge suitable for those in fit shape and people with good swimming skills. Can do half the tour or complete the 27 falls.
The North Coast of the Dominican Republic is as complete as several destinations together when it comes to tour options, because it is actually a set of beach towns put together along the larger district, Puerto Plata. In San Felipe ( main city ) there`s an old charm to the historic city tour, with 17th-century gingerbread homes, the ocean drive with its old San Felipe Fort, the main church plaza, and the millennia time capsule displays at the Amber Museum.
The cable car ride ( Teleferico ) up the Isabel De Torres peak is a must to see the highest perspective of the city, a nice landscape rimmed by the Atlantic Ocean. Golfing in Playa Dorada brings a supreme experience by the Ocean, with its complete 18 hole golf course.
Action lovers might want to try the ATV tour, driving past old cane fields and muddy roads of Montellano. Or driving 20 minutes to reach Ocean World in Cofresi, where there is the largest Marine Park in the island, offering shows that feature dolphins, exotic bird aviary, seal performance, nurse sharks, a marina, disco, restaurant and casino.
Cofresi beach might appeal to some as a romantic spot, be sure to check it out. Yacht parties in Sosua sail along the coast bordering the best beaches, in a 52 feet Hatteras or a 48 feet Viking yacht, can also be booked together.
Those who enjoy history should visit the Sosua Jewish Museum, which has a permanent exhibit on the beginnings of the town back in the early 1940`s by Jewish settlers fleeing from Hitler`s oppression prior to WWII. In Puerto Plata the fun never stops, and for younger ones there is Fun City, a Go Kart set of various tracks for all ages, lot of fun for friends and family.
Ranking high on top of the list is the Sosua Catamaran Cruise, a tour that departs from Sosua bay and sails along the best beaches, making snorkeling stops in key locations including Three Rocks where tropical fish gather for photo ops. The catamaran is well equipped and includes full crew, stereo system, BBQ, beverages and food. It is available morning, afternoon and sunset for evening parties. Puerto Plata and Sosua are the top destinations for yacht parties in the Dominican Republic, highly recommended.
Eco tour lovers must head to El Choco National Park Caves to swim or just admire the underground pools inside the caves, a perfect tour to walk inside the park trails and take a river tour in a small boat or kayak. If you don`t mind driving one hour try Playa Grande beach, Lake Dudu and Blue Lagoon, and later stop at the Gri Gri Lagoon.
Simply gorgeous, natural areas worth visiting in Cabrera and Rio San Juan. Playa Grande Beach is perhaps the most beautiful in the island, and nearby Playa Diamante feels just the same. On the adventure side, the 27 falls of Damajagua is a one of a kind experience only found in the North DR, a set of 27 cascading pools in the forest of Imbert. In Cabarete La Boca is where the river meets the ocean, and jet ski rentals are available, also fishing tours, sightseeing tours in a boat and even kite surfing.
PLAYA DORADA GOLF
The Playa Dorada Golf Course borders the Atlantic Ocean in Puerto Plata, a gorgeous 72 par, 18-hole course with incredible slopes among natural green areas inside the resort complex also called Playa Dorada. It is located about 5 mins. away from the center of town in San Felipe, easily accessed through highway 5 on the way to Sosua and Cabarete ( these towns are a mere 20 min away from this golf course ).
PLAYA GRANDE GOLF
One of the most impressive golf courses in the Caribbean is Playa Grande, located next to the beach of the same name in Rio San Juan, about an hour from Puerto Plata. It offers 18 holes cut into the cliff, par 72 and was designed by Robert Trent Jones. The views are spectacular, and the impressive golf course is now part of a ultra luxury resort.
This selection of tour operators in Sosua, Cabarete and Puerto Plata service most of the North Coast, Mel Tours offers tours in Puerto Plata, Sosua, Samana, Luperon, Punta Rucia, Playa Grande and Saona island. With activities such as horseback riding, camel safari, catamaran, deep sea fishing, dune buggies, helicopter rides, jet ski, Ocean World, snorkeling, river rafting, Bacardi island, Saona island and whale watching among many more options.
Extra Tours has jungle trekking, mountain and valley tours, Duarte ( highest ) peak tours, Samana tours, yacht paradise and many more. From Iguana Mama: If you love adventure, nature, biking, waterfalls, jumping into pools of crystal clear water, hiking, diving, rafting, kite boarding, surfing, extreme sports in general and you care about the environment… Iguana Mama has it all. Another eco friendly tour is Fricolandia in Luperon, Puerto Plata; excellent place to visit if you go to La Isabela, which is the place where Columbus first came to America in 1492.
Enjoying the best of the POP areas will always involve a tour operator agency, from where you can choose from a wide variety of activities in sports, culture, eco tours, theme parks, water sports, extreme sports, group challenges and much more. We have listed a selection of north coast tour operators from where you can choose, please remember that you need to be fit for some activities, if you are not a certified Scuba diver you need more time to take the initiation course.
Please bring your certification card to the tour operator you choose if you are going to book a Scuba diving session. If you are a first timer in Scuba you need to know that you should not fly in airplanes before 48 hours have passed since the last immersion. Contact a specialist trainer at one of the diving schools in the north coast, and have them explain to you whatever is necessary.
Golden Treasures wishes you a nice, joyful vacation in the DR!
There is virtually everything when it comes to entertainment in the north coast of the Dominican Republic, whether you stay in any of the five main cities, Cabarete will be the focus of sports lovers because of the kite, board, and wind surfing; there are so many restaurants, discos and bars lining up the beach, that some people stay in Cabarete for a long time, mesmerized by the local scene and the sports. Sosua has great snorkeling, lovely white sand beaches and a quiet life that will be heaven for retirees and couples seeking a quiet, uncrowded spot for a vacation getaway.
The best luxury villa rentals can also be found in Sosua, Cabarete, Cofresi and Cabrera. Puerto Plata being the main hub, it offers great beaches in Playa Dorada, Luperon and Long beach, among many others. Playa Dorada has shopping malls, all inclusive resorts and restaurants.
A special report should be made about Marysol Tours, the largest and one of the oldest tour operators in the north coast, based in Playa Dorada, Puerto Plata. Their efforts to bring high quality tour services have given their name national and international fame. Mar Y Sol ( Sea and Sun ) Tours offers well-organized and staffed adventures to Samana, Playa Grande, Santo Domingo, Jarabacoa, Santiago and other DR destinations worth visiting if you want to live the DR experience to its fullest. Also the jeep safaris, river rafting, paradise island snorkel, catamaran trips, reef diving, fishing, horseback riding, party boats and local tours to Sosua, Cabarete, Cabrera, Cofresi and the 1492 historic Spanish settlement of La Isabela. Lorilar Ranch Tours offer horseback riding in pristine areas of Puerto Plata, be sure to contact them to saddle up!