|Things to do on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic
Islabon Jungle River Tour (Cabarete)
You can explore the Islabon and Yasica rivers by boat to its mouth at the Atlantic Ocean. You
can also walk through jungle trails to a mini zoo that includes iguanas, snakes, turtles, ravens
and a monkey (which are a little unorganized or can be wrongly labeled). Guides explain the
origin and uses of different flora and talk about some of the popular
types of fishing that isdone in this area.
Dudu Lagoon and Blue Lagoon (Cabrera)
Not far east of Cabrera you will find these freshwater lagoon phenomenons, offering the visitor
a unique experiences. They offer fantastically clear freshwater pools. The Blue Lagoon
appears so clean that is shimmers a shade of blue. The Dudu Lagoon is in the shape of a crater
reminding of the famous cenotes of the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico. You can jump into either
one of them for a refreshing swim. The surroundings are truely beautiful. Some dive operation
use the Dudu Lagoon for first classic cave scuba-diving.
Gri Gri Lagoon (Rio San Juan)
The Gri Gri Lagoon area offers boat trips through it's winding waters where mangrove forests
make a canopy over most of your journey. During this trip you'll see caves that are unique to
this area of the country, life the 'cave of the swallows', and can take advantage of swimming in
'La Piscina', a crystal clear ocean cove where the lagoon ends.
Scenic Drive: Cordillera Septentrional Route (Cabarete)
About 15 minutes east of Cabarete you can turn south onto the Moca Mountain Route that
runs into the Cordillera Septentrional Mountain area. The drive passes through small
Dominican villages and farm areas and you'll have panoramic views of the countryside along
the way. If you keep driving you'll eventually end up in the city of Moca, the cigar-making
capital of the Dominican Republic. This mountain road allows you views of the beautiful Cibao
Valley and is an absolute favorite of motor bikers looking for a winding scenic bike tour.
El Choco National Park (Cabarete)
This lush and diverse 77 square kilometers of protected area was named a national monument.
The park has unique geological formations to the DR, called the 'Caribbean Karst', as well as
862 species of flora, 12 species of bats, and 36 species of birds . The park is comprised of
pasture land, a lagoon, and a jungle area that contains the many lush tropical plants, exotic
birds, caves and fresh water springs.
Playa Grande (Cabrera)
Voted as one of the 10 best beac
hes in the world by Cond© Nast travel magazine, this long
stretch of white sand and clear turquoise waters is edged on each side by spectacular cliffs.
This is the beach for relaxing while you take in the beauty of the area, or on days when the
surf is up, catching a wave or two body surfing or body boarding. A row of very small
Dominican shacks (restaurants) vie for your food and beverage business, serving an array of
fresh seafood and typical Dominican cuisine, on tables just in front of them. If you like, they'll
also bring your food right to your chair on the beach.
Scenic Drive: Carretera Touristica Route (between Sosua and Puerto Plata)
About half-way between Sosua and Puerto Plata, you'll turn off south on a road that takes you
into the interior of the country, towards the city of Santiago. If you want to rent a car or bike,
you'll find this an interesting route for a drive to see other parts of the country. Along the road
Dominican vendors sell their particular specialties, which include fresh cheese, meat, fruit,
flowers, and hand made furniture. This route has incredible views of the hills and countryside
of the area, as well as the Atlantic Ocean in some spots, very far below. There are a few places
you can stop along the way for a refreshing drink or a bite to eat, to enjoy the view.
Damajagua Cascades (20 - 30 minutes west of Puerto Plata)
These 27 waterfalls, the Damajaqua Cascades, are located 20 - 30 minutes from Puerto Plata.
There are many Guides at the entrance who will take you through the route for a tip. It is a 30
minute walk to the first waterfall and most people are able to climb up to the seventh fall. An
alternate route is to climb up the footpath and cascade the waterfalls back down.
Mount Isabela de Torres (Puerto Plata)
From Puerto Plata you can take a cable car up to the top of the highest manicured gardens in
the Caribbean, providing specatacular views of the city and surrounding areas below. At the
summit is the statue of Christ the Redeemer , tropical gardens and a restuarant. If you're
looking for more of an adventure-type trip, the mountain can also be hiked (approximately 4
hours) to the top, through a canopy of tropical forests.
Ocean World Adventure Park (Cofresi)
This marine park has the world's largest dolphin lagoon, the only sea lion encounter of its kind,
the world's first shark interaction pool, along with tigers, exotic birds, reptiles and tropical fish.
There is also restaurants and souvenir shops on site.
Dajabon and Monte Christi
Bartering at the Dajabon Market, a border town in the western part of the Dominican
Republic, is also eye opening in many aspects. The market is teeming with hundreds and
hundreds of people selling goods like food, clothes, shoes and toiletries, she says. "The
Haitians come across the border into the Dominican Republic two days a week to sell a lot of
the goods they receive as aid from churches in the United States. They bring whatever surplus
they have to get cash for the necessities."
Unspoiled white-sandy beaches, coconut-covered mountains, clear mountain streams winding
through lush, tropical rain forests, vibrant coral reefs, internationally known whale-watching
and many other attractions, a vacation of adventure is awaiting your discovery.
From the twin capes of Rincon Bay in Las Galeras to Playa Bonita in Las Terrenas to Los
Haitises National Park across the bay from Sanchez to Samana in the heart of the peninsula,
the sights and sounds of this tropical paradise will remain with you forever, haunting your
memory and tempting you time and time again to return."You may leave Samana, but Samana
will never leave you".
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