Activities & Sports
You will find many recreational activities, particularly water sports such as kayaks, sailboats, power boats, skiing and Jet Skis. Cabarete has one of the world's ten best windsurfing beaches and even host yearly competitions.
Play golf at the Playa Dorada 18-hole golf course or the Los Mangos 9-hole golf course. An hour and a half away you will find one of the best courses in the Caribbean, the Playa Grande Golf Course.
Diving and snorkeling enthusiast of all levels can enjoy shallow reefs, shipwrecks, freshwater caves and deep water diving. Experienced divers will enjoy the Monte Cristi area.
Fishing is a popular activity and excursions can be arranged. Ranches are plentiful on the North Coast and many offer horseback riding.
Dining & Nightlife
Most hotels feature evening shows or have in-house discos. Puerto Plata offers a range of clubs and bars boasting merengue and salsa music.
Sosua has become a charming pueblito visited by tourists attracted by the cultural activities.
If you like to play your odds at one of the casinos, try the Playa Dorada Casino with its mahogany gaming tables and silver ceiling, or the Amhsa Paradise Beach Casino, displaying a hot pink decor.
The region is famous for its delicacy of crab claws cooked in Creole style and ginger sweetmeats.
This region is resort territory so most restaurants are located within them, however good restaurants can be found in Cofresi, Playa Dorada Plaza and in Puerto Plata. Reservations are suggested.
Several shopping malls can be found in these parts: the Plaza Turisol Complex is near Puerto Plata region, the Playa Dorada Plaza and the Plaza Isabela are in Playa Dorada.
Here are the world's greatest reserves of amber; hence the name in Spanish of Costa de Ambar (Coast of Amber). Other Popular souvenirs include sugar cane products, rum, larimar, and mahogany woodcarvings and tobacco.
Language: Spanish; English widely spoken in tourist areas, although a Spanish/English dictionary can be helpful.
Currency: Dominican peso. The Canadian dollar is easily exchanged into Pesos, so no need for US funds.
Climate: Sub-tropical with some rain in May/June and November/December.
Electricity: Same as Canada and the U.S.
Canadians entering the Dominican Republic for tourist purposes must purchase a tourist card, at a cost of $10 US, which is valid for 30 days. It is strongly recommended that all Canadians be in possession of a valid Canadian passport while abroad. However, for direct air travel to the Dominican Republic, Canadian tourists are only required to be in possession of valid official photo identification (such as a drivers licence) and proof of citizenship (such as a birth certificate). Canadian tourists must also be in possession of a return airline ticket.
All other nationalities please consult a vacation specialist or the Dominican consulate at 1-888-494-5050.
Note: Some hotels require credit card imprint upon check-in for any incidental charges. Hotel check-in is typically between 3pm and 4pm. If your flight arrives early, it is a good idea to pack essential items in your carry-on luggage (i.e. bathing suit, suntan lotion, medications, etc.), so you do not miss any valuable vacation time.
There is a 16% sales tax in the Dominican Republic.