Running like a backdrop to the North Coast of the Dominican Republic is the relatively minor mountain range, the Cordillera Septentrional. With few points reaching as high as 4000 feet/1200 meters it is only the fourth out of the five mountainous areas the Dominican Republic hosts, in terms of stature. The Cordillera Septentrional more or less starts just inland behind El Castillo and runs the whole of the remaining length of the 'Silver Coast' and on as far as Nagua.
Luperón – Is more or less the only town of note, across the headland East of El Castillo, as you progress towards the developments West of Puerto Plata. This length of Coastline is also an area well known for the fine Dominican amber that is found here.
Puerto Plata - ( See our main Puerto Plata page HERE) Spreading out either side of the major city on the North coast of the Dominican Republic are well established developments catering for the burgeoning tourist market and those seeking more permanent residences. Maimon and Costambar to the West and Playa Dorada, which is an enclosed 'township' of its own, to the East are perhaps amongst the most notable.
Sosua - A few kilometers from Puerto Plata is one of the most popular Dominican resorts on the North coast. After a difficult period in the late 80's/early 90's, this town now provides the perfect base for an enjoyable family holiday in the Dominican Republic.
Cabarete - The premier Dominican holiday resort for watersports if not the whole Caribbean! Close to Cabarete and is El Choco National Park, for a visit on your day off from kite boarding!
Gaspar Hernández – is virtually the only town of any size or note, about 20 /25 kilometers on from Cabarete along the coast road. Traveling on about the same distance again along the North coast of the Dominican republic, you come to the next area of interest for tourists seeking seaside settlements that are less developed. From La Yagua on to -
Rio San Juan - a town a just 90 minutes from Puerto Plata Airport and where all its main streets end up at the seafront. Here you will also find the Gri-gri Lagoon, just in the middle of the town, with its exuberant mangrove swamps. Breathtaking beaches, like Playa Grande (nearly 2 kilometres of pure white sand, and lively seas that are wonderful for windsurfing) and Playa Caleton, another great beach just beyond, will be waiting for you.
Rio San Juan is also ideal for golf enthusiasts, as nearby is the impressive Robert Trent Championship Golf Course, with 10 of its 18 holes featuring a water hazard it will be hard to reclaim your ball from...seeing as it is the Atlantic Ocean!
Cabo Francisco - The 'point' jutting out into the lively currents of the Atlantic Ocean that notionally provides the divide between the Silver Coast and the sweep of coastline that leads into the lush, and largely unspoilt Samana Peninsula, one of the particular delights of the North Coast of the Dominican Republic.
Be sure to come back soon and take a look at 'The North Coast of the Dominican Republic – A whistle-stop tour! (2) The Samana Peninsula' which we will be uploading in the next day or so...if you pick up our blog feed we will alert you as soon as it is launched!
Ruth & Esther
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