Regions and resorts
Northwest of the Dominican Republic, Puerto Plata, Sosua, Cabarete
The Caribbean Alps. The single name can serve as a
sufficient incentive to visit the central regions of the eastern part of the
island. «Trekking» among pine forests and grazing cows, «rafting» in the warm
waters of the mountain rivers and risky climbing near the waterfall Salto del Limon: all these activities a perfect interlude to then come back to relax on the serene golden beaches, a sumptuous meal, where you can taste the delicious
fresh fish of the Atlantic.
Just 20 minutes from the airport Gregorio Luperón in Puerto
Plata is one of the top 10 beaches in the world for windsurfing. The absence of coral barrier and strong trade winds provide excellent waves all year round.
However, the most interesting is waiting for you in June. In this month's World
Cup held in windsurfing, and then International competitions in amateur
windsurfing «Cabarete Race Week,» which is not allowed by professionals of the
sport. For everyone's fun, but newcomers, most recently feel «the call of the
waves» can participate in these competitions. In honor of these events on the
beach holiday atmosphere reigns cope typical Dominican banquets.
With all probability we can say that this beach ( «golden»
in Spanish) one of the most exclusive holiday destinations in the whole Amber
Coast (Costa del Ambar): tropical vegetation, elite tourist resorts, warm, calm waters, endless beaches of golden sand around Mount Isabel de Torres. It would
seem, what more? But that's not all. There are all conditions for holding a variety of sports: diving, fishing on the high seas, jeep excursions, rafting,
jumping off a bridge. For lovers of gastronomic delights are organized trips to the fishing villages, which serves seafood.
Approximately 10 km from the International Airport Gregorio
Luperon in Puerto Plata is an unusual cosmopolitan city with idyllic beaches
and a great variety of entertainment. At the time, the city of Sosua received
hundreds of families of Jewish immigrants, who now occupy an important place in the economic life of the Dominican Republic. Today Sosua combines the most
modern range of tourist services with serenity fishing beach and the exciting
To find out why Columbus named this place Puerto Plata (in Spanish «Silver Port»), take a walk before sunset. Before you are greeted by an amazing sight: as the sun will disappear behind the horizon of the sea, the beach will be painted in silver color. The majestic mountain Isabel de Torres
behind your back, lonely colonial fortress of San Felipe in the west and in the
east the sleepy sands of Long Beach,
Wherever you cast a glance
everywhere the wonderful creations of man and nature. It was here that Columbus
landed with his caravel Santa Maria and founded the first city of the New World
La Isabela. Here is still preserved ruins of the Columbus house and church,
where he performed the first Mass in America. Open to visitors Taino Indians of the Americas and the Temple of the Museum of Civilization.With regard to the
more mundane pleasures, here you can taste the delicious crab claws in Creole
and gingerbread cakes. In addition to Puerto Plata is one of the world's
largest amber localities, from which comes the name of this place: Amber Coast
(Costa del Ámbar). Do not miss the opportunity to visit the Amber Museum and enjoy the facilities in the Victorian style, who witnessed one of the most
significant periods in the history of the islands.
The blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean clearly stand out against the background of the most northern province, arid and something
intriguing. The Monte Cristi National Park is «Sleeping camel» a curious
rocky formation, descending to the sea, also known as El Morro (in Spanish
«nose»). Not far away are-Siete Hermanos ( «Seven Brothers») seven
uninhabited islands, capable of impressing the most experienced diver richness
of its underwater fauna and attract the most experienced ornithologist marriage
rituals Bubi, birds, arriving here from Florida. Do not leave these
territories, without trying the local dish roast goat. Especially for this
local goats fed oregano.
Santiago de los Caballeros
At the heart of the blossoming fertile plain Cibao is a rich
agricultural province of Santiago de los Caballeros, famous for its tobacco
plantations and factories for the production of world-famous cigars. Two-thirds
of the cigar category of «premium», coming to the world markets, are produced
here. Therefore, in any case, do not miss the opportunity to visit the local
museum of tobacco products. Among other attractions Soldiers Monument
Restoration and wonderful restaurants. No wonder the locals say: «Santiago
Santiago is, joy of heart.»
Christopher Columbus built here a third castle of the
American continent. Here were kept Columbus donated by Queen Isabella the Catholic remnants of the cross on which, according to Biblical tradition, Jesus
Christ was crucified. Here originated the cult of Our Lady of Mercy here Columbus famously said: «This the land is the most beautiful of those that the eye of a human able to see.» Is all this not enough excuse to visit these
places? The local carnival, festival of colors and music, to deal in
mid-February, -one of the most colorful and spectacular carnival of the island.
With the mountains of Santo Cerro offers a beautiful view of the valley of La
Vega and Las Mercedes church, which was a miraculous phenomenon of the Virgin
Mary, who saved the Indians from defeat in one of the battles.
Pico Duarte, the height of 3,140 meters the highest
mountain in the Caribbean Sea. As you climb you get acquainted with tropical
flora: here change each other bamboo thickets, palm trees, lemons. Across the river Yague spanned suspension bridges. Rainforest with its mosses and lichens,
numerous springs and streams appear before you in all its splendor. Around the peak Duarte stretched national parks Armando-Bermudez and Jose del Carmen
Ariza: a total of 1,500 square kilometers of untouched nature, which originates
most of the island's rivers. Just south of the National Park Valle Nuevo You can go trekking directly in the lap of the virgin forest, where are growing 249 species of plants (97 of them are endemics) and 64 species of birds live.
This is a wonderful walk, which requires, however, a certain endurance,
because the route, whether on foot or riding a mule, takes a minimum of two
The Valley of Jarabacoa and Constanza
In Jarabacoa Valley, located on the lower slopes of Duarte
Peak, at an altitude of 500 meters above sea level, year-round coolness reigns.
From this is her second name: «The country of eternal spring». Landscape of the
valley is absolutely alpine: forest with deciduous trees, pine trees,
evergreen pastures with grazing flocks. These are the Caribbean Alps,
in the existence of which is hard to believe until you see them with my own
eyes. The valley will be interesting to visit those who seek direct contact
between the nature. Gimeno Rivers and North Yagua are perfect for the descent
into the inflatable chamber or rafting, beginners climbers like the route to the waterfall Gimeno, paragliding lovers can fly here from a height of 200
meters. Constanza Valley also fascinates with its pure landscape. This is a beautiful garden, where grow flowers, strawberries, a variety of vegetables.