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“Brugal”

The other thing that Puerto Plata is known for is rum.  The city is home to the major Dominican rum label “Brugal” (started there by Catalonian Spanish immigrant Andrés Brugal in 1888).  Even though the Brugal label was bought by the Scottish distilling firm, The Edrington Group, in 2008, the rum is still produced in […]

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Puerto Plata Teleférico

Aside from the Spanish colonial fortress and nearby beach resorts, Puerto Plata was known for two distinct things:  one was the “Teleférico”.  This Italian-made tram car, built in 1975 and carries 17 passengers, offering them a panoramic view of the Puerto Plata region.  The Teleférico climbs over 2,500 feet to the top of a mountain […]

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Puerto Plata Airport

During the 1980s, Puerto Plata, which had its own airport, used it to attract budget tourists from Canada and Western Europe who stayed at the all-inclusive resorts in that area.  Puerto Plata Airport also served the provincial city of Santiago, which was a one-hour drive away (but didn’t have its own large international airport at […]

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NORTH COAST — THINGS TO SEE AND DO

The gateway to the northern coast of the Dominican Republic is the provincial town of Puerto Plata, whose population is less than 300,000 residents.  One tourist-friendly site in that town is the Spanish colonial Fortaleza San Felipe, which was built in the 16th century and was used as a prison under Rafael Trujillo’s dictatorship during […]

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Altos de Chavón

For all intents and purposes, “Casa de Campo” is the major attraction in this part of the island.  A must see destination here is” Altos de Chavón”.  This “village” was done replicating the 15th century colonial architectural style.   It has many restaurants, a museum with Taino artifacts, and breath-taking view of the Chavon River.  This […]

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Casa de Campo Marina

With “Casa de Campo” created to draw in wealthy visitors and investors, there’s a golf course and nearby golf villas on the grounds, polo grounds,  as well as a marina.  As a port destination, the Casa de Campo Marina is like no other in the Caribbean.  The centerpiece of the Marina is the promenade, a […]

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LA ROMANA — THINGS TO SEE AND DO

This provincial town in the southeastern part of the Dominican Republic was previously known for its main economic activity:  sugar production, with abundant sugar cane fields in its outskirts.  However, Austria-born American industrialist Charles Bluhdorn (who owned the American conglomerate Gulf +Western) bought sugar properties in that part of the country in 1967. By 1975, […]

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JARABACOA / CONSTANZA — THINGS TO SEE AND DO

Backpackers and extreme sports enthusiasts who pass through Santiago and other northern areas of the Dominican Republic (like Puerto Plata and Cabarete) eventually find themselves drawn to the mountainous central areas of the island, such as the towns of Jarabacoa and Constanza – which have become major destinations for ecotourism.  Such travelers stay in these […]

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“Pro Cigar Festival”

The region’s indigenous roots live on today in the form of tobacco production.  Over the years, due to the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba, the U.S. cigar market has increasingly bought hand-rolled fine cigars from the Santiago region (a.k.a. El Cibao).  E. León Jiménez’s best-known label is “La Aurora”.  There are also foreign-owned cigar labels […]

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SANTIAGO — THINGS TO SEE AND DO

Santiago (a.k.a. Santiago de los Caballeros), the island’s second-largest city (with nearby two million residents) grew in importance thanks to the large presence of its former residents in the USA, especially in New York City (which has half a million Dominican immigrants, and New York-born Dominican residents there).  The city’s airport, Aeropuerto Internacional del Cibao […]