The north coast is a virtual playground of beaches, great communities, modern services, and endless activities. The lively tourist towns of Sosua and Cabarete provide a base for ex-pats that make the DR their full, and part time, home. Puerto Plata fills in any blanks with excellent services and shopping.
The bustling beach town of Cabarete is best known for its world class wind and kitesurfing beach. Protected by a coral reef, calm waters mixed with breezes make for a water sports haven. Over 14,000 people, (mostly expats) call Cabarete home. Cabarete has more of a bohemian flavour and caters to fun, fitness, a laid back lifestyle, and people who want to relax with friends. The huge stretch of beautiful beach and main street features shopping, every kind of international cuisine and lots of night time fun. Evening dining is particularly lovely with beach tables and outdoor lanterns to light the night.
You will find this area to be full of friendly, accommodating people who will welcome you to the area. Tourists come to the north coast by the thousands every year to enjoy the laid back lifestyle, great beaches, and fun activities. This is great news for our buyers, as many use their condos/villas as part time vacation rental properties.
Originally settled in the 1940’s by Jewish people needing a resettlement area after World War II, the town of Sosua has grown to encompass a multi-national group of almost 50,000 people from around the world. Sosua’s private bay boasts one of the best white sand beaches in the Caribbean and crystal clear waters for snorkelling, swimming and scuba diving.
Sosua offers great shopping; international restaurants; large grocery stores which stock all familiar brands; an almost new hospital; and all services necessary items for everyday life.
Just a 1/2 hour down the highway from Sosua is the historical city of Puerto Plata. Founded in the early 1500’s, the city was designed by Christopher Columbus and his brother Bartolome. It is famous for its impressive tourism centres such as Playa Dorada and Costa Dorada.
Puerto Plata is surrounded by mountain ranges and is aptly named for the silvery hues of its natural harbor. Visitors can enjoy the only aerial tramway in the Caribbean and ride to the top of Pico Isabel de Torres, a 793 metre high mountain. The top features a botanical garden.
Another must stop is the Fortaleza San Felipe, a historic Spanish fortress used to protect the city from pirates in the mid 1500’s. Today it is used as a museum.
Puerto Plata offers big box stores, premier medical facilities, and North American type
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