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Puerto Plata: The Oldest Tourist City in the Caribbean

Founded in 1502, the north coast city of Puerto Plata was the second settlement founded by Christopher Columbus on the island currently shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic.  The first settlement was “La Isabela,” founded in 1492.

Today, the city invites its many visitors to stroll through its oceanside streets, enjoy the city’s beautiful Victorian-style homes or to sit and enjoy the city’s picturesque central plaza.

The city also offers an attractive array of national and international restaurants nightclubs, and the exclusive Playa Dorada, Costa Dorada and Costambar resorts.

Puerto Plata’s Oceanside Drive

The city’s iconic oceanside drive, also known as the “Malecon,” is one of the country’s most beautiful avenues.

It is a favorite spot for Dominicans and international visitors to walk, jog, rides bicycles or simply sit alongside the avenue to enjoy the spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean.

At one end of the boulevard is the historic San Felipe Fortress, a colonial building that is now a popular museum that features the military weapons used in the country during the 18th and 19th centuries.

The Amber Museum

The museum, situated in a beautiful Victorian-style home, features the world’s most important amber collection.

Some of the amber pieces on exhibit feature fossils that are some 30 million years old.  One of the museum’s most famous pieces is the amber rock featured in the film “Jurassic Park.”

Address: Duarte Street #61, Puerto Plata.

General Gregorio Luperon Museum

This is the original home of national hero General Luperon.  In 1861, the Dominican Republic was once again annexed by Spain. General Luperon was the military leader that defeated the Spanish authorities in 1865

Address: 12 de Julio Street #54


“Damajagua Falls”

The 27 Damajagua natural waterfalls is one of the north coast’s most important tourist attractions.  National and international visitors continuously visit this nature preserve, which features more than two dozen natural waterfalls in a six square kilometer area.

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Puerto Plata’s Cable Cars

One of the city’s most iconic attraction are the cable cars that transport visitors to the city’s “Isabel de Torres” mountain.  Once on top of the hill, visitors will enjoy the most beautiful and breathtaking view of the city and ocean.

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Ocean World

If swimming with the dolphins is your wish, then Ocean World is your destination. The water park also features other important attractions, such as wild bird exhibits, aquarium and other exotic animals.  The park is also open in the evenings, featuring aquatic sports, casino, restaurants, disco, and its very popular Bravissimo cabaret spectacle

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Mar 28, 2017

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Punta Cana Airport Receives Prestigious Quality Award

Punta Cana’s international airport was recently issued the “Best Airport in Latin America & Caribbean” award.  This award is issued by the Airports Council International (ACI) to the airports that annually handle between five to 15 million passengers.

The Airport Quality of Service Awards 2016 (ASQ) is a global program that surveys passengers traveling through international airports on their scheduled travel day.  The idea is to obtain their opinions on 34 key performance indicators, including airport access, check-in, security check, restrooms, shops and restaurants   Some 600,000 individual surveys, in 41 languages and in 84 countries, are carried out by ASQ.   Each airport is given the same survey with the goal of creating an industry database that will allow airports to compare their situation with other airports in the world.

The ASQ Awards are delivered to those airports that have been rated the best by their customers.

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Mar 23, 2017

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Puerto Plata’s International Airport Distinguished for its Excellent Customer Services

The Gregorio Luperon International Airport (AIGL), in the north coast city of Puerto Plata, was recently ranked first on the list of the “Best Airports Providing Services to More than Two Million Passengers in Latin America and the Caribbean,” prepared by the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) 2016 survey of the Airports Council International (ACI).

The ASQ Awards are awarded to those airports whose customers have expressed great satisfaction over the services received during the year.

Monika Infante, general manager of “AeropuertosDominicanosSiglo XXI,” the operator of the terminal, said that this recognition places the city of Puerto Plata – and the Dominican Republic – in a prominent spot on the list of world airport system.

The parent company of “AeropuertosDominicanos” is the French-based company VINCI Airports.


ASQ is the only worldwide survey given to passengers at the airport on their travel day. Each year the company surveys some 600,000 passengers in 41 languages and in 84 countries.

The survey questions passengers on 34 key performance indicators, including airport access, check-in procedures at airline counters, security processes, restrooms, shops and restaurants.

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Mar 21, 2017

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The Dominican Republic: Gastronomic Capital of the Caribbean 2017

The Dominican Republic was recently declared the Capital of Caribbean Gastronomic Culture by the Ibero-American Academy of Gastronomy and the Royal Spanish Academy of Gastronomy.

To mark this international recognition, during all of 2017 the country will host an intense program of culinary activities.

The Ibero-American Academy of Gastronomy was created in 2009 in Seville, Spain, and its goal is to promote “the research, dissemination and protection of cuisine and gastronomic activities in the Ibero-American regions and its people.

Also, to watch over the purity of local traditions, support modernization processes and promote comprehensive actions in the field of international cooperation and solidarity.”

Aside from Spain, other member nations are: Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Portugal, Peru, Chile, Argentina, United States, Cuba, Panama, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic.

The Royal Spanish Academy of Gastronomy is also dedicated to the study and dissemination of Spanish cuisine throughout the world.

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Mar 7, 2017

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International Tourists Say Dominican Beaches are the Country’s Key Attraction

Thirty percent of international visitors to the Dominican Republic indicated that the quality of the country’s beaches were the main reason why they visited the country, says a recent study published by the Central Bank.

According to the survey European nationals (37%) greatly valued the beauty of local beaches, followed by South Americans (33%), North Americans (29%) and Central Americans (16%).

The weather was another important factor, as mentioned by tourists surveyed, such as Americans (20%), Central Americans (5%), South Americans (11%) and Europeans (25%). Other important findings: 16% cited hospitality, 8% prices and 12% said their family and friends motivated them to visit the Dominican Republic.

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Mar 4, 2017

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Bavaro Beach on the List of the ten best beaches in the Caribbean

Leading newspaper USA Today has included Bavaro Beach, in the Dominican Republic’s easternmost region, on the exclusive list of the top ten beaches in the Caribbean.

The beach, lined by some of the Caribbean’s top hotels and protected by an extensive barrier reef, came in seventh on the list.

A panel of experts, including editors, picked the pristine beach from a list of 20 nominees.

Once nominated, the readers voted for their favorite beach.  Among the experts, chosen because of their knowledge of Caribbean beaches: Liliana Erasmus (10 Best); Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon (; Melanie Reffes and Chelle Walton (10 Best).

The website indicates that the beach is the perfect destination for excellent sunbathing or for practicing all sorts of water sports due to a nearby reef that protects the beautiful beach.

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Mar 2, 2017

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Tortuga Bay Included on Exclusive Lists of Luxury Hotels and World-Class Golf Courses

The Tortuga Bay Puntacana Resort & Club came in first place on the list of the best luxury hotels in the Caribbean, according to the “Readers’ Choice 2017 Awards” presented by the online Caribbean Journal website. At the same time, the USA Today travel website listed the Caribbean’s top 20 golf courses and chose the region’s 10 best. The Corales Puntacana Resort & Club, in the Dominican Republic, came in as the country’s most beautiful golf course and the second most beautiful in the Caribbean region.

The Tortuga Bay Puntacana Resort & Club is a member of the international Leading Hotels of the World and for a seventh consecutive year was included on the prestigious Five Diamond list prepared by the American Automobile Association (AAA).

The 18-hole Corales Puntacana Resort & Club was designed by Tom Fazio, one of the world’s top golf course designers. Six of the holes face the majestic Caribbean Sea and ends with the famous three holes known as the “Devil’s Elbow.”

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Mar 2, 2017

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Punta Cana Included in 2016 List of 100 Most Visited Cities in the World

Punta Cana, the Caribbean’s premier tourism destination, has been included in the exclusive list of 100 most visited cities in the world, registering a 9.5% growth in 2016.  According to Euromonitor International, Punta Cana is now the most dynamic city of Latin America.

The organization stated that “The Dominican Republic continues to work hard to facilitate access to this tourism destination.”

Since July 2015 international and national airlines such as American Airlines, Delta and the Dominican PAWA Airlines have introduced multiple routes to such destinations as Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

Euromonitor International has indicated that the Dominican authorities will continue to facilitate entry into the country, especially now that the Civil Aviation Board approved 385 charter flights to travel to the country, in addition to the 1,255 that are currently operating.

The company also indicates that Thomson Airways Limited is now flying between London and Manchester to Punta Cana, and that the Thomas Cook travel agency operates 57 direct flights from Manchester.

Eurowings has been authorized to operate 78 weekly charter flights from Cologne, Germany to Puerto Plata and Punta Cana.

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Feb 14, 2017

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Dominican Tourism Industry Receives International Recognition

The Dominican Republic’s tourism industry received top honors in 2016.  Punta Cana, in the country’s eastern region, was consolidated as the most popular destination in the Caribbean.  Also, four of the country’s beaches were included on the list of the region’s most beautiful beaches.  At the same time, the Samaná Peninsula, situated on the country’s northeast region, was chosen as one of the most outstanding destinations in the world and included on the Condé Nast Gold List 2016 for its breathtaking beauty, the World Golf Organization included the country, for a third consecutive year, as the “Best Golf Destination of the Caribbean 2016” and the MAG Tour Magazine of France issued the D.R. the “Best Destination” award in the International French Travel Market (IFTM).

At the same time, the Dominican Republic also strengthened its standing as a key destination for the Tourism of Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) sector, for both North America and Latin America.  The country currently occupies the 11th position in the MICE ranking for the Western Hemisphere.

According to the prestigious magazine, Samaná is one of the Caribbean’s most pristine and unspoiled regions.

For a third consecutive year, Puerto Plata’s cable car, on the north coast, received the 2016 Certificate of Excellence granted by TripAdvisor, one of the world’s most important travel websites, for its excellent service.

Punta Cana

The Punta Cana destination was included among the world’s top 100 cities that receive more international tourists, according to figures prepared by Euromonitor.

The popular destination also topped the list of the top ten Caribbean destinations, according to Travelers’ Choice 2016, and also included among the best golf destinations in the world.

Last year, Punta Cana’s international airport was awarded the Airport Service Quality Award, granted by the International Airports Council, for being one of the top three airports in Latin America and the Caribbean that receives more than two million passengers per year.

Airports from all over the world – 17 from Latin America and the Caribbean – were evaluated by international travelers who took into account 34 key indicators on quality and customer services.

Sixty percent of all incoming flights to the Dominican Republic come in through Punta Cana’s top-rated airport.

Top-Rated Beaches

The beaches in Bávaro (in the country’s eastern region), Playa Bonita and Sosua (in the north coast) were included on the 2016 list of the Caribbean’s top 25 beaches prepared by the Travelers Choice Awards.

Playa Rincon, in Samaná Province, came in 20th on the list of the region’s top 50 beaches, according to the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler magazine.

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Feb 7, 2017

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