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Two blocks from the central square of Puerto Plata stands a stately Victorian mansion. Built in 1919 by German brothers who came to the Dominican Republic to invest in the sugar trade, it was a private home that today serves as a...

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Cabarete, Dominican Republic

The beach itself is wide, golden and lined with an array of eateries. But it's also known around the world as one of the best places to windsurf (June welcomes an international competition here). Even if you aren’t a practitioner of the...

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This day-long sailing excursion hugs the island’s picturesque shoreline and boasts plenty of stops for adventure. Two are for snorkeling in the crystalline sea; another promises lunch aboard after dropping anchor at...

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Calle José del Carmen Ariza 36, Puerto Plata 57000, Dominican Republic

After a complete devastation in 1998 after Hurricane George, this twin-steepled Catholic church positioned on Puerto Plata's central plaza had to be rebuilt. After a remarkable effort, today you'll once again find a peaceful respite from the...

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Avenida General Gregorio Luperón, Puerto Plata 57000, Dominican Republic

Built under Spanish rule in the mid-1500s to protect the island from invaders, Fortaleza San Felipe is Puerto Plata’s only remaining structure from that period. The fort was later used as a prison before eventually opening to...

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Calle Principal #3, Cofresi Beach, Cofresi Beach, Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata 57000, Dominican Republic

Yes, you'll find plenty of sea life on view here: This is the home of the world’s largest manmade dolphin habitat. Plus, you can swim with the friendly creatures—and if you dare, sharks too. But this sprawling campus is more than...

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Puerto Plata 57000, Dominican Republic

For sweeping city and sea views, take the colorful gondola to the top of Pico Isabel de Torres. It climbs more than 800 meters (2,600 feet) above sea level, giving awesome photo ops along the way. At the peak, the flat-topped, wildly verdant...

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Ave. Tamboril-Santiago, Parque Industrial Tamboril, Santiago de los Caballeros 51000, Dominican Republic

Three generations have helmed this Santiago institution that proudly hand-rolls a variety of puros (cigars). Founded in 1903, it also happens to be the oldest cigar factory in the Dominican Republic. You can interact with master rollers...

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Av 27 de Febrero 146, Santiago De Los Caballeros 51053, Dominican Republic

This impressive cultural center is dedicated to exploring the country's past while at the same time inspiring a new generation of artists. Named for, as well as endowed by, the founder of the Aurora tobacco company, Eduardo León Jimenes,...

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Daniel Espinal, Santiago De Los Caballeros 51000, Dominican Republic

Originally constructed in 1944 by Rafael Trujillo, aka El Jefe, who ruled the nation for 30 years, this imposing monument—set on a hill in downtown Santiago—was intended to honor the dictator himself. Following Trujillo's...

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Calle Principal playa dorada, Puerto Plata 57000, Dominican Republic

For five generations, the Brugal family has been crafting and casking their distinctive rum on the island. Tours are free and illustrate the rum-making process—and offer a look at the family’s personal history: The patriarch...

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#52, Calle Beller, Puerto Plata 57000, Dominican Republic

Fresh juices, veggie wraps and salads are the calling cards of this intimate eatery in central Puerto Plata. Meals are quick, healthy and made to order for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Coffee drinks are also on the menu.

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Villas Cofresi, Puerto Plata 57000, Dominican Republic

Ensconced on a hillside in a residential neighborhood is this dinner-only establishment that excels in sophisticated preparations of fresh-caught seafood (the surf and turf is the signature dish). The eatery’s décor is done up...

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Puerto Plata 57000, Dominican Republic

Puerto Plata has a plethora of restaurants geared toward tourists, and it can be a bit tough to find authentic eats. This indoor/outdoor buffet excels in comida típica: Meats and seafood are prepared with traditional spices and...

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Paseo Don Chiche, Cabarete 57000, Dominican Republic

The beach of Cabarete—about 45 minutes east of Puerto Plata—is lined with casual eateries and pizza places. This one, owned by a trio of Italians, is by far the standout among them. Pizza is the restaurant's strong suit (there are 25...

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Look for handicrafts, cigars (some of which you can see being rolled on the premises) and paintings by artists from neighboring Haiti at this store. There are also many items made of amber and even a small museum of sorts dedicated to the...

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Puerto Plata 57000, Dominican Republic

Shop like a local at this crowded central market. There are knickknacks galore—and for good prices, if you can bargain. Salespeople can be pushy and the space itself isn’t much to look at, but it’s worth it for a chance to spy...

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Calle Separación, Puerto Plata 57000, Dominican Republic

Expertly made and hand-crafted are the only words you need to describe the goodies made from buttery leather on display at this shop. Well, perhaps bespoke would be another. Everything from belts and wallets to purses and hats can be made to...

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Puerto Plata 57000, Dominican Republic

This brightly colored shopping center that is part of the Playa Dorada tourism complex houses a mix of stores. There are the typical souvenir outlets hawking T-shirts, knickknacks and beach hats, along with shops selling handicrafts made of beads,...