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Introducing North Coast

From east to west on the Dominican Republic’s north coast, you’ll find world-class beaches, some of the best water sports in the country and out-of-the-way locales evocative of timeless rural life. This long coastal corridor stretching from Monte Cristi and the Haitian border in the west to Cabrera in the east has enclaves of condo-dwelling expat communities that have endowed some towns with a cosmopolitan air. There are forested hills, dry desert scrub, and jungly nature preserves. There are waterfalls to climb, sleepy little Dominican towns where it’s possible to escape and mile after mile of sandy beaches. In the middle is Puerto Plata’s international airport; nearby is the city itself and where most of the coast’s all-inclusive resorts are located. Independent travelers will find plenty of accommodations to suit a variety of tastes and several good places to base themselves for explorations further afield, especially to Cabarete, where you can kitesurf, surf or just plain bodysurf.