Welcome to North Coast
From east to west on the Dominican Republic’s north coast, you’ll find world-class beaches, water sports galore 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 Río San Juan 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 with laundry ubiquitously drying on clotheslines 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 accommodations of all stripes and several good places to base themselves for explorations further afield, especially Cabarete, where you can kitesurf, surf or just plain bodysurf.