Best hotels and hostels in North Coast

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Sosúa

    Casa Veintiuno

    Two whitewashed, modernist homes on a hill just outside town have been transformed into a comfortable and intimate B&B, both a quiet refuge and a base for exploring the area. The owners Saskia and Mark – and their three dogs – provide personable and attentive service, even shuttling every guest into town for a private tour. Many guests, however, choose to spend much of their time lounging around one of two courtyard pool areas or in the upstairs lounge, which has a telescope, a treadmill, a Wii game system and a 'library' of DVDs, books and boardgames. Breakfast and lunch are for guests only, and the best dinner in town is available here Wednesday through Sunday to nonguests who make reservations. Extra luxurious perks are available for bookings made directly through the website.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Cabarete

    Cabarete Surf Camp

    On the edge of a lagoon a five-minute walk inland, this lushly landscaped property has small, colorful and rustic backpacker-style cabins; larger, modern rooms with kitchenettes in a two-story, Victorian-style building; and, best of all, two colonial-style, all-wood rooms with louvered windows in a 'tower' above the kitchen and dining area. During the high season, Cabarete Surf Camp has a fun social scene with great barbecue dinners – nonguests should consider heading here, especially for the churrasco. A nice pool and surfing and kitesurfing packages are offered – in fact, it's ideal for those looking for a laid-back base from which to learn how to surf or kitesurf.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Cabarete

    Natura Cabañas

    Owned and designed by a husband-and-wife team, this collection of marvelously designed, Thai-inspired thatched-roof bungalows about halfway between Cabarete and Sosúa is the epitome of rustic chic. Everything is constructed from natural materials – mahogany, bamboo and stone – and a gravel path leads to a secluded beach. Two open-air restaurants serve delicious, health-conscious smoothies and meals (RD$500 to RD$1100). The hotel also features a spa and tranquil yoga deck featuring twice-daily classes (open to nonguests as well).

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Puerto Plata

    Villa Carolina

    This rambling old house is easily the best place for independent travelers in Puerto Plata. Coming through the security gate at the end of a long driveway is like going back in time: several antique cars and a pool under soaring mango trees stand in front of the carriage-house-cum-villa, where tastefully furnished, excellent-value rooms are located. The checkered tile floors add a touch of colonial elegance, both in the rooms and the large front lounge area. An old kitchen is available for guest use.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Cabarete

    Surf Break Cabarete

    The best-value stay in Playa Encuentro offers both surf and yoga packages, along with a range of serene, palapa-topped accommodations in two lush complexes. The pool area and yoga studio are superbly tranquil, and the owner is friendly and helpful. This is the hotel of choice for women traveling alone (and anybody else, really).

  • Lodging in Cabarete

    eXtreme Hotel

    Trapeze, kickboxing, physical therapy camp, a half pipe for skateboarders – certainly not your standard hotel offerings. Then again, this ecologically minded, solar-powered and self-described 'upscale hostel' is meant for those seeking an unconventional beach holiday. No TVs and no air-con in the spacious and simply furnished fan-cooled rooms. Families and groups should consider the huge three-bedroom, three-bathroom penthouse. All of the produce at La Mesa Taina, the newly opened restaurant and sushi bar, is either grown on the property (using aquaponics) or on an organic farm near Sabaneta de Yasica. Attached and affiliated with the hotel is the kitesurfing school Go Kite Cabarete. Yoga is offered twice daily for US$15 per class.

  • Lodging in Cabarete

    Swell Surf Camp

    Designed with the discerning surfer in mind, Swell is far from a crash pad. The spare clean lines, plush bedding, modern photographs and funky furniture say ‘boutique,’ but the pool, ping-pong and foosball tables and social vibe suggest otherwise. A huge wood communal table is the center of the hanging-out action. Water, coffee, tea and bananas are always on hand and a self-serve bar means drinks are available 24 hours. There's a minimum seven-night stay for surfers or kite surfers with internationally qualified instructors. Airport transfers included in rates.

  • Lodging in Cabarete

    Hooked Cabarete

    If a beachfront location isn’t a priority, then this small, vaguely suburban property down a dirt road 200m or so from Playa Encuentro is a nice place to ensconce yourself – especially if you’re a surfer. A handful of modern, bungalow-style studio apartments with kitchenettes and attractive wooden porches surround a quiet garden courtyard and small pool. It also features a ping-pong table and rents scooters and bicycles, so you can get into town easily. Of course surf and kitesurf lessons are available, as well as on-site yoga.

  • Lodging in Sosúa

    Hotel El Rancho

    The pleasant leafy pool and garden area is the centerpiece of this adorable, centrally located hotel only a block from Playa Alicia. A three-story modern concrete building decorated with vaguely Mexican animal-themed murals and topped with a palapa-style roof for show, El Rancho has clean, well-kept rooms. Top-value choice, but street noise at night could be a factor.

  • Lodging in Cabarete

    Hotel Alegría

    Hidden down one of Cabarete’s few side streets, the rambling, whimsical Alegría has beach access, along with a spiral staircase leading to a wooden deck at the top of the hotel with a hot tub and good ocean views. The studios and apartment each have kitchens, but more importantly the owner and staff are friendly, informative and professional.

  • Lodging in Puerto Plata

    Hotel El Palacio

    This good option in Puerto Plata is housed within a restored 1920s mansion originally inhabited by a sugar-cane baron. The owners are meticulous about upkeep and good service, and have adorned the hotel with pastel period furnishings from the antique shop next door. The restaurant earns high marks for its elaborate breakfast (not included).

  • Lodging in Sosúa

    Hotel Sosúa Sunrise

    This well-managed, friendly hotel contains 24 rooms on two floors, connected by broad breezy corridors. Airy rooms have Spanish red-tile floors, clean modern bathrooms with hot water, cable TV and security boxes. There’s a nice pool area, and Playa Alicia is just down the street. A small outdoor restaurant serves breakfast. Good value.

  • Lodging in Cabarete

    Velero Beach Resort

    Distinguished by boutique-style rooms and its location down a small lane at the relatively traffic-free eastern end of town, Velero is a good choice away from the main strip. The restaurant, pool and lounge are well-rated in service and professionalism, but rooms can be a little musty.

  • Lodging in Cabarete

    El Magnifico

    East of town, this quaint collection of condos is available to rent for the night and features two shared rooftop hot tubs.

  • Lodging in Cabarete

    Hostel Laguna Park

    The rather anomalous facade of this large brick building, converted by its gregarious owner into a cavernous hostel, resembles a suburbanite's version of a castle replete with a turret. It's a conventional-looking space inside with concrete floors, spare and secondhand furnishings, a common room with a pool table and a mix of dorm and private rooms. Wall murals add a dash of color, there's a large pool out back and a bar operates during busy winter months. Surfing and kitesurfing packages are offered. The hostel is located 950m from the Pro Cab development gate and a motoconcho (motorcycle taxi) to town/Kite Beach/Playa Encuentro costs RD$35/50/100.

  • Lodging in Cabarete

    Kite Beach Inn

    Budget-minded kitesurfers should consider this relatively new, seafront place. Clean and simply furnished rooms with new flat-screen TVs are in a building set just off the road. While the inner courtyard and small pool are ordinary, the palapa-topped beachfront deck is delightful for watching the scene in the water. Cheaper rooms have fans rather than air-con. There are close to a dozen units, which are more like one-bedroom apartments with kitchenettes and sea-facing balconies. Cash and Paypal only.

  • Lodging in Cabarete

    Kite Beach Hotel

    This oceanfront property features condominiums for rent, most with tile floors, good-sized bathrooms, satellite TV and cozy furniture. All suites and apartments have balconies that afford at least partial ocean views. The laid-back pool area makes a great place to watch the action in the sky and on the water. Rooms and apartments vary widely; contact them online to see what's available.

  • Lodging in Sosúa

    Hotel Casa Valeria

    All 11 rooms at this cozy hotel are slightly different, whether in size, furnishings or decor, but all feature comfortable beds, attractive furnishings and ceramic-tiled bathrooms. Rooms are set around a leafy courtyard with a kidney-shaped pool in the middle, and guests have access to a small bar and restaurant. Discounted rates available on the website.

  • Lodging in Cabarete

    Agualina Kite Resort

    Opened in 2004, this is the most upscale lodging on Kite Beach, if not the most characterful. Studios and apartments have well-equipped kitchens – stainless-steel refrigerators are an especially nice touch – and large modern bathrooms with glass showers and gleaming fixtures. There’s free wi-fi throughout the building.