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Top Choice International in Cabarete

Castle Club

Set in the mountains a half-hour drive (a taxi is US$50 round-trip) from Cabarete is this rambling, eccentric home – a castle of sorts, under continuous construction (and unlikely ever to be fully finished). The own…
Top Choice Italian in Cabarete

Eze Bar & Restaurant

Eze Bar is not visible from the main drag, and unless you approach it from the beach, to get there you must walk through a windsurfing shop. The place is small but chic, with a fairly unoriginal Miami Beach vibe, so…
Top Choice Italian in Sosúa

Restaurant Casa Veintiuno

A bit out of town and tucked into an eponymous guesthouse up a hill, this poolside, a la carte Italian restaurant serves the finest meals in all of Sosúa. The menu changes daily depending on what's available, but yo…
Top Choice Dominican in Puerto Plata

Mares Restaurant & Pool Lounge

Distinguished chef Rafael Vasquez-Heinsen has converted his elegant home into a candlelit destination for foodies. Top Chef and food channel fans won’t be disappointed. The kitchen turns out what elsewhere might be …
Top Choice Taverna in Sosúa

Taberna El Conde

This casual but enchanting establishment is constantly raising the culinary bar in Sosúa with its craft cocktails and innovative gastromony. The incredible honeysucklesmoke cocktail is made with rum, lime, orange an…
Top Choice Salads in Cabarete

Mojito Bar

One of the few reasonably priced beachfront places, Mojitos has an excellent selection of natural juices, healthy salads, Dominican food and sandwiches (some vegan and vegetarian). It's a sliver of a space near the …
Top Choice Seafood in Monte Cristi

Restaurant Coco Mar

Look for this restaurant with oceanfront outdoor seating just before the green monstrosity of the Hotel Montechico. Buoys and fishing nets hang from the indoor dining room ceiling, befitting its maritime theme and s…
Top Choice Beach in Sosúa

Playa Sosúa

Playa Sosúa is the main beach, and practically a city within a city. Located on a crescent-shaped bay with calm, turquoise waters, this narrowing (due to erosion) stretch of sand is backed by palm trees and a seemin…
Beach in Río San Juan

Playa Grande

A long, broad, tawny beach with aquamarine water on one side and a thick fringe of palm trees on the other. Stark white cliffs jut out into the ocean in the distance. A surf school here offers lessons.
International in Sosúa

La Terrassa

Housed in a corner of a luxury condo development is this contemporary restaurant. Equally recommended for its extensive breakfast menu, especially its fresh croissants, as it is for its lunch and dinnertime menu fea…