Welcome to Playa Dorada & Costa Dorada
These two pretty, adjacent beaches, a few miles east of Puerto Plata, string together a gated community of all-inclusive resorts and one five-star hotel. Both developments are marked by large archways – Playa Dorada is the much larger one and the first you come to on the highway from the airport. A prolonged downturn in Puerto Plata's mass-market tourism has led to the mothballing of many properties, reminders of developers' outsized ambitions and sub-par products, and of the national government's prioritizing of resort projects in the southeast. However, signs point to a small-scale revitalization with a renewed focus on quality. This stretch offers opportunities for relaxation, rather than character; go elsewhere if you want to get to know the Dominican Republic.
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