Today, I was taking a trip down memory lane. Just about 3 years ago I made a trip to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. Puerto, Playa is a small port and resort town located on the north coast of the island.
It was my first time visiting the country and I must say I was surprised at how beautiful and inexpensive it was. We stayed in a resort area called Playa Dorada. The resort area was definitely a haven after our travels of the day. Playa Dorada was definitely in a different universe than a lot of the areas surrounding it. Once you drive down the street toward the resort community there is a marked difference from the area outside. The Playa Dorada consists of a variety of different hotels owned by different companies and timeshares. You meet with people who paid anywhere from an arm and a leg to those who got a screaming deal all for the same exact resort. It’s amazing how the travel industry works. You have to know the right people or find the right deals.
The Dominican beaches are known for their beauty, and their sand fleas. It’s very important that you mind your belongings and keep them out of the sand. You also have to make sure you don’t take your beach towel inside your room. You should leave it outside to dry and allow the sand fleas their get-away. Also, wash your feet and shoes before you enter your room or condo. The locals made it clear that sand fleas would make themselves very evident by morning. That was something I wasn’t looking forward to. We took every precaution, and never had an issue.
Our beaches were pretty secluded, and so we didn’t have to deal with many local vendors, but a few did make an appearance and try to get us to buy jewelry and watches.
The only other presence on our beach was a local dog who thought himself security. It was funny how he didn’t bother anyone with wristbands, but if outsiders approached he would bark.
Local security (not really)
The beaches were all very nice and the weather was wonderful on the beach even though it was November!
We spent many hours exploring the local beaches and even took a bus and went into town to visit with the locals. Every spot in the surrounding cities and beaches had its own charm and character. We were able to enjoy great food, culture, and some unforgettable snorkeling and dolphin experiences. I will have to write about those later.
If you ever get a chance and you want to enjoy some quieter beaches, and some less expensive excursions make your way down to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. I think you will find that the discoveries are endless!