Holidays to Costa Dorada get you desert island-style beaches, tasty food and great music – all spliced between upscale Playa Dorada and the lively, bustling city of Puerto Plata.
The Amber Coast
Resort-wise, Costa Dorada is an upmarket customer. It’s bagged an exclusive stretch of the Dominican Republic’s Amber Coast that’s all coconut trees and white sand. On the one side, you’ve got swanky Playa Dorada, with its casinos, clubs and restaurants. On the other, you get sizzling jerk chicken and bustling markets in Puerto Plata. And in the background, dramatic Mount Isabel chips in to finish off the desert-island scenery.
Blue Flag beach
There’s 2 kilometres of pristine white sand and turquoise-green sea to play with here. Instead of a prom, you’ve got a line-up of coconut trees. There’s plenty of palm-thatched parasols and loungers, and a few wooden kiosks to sort you out for ice-cream. On the watersports front, snorkelling is a biggie – look out for sparkly angel fish, barracuda and grouper.
Lots to do
In striking distance from the resort, you’ve got lots of attractions. There’s a riding stable, an 18-hole golf course and a cinema 10 minutes away at Playa Dorada. The Caribbean’s biggest go-karting track is only 5 minutes away, and Puerto Plata’s Ocean World – where you can swim with dolphins – is not much further.
Day trips to Puerto Plata
Ten minutes from the resort, Puerto Plata is a lively city. Here you’ve got an amber museum and a 16th-century fort to get round. You can also take a cable car up Mount Isabel. At the top there’s a huge Christ statue, like the one in Rio, and some botanical gardens. After all that, head down to El Malecon, the seafront prom, for tasty jerk places and buzzy bars.
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