Puerto Plata and Amber Coast Attractions
The northern or Amber Coast of the Dominican Republic is the most developed stretch of the island. A 120km/75mi string of beautiful beaches, large and small resorts and restaurants stretches east along the coast from Puerto Plata, the largest city in the north.In the smaller towns, where palm-thatched restaurants and local guesthouses prevail, there are historical and cultural attractions dating from the 16th C as well as Victorian architecture.This area is one of world's best windsurfing sites.The Amber Coast gets its name from the world's richest deposits of amber, found in the hills near here.
Playa Grande is a large beautiful natural area with 1,600 m/5,250ft of soft, white sand beach, back by low cliff walls and lush vegetation. However, the high surf is not child-friendly.Playa Grande also has an 18-hole oceanfront golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr.
Cabo Francés Viejo (Playa el Bretón)
Cabo Francés Viejo is located on a headland with views over the area's cliffs and beaches.Offshore lies the wreck of the "Concepción" which sank in 1641. To the southeast is the beautiful beach of Playa el Bretón.
The Dominican Republic's most northerly mountain range, Cordillera Septentrional stretches along the Atlantic coast from Monte Cristi near the Haitían border to San Francisco de Macorís.
Rio San Juan, Dominican Republic
Río San Juan is a pleasant fishing village where life revolves around the sea. The bay of Río San Juan has 13 dive sites ranging in depth from 8m/26ft to 40m/131ft.
Laguna Gri Gri
Bird watching is plentiful among the dark tangled mangroves of the Laguna Gri Gri where boat excursions lead to a small inlet called La Piscina, whose crystalline waters are perfect for swimming.