The north side of the island is “where it all began”. It refers to the first Columbus’ arrival and settlement, in La Isabela, and also to the first tourist destination developed in the country: Playa Dorada.
 
It is the land of amber, of rum, of contrasts between mountains and beaches where endless hills domain the everlasting greenery of the exuberant landscape, gently flowing down to the tranquil waters that bathe the coast. But, the north is also a land of many histories.

About 35% of the country’s entire hotel infrastructure is located in this region, being Cabarete, Playa Dorada, Cofresí, Sosúa, and Costa Dorada the most important venues.

Puerto Plata is locally known as “la novia del Atlántico” (the Bride of the Atlantic). It’s a rather large province that brags for its historic legacy of Christopher Columbus first arrival in 1492. The fortress of San Felipe, from the 16th century, was the first ever built in the Americas as a way to protect the island against the attacks of pirates and corsairs. Rafael Leonidas Trujillo, the dictator, turned the dungeons of the fortress into a jailhouse to imprison those opposed to his thirty-year regime.

Playa Dorada, the resort destination that launched Dominican Republic into the most important tourist markets, is located just few minutes from Puerto Plata city centre and offers all the facilities and comfort to make your stay as pleasant as it should be, including  the marvelous 18-hole-par 72 professional golf course designed by world-famous Robert Trent Jones Sr.

Sosúa is a charming village with a spectacular beach, historically important because of the Jewish families from German and Austrian origins that settled down in the year 1940.

Cabarete is the destination for those young spirits, for the adventurous and the bohemians. This is the beach of winds and waves, already ranked in the top-ten worldwide for windsurfing and kite boarding.

Samaná, very popular amidst the Europeans, was founded in 1756 to protect the bay from corsairs and pirates who wished to take possession of the peninsula. Don’t miss the many miles of spectacular beaches in the area: Cosón, Rincón, Las Galeras, Cayo Levantado and Punta Bonita; and the waterfall of El Limón.

The bay of Samaná is the natural sanctuary for the humpback whales. Every year, from January thru March and leaving behind the freezing waters of the Atlantic, these whales come to mate in the warm waters of the bay.