we have been to guardavalarca once and loved it. i've been looking for a late deal end nov/beg dec and also found a good deal to dom rep on the samana peninsula. we have not been to the dom rep so wondered if anyone has been to both and have any comparisons?
Enjoyed both holidays, weather comparable, really it's a matter of personal choice and doing your homework on your proposed hotel..
we stayed in porta platta dom rep and it was a huge complex of hotels/shops/beach but all fenced in as its not safe outside the tourist area.
whereas in guadalava we just jumped on bikes and went off into local villages as its so flat and good quiet roads.
we stayed in porta platta dom rep and it was a huge complex of hotels/shops/beach but all fenced in as its not safe outside the tourist area
Puerto Plata is a town on the North Coast which has a hotel zone just outside it called Playa Dorada which is a fenced (of sorts) community, there is a fence and barriers however it is as much to mark boundries of property and protect the stunning golf coarse located there as to stop you escaping in to the wilderness
From Playa Dorada it is perfectly safe (using the normal precautions you should use in ALL destinations) to go out and about visiting other parts of the island and the local town of Puerto Plata, indeed you will miss out on a lot if you don't.
In Puerta Plata you can see the colourful local shops, watch cigars being hand made, go up the cable car to the botanical gardens on the top of Mt. Isabel de Torres, visit a rum factory and for good measure the beaches are stunning, further a field there are coffee plantations where you can buy freshly hand ground coffee or beans.
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