Amber Museum#7 in Best Things To Do in Puerto Plata
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You can get an up-close look at the Dominican Republic's beloved amber in this Victorian mansion situated in downtown Puerto Plata. There are two floor's worth of amber specimens, some fossilized. And if you're planning on purchasing some amber jewelry, travelers suggest you do so here. The museum guarantees its items are authentic. Outside vendors, of which there are many, could be pushing plastic replicas.
The Amber Museum is open Monday through Saturday until 6 p.m. Admission is reasonable -- less than $2 USD for adults.
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Cabarete used to be quaint fishing village; now, it's a high-geared getaway for the jet-set. You should consider planning a day or two's worth of activities in this town east of Puerto Plata, where you'll find the best kitesurfing and windsurfing beaches, not to mention a smattering of bars and new restaurants.
The town's big claim to fame is Kite Beach. "It has sandy beaches and areas to launch your kite, perfect conditions and a reef 300 meters from shore," notes world66.com. "Beginners don't kite on the reef, but as a more experienced kiter it can be a lot of fun." Other popular shores include Bozo Beach (about 5 minutes from downtown Cabarete) or Encuentro Beach. Most of the surf breaks are too rough for first-timers, but never fear, Cabarete also has about 10 kitesurfing schools where you can learn the craft.
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