Damajaqua Cascades (27 Waterfalls)

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The Damajaqua Cascades are one of the most thrilling sights and experiences in Puerto Plata. Better known as the "27 Waterfalls," the cascades are just that -- and have been set up as a national monument for tourists to canyon through.

It'll take you about 25 minutes to reach the cascades, which are west of Puerto Plata along the Damajaqua River. Exploring the lower falls isn't horribly strenuous, but you should still think twice before bringing your young kids along. Your tour of the area will include climbing, sliding and cliff jumping, which could be too advanced for children under eight years of age.

Admission fees vary depending on how many falls you'd like to climb, and it includes the cost of an English-speaking tour guide (navigating Damajaqua Cascades without a tour guide isn't permitted) and gear. Most travelers opt for seven climbs, but you can also spring for 12 or all 27 waterfalls.

 

  • The most enjoyable way to experience the falls is with a jeep safari tour booked through the activity desk at your hotel, which includes transportation to the Damajaqua River and an English-speaking guide." -- Away.com

 

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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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