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Free

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Beaches, Free Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
4.7

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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

We don't really need to tell you to go here; chances are this is where you're staying. Playa Dorada (or Golden Beach) is the beach of choice in the immediate Puerto Plata area, and all the major resorts are represented along its shores. Lounging at the beach could easily take up at least one full day of your time at the Amber Coast.

If you're looking for more things to do other than sunbathe and admire Mount Isabel de Torres in the distance, take note that previous travelers have enjoyed windsurfing, snorkeling and even fishing along Playa Dorada. There are also plenty of bars and restaurants if you need a snack or drink. Most of the hotels offer rental equipment (some even for free), if you want to try your hand at any number of sports. And what's the best aspect of Playa Dorada? It's free to enjoy.

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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 restaurants.

The town's big claim to fame is Kite Beach. 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. Recent visitors loved watching the kite surfers, as well lounging on the gorgeous beach. They also mentioned there are plenty of places to eat and drink.

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