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You can take a taxi to the base of Mount Isabel de Torres southwest of Puerto Plata, and from there, a cable car to the peak. Awaiting you is a massive statue of Christ, a botanical garden and some spectacular views of the city.

Plan your visit for the early morning, however, before the afternoon cloud cover rolls through. And avoid the dome under Christ's statue if you're not in the mood to shop -- the vendors there are ardent sellers of their jewelry and crafts. Other travelers suggest you even forego the English-speaking tour guides (usually available for about $5 USD per person) and just enjoy the mount's summit on your own.

Budget for the cost of transportation to the site (some taxi drivers will even wait for you to come back down the mountain so they can drive you back to the hotel), as well as the cable car ride to the peak (approximately $7 USD, or 250 Dominican Republic pesos). Mount Isabel de Torres is open to visit Thursday through Tuesday until 5 p.m.

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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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