Ocean World Adventure Park, Marina and Casino#6 in Best Things To Do in Puerto Plata
Just like its name implies, there's something for everyone at Ocean World Adventure Park, Marina and Casino. You can swim with stingrays, sea lions, dolphins and sharks, or enjoy an interactive "encounter" with Ocean World's Bengal tigers. You can also gamble with your money (instead of your life) by visiting the complex's marine-themed casino. There's Vegas-style shows (the exotic Bravissimo Show is popular with recent visitors) and three on-site restaurant/bars.
The Ocean World Adventure Park, Marina and Casino is located along the banks of Cofresi Beach. General admission is somewhat pricey, and participating in one of the interactive swims or encounters will cost extra. Visit the complex's official website for more information on prices or hours of operation.
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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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