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Old 09-03-2010, 10:14 AM
Location: Macao
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Anyone been to these two cities? They seem to be quite popular among tourists for the DR. (Sounds like people are avoiding Santo Domingo and it's nearby Boca Chica - anyone know why?)

How is Puerto Plata, the population seems fairly small...100,000 more or less. What kind of amenities or things are there to do there?

How is Sosua? Fairly small or somewhat large? Spread out places? Or condensed places?

Any colonial or interesting architecture in PP? I think I read that Sosua became popular from high Jewish population settling there from Europe during the last century?

Anything else to add or say about this region of the DR?
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Old 09-04-2010, 09:56 PM
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Sousua is compact catering 100% to tourist on the cheap...lts of motercycles.

Head to the nearby Samana Peninsula for more nature and isolation. Puerto Plata is not worth going.
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Old 09-15-2010, 02:41 PM
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Puerto Plata, Sosua, Punta Cana, Cabarete, Las Terrenas, and several other towns along the coast are beach tourist destinations. Some have different reputations based on the nature of their visitors - eg, Puerto Plata has a lot of Germans, Cabarete is full of windsurfers, Monte Cristi and the Barahona peninsula attract eco-tourists, and so on.

Many of those towns have ample beach/water tourism amenities, some medical tourism facilities, and lots of decent places to eat, but they aren't all that large, and thus don't really have a lot of "big city" amenities or cultural "scenes."

I wouldn't say that people necessarily avoid Santo Domingo. But since so many tourists go to the DR to hit the beaches, it is more convenient for them to go directly from airport to beach, which usually doesn't require going through SD.

SD is also a big, sprawling city. A lot of people on beach vacations probably aren't that interested in leaving the surf to head into the traffic and heat of SD, a city that doesn't even really have many beaches.
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