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Malecon, Puerto Plata 57000 Dominican Republic
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Saona Island Paradise From Punta Cana

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Travel from Punta Cana to Saona Island, a showstopper among the Dominican Republic’s off-shore islands. Get there with a quick and easy speedboat and return at a more leisurely pace aboard a spacious catamaran that includes music and an open bar. Start your all-inclusive, full-day outing with pickup at your hotel.
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kaldort wrote a review Dec 2019
Calgary, Canada428 contributions171 helpful votes
Picturesque drive on the oceanfront. Observe the statue of Neptune waving to you from an island. Excursions are great for exploring, and there’s lot of choice, including exotic downtown Puerto Plata.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Andrew M wrote a review Dec 2019
7,144 contributions1,159 helpful votes
The Malecon is a must visit in Puerto Plata. It stretches for three kilometers along the seafront, and is easily reached by walking from the town center. The General Gregorio Luperón Avenue runs east to west along this area. It starts at the intersection of Mirabal Sisters Avenue in the east. This area is easily identified by the sculpture of David at a small round-a-bout. As you travel along in a westerly direction, you will pass numerous small shops with f&b offerings. There are also three public beaches on the Malecon, namely Cosita Rica Beach, Long Beach and Acapulco Beach. The sea will not always be visible as you travel along, as there is quite a bit of vegetation between the seaside and road. Look out for the statue of King Neptune, which is 200 meters off shore on a small island, directly opposite Long Beach. Trees that you will see while traveling the Malecon, include Sea Grape, Coconut and Almond. As you near the end of the Avenue, at the intersection with Calle Separación, is a masonic lodge which was built in 1867. The western end of the Malecon is where General Gregorio Luperón Avenue intersects with Francisco Alberto Caamaño Avenue. This was my favourite section, as it offered seating where one could watch the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. It was also the entrance to Park San Fellipe, which has the oldest structure in the city, the San Felipe Fort, and offers great views of the ocean. The Malecon was initially constructed in 1971. The engineer was Polibio Díaz. It underwent reconstruction and re-opened in 2006. I walked in this area early in the morning when many persons were out exercising and it was quite peaceful and relaxing. I would advise that you walk from the western end at sunrise, as the Park San Felipe is always open and offers the great views.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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TravelHappy101 wrote a review Nov 2019
Millet, Canada37 contributions26 helpful votes
This is about a 4 km strip of beach on the edge of Puerto Plata. Locals spend a lot of time here and seem to come here to nap after lunch. To get into downtown from here, you must cross the highway (scary!) There are several bars (I think 3) that you can eat and drink at, but we found most locals unfriendly and intimidating unfortunately so didn't enjoy this. I got harrassed, verbally,on the way to the washroom. Very scary and I felt unwelcome and unsafe. The beach is covered with garbage, and it is floating everywhere in the water. At the end of the strip is the fort, which the only part worth seeing. Driving by is a good option, no reason to stop until you are safely downtown. Pass on this one, especially if you are light skinned as you are basically walking around with a target on you. My husband and I were harrassed constantly, called names etc. as we walked. A man on a motorbike groped me as he drove past. Me saying I felt unsafe is huge as I have been to Mexico,Cuba, Jamaica, Panama, Costa Rica... and never felt unsafe or unwelcome like I was here. The locals really dont seem to like Canadians and Americans, which is a shame. Avoid this area if you can, they don't like tourists here and there's nothing to see but garbage anyway. Too bad because if it were clean this beach would be exceptionally beautiful.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Totto Alvarado wrote a review Oct 2019
7 contributions1 helpful vote
If you are in puerto plata take some time to visit the malecon & the umbrella street, excellent places to take great pictures.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Lania B wrote a review Oct 2019
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I used a private taxi company and paid 60$ from my resort in puerto plata to Santiago airport . For 6 of us on our way back we paid 120. Which is still a good split. Ride was a little over an hour. We just took in the scenery which wasn’t much but it’s different so it was enjoyable. The hotels also offer service from sti airport for less than the taxi drivers would charge that stay they and hustle us .
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Date of experience: June 2019
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