Though the North Coast is famous in water-sport circles for windsurfing, kite boarding and traditional surfing, it also offers the following advantages over other destinations: a plethora of nearby sports and activities including horseback riding, zip lining, kayaking, cascading, dirt biking, ATV’s, hiking, scuba diving, snorkeling, trekking and much more. We can make reservation for most of these activities if desired.
A fun family adventure we absolutely recommend is Monkey Jungle
, about 5 minutes from Casa Corazón where you can play with and feed monkeys in a 2.5 acre open grotto. The attraction has a seven-station, double cable, zip line covering most of its 250 acre organic farm and dairy ranch. Monkey Jungle now also has a driving range and a shooting range. All the proceeds support a dental, medical, eye clinic and free pharmacy for the less fortunate. If you love music, the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival is held in November each year in Cabarete. Jazz fans come from all over the world to hear top-of-the-line Atlantic and Latin American jazz musicians.
Worth the visit are the Amber Museum
, both located in Puerto Plata, the capital of our province. The first displays amber that dates back 20 million years, some with insects in them, as in the movie Jurassic Park, the first scene of which was filmed in the Dominican Republic. The Telesferico is a cable car that goes from the city to the top of Pico Isabel de Torres where you can visit a botanical garden and a replica of Christ the Redeemer, the famous statue overlooking Rio de Janeiro.Further East is the Bay of Samana.
This is one of the natural wonders of the Atlantic in that it is visited by numerous humpback whales every year beginning in late January early February until the end of March. Between this hallmark of environmentalism and of history, is a variety of tropical play lands including two golf courses designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and Ocean World where visitors can spend as much as a day swimming and playing with dolphins. One of the golf courses is just 20 minutes to the west of Casa Corazón. The other, located right after Rio San Juan, is a scenic one hour drive along the coast for a spectacular ocean front course also near the spectacular Playa Grande beach… so if some in your party prefer a beach excursion there is something for everyone.
In Puerto PlataPlaya Dorada
18 holes golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. – 30 minutes drive
Between San Juan and CabreraPlaya Grande
18 holes golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr – 60 minutes drive
Occupying more than 2,000 acres on the north coast of the Dominican Republic with almost 7 miles of coastline overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Playa Grande is an unusually beautiful place. Dominated by its eponymous mile-long beach, followed by a more intimate beach, Playa Preciosa, Playa Grande is a virtually untouched land with a natural beauty framed by soft green mountains that culminate in a plateau of rolling hills, lush with native trees and royal palms. The surrounding area is pristine and unpopulated with underground springs supplying abundant fresh water.
The Dominican Republic’s beaches are varied; They range from almost transparent, as in Paradise Island, to Golden, as in the beaches of Cabarete. In between would be the sugar-white sand beaches as in the nearby Bay of Sosua, whose still waters are excellent for snorkeling that you can swim right off the beach into its marine sanctuary.
Along with the Cabarete area, the whole of the north coast offers a depth and breadth of activities unequalled anywhere in the Atlantic. Kaiceitos Circus School, among others, located in Kite Beach where the kids love to spend a few hours and learn amazing tricks by former Circus Professionals.