Playa Dorada

The Golden Beach

Known as the silver city on the amber coast, Puerto Plata, in the north of the Dominican Republic, is as precious to the country as its name makes it sound. The first village in the New World was founded in this region on the 2nd of January 1494, and throughout the 16th-century, Puerto Plata harbour was of upmost importance.

Caribbean coast

Today, Puerto Plata and the surrounding region has exchanged much of its maritime clout for prestige in tourism. Miles of pristine coastline drapes itself between the resorts of Costa Dorada in the east and Bahia Maimon in the west. And all the beaches along this stretch come with pearl-white sand, queues of palm trees, and cut-above hotels.

Mountains and mangroves

Puerto Plata’s attraction points don’t stop at the shore. The region’s interior is home to the island’s self-proclaimed answer to the Alps, the Cordillera Central mountain range, which features 3 of the tallest peaks in the Greater Antilles. Elsewhere, mangrove swamps conceal peacock-blue lagoons, and sugar cane fields give way to green coffee plantations.

Miles of sand

The Amber Coast boasts enough miles of sand to mean you never have to visit the same patch twice. More often than not, the beaches are flour-white and backed by palm trees. Watersports are more than an activity out here, they’re a lifestyle choice, and you can count on seeing surfers in the rip curl on strips of sand like Cabarete and Cofresi.


Beach-friendly weather comes as standard in the Dominican Republic. On average, you can expect average temperatures in the high 20s or low 30s, plus about 300 days of sunshine a year. From June to October the mercury rises even more, but you’ll usually see the odd tropical shower, too. Humidity can be high in this part of the world – travel between November and April to avoid the worst of it. Hurricane season falls between June and September, but severe storms are pretty rare, and hotels are well equipped in any case.