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About The North Coast – Dominican Republic

Christopher Columbus discovered Puerto Plata (Port of Silver) in the early 1490s. The beauty of Puerto Plata is illustrated by its nickname, La Novia del Atlantico (The Bride of the Atlantic). The port was a bustling stop for European traders by the mid 1500s but was abandoned in the 1600s and later destroyed by Spanish royal decree. In the 1740s the city was rebuilt, and the thriving port and a tobacco boom made it the wealthiest and most cosmopolitan in the Caribbean for a few decades, beginning in the 1870s. It now remains the largest city on the North Coast of the country.

The North Coast is also home to the world’s richest deposits of Amber and is where parts of the movie Jurassic Park were filmed. The Amber Museum in Puerto Plata contains the largest collection of amber in this part of the world.

Sosua

Is about 20 km east of Puerto Plata you will find this vibrant little town where Tourism took off in the 70s and 80s and evolved towards the all-inclusive trend in the 90s when several large resorts were built in the area. It is a popular tourist destination with a beautiful bay and sandy beaches great for sunbathing and swimming and a marvellous spot for scuba diving enthusiasts with its coral reefs. The Sosua Beach is a horse shoe bay of fine whitish sands in a sheltered cove. Sosua is an active beach town with numerous re-creative amenities and close to many other destinations that you can explore on your own or on excursion. Sosua Beach continues to be the main attraction of the area and it’s still one of the most spectacular in the Dominican Republic.

Cabarete

Is a small, quaint Caribbean village on the northern coast of the island Hispaniola 24 miles east of Puerto Plata and only 20 minutes away from the International Airport Puerto Plata. It is an impressive tropical vacation spot for young and active travellers looking for amusement in all ranks, seeking new friends and agitating sporting adventures.

The semi-circular, 6 km long golden sandy beach one of the top ten spots in the world for windsurfing with several international competitions held here during June and September. It is an extraordinary place not only for kiteboarding and windsurfing, but also for regular surfing at El Encuentro beach. Cabarete is the ideal playground for water-sport enthusiasts from all over the world, but even an overwhelming colourful sight for those who prefer people-watching and relaxing.

Don’t worry; action does not stop when the sun sets. At night many restaurants, bars and discotheques are beckoning with candlelit tables, culinary treats and the heartily friendliness of the local people.

Cofresi

features an exclusive resort area and very nice beaches. The brand new, $30 million Ocean World is located at this lovely place. This is the world’s first fully interactive ocean park is not about strolling past gigantic aquariums teeming with coral reefs and tropical fish, dolphins and sharks— it’s about actually getting inside the aquarium and swimming with them.

Las Terrenas

is set midway along the peninsula’s remote northern coast, the former fishing village has grown over the past twenty years from backwater to an expat-dominated resort town renowned for its buoyant nightlife.

Punta Cana

The marvellous resort area of Punta Cana is located in the east of the Dominican Republic, a 15-minutes ride from the airport of Punta Cana.

This lovely shoreline is protected by law, making sure that no manmade structure can affect the lush natural beauty of these calm tranquil beaches, which are perfect for water sport lovers, especially for snorkelers and divers. It also features Golf courses that are famous throughout the island.

Total Area: 48,730 sq km
Terrain: Rugged highlands and mountains with fertile valleys
Highest point: Pico Duarte at 3,175m or 9,850ft.
Population: 8,950,034 (July 2005 estimated)
Ethnic groups: white 16%; black 11%; mixed 73%
Religion: 95% Roman Catholic

Expatriates

The island has attracted a very broad spectrum of expatriates using the Dominican Republic as a second home or a permanent residence. Nationalities such as Canadians, Americans, British and Germans have settled in large numbers and the island has developed an international feel.
Working over in the Dominican Republic is quite easy and the attitude towards foreigners working here is quite positive. It may however be easier to set up your own business than to try to adapt to the Dominican way of business, especially if you don’t speak Spanish.

Lawyers

Recommended Lawyers

Guido Perdomo
Pedro Clisante #73
Plaza Perdomo
Sosúa
Tel: (809) 571 1950 Fax: (809) 571 2766
E-mail: guido.perdomo@verizon.net.do

Yanilda de la Cruz
Pedro Clisante #24
Plaza Perdomo
Sosúa
Puerto Plata
Tel: (809) 571 1105 Fax: (809) 571 1106
E-mail: d.cruz@verizon.net.do

Medical

In the Cabarete and Sosúa area, the Servi-Med centre can help with emergency medical assistance and is available 24hrs a day. In the Puerto Plata area, there is a well-equipped private clinic called “The Bournigal” which has an excellent reputation and is used by most ex pats and tour operators.

Emergency Contact Details

Sosúa / Cabarete
Servi-Med,
Sosúa
TEL: (809) 571-2903

Puerto Plata
Centro Medico Bournigal
Tel: (809) 586-2342
Fax: (809) 586-6104
Email: info@bournigal-hospital.com

Schools

Schools in the Dominican Republic range from free public schools to private institutions, teaching in English and following a US curriculum.

Public Schools
Spanish is the main language used in public schools. Resources are poor and generally fail to meet the needs of the large school-age population. Many charities supplement the state-financed schools. Children aged 7 to 14 years are required to attend, and almost every large community has elementary and secondary schools.

Private Schools
Classes in private schools in the Dominican Republic are normally taught in English but they are bilingual and are usually attended by children of many nationalities. Students should meet a certain level of English fluency for entrance. Tuition fees vary considerably. In general, the maximum probably is $7,000US per academic year also depending on the age of the child. There may be additional charges for school lunches, uniforms, schoolbooks, and materials.

Schools that are accredited by the Dominican Ministry of Education offer certificates that are valid for entrance to Dominican, European and U.S. universities. However, those planning to undertake higher education in the U.S. may wish to attend a school that has been accredited by the U.S. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Those interested in studying in Europe should consider a school where the International Baccalaureate curriculum is used.

Weather

The weather in the Dominican Republic remains tropical year round, with slight variations dividing it into basically two seasons, summer and winter. Being in a tropical zone brings humidity, but by the shoreline the sea breezes tend to make it feel less hot and more comfortable.
The Dominican Republic enjoys a year round tropical maritime climate.
There is little difference between winter and summer temperatures with July averaging at 82ºF (28ºC) and January at 76ºF (23ºC).

The months of May to November are regarded as the rainy season. The hurricane season lasts from June through November, with August-September being the peak months.

Cool Season

From November to April, with what is considered pleasantly warm weather, relatively low humidity and low precipitation. The temperature hovers fairly constantly around 27°C (80°F) during the day and drops to around a comfortable 20°C (68°F) at night. November and December are the months to expect rain and it can be heavy although brief. Sometimes a welcome relief from the tropical sun!

Hot season

This is approximately from May to October. Average temperatures rise to 31°C (87°F) during the daytime and drop to about 22°C (72°F) at night. At the height of summer, expect the temperature to rise above 30°C (90°-100°F) There is high humidity, which means there is more chance of rain from May to August, but usually the tropical showers are overnight.
The Caribbean hurricane season lasts from June to end November. August and September are the months when most hurricanes have hit and these affect the south and east coast primarily. In the rare instance when a hurricane passes directly over the island, because the north coast is sheltered by two mountain ranges, it is usually downgraded to a tropical storm, only resuming hurricane strength when it reaches the open seas.