Dominican Republic 2015 -- tourist classics and beyond


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Published: December 6th 2015
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View from the Isable de Torres peak
First time in Dominican Republic.

For an animal lover like me, that's not the best spot, as many animals you found on the continent, (monkeys, anteaters, sloths, macaws, squirrels,etc..), are absent.

But there are some beautiful places and people nonetheless.

Stayed in Sosua. Sea was really rough:



Visited the classics in Puerto Plata: cable car to Isabel de Torres mountain, (great !!),
, Brugal Rhum factory, (good - the rhum and the prices...), amber museum, (a bit worn out), and the San Felipe Fortress, (okay if you never visited one in latin america before).

Went to visit a friend in the mountains in the interior, (San Jose de Las Matas), real beautiful surroundings and less chaotic than coastal cities. AN inviting place!

Visited the Cabarete caves, (small but tour is interesting and well led). See video from nature trail:


Finally, went to Rio San Juan and Gri-Gri lagoon: the lagoon itself has seem better days, but once you arrive at sea, colour of it is incredible!

One boat ride goes into a sea cave:


For 2 days we rented the services of a very nice taxi driver, Ignacio
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Traditional peasant home
Lopez. He even invited us over to his place. Real pleasant moment!



Note: there are a lots of scammers out there. On the road, we were stopped by somebody who discretely threw a rock at us from his car, and then told us we had a loose

piece in our direction, and that we were about to lose a wheel. This was a scam!! Do not follow them.

Be sure too, to agree on price, before doing anything and don't be afraid to bargain.



Overall good.


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One of many anoles lizzards
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Another lizard
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nice crab
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view of Isabel de Torres peak from sosua
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Woodpecker
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Use your head....
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Happy pig
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Motorcycles everywhere
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San Felipe fortress
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Mountain view in San Jose de Las Matas
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Eve and Ana happy reunion!
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Cabarete caves
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Cabarete caves


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