It feels so good to be back home after traveling the past few weeks! As some of you may know every year I make it a point to escape the city and embrace the island life. This year, thanks to a deal my friend & I discovered on Groupon brought us to Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic.
Short flights are my favorite and this one was no different being just 2 hours away from Miami! Although Puerto Plata has their own airport it’s more cost effective & time efficient to fly into Santiago. They feature direct flights however the downside is the little over an hour long shuttle ride to your final destination. Don’t get me wrong it was a great way to see the real parts and beauty of the island but going from cramped plane to cramped bus was no bueno.
See the Sights
D.R. is such a lush and beautiful island with tons of history and Puerto Plata is definitely the city to visit if you love adventure!
Our first stop was to Mt. Isabel del Torres the highest point (793 m to be exact) of Puerto Plata where you board a teleférico (cable car) that zips 2,600 ft. in the air to the top. The breathtaking views of the city erase the fact you’re speeding up a mountain in a cable car filled with 20 people. Be sure to get some photos before the fog rolls in towards the top! Once there, you’ll find botanical bliss, a mini Christ the Redeemer statue, and some interesting architecture. The entire location actually used to serve as a jail in the 16th century!
Next up was the Damajagua Falls (or 27 Waterfalls). Depending on where you book your tour you have the option to explore 7, 12, or all 27 of the waterfalls (Tip: Go early when the water is still clear & with a small group) followed by a tasty Dominican lunch. It’s a moderate hike through the forest to jump, slide, and swim through nature’s water park. Seeing the height of the drop and position of the rocks I wondered why anyone including myself would pay money to risk their life doing this. But after taking the initial plunge, your adrenaline is pumping and the rest are a breeze!
Tip: When visiting any island, go during the week if you want to do a lot of tours/excursions. The tour operators have limited tours available or don’t operate at all over the weekend.
All in all, I can’t wait to go see the other parts of D.R. in the near future! Until next time…
xo Sincerely Shanti
P.S. For more photos, check out my Facebook album here!