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  • MARISOL M
    Miami, FL46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Totally recommended to make this visit. The views are impressive and the park up on the mountain is out of this world. incredible fauna and flora.
    Written May 13, 2024
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  • rick00001967
    Ontario, Canada858 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    i will say right away that horseback riding is not my preferred cup of tea. haha it is the wife that loves these animals. that said, we traveled here for our anniversary and her birthday so how could i say no.
    we used this ranch many years ago when staying in the playa dorada complex. it was fun then and it was fun again.
    they are very close by the complex so transport back and forth is quick and easy. we went in slow season so we were the only 2 riders which was nice.
    the business has changed hands recently and the latest owner has apparently made some changes. they have some new animals and some update equipment.
    the horses seem to be in very good condition and well cared for. so did the many friendly dogs that share the ranch.
    both Angel and Alex have been here for many years and are great staff.
    our booking agent originally had us booked with another operator in sosua. we were not too happy about having to travel that far back and forth so we were very happy when they changed at the last minute. we did not ask why.
    pick up was on time. the pace was very leisurely. we had a beautifully scenic ride into the hills. some spots offered a great ocean view with a cool breeze while others were sunny and hot.
    there is a stop along the way (thank god haha) to rest the horses (and the riders) where you can have a water or soft drink. beer is avail for purchase along some gifts if you like.
    helmets are mandatory. closed toed shoes are always a good idea but if you only have sandals make sure they are secured strapped sandals and not loose flip flops.
    this is a great way to see the countryside and much quieter than the buggies or atv's.
    if you are considering riding as part of your vacation then choosing Lorilar is the right way to go.
    Written August 25, 2019
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  • nzmommy
    Tallahassee, FL212 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We visited Mount Isabel de Torres as part of a cruiseline excursion, so we took a small bus from Puerto Plata up to the top. It was foggy and drizzled rain for half the time we were in the park but that didn't dampen our enthusiasm for the beautiful flowers and plants along the paths in this well-kept park. We were able to catch a glimpse of the town from where the cable cars usually disembark, and the fog lifted enough for us to snap a picture of the Christ statue.

    There are several paths to walk which when it is wet can be a little bit treacherous, but they do have handrails and steps to assist.
    Written April 23, 2024
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  • pixieduststar
    Birmingham, UK691 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place right on the port. Free entry and plenty of beach chairs and cabanas. Lazy river is great, some low parts so pay attention but great. Drinks people are saying are pricey but I found them on par to the ship and with free amenities why not. Great day one of the best! Shows too we're not overly pricey cheaper than Nassau!
    Written June 9, 2024
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  • pandou
    Montreal, Canada84 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    nice beach with restaurants close to the beach . on weekend it is fairly busy and bursting with music and activities . The sea was agitated but we had a sunny stay
    Written May 20, 2024
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  • Sightseer779040
    485 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a Carnival Corporation owned gated area. Only Carnival, Princess, and Holland America ships dock here. There can be up to 2 ships at a time. The area that is cruise owned is right there with the pool area and the shops. Beyond the gates is the rest of the Dominican and taxi’s to Puerto Plata which would be the main city there. If you choose to stay in the cruise ship area, to the left is the shopping area. There are many different shops like clothes, chocolate, jewlery, cigars, etc. To the right is the pool area. The pool is large with a lazy river type concept but without the current. The only shade is really under the bridges and those areas get taken quickly. The pool is nice and refreshing. They also play music and do some pool party vibes. Get there early if you can to get prime lounge chair seating in the shade and get into a still empty pool. Once both cruise ships have more people getting off, most of the loungers get taken (and there are a lot) and the pool becomes people soup. There is also a splash pad area for the kiddos. There is a swim up bar which is cool but has outrageous prices. They also serve food at the restaurant with outrageous prices also. There is a skyview bar that you can walk up to for some good views and drinks as well. There are two waterslides that cost $5 for unlimited rides all day. The lines were long. There is also a zipline that literally goes over the pool for $45/person or something and lasts like 30 seconds. Also you could rent umbrellas for your pool chairs somewhere in the neighborhood of $30. It was cool to walk around and see the forested beauty of the domincan (from what you can see there) and it was cool to check out the shops. But I think next time if you aren’t taking an excursion then you are better off just staying on the ship and having a relaxing empty pool day on the ship.
    Written June 6, 2024
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  • pandou
    Montreal, Canada84 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The fort was not open on a monday but the bay view is excellent. The sea had big waves and I admire the people back then who lived there
    Written May 20, 2024
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  • cenzt
    Iowa18,256 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Average trip. We arrived at approximately 11 am and made our way towards the entrance of the museum. After buying our admission tickets, we waited in the lobby for the next tour to start. The tour guide started promptly and took us from room to room in the museum, explaining the history and importance of amber in the Dominican Republic. There were multiple artifacts related to amber out for display, along with several informational plaques, detailing what we were seeing in front of us. Towards the end of the tour, we received a demonstration on how to roll cigars. There was a gift shop with various amber and tobacco products located in the last section of the building, however the items were quite pricey and we ended up not buying anything.

    Tip: I recommend spending 45 minutes here if you truly want to see everything.
    Written June 11, 2024
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  • melissa b
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My husband and I would definitely go back. The staff was wonderful and made us feel welcome. There were so many different pieces of jewelry to purchase and each one was unique.
    Written April 13, 2024
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  • Allen B
    Muskegon, MI1,202 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views! There just wasn't enough places to sit and enjoy the beauty and relax. And there is a lack of shade.
    Written January 8, 2024
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  • cenzt
    Iowa18,256 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good trip. We arrived at approximately 10:30 am and made our way towards the entrance of the street. There were multiple shops lined up alongside the road, that consisted of different eateries and clothing stores. There were several umbrellas hanging from the wires on the top of the street, which made for some pretty pictures.

    Tip: I recommend spending 5 minutes here if you truly want to see everything.
    Written June 11, 2024
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  • Ben E
    Huntsville1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Was interested in climbing the trail to the top of the mountain and read everything I could find on the topic from others who had been. That helped to prepare me somewhat. Here's my full story in case it helps others!

    Approximate timeline:

    7:30am departed cruise ship, decided to walk to Teleferico instead of getting a cab. I'm cheap and it was a good warmup after being cooped up on the ship. It was 1.5 miles one way.

    8:15am arrived at Teleferico station. Asked where the trailhead was. Everyone kept telling me it was "peligroso" (dangerous) but I'm a very fit trail runner and wanted to ascend myself. Finally I broke down and paid $50 for a guide.

    Note: The trailhead can't be accessed from the Teleferico parking lot like I thought (or at least nobody would tell me... I had no signal to check my GPS and I couldn't even talk someone into simply showing me the trailhead for $10. I have passable Spanish but it was still a no go. I told the guide they got paid at the summit, not at the start.

    My guide spoke about 20 words of English. The other guides at the base seemed to have better English but they also told me that they wouldn't take me up for less than $80. I only brought enough $ for the cable car ride and the $50 bill so I told him I honestly didn't have anything else. Not even a credit card.

    8:45 am start climbing. Rocky trail. Can't get GPS on my watch to connect to track it. Phone has no signal so feeling very reliant on guide at this point.

    9:00 guide breaks off the path and we go straight through the brush for 25-30 minutes. I'm wondering what's up when we finally emerge back on the trail. "shortcut?" It would have been impassable for most people--climbing up/down ravines, using trees to pull up steep areas, etc. Not sure what that was about.

    9:25 Phone starts pinging like crazy because I apparently got high enough for signal to connect.

    930 back on marked trail with red/orange blazes. Steady climb.

    10:10 hit the road portion, the last and steepest part of the climb. See photo. It's serious.

    10:30 finish at the summit. Lots of pictures of scenery, flowers, statue, and cave right before a fog bank rolled in.

    10:45 hitch a ride in the cable car to the bottom station. Pay for my one-way trip upon arrival ($5).

    11:00 walk back to the ship.

    11:30 back on board.

    I would definitely do it again, but if my wife had come along like we originally planned, we could not have taken the "shortcut" through the jungle.

    Was the guide necessary? I could have probably followed the trail 90% solo without a guide, but there were areas where it got hard to follow or wasn't marked very well. I was concerned about getting lost, even briefly, and not being able to get back to the port before ship departure.

    Good shoes are a must.
    I brought a drawstring bag with 16oz water and hydrated well before leaving ship. Morning is cooler.
    Hat and sunglasses.
    Pants--never would have went off trail without them and just smart when in the jungle.
    Written February 20, 2024
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  • cenzt
    Iowa18,256 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good trip. We arrived at approximately 10:45 am and made our way towards the entrance of the church. There were quite a few locals in the front of the church, trying to sell us taxi rides around the city. There was a mass going on during the time that we went, so we paid our respects and stayed for a couple of minutes.

    Tip: I recommend spending 15 minutes here if you truly want to see everything.
    Written June 11, 2024
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  • cenzt
    Iowa18,256 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good trip. We arrived at approximately 10:30 am and made our way towards the entrance of the park. The park was on the smaller side, but did contain a decent amount of space to roam around and enjoy the scenery. The Catedral San Felipe was located directly next to the park, and there were quite a few locals trying to sell various items, along with taxi rides.

    Tip: I recommend spending 15 minutes here if you truly want to see everything.
    Written June 11, 2024
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  • Glenn W
    Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada127 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful beach close to a resort with the warmest water you can imagine. A lot of tourists with many of the tourist necessities close at hand.
    Written June 10, 2019
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