All-Inclusive Four-Star Resort on Puerto Plata's Costa Dorada
Located along an idyllic Caribbean beachfront, the all-inclusive Hotel Be Live Grand Marien complements its surroundings with an onsite casino, a spa, and themed restaurants. Since the resort is all-inclusive, you can enjoy unlimited alcoholic beverages while relaxing under the palm trees at the pool or borrow a sun lounger and use the hotel’s direct access to the Costa Dorada beach. Several other activities await outside the resort as well—you’re less than a 15-minute drive from San Felipe cathedral, shopping at Playa Dorada Plaza, and Fortaleza San Felipe, one of the Americas’ oldest forts, which sits on a cliff above the turquoise-colored Atlantic Ocean.
The resort feels a touch like Las Vegas with its glamorous casino, huge outdoor pools, and mountainous backdrop. Test your luck with games of blackjack and roulette or take advantage of the unlimited drinks by relaxing with a poolside cocktail. The resort also hosts three themed restaurants that serve an international variety of foods, including native Dominican entrees. Resort staff will also organize daily activities (extra fees may apply), from horseback riding along the coastline to diving. And feel free to simply lounge on the beach with a sun lounger and sunshade.
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic: Waterfalls, Beaches, and Centuries-Old Historical Sites
Situated on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic, Puerto Plata is best known for its sun-kissed beaches. But the province has several breathtaking geographical features inland as well. Damajagua is a natural water park of sorts—it features 27 waterfalls flowing from limestone rock formations. Tour guides lead groups through the falls, and you can swim and occasionally slide down the natural water slides.
You can get an aerial view of Puerto Plata and the Caribbean Sea on a teleférico, or cable car. One of them climbs 2,565 feet to the apex of Mount Isabel de Torres, which is crowned with blooming botanical gardens and a replica of Rio de Janeiro's massive Christ the Redeemer statue. It's also worth it to take a scenic drive to Parque Histórico La Isabela, where you'll find the remains of a church as well as ruins of a colonial village where Columbus routinely woke his neighbors by blasting the Santa Maria's foghorn.