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Playa Dorada is one of the oldest tourist spots in the Dominican Republic, regularly attracting the biggest number of visitors looking for luxurious all-inclusive holidays. It is located on the northern coast of the country, just about five kilometers away of the town of Puerto Plata. It consists of around dozen large all-inclusive hotel complexes, all sheltered from the outside world, so it is a very nice place for spending safe and relaxing holidays. Shopping, golfing, horseback riding and water sports are some of the activities which you can do here.
The beach in Playa Dorada is fantastic and the views over Playa Dorada bay are splendid. You can spend your entire holiday here without ever leaving the resort, because there is everything you need there. If you want to explore more, this secluded resort has two entrance gates from where you can go outside and see the authentic Dominican way of life. Playa Dorada has a pleasant weather all year long, with average annual temperatures ranging from 25 C to low 30s C.
Playa Dorada has one great white sandy beach that stretches for over three kilometers. It is one of the most popular beaches on the Island due to its crystal-clear shallow waters. Just a little bit further from the beach, you will find some amazing coral reefs that are very attractive for snorkelers. If you want to kick back and relax, there are a few very nice beach bars with great views on the sea.
Besides great beach, Playa Dorada is a home to one fantastic 18-hole championship golf course. There is also a place for riding horses, couple of good casinos and one nice shopping avenue where you will find many shops, boutiques, a few restaurants and even a movie theater. Nearby you will also find the biggest center for go-karts in the Caribbean, consisting of three great racing tracks. You can easily explore Playa Dorada on foot or you can ride carriages that take tourists up and down in the resort.
If you still want to explore and see more, town of Puerto Plata is just five minutes away. There you can check out some interesting buildings and historic places, such as the 16th century fortress or go visit a rum distillery. Cable-car rides to the nearby mountain are also very popular, from where you can enjoy stunning views on the coastline. Besides Puerto Plata there are a few smaller beach resorts close to Playa Dorada worth checking out.
For authentic local experience take a day trip to the town of Sosua where you can see the daily life of ordinary people in Dominican Republic. From Playa Dorada you can also go on countless boat trips and different excursions to many places on the northern coast. Outback jeep safaris are always popular, and adventure seekers can try zip lining. No matter what you look for, Playa Dorada is an ideal place for spending a nice relaxing holiday and a perfect base for exploring the wider region.