Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic and Haiti

After two weeks in Sosua, I spent two weeks in Puerto Plata. Sosua is a bit cramped and crowded. You can’t really go for much of a walk there. It was… just okay.

It’s easy to find lots of healthy food in Sosua. This was my daily breakfast.

Puerto Plata is different in that it has large beaches and it isn’t as crowded. The downside to Puerto Plata is that large hotels and all-inclusive resorts dominate the area. I stayed at Blue Jacktar with some family. It was nice, but there are no grocery stores in the area and the restaurants in and around the resorts charge ridiculous prices for food and drink. Two weeks here for five people was expensive.

I try to bring doormen or gate guards small gifts of food, beer or treats every 3-4 days. Sometimes I even bring boxes of pizzas 🙂

Cabarete, a ways down the coast, isn’t very comfortable either. The beach is great and it’s a party atmosphere, but walking down the strip of the small town is difficult as the sidewalks are narrow and the street is very busy with vehicular traffic.

The D.R. is nice, but not that nice. A short visit is best.

The piña coladas here are fantastic

A highlight of our time in Puerto Plata was a trip to the border with Haiti and crossing over to see what’s there. My family was hesitant to visit Haiti, but it turned out to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for them and they loved it.

The view from our condo at Blue Jacktar. It’s pretty, but management at Blue Jacktar rents it out for extremely loud parties that use professional sound systems. I would avoid Blue Jacktar if you’re looking for peace and quiet.
The beaches in Puerto Plata/Playa Dorada are beautiful
One of my grandsons taking selfies with some school children in Haiti. They found him quite interesting with his blue eyes, blonde hair and light skin. Of course, the fact that he had his own cellphone must have shocked them as well. They followed him everywhere.
Ouanaminthe, Haiti