Spending Easter in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

PPA vacation in beautiful Puerto Plata is always a wonderful experience. However, vacationing in Puerto Plata during Easter is simply heavenly! Gathering your loved ones and heading to Puerto Plata during Easter is a vacation that cannot be missed! Easter is a celebratory time for Dominicans both at home and abroad and you will want to be a part of celebrating this holy holiday in Puerto Plata.

Most often referred to as Holy Week, Easter is one of the more crowded holidays occurring throughout the year. Vacationers from around the world flock to gorgeous Puerto Plata in religious jubilation and to experience the exciting atmosphere and festivities.

You may be surprised to find out that a few things change during Easter in Puerto Plata. First, alcohol is not served in bars or restaurants beginning on Good Friday through Easter Sunday. Second, the beaches come alive with large numbers of people, locals and tourists alike. Due to the fact that Easter is a holiday and vacation time for locals as well, you will have the opportunity to rub shoulders with the warm and welcoming Puerto Platenos. Third, for safety reasons, motorized water sports are also halted during this holiday period. With so many people in the water and on the beaches, the city of Puerto Plata finds that it is too dangerous to have vehicles such as jet skis propelling through the waters.

PP2During Easter, many Dominican residents are on vacation so this is prime time to settle in and make a few new friends. Locals are happy and lively when at rest, so if you have any questions about this fantastic city, don’t be shy and start up a conversation. Find out what makes the people that call Puerto Plata home love their city so very much. Inquire about their favorite restaurants and activities. The information you will receive is priceless and the friendships you make could potentially last forever.

International travelers flock to Puerto Plata to relax and rejuvenate while also paying religious observance. We are hoping you booked your accommodations early since most villas and hotels are booked far in advance and usually booked at 100% capacity during Holy Week. Puerto Plata is one place where everyone wants to vacation, so keep this in mind when considering Puerto Plata as your Easter vacation destination next year.

Puerto Plata’s weather during Easter is picture perfect; being out and about should be at the top of your list so make sure to plan an excursion or two during your Easter holiday. There are so many excursions to choose from, all equally as beautiful and exciting as the next.

Easter is a very special holiday in Puerto Plata and wonderful when spending it with the ones you love. Take Easter to the next level and spend it vacationing in Puerto Plata; there is a good chance that it will be your best Easter ever!

3 Delicious Dominican Recipes To Try in Your Kitchen

Its really not that difficult to master a few traditional Dominican dishes, as the main and most important ingredients in all Dominican recipes are a little bit of time and a lot of love. Why not try to replicate a few of the delicious Dominican dishes in your own home? Since there are so many recipes to choose from and you are just getting started, we will provide you with our three favorite Dominican recipes. You can start with one, but if you are feeling brave, try all three!

Because Dominican food consists of various ethnic backgrounds such as Taino, African, Spanish and Middle Eastern, a variety of spices, vegetables and meats contribute to the creation of these mouth-watering dishes. The Dominican Republic is a true melting pot of flavor providing Dominican food with its edge.

Let’s first begin with Bandera. Its proper name is La Bandera Dominicana, commonly known as the Dominican Flag. This is by far one of the most popular dishes created in the Dominican Republic, because it’s so easily tailored to accommodate just about anyone’s tastes and is widely known as a comfort food! An accompaniment to most dishes is rice and beans, but Bandera is cooked differently than one might think. The rice is cooked to specification and is always on the crispy side. The beans are cooked with salt, garlic and oregano and you can add anything your heart desires to enhance the flavor, such as onions, peppers, tomatoes or plantains. The heart of the dish is the meat. Of course, most commonly used is chicken, but you can substitute beef, goat or even pork. Keep in mind that the key to cooking the meat is to stew it. You must stew it and you must use tomatoes and onions to do this. Caramelize sugar, sear the meat and simmer. Simmer for hours! This is a dish you can leave on the stovetop while you go about your business in your home, checking on it throughout the day. It is an easy and delicious dish that is guaranteed to fill your need for a delectable Dominican meal.

Ingredients (Beef Marinade):

2 garlic cloves
1/2 red onion
A handful of parsley
1 lb beef top round steak
Dry oregano
Pepper
Adobo seasoning
Worcestershire sauce

Preparation:

Wash the beef and place it in a large bowl.  Add the chopped garlic, onions and parsley. Add about a teaspoon of ground pepper.  Season with a few sprinkles of adobo powder… about 1/2 tablespoon.  Add 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce and mix well.  Cover and place in refrigerator for at least 2 hours. After refrigeration, heat up a skillet on medium-high heat and add the steaks. Turn them so they cook on both sides and cover them. After 10 minutes the meat should be mostly cooked. Remove the steaks and place them on a plate.

Ingredients (Beans):

1 tsp of canola or vegetable oil
1 cup of chicken stock
1 large can of red beans
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
Adobo seasoning powder
Dry oregano
1 stalk of celery, chopped
1/4 red onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves
Apple cider vinegar
Parsley

Preparation:

Chop up the onion and celery in chunks. Peel the garlic but leave whole and tie up the parsley into a knot.  Heat up the oil and add the onions, garlic and celery until the onion starts getting brown.  Add the beans and the parsley.  Next, add 1/2 tbs of dry oregano and about 1/2 tbs of Adobo.  Mix that well and add the tomato paste.  Add one cup of chicken stock.  If you are vegetarian, add vegetable stock or water.  If adding water just make sure to add a little bit more Adobo to taste. Mix well until the tomato paste is mostly dissolved. Cook covered on medium-low heat. Once they are boiling add a splash of vinegar. Mix the vinegar in and lower the heat once they start boiling so they don’t burn. Add a tablespoon of tomato paste to the skillet where the steaks were cooking (do not throw away the juices the steak gave out).  Add a cup of water or chicken stock and dissolve the tomato paste as much as you can.  Add the steaks to the skillet and cover.  Cook on low heat for 10 minutes. While the beans and the beef cook, heat up some oil on a skillet and fry a few slices of yellow plantains.  Fry a yellow (maduro) plantain in canola oil and serve them with the bandera.

Sancocho, what a superbly tasting stew! It’s a big meal, so make sure to invite all of your friends and family over to enjoy this hearty dish. Sancocho is made from all manners of meat with a sour orange flair. You can use whatever meats are readily available to you as traditional Dominican stew consists of beef, chicken, pork, pork chops, pork bones, sausage and goat. If possible, soak or marinate your meat overnight with spices and orange juice first. Combine onions, peppers (green and red), hot peppers, lime, salt, pepper, oregano, potatoes, corn, green bananas, (in various amounts) and let it simmer. Once you have cooked your meat, add it to your vegetables. This all takes some time and patience but its well worth it, and will soon become second nature.

Ingredients:

1 (10-ounce) package Dominican longaniza sausage (optional)
3 quarts plus 1 1/2 cups water, divided
3 quarts plus 1 1/2 cups water, divided
1/4 pound bacon (4 slices), cut into 1-inch pieces
1 (1-pound) beef shank (1 1/2 inches thick)
1 pound boneless pork shoulder, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
4 chicken thighs with skin and bone
1 large onion, chopped
1 Cubanelle or other mild frying pepper, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped garlic (4 to 5 cloves)
1/2 cup chopped cilantro stems (from 2 bunches)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 pound unripe (green) plantains
1 pound yuca
1 pound ñame
1 pound white yautía
1 pound calabaza (Caribbean pumpkin; often sold in large wedges) or butternut squash
2 ears corn, cut into 1 1/2-inch rounds
6 tablespoons fresh Seville orange juice (or 3 tbl of regular fresh orange juice and 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Accompaniments: white rice; hot sauce; sliced avocado
Garnish: chopped cilantro

Preparation:

Cook longaniza (if using) with 1/2 cup water in a 12-inch heavy skillet, covered, over medium heat, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides and water has evaporated, about 10 minutes. Cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces, then transfer to an 8-quart pot. Cook bacon in skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, then transfer to pot with a slotted spoon, reserving fat in skillet. Meanwhile, cut meat from beef shank into 1 1/2-inch pieces, reserving bone. Pat beef, pork, and chicken dry, putting them in separate bowls. Toss meat in each bowl with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Heat fat in skillet over medium-high heat until hot, then add beef and bone in 1 layer and brown, turning occasionally, about 7 minutes. Transfer to pot with slotted spoon. Brown pork and chicken in separate batches in same manner, transferring to pot. Add onion, peppers, garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon salt to skillet and sauté until softened. Add 1 cup water and boil, stirring and scraping up brown bits, 1 minute. Transfer vegetable mixture to pot. Add cilantro stems, oregano, 2 teaspoons salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and remaining 3 quarts water to pot and bring to a boil. Skim off any foam, then simmer, partially covered, stirring occasionally, until meat is tender, about 1 1/2 hours. While meat simmers, cut ends from plantains with a sharp small knife, then cut a lengthwise slit through peel. Beginning at slit, pry off peel, then cut plantains crosswise into 1-inch-thick pieces. Trim ends from yuca and cut crosswise into 2-inch pieces, then peel, removing waxy brown skin and pinkish layer underneath. Quarter lengthwise and cut out coarse center fiber. Peel ñame and yautía, then cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces and keep in a bowl of cold water. Seed and peel calabaza, then cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces. Add plantain and yuca to tender meat in pot and simmer, partially covered, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes. Drain ñame and yautía and add to pot along with calabaza, then simmer, partially covered, stirring occasionally, 20 minutes. Remove and discard beef and chicken bones. Add corn and simmer, partially covered, stirring occasionally, until corn is tender and all root vegetables are very tender (yuca should be translucent), 10 to 15 minutes. Sancocho broth should be slightly thickened from root vegetables; thin with additional water if necessary. Stir in juice and reheat, then season with salt and pepper.

Last but certainly not least, try your hand at Boniato fries. Boniato fries are a white sweet potato side dish and it is amazingly simple to create. Boniato fries can be paired with anything. This yummy side dish is extremely popular in the Dominican Republic and can be found everywhere. Remember, it is made from the white sweet potato, not the popular orange or any other color potato. First, you must wash and peel the sweet potato, followed by slicing it into thin slices. Use a mandarin, it makes cutting that much easier and faster. Fry these cute little slices in hot, hot oil until both sides are slightly brown. When they’re done, simply remove each slice, place them onto paper towels, and salt. You can literally use any seasoning under the sun; just make sure to do it while the Boniato fries are still hot. Now eat, enjoy and repeat. It’s that easy! 

Ingredients:

Boniatos (batatas)
Oil
Salt

Preparation:

Wash and peel the boniatos. Cut into round slices. Fry in abundant hot oil and turn once until lightly browned on both sides and fully cooked inside. Drain excess oil on paper towel or wire mesh and season with salt to taste.

Dominican food is both fun and easy to make, and most of the delicious dishes don’t take much time at all. Remember, Dominican recipes are just like the country they come from, beautiful, fun and flavorful.

Sources:

http://www.kristinschell.com/la-bandera-a-traditional-dish-from-the-dominican-republic/
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/dominican-sancocho-239991
http://mariscakesenglish.blogspot.com/2013/02/batatas-fritas-fried-boniato.html

Things To Do: Puerto Plata Jeep Safari

If you’ve ever been off-roading, you know the fun, excitement and adrenaline rush that comes from it. If you’ve never been, you have to go when vacationing in Puerto Plata! A jeep safari excursion in Puerto Plata is by far one of the best you will ever find.

A Puerto Plata Jeep Safari is an excursion that will last the entire day, and you are guaranteed to love every second of it. This well-known and loved safari is not only packed full of fun, but history too. The amount of information that you will absorb will amaze you. Tour guides share all you could ever want to know about the Dominican Republic while off-roading through beautiful Puerto Plata. These Dominican history experts and guides will be able to answer all of your questions and share a little bit about a day in their lives with you as well. There’s a good possibility that you may tour through one of your guide’s villages.

Jeep safaris take you through several small villages over the course of the day. The safari will allow you a close up glimpse of how hard working Dominicans go about their day. Likely, you’ll make some stops into local stores or shops to check out the goods as well. You’ll see a school or two, possibly a fruit plantation and miles and miles of sugarcane and coffee fields. What a highly insightful tour!

There are several Jeep Safari tours, and no matter the touring company that you choose, excursion goers are ensured a great time. Lunch and rest periods are included, allowing you to take in the beautiful Puerto Plata surroundings. During your lunch, authentic Dominican dishes are served and it’s a fabulous way to experience and nosh on several different types of local cuisine. Downtime can include watching locally performed dances and swimming while you rest your weary bones. You may end up in a museum, cigar factory or even a sugarcane factory as part of your Jeep Safari tour. This is the tour that shares Dominican life with you through past, present and possibly future economic development.

One thing that we think you’ll be most intrigued with is that in such a small amount of time, you ride through a mountainous region, a jungle region and on a beach. The fact that you will be able to experience such a fun and exciting tour all in one day makes for a magnificent time.

5 Amazing Family Adventures in Puerto Plata

Family vacations are what memories are made of. Everyone wants to relax and kick back while spending quality time together. A family vacation in Puerto Plata is phenomenal all in itself, but spending a family vacation venturing out of your comfort zone and having a blast while in Puerto Plata is priceless. It’s important to keep in mind that you are creating memories with your loved ones and bonding and enjoying one another. Don’t forget to have fun! Numerous family adventures await you, so it’s time to gather everyone together and head to Puerto Plata!

The first adventure we are pleased to suggest for you is an all-day rafting trip. The Jarabacoa rafting trip takes you down the longest river in the Dominican Republic, the Yaque del Norte River, for a one-day adventure. It is absolutely exhilarating as you raft down class 3 rapids, experiencing the waves splashing over you as you wind through the river’s curves and bends. Depending on the size of your family, all may fit into one raft. You will be served a delicious Dominican lunch, offered the option of swimming, cliff diving, and land exploration. Take this trip together as a family and enjoy the day making new memories.

The next family adventure that must be experienced is the Damajaqua Cascades. This 27 waterfalls adventure provides everything you need; tranquility, great exercise and adrenaline-charged jumps into cool waters that ease your weary bones. You will find yourselves relying on each other to make it to all 27 waterfalls in one day. It may seem overwhelming but it’s not, it’s just great fun and absolutely beautiful. Put your hiking shoes on and wear something light that you don’t mind getting wet. Climbing, hiking and cliff jumping are the flavor of the day while at Damajaqua Cascades. It’s a spectacular and breathtaking adventure for your entire family and a great day to be had by all!

If your family loves sea life, Ocean World needs to be at the top of your list. Swimming with dolphins, sharks and stingrays are an adventure all on their own. Each family member will have the opportunity to actually swim alongside dolphins, feed them, pet them and even cover them with kisses. The same goes for swimming with sharks and stingrays. Everyone can swim alongside them, pet them and feed them. Yes, we said sharks! Of course, it’s totally up to you if you want to kiss them. This adventure is exciting for everyone, so plan to be amazed.

If your family is seeking an adventure that doesn’t entail a lot of footwork, we suggest that you gather your crew and head on over to the Monster Truck Safari Adventure. Spend the day perched high above the ground in a truck that will take you everywhere you could ever want to visit in Puerto Plata. You’ll see and learn about the Dominican culture and people, while taking in the beautiful, unscathed landscape of this wonderful country. What you won’t see or hear is busy streets, honking horns or tourists running around. You’ll be able to truly experience living and working in the Dominican Republic.

One of our favorite and most exciting adventures is the ATV tour adventure. Each family member will have their own ATV (depending on age) so you are in charge of your own fun, yet still experiencing it together as a family. You will ride with individual freedom while seeing and exploring gorgeous Puerto Plata. Our favorite part of the adventure is the fact that you get to drive on the beautiful beaches. This mind-blowing adventure is an incredibly fun time, and will provide your family with conversations for years to come.

One of the many beauties of Puerto Plata is that you can be as active as you choose, so take full advantage of the family adventures this fantastic and exciting city has to offer. Puerto Plata provides beaches, mountainous regions and a jungle to fulfill the crazy adventurous side in all of you.

Taking a Freestyle Catamaran Tour Along the North Coast

A luxury boat, snorkeling, beautiful views, lunch, and drinks. Does this sound good to you? It sounds perfect and it is all available to you and yours when you choose to take a freestyle catamaran tour along the north coast of the Dominican Republic. This luxurious boat excursion allows you the opportunity to sit back, relax and enjoy. It is by far one of the best excursions in beautiful Puerto Plata.

The sun is always shining in Puerto Plata. Therefore, set sail along the shores of the north coast while viewing the beautiful coastline and taking in the gorgeous surroundings. The warm and calm water will surround you while the gentle breeze blows atop your skin, cooling you down on a hot Puerto Plata day.

This day-long catamaran cruise will allow you to let your hair down and appreciate all of the many amenities offered. You won’t have to lift a finger, as there will be a Dominican based buffet lunch served, alongside cocktails of your choice. Keep in mind; you may want to hold off on the cocktails until after you’ve had the chance to snorkel. While on this amazing catamaran cruise, you have the ability to snorkel and enjoy the inviting warm waters and many tropical fish in this beautiful country’s deep blue sea. You are guaranteed to come face to face with a multitude of colorful, tropical fish along with the perfect, sacred coral reef to gape at in amazement.

The catamaran’s crew is friendly and accommodating to everyone’s needs. They also can be quite entertaining at times when they showcase their dance moves, dancing and moving to the lively Caribbean music pumping out of the boat’s many speakers.

At several points along the way, this luxurious catamaran makes several island stops to allow you the enjoyment of the beautiful blue waters, should you have taken to the sun deck earlier in the trip. Whatever your flavor may be, snorkeling, sunning or floating in the ocean, it is all at your fingertips.

A Day Trip to Santiago, Dominican Republic

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic is packed full of exciting adventures, fun activities, rich history, delicious restaurants and beautiful beaches

However, if you are yearning for a day trip, Santiago, Dominican Republic is a choice that will not dissapoint.

Santiago

Puerto Plata GAMECHANGERS: José Manuel Cobles

Inside Puerto Plata’s series on “Puerto Plata GAMECHANGERSwill highlight and give well-deserved praise to amazing individuals, past and present, who have had a tremendous impact on Puerto Plata and its surrounding areas. We will be featuring both revered and controversial figures and look forward to stimulating dialogue from you, our readers!

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Our series on key figures in Puerto Plata’s history begins with a tribute to the venerable José Cobles! Born in 1923, José Cobles is affectionately and appropriately nicknamed ‘Puerto Plata’ after his birthplace. Influenced as a child by relatives who were musicians, Puerto Plata was always drawn to the music and rhythms of his homeland. However, it wasn’t until 1947 at the age of 24, that he was able to purchase his first guitar. It was during his early 20s while living in Santiago, Dominican Republic that he attained his beloved nickname.

Puerto Plata’s sound was an eclectic mix of bolero, guitar merengue, and Dominican son and for many years he performed in the underground music scene in Santiago, playing primarily in cabarets and brothels. This was not entirely by choice; the 30-year dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo enforced merengue as the national music of the Dominican Republic. The merengue of Trujillo’s reign was primarily played with the accordion and other string instruments rather than the guitar typically used in ‘country’ merengue. Since Puerto Plata’s style of music was suppressed by the dictatorship, recordings of guitar music were not allowed, thereby forcing musicians of the time to make their living in other trades. Puerto Plata worked as a carpenter and despite the imposed musical suppression he continued to master his craft.

With the assassination of Rafael Trujillo, the early 1960s brought well-needed change in the cultural climate of the Dominican Republic. Although not fully embraced immediately, guitar music slowly began to regain its popularity within the country.

Puerto Plata the GAMECHANGER

The music of Puerto Plata and other musicians who played during his earlier years was eventually given an official name. Now known as bachata, a very popular form of Latin American music enjoyed by millions to this very day, Puerto Plata is considered a pioneer and a living legend of this musical genre.

What is even more exemplary: Puerto Plata released his first recorded album in 2007 at the wonderful age of 83. Entitled “Mujer de Cabaret”, his debut album is reminiscent of a stifled time in Dominican cultural history. Composed during the Trujillo years and released in 2009, the classical love songs in Puerto Plata’s second album, “Casita de Campo”, are a compilation of beautiful, romantic lyrics and lively dance tunes.

José ‘Puerto Plata’ Cobles’ talent and resilience cannot be mistaken. Both of his internationally acclaimed albums are testimonies to his craft and now, at 92 years of age, Puerto Plata continues to play his beloved guitar and gift us with his music.

Travel Tips for Multigenerational Vacations to Puerto Plata

Whether it’s the first generation or the second generation that plans your exciting vacation, the time you will spend together is priceless. You may not know it yet but you are creating memories that will be cherished for many years to come. Exploring, experiencing, and relaxing together in Puerto Plata will help your family to bond while growing even closer.

Gather your loved ones and plan the vacation together. Depending on the ages of your family members, you will want everyone’s input on the vacation destination, planned activities and excursions, and even the travel details. Accommodating each family member’s special request may prove challenging, but if each family member is able to pick at least one activity, you will be looking forward to a very successful and enjoyable vacation.

Choose an accommodation that will suit your entire family. Choosing to stay in a villa is both a smart and wonderful choice, as you will have the opportunity to stay together in a luxury setting, ranging in size from 3 – 7 bedrooms; that’s a whopping 14 family members a villa can accommodate. If your family is like most, everyone will be more than happy having their own bedroom. Don’t forget the many luxury villa perks, such as a private pool, private chef and the fact that the entire family can relax together under one roof, while sharing meals together, cooking together and making memories together.

Plan your activities to fit everyone’s requirements. If you have older parents or young children, hiking and climbing may not be at the top of your list of choice activities. Not to worry, Puerto Plata offers a variety of activities to suit every age and ability. A trip to Ocean World Adventure Park is perfect for all, especially families with children. The famous Puerto Plata Cable Car Tours will accommodate all ages, and is a breathtaking experience you and your family will not soon forget. Puerto Plata beaches are both beautiful and numerous, so why not spend a day relaxing on the gorgeous white Dominican sand you hear so much about? Remember, there are activities and excursions that will accommodate every age and ability, guaranteeing a great time to be had by all.

Remember to take time for yourself. Whether its solely you or maybe you and your significant other, it is important to take a little time away from everyone to create private memories while in beautiful Puerto Plata. If you have young children, ask their grandparents, aunt or uncle to babysit for the night, while you and your love sip champagne at the fabulous PURE nightclub. If a day outing is more appealing, the many romantic and wonderful restaurants, such as Mares Restaurant & Pool Lounge, can’t be missed! Wherever the destination may be, its imperative you take a few hours for just yourself or the two of you.

Take as many pictures as possible. We are warning you now; you will want to have the beautiful and exciting memories you experience in Puerto Plata captured on film or video. Because busy schedules often prevail, you may not find the time to take as many of these multigenerational vacations as you would like. Therefore, use this time together wisely and document, document, document! Time flies and memories fade but you will always have your heartwarming pictures and videos to return to over and over again.

Three or more generations of family members don’t often find the time to travel together. Follow these simple yet important tips and you are guaranteed a wonderful vacation, and to make memories that will last a lifetime!

The Great Appeal of Presidente Beer

Presidente is the choice beer of millions; it’s the number one seller in the Dominican Republic and is a symbol of national pride. Presidente is a pale lager that tastes great any time, but especially sitting on a beach overlooking the ocean on a hot day. Of course, that is if you’re of legal drinking age.

Here’s a little bit of history on this magnificent tasting beer. Presidente was created by a group of men who partnered together with the vision of creating a great beer. This partnership, the Cerverceria Nacional Dominicana (CND) decided on naming the beer “Presidente” and it was introduced to the Dominican Republic in 1935 during Rafael Leonidas Trujillo’s presidency. Unfortunately their first run, which was a darker beer, didn’t turn into the success that they hoped it would become so they gave it a second go around. It took many years but this dedicated group of gentlemen founded the recipe that made Presidente the beer it is today. The final result is a pilsner beer, a pale lager, and is Presidente’s formula for a successful company and a thirst quenching beer enjoyed on an international level.

Presidente went from being produced in one brewery to several breweries throughout the Dominican Republic. Its popularity has grown exponentially. Presidente is so popular that it is exported to over fifteen countries around the world and has become the official beer for several sporting arenas in the United States.

There are many reasons for the great appeal of Presidente. First, this beer stands for quality and pride in the Dominican Republic. For over thirty years, Dominicans poured their heart and soul into developing a beer with great flavor and one that others want to drink. Dominicans living outside of the Dominican Republic can reach for a Presidente beer and still feel connected to their homeland and their heritage.

Second, Presidente is produced from top quality raw materials that provide this pale lager with maximum flavor. The best malted barley, refined corn, sugar (also home grown in the Dominican Republic) and hops found in the Dominican Republic all factor into making Presidente a number one beer. Its fullness and pilsner taste are 5% alcohol by volume.

Third, Presidente is a beer that stands the test of time. People young and old still choose this beer as their number one. Whether you call it quality or branding, Presidente meets people’s expectations. If you’ve never had the opportunity to experience crisp and refreshing Presidente beer, you have missed out on one of the best beers the world has to offer. Sit back, relax and open a cold one; you won’t be disappointed.

Specialty Shops in Downtown Puerto Plata

If you are anything like us, you love to shop wherever the destination may be. When traveling, one often looks forward to bringing home items for those who weren’t able to experience the wonderful vacation they did. Many times travelers will want to bring home memories of the place they have grown so fond of to remember it well and to keep a piece of the vacation close to their heart. Therefore, if souvenirs or trinkets are your flavor of indulgence, then you must make your way to downtown Puerto Plata to pick up specialty items that you wouldn’t find easily anywhere else in the world.

If you are traveling with your husband, wife, boyfriend or girlfriend, you must visit Fifi Jewelry and Cigars! This is the perfect store for couples. Men love the cigar area of the store and women love the jewelry area. Whatever the case may be, there’s something at Fifi Jewelry and Cigars for everyone. You will find Monseñor de Puerto Plata hand rolled cigars, which are carefully rolled by a seasoned and Davidoff certified employee. It’s possible to see some cigars being rolled while visiting the store, so make sure to bring your camera. Not only does Fifi Jewelry and Cigars offer Monseñor de Puerto Plata cigars, but many other well known and desired brands as well, all of which are sold at very reasonable prices. For the jewelry lovers, men and women alike enjoy browsing both the amber and larimar, along with the beautiful gold and silver jewelry. Necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings fill the cases making it easy for you to browse and pick out several items you cannot leave the store without.

While you are downtown, do not pass by Estrella Avenida without stopping in to browse. The leather goods in this store are absolutely beautiful. Soft and supple leather is transformed into handbags, wallets, travel bags and so much more. Because the leather goods are made by people and not machines, the quality is extremely high. Local craftsmen are detailed and take their time with the leather, leaving it rich in color and sewn together precisely and securely. What you’ll find at Estrella Avenida is quality workmanship of leather goods in styles that are suitable to just about everyone under the sun. Not only are you getting a one of a kind leather good, but you are also supporting a small local business.

Harrison’s Fine Caribbean Jewelers is another jeweler in downtown Puerto Plata that requires a “must stop to shop” attitude. At Harrison’s, shoppers find exquisite pieces of jewelry at great prices. The owner and founder, Mr. Robert Harrison opened his first shop in the 1980s and has been running a successful business ever since. You can rest assured that after three decades, Mr. Harrison is doing something right. The jewelry that Mr. Harrison’s trained staff creates from gold, silver, precious metals, larimar, amber and black jade will amaze you. These unique pieces will be easily recognized and envied by all. You are guaranteed to fall madly in love with Harrison’s and will make it one of your first stops on your return visit to Puerto Plata as well.

Although Casa Nelson is Puerto Plata’s main department store, you can’t leave this beautiful city without having a peek. Casa Nelson has a well-kept secret and we are going to share it with you. This local department store offers a large shoe department with as many deals as they have shoes. You will never be able to pass up this store again once you’ve seen it in all its glory. For the shoe lovers among us, Casa Nelson is the place to go!