Caribbean Tourism

Dominican Republic

Places to Eat – Samaná Peninsula

Going east along the Malecón Típico El Coco. L’Hacienda, T5382383. Grill and bar open from 1200, about US$15 per person. Recommended. Le Café de Paris, pizzeria, good crêperie, cocktails, loud music. La Mata Rosada, T5382388, on the Malecón, opposite the harbour. French-run but lots of languages spoken, popular with ex-pats, not always open, seafood, about...

Places to Eat – Puerto Plata & Playa Dorada

The food is good at all the main hotels; there is every variety of cuisine although you may get bored of buffet meals at the all-inclusives. In the Playa Dorada Shopping Mall is Hemingway’s Café, T3202230. Good food and music, a/c, good service, fun at night and during the day. Los Pinos, international cuisine, T5863222. De Armando, in city centre, near...

Pancho Villa

Paco Cabana, French, very good, nice bar. The restaurant in Hotel Palo Coco is Spanish-run with daily menu for US$5.50 with glass of wine and dessert. Pizzería al Coco, Playa Bonito, next to Mambo disco. Good pizzas, Swiss-run, excellent Swiss food, nice atmosphere, also C bungalows to rent for 1-3 people. By the beach in the grounds of Hotel Las Cayenas,...

Places to Eat - Las Terrenas

Wide range of places to eat & drink, lots of beach restaurants & bars, varied cuisine. Restaurants change hands frequently. Blue Moon, T2230614. Indian food served on banana leaves, reservations required. Blue Paradise, T5710525. Fast food. El Magnífico, T5710968. Gourmet Dominican food, reservations required. La Casa del Pescador, T5710760....

Places to Eat - Cabarete

Wide range of places to eat & drink, lots of beach restaurants & bars, varied cuisine. Restaurants change hands frequently. Blue Moon, T2230614. Indian food served on banana leaves, reservations required. Blue Paradise, T5710525. Fast food. El Magnífico, T5710968. Gourmet Dominican food, reservations required. La Casa del Pescador, T5710760....

Places to Eat – Santiago de Los Caballeros

Pez Dorado, Calle del Sol 43 (Parque Colón), T5822518. Chinese and international, fine tradition of good quality food in generous portions, very popular for Sun lunch. At the upper end of the price range is El Café, Av Texas esq Calle 5, Jardines Metropolitanos. The favourite of businessmen and upper class society Fresh homemade Italian food at Ciao Ciao,...

Places to Eat - Barahona

Brisas del Caribe seafood restaurant at northern end of Malecón, T5242794. Excellent food and service, reasonable prices, pleasant setting, popular at lunchtime. El Curro Steak House, Calle Luperón, opposite cinema, T5243645. Meat and fish specialities, good value, outside sitting area, owner speaks English. La Rocca, next to Caribe Hotel on Malecón. Great...

Places to Eat - San Pedro de Macorís

Robby Mar, Calle Domínguez Charro 35, T5294926 Turn right at round about at entrance to San Pedro when coming from Santo Domingo, continue to bridge, restaurant signed just before bridge. Recommended fresh seafood.

Places to Eat – Boca Chica

L’Horizon is excellent and Buxeda is recommended for seafood, especially centolla (crab). Also recommended is Neptuno’s Club, T5234703, F5234251, east of El Hamaca. Built over water, with pier, good fish watching, swimming rafts, seafood, German-owned, menu is German and English, 0900-2230, closed Mon, reservations essential, now has replica of the Santa...

Places to Eat - Bayahibe

Restaurante La Punta, seafood. Café Caribe, breakfasts and other meals. Adrian café and restaurant. La Bahía, fish dishes, international calls, main street, on the beach. Cafetería Yulissa, good breakfast, recommended. El Oasis, also recommended for breakfast.

Places to Eat – Santo Domingo

Many hotels have ‘bufets ejecutivos’ at lunch time & gourmet restaurants for evening meals. The Asociación Nacional de Hoteles y Restaurantes, Asonahores, T6874676, publishes a guide to the best restaurants in the capital, ‘Guía de Restaurantes’. US$20 and over for main dish Fellini, Roberto Pastoriza 504, esq Winston Churchill, T5405330. Mediterranean...

Food & Drink

Dishes Local dishes include sancocho or salcocho prieto (a type of stew made of six local meats and vegetables, often including plátanos, ñame and yautia), mondongo (a tripe stew), mofongo, ground plátano with garlic and chicharrón de cerdo (pork crackling), usually served with a soup, a side dish of meat and avocado (very filling), chicharrón de pollo is...

Festivals

New Year New Year is celebrated in the capital on Avenida Francisco Alberto Caamaño Deñó (formerly Avenida del Puerto) beside the river. The major bands and orchestras of the country give a free concert which attracts thousands of people. The celebration ends with fireworks and the whole area becomes a huge disco. Virgen de la Altagracia On 21 January the...

Flora & Fauna

The government has adopted six generic categories for environmental protection: areas for scientific research, national parks, natural monuments, sanctuaries, protected areas and wildernesses. They include many lagoons, river estuaries, islands and bays. There are 16 national parks, nine natural monuments and six scientific reserves in the Dominican...

Entertainment – Puerto Plata & Playa Dorada

Casinos There are 4 casinos on the north coast. Jack Tar Village, Occidental Playa Dorada Hotel, Ahmsa Paradise Beach Club and Ahmsa Puerto Plata Beach Resort. Only the last named is in Puerto Plata, the other three are in the Playa Dorada complex. The casinos feature black jack, craps, roulette and poker. There are slot machines but these can be played...