Popular disco is Mambo Bar, next to Papagayo, open weekends only, also Tibidabo and Nuevo Mundo.
Cabarete is gaining quite a reputation for its nightlife. Many of the beach restaurants double as bars and are open until after the sun comes up. You can dance the merengue or listen to rock bands.
Some of the hot spots are New Wave Café, Onno’s Bar, Las Brisas and Tiki Bar. Ask any local and they will point you in the direction of the party that night.
La Nuit, in Hotel Matum; El Alcázar, in basement of El Gran Almirante hotel; La Mansión, Autopista Duarte, La Antorcha, 27 Febrero 58; and Las Vegas, Autopista Navarrete Km 9. All modern. Champion Palace is a huge disco for 2,000 people, open daily.
A multiscreen cinema was being built on Av Juan Paul Duarte in 2000.
There are numerous quaint bars for couples on Calle Duarte. In the same area is plenty of variety for unattached males, but beware of pickpockets; otherwise safe.
Jubilee in Hotel Jaragua, Dominican music. Disco Piano in Hotel El Napolitano. Eclipse, Av Venezuela 64, T5933336, dancing, good atmosphere. Remington Palace, Av Independencia, near the Malecón, live artists, upmarket ambience. Shehara and Bella Blu (next to Vesuvio I) on George Washington, American music. Punto Final, Av Pasteur.
El Final. Magic Disco. Jet...
L Occidental Gran Bahía, T5383111, F5382764, h.gr...@codetel.net.do 110-room, charming luxury resort on coast road, 10 mins, 8 km east of town, also 8 villas with pool, all facilities available, less in low season, small beach, good food and service, compact 9-hole golf course, watersports, tennis, horseriding, heliport, shuttle service to Cayo Levantado.
Several large all-inclusives have been built in the area, offering lots of facilities and entertainment, including the 941-room Bahía Príncipe San Juan, T2261590, F2261994, on 5-km private beach, awful buffet food. Shuttle bus daily to Sosúa and Cabarete, casino, golf nearby. Caribbean Village Playa Grande, T5821170, F5826094. 300 rooms, on cliff above...
Cheap hotels can only be found in the town centre. Most of the upmarket or all-inclusive hotels are along the coast except the Ahmsa Puerto Plata Beach Resort & Casino, at the east end on Long Beach, T5864243, F5874377. All-inclusive, 216 rooms in blocks, nice gardens, pool, well cared for, small tidy beach across the road but best to go to...
A Hotel Luperón Beach Resort, in Casa Marina Luperón. T5814153, F5816262 (high season price), and Hotel Luperón, Calle Independencia, T5718125. F La Morena, Calle Juan P Duarte 103, opposite Esso station, near Codetel. Bath and fan.
Places to Eat
La Marina, Independencia 47, T5718066. Lunch and dinner, local specialities, credit cards accepted. Frequent...
Most hotels are small; those on beach have prices ranging up to ‘B’, but those in town or behind those on the beach can be very cheap. Cacao Beach, T2406000, F2406020, east of Tropic Banana. All-inclusive, 181 rooms, biggest hotel, sailing boats for rent.
A-B per person, Aligio, T2406255, F2406169. Italian, all-inclusive, pool, dive centre, good beach,...
There are several hotels near the pier, all F, and lots of comedores and restaurants. Don Quixote, T5567911, 6 rooms with 2 beds. Sabana de la Mar, nicely painted outside, cheap.
La Tía, T5567318, along the shore, also known as Brisas de la Bahía, bath, fan, restaurant. Inland, about 2km on the road towards Hato Mayor, is Hotel Bella Montana, T2485982.
LL-L Sandcastles Beach Resort, T5305817, F5712000, just outside Sosúa. Private beach, restaurants, self-contained, shuttle buses into Sosúa. L Occidental La Esplanada, T5713333, F5713922, ohrd...@codetel.net.do 210 rooms, all-inclusive, near casino.
Hotel Villas Carolina, T5713626, F5711737. 61 all-inclusive units with kitchen and sitting room, 1 and 2...
In town, on the main square, Oasis, with disco, pizzería and ice creams. On the dual carriageway into town, F Los Samanes, T5788316. Bath, basic, dirty, water intermittent, local food in restaurant.
Nearby is El Primitivo. There are several restaurants and cafés.
A-C Aloha Sol, Calle del Sol 150, T5830090, F5830950. Rooms and suites, smart, upmarket, cool, restaurant D’Manon with local and international food. B El Gran Almirante, Av Estrella Sadhalá 10, Los Jardines, on road north, T5801992, F2411492. Popular with business visitors, quite good, casino.
B-C Hodelpa Centro Plaza, Calle Mella 54 esq del Sol, T5817000,...
B-C per person, FAP Rancho Baiguate, T5744940, F5861170, owned and managed by Omar and Estela Rodríguez. Lovely countryside setting beside river, extensive gardens, 27 rooms from standard to luxury, or small, medium and large, hot water, good bathrooms.
And also 2 dormitories with 9 bunk beds in each with showers, toilets, lockers and shelves for students/...