The North Coast Travel Guide


Photo of The North Coast Photo: The Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism

Plan Your The North Coast Vacation

The Dominican Republic's northern coast, with mountains on one side, is also called the Amber Coast or the Amber Riviera because of the large quantities of golden amber found in the area. The sands on its 75 mi (121 km) of beach are also golden. As the area moves up on the luxury scale, the "Riviera" moniker seems more appropriate all the time.


The North Coast Hotels

Playa Dorada was one of the first resort areas in the Dominican Republic to be developed, and it still has a dozen or so all-inclusive resorts, along more


The North Coast Restaurants

You can find lots of independent restaurants in Cabarete and Sosúa, which draw a larger contingent of independent travelers. Since Playa Dorada is more

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Things To Do in The North Coast

Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.


The North Coast Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go

    A meal at Playa Grande: The world-class beach of Playa Grande has few people, and is made even more memorable with a freshly caught meal right... Read more

  • Sarah Garcia—A Dominicana Role Model

    Sarah Garcia is revered as an architect, considered by many to be the top designer on the North Coast, if not in the entire country. She has... Read more

  • A Caribbean Jewish Refuge

    One of the best things the infamous dictator Rafael Trujillo ever did for his country was to inaugurate an immigration plan for certain ethnic... Read more

  • The Villa Alternative

    One of the hottest tropical destinations in the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic has always been known as a cheap date because of its many all-inclusive... Read more

  • Tim Hall—A Quintessential Expat

    Tim Hall first came to the Dominican Republic in 1983 as a journalist to write a feature for the Toronto Star about Playa Dorada, the new tourist... Read more

  • The Reef Ball Foundation

    If you think the Reef Ball Foundation sounds like some annual charity event at a yacht club, it most assuredly is not. It's a nonprofit organization... Read more


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