Fodor's Expert Review Iberostar Costa Dorada

Playa Costa Dorada, Carretera Luperón, Km 4, Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata, 57000, Dominican Republic

This resort will dazzle you with its sprawling lobby, its curvaceous pool with a central Jacuzzi encircled by Roman pillars. Guest rooms have a light, breezy, tropical look; the ocean-view junior suites have desks and flat-screen TVs. Food, including at the Brazilian and Mexican restaurants, is good, and so is the buffet. Top-shelf liquor is available only at the lobby bar. At night you can watch the entertainment from the garden seating surrounding the wrought-iron gazebo. Close to Puerto Plata, you can have more contact with real Dominican life here than if you stay in Playa Dorada complex itself. Guests from the U.K. and Canada rave about the resort more than statesiders. Rooms on the top floor of Block 5 and 6 have views and are worth the upgrade.


  • good management makes for a happy staff and a fun resort
  • gorgeous spot along the beach with reputable dive shop
  • free Wi-Fi in the rooms and public areas


  • animation team is too aggressive for some, same with beach vendors
  • on weekends loud local residents can crowd in
  • rooms and decor are dated


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Phones: 809-320–1000 | 888-923–2722


516 rooms
Rate Includes: All-inclusive

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