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The Northern Coast...

Wild, unspoilt and historic!


The Western Northern Coast.

Protected by two moutain chains, the Northwest Coast, also called the Amber Coast, benefits from a unique climate thanks to the lowest air humidity level in Dominican Republic.The Atlantic Ocean brings to this coast a wild aspect to the moderate tropical climate. More than only just a contrast, the proximity of mountains increases the potential and attractivity of this region. A translucent water that never falls below 25°C, its exceptionnal virgin sites such as Cayo Arena (EL Paradisio) in Punta Rucia with lagoon full of fish myriads make this place the destination of your dreams.

Several national parks and nature reserve will make you discover protected species and wonderful sites such as Isabel de Torres (Puerto Plata), El Morro (Monte Cristi) or even Manatees Park (Estero Hondo). Moreover you'll find history loaded sites such as the the new world's first city built by Christopher COLOMBUS in El Castillo (La Isabela).

All these key points of the Northwest represent a wonderfull environment for those looking for to the original and untouched Dominican republic




Its history.

In the year of our Lord 1492, when discovering the Northwest Coast he will name Hispaniola , Christopher Colombus said it "was the most beautiful thing on earth". Talking about its residents: "they are loving people,they are not envious and helpful for anything. I swear to your Highnesses that in the world, I believe there is neither better person nor better land. They like their neighbour just like themselves, have the most quiet and soft voice tone on earth, and keep smiling regardless the situation"

The island was originally occupied by Tainos Indians, coming from South America. They were fishrmen, farmers, sailors but also warriors while in conflict with with their Carribean Indians neighbours. Nowadays you can still find statuettes representing gods they venerated.

In 1493, Christopher Colombus decided to set up a a new permanent colony on the Northwest coast of the island he will name El Castillo (La Isabella) in honor of Queen Isabelle de Castilla. The sailor will spend there several months to organize a colony that will become for several months the administrative colonial head of the island.
Built in a medieval style, the city is done with stone for its public buildings, and palm wood for its twenty residences and a surrounding wall.

Ruins of this first city of the new world as well as a dedicated museum remain available.




Amber, a prehistoric richness!

Amber is not a precious stone but a shiny and tansparent mineral that generally raises colors between gold and orange. The Dominican Amber is supposed to come from resin of Hymenea, a tree specie that disapeared from tropical forests.
The Dominican Amber is famous for the diversity of inclusions it contains. Amber prospectors, scientists and collectors use to classify amber through the three rare treasures it can contain: scorpions, lizards and frogs.

In the Amber Museum of Puerto Plata, you will discover splendid stones like those in the famous movie Jurasic Park.

The largest Dominican amber mine is in the Septentrional Cordillera, between Santiago and Puerto Plata.