Nestled between two mountain ranges on the north west coast, also known as the Amber Coast, Punta Rucia benefits from an exceptional year-round climate. Boasting one of the lowest rainfalls in the Dominican Republic, Punta Rucia is an ideal location for beach lovers and adventurers alike.
The Atlantic Ocean’s wild landscape brings a moderate tropical climate, while the proximity of the mountains offers an extraordinary contrast. As well as the possibilities of enjoying endless activities unique to this region makes Punta Rucia an even more inviting locale.
The warm turquoise waters are never below 77 degrees Fahrenheit and the exceptional natural, such as Cayo Arena, with its crystal-clear shallow waters and its myriad of fish, makes this region a dream destination.
Several national parks or natural reserves allow for discovery of the protected fauna, in places such as Isabel de Torres (Puerto Plata), EL Morro (Monta Cristi), The Manatee National Park (International Hondo), as well as many Historical places.
All these offerings in the northern Western region make for a wonderful vacation spot, for those who want to discover an authentic and unspoiled Dominican Republic.
Originally known as the island of Hispaniola, the Dominican Republic was first settled by the Taino Indians, who were fishermen, farmers and navigators from South America. They recognized many divinities, whose numerous statuettes can still be found across the Dominican Republic.
Upon discovering the north western coast, Cristóbal Colon said that “it was the prettiest place in the world” and when referencing the Taino, he argued that “They are people of love, they are not envious and they are helpful for all things, I testify to their highnesses in the world, there is no better person or better land”.
In 1493, Columbus decided to settle a new permanent colony on the western north coast of the island, and thus built the castle and the city Baptized La Isabela, in honor a Queen Isabel of Castile. The city was built in a medieval style, with stone buildings public squares and twenty wooden and palm residences.
Today, you can visit the ruins of this first city of the new world, as well as the museum that was built in his honor.
Amber, a Prehistoric wealth!
Among the riches discovered on the Dominican Republic, you will find the amber.
Amber is not a gemstone, but a clear mineral of brilliant color that ranges between dorado and orange. Ambar comes from the Hymenea resin, a missing species of tropical trees and is famous for the diversity of the inlays that it contains. The Researchers, scientists and collectors classify amber by the three rare elements they contain: scorpions, lizards and frogs.
The type of Amber found in Puerto Plata are the same splendid stones as those used at the beginning of the film Jurassic Park.
The largest amber mine in the country is located in Cordillera Septentrional, between Santiago and Puerto Plata.