Mao Dominican Republic FortSo far in our little road trip through the North West region of the Dominican Republic we have seen nothing that really rivals all that we have right here in the village of Cabrera, but it is only day one.  Somehow we managed to turn what would be a simple 3 hour trip for most folks into a full day of roaming around on every country road we could find to get from Cabrera over to Luperon, then on to the town of Mao.  Of course this is only after the first day of our road trip, but so far the Cabrera area is still king.

But we are just getting started on this little NW adventure so we will see what is in store for the upcoming days.  Glad to have you come along with us as we turn down every unmarked road we can find, just to see where they end up.  In this video we wrap up our first day on the road…..

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Luperon Beach RoadWe couldn’t visit Luperon without also checking out the beach.  It has probably been 6 or 7 years since we have checked out the beaches in Luperon so we were curious how they have held up.  We are pleased to say that they are every bit as beautiful as we remember them.  This Grand beach in Luperon reminds us a lot of the Boca beach just outside of our home base in Cabrera Dominican Republic.  This beach is a large crescent shaped white sand beach that offers plenty of privacy for the many visitors that probably visit this beach each year.

The path to the beach is not marked with signs so you sort of need to know how to get there, but once you do you will find the roads are well maintained and open to all sorts of vehicles.  As in most of the beaches on the North Coast, there are plenty of places to park right beside the beach and it is perfectly ok to pick your spot and build a cook fire right on the beach.  See if this beach reminds you of Entrada’s Boca beach.

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Luperon Ferry DockAs you know if you have watched our videos or read our blog for any time at all, “flexibility” is one of the things we like about our life here on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic.  Our little visit to the ferry dock in Luperon reminds us again why.  Turns out the Luperon ferry dock was closed on the day we visited Luperon.  The gate was closed and the guard was in place.  So do we give up, or do we test out just how flexible the Luperon dock guard really was.

After explaining that we had driven 3 or 4 hours just to shoot a little video on the ferry dock the guard was a little sympathetic.  Maybe not sympathetic enough to let us on the dock, but sympathetic none the less.  Hmmmm.  Second try….  maybe a little “gift” for the guard for all the effort of lifting the gate….  we settled on 25 pesos (53 cents US) and he was happy.  We doubled it to 50 pesos to show our appreciation.  Love that flexibility.  As you will see in this little video……

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Puerto Blanco Marina In Luperon DRContinuing on our road trip through the North West region of the Dominican Republic, Johnny and I stopped by the Puerto Blanco Marina to grab a quick cold beer.  The Luperon bay is a unique stopping over place to moor your boat and rub elbows with other Caribbean sailors and cruisers.  Due to the double bay, there are no shortage of safe spots to moor a boat and weather a storm.  It worked for Columbus and continues to provide safe harbor for modern day sailors.

The patrons and staff that we met at Puerto Blanco were all friendly and eager to chat.  We enjoyed our short little visit and look forward to seeing some of the other points of interest in Luperon.  Luperón has a typical Dominican white-sand beach and is not too crowded. The Puerto Blanca Marina is a great place to meet the cruisers and organizes lots of events ranging from Spanish paella dinners to Merengue nights. The main nearby tourist attraction is without a doubt La Isabela National Park, the site of the first settlement in the New World….

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Luperon A Sailors DelightCan you imagine a better harbor for Caribbean sailors.  With the double sheltered bays there is plenty of protected water for sailors to moor their boats for an extended stay.  Folklore says that even Columbus sought the shelter of Luperon to weather out the tropical storms of the Caribbean.

In this little video we describe how we got from Cabrera to Luperon and show the entrance into the popular Puerto Blanco marina.  We will have several more Luperon videos following this one as we explore more of the town and beaches….

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Puerto Plata Las Palmas RestaurantJoin Johnny and me as we stop at the Las Palmas restaurant in Puerto Plata for a nice Italian meal as we start our little road trip into the North West corner of the island.  Las Palmas is a nice little hidden gem sheltered from the normal hustle and bustle of busy Puerto Plata.  The Italian food is great and the grounds surrounding the restaurant is very peaceful.  Check it out next time you are in Puerto Plata.  I don’t think you will be unhappy.

From Puerto Plata we are headed over to Luperon later today.  Luperon is secondary tourist attraction.  The town got it’s start as a timber trading port and today Luperon bay is ideal for sheltering from hurricanes, and many boats anchor there during the hurricane season.   Folklore has it that Christopher Columbus had to enter the bay to protect his ships from a storm. Columbus named it “Bahia de Gracias” (Thanksgiving Bay), the current official name.  But for now lets check out Las Palmas video ….

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Dominican Republic North West Road Trip – Headed Toward The Haiti Border

One region of the Dominican Republic that we have not yet covered in our many road trips is the North West region of the country.  We had a few days off so Johnny and I decided to take a road trip into that region.  You know us.  We will take every opportunity we can to […]

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Naranjito Road Paving Progresses – Opening Opportunities For Expats

On a tropical island like the Dominican Republic, some of the best real estate appreciation follows new road paving and infrastructure development.  Today we follow up on our earlier exploration of the Naranjito road.  Despite the usual delays as property boundries are surveyed and settled, it appears that the Naranjito road is well along it […]

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Naranjito Road To Real Estate Opportunity For Expats And Investors In Cabrera Dominican Republic

The best real estate profits come from a smart purchase. Being at the right place at the right time is the best way to capture the best opportunities. As you know, we focus on the little seaside village of Cabrera on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic. Over all the years we have lived and […]

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Canadian Couple Finally Discovers Cabrera Dominican Republic After 8 Trips To The DR

We love to hear what travelers from across the globe think of our hidden little village of Cabrera on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic.  These observations of Rob and Michelle from Canada are no exception.  In fact, their perceptions may be even a bit more telling. You see, Rob and Michelle are pretty […]

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