How to find accommodation in Puerto Plata as a foreigner? Find all you need to know about its neighborhoods in this article.
Find accommodation in a foreign country can be a real challenge, especially when you are searching from abroad. The same applies to San Felipe de Puerto Plata, better known as Puerto Plata and found in the North of the country, which is one of the major Dominican cities. As it is mainly considered as a tourist region, Puerto Plata mostly provides short term rentals. But you can still find long term rentals there if you are patient and if you know where to look for accommodation. Hence, take the time to inquire on the different neighborhoods and on the facilities that are available there so as to make the best choice.
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Puerto Plata is a 518 years old city. It is famous not only for its pleasant climate, especially during spring, but also for its dynamic environment and beautiful golden sand beaches. It also hosts the replica of Christ the Redeemer which is originally found in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
Puerto Plata is divided into several municipalities, namely Puerto Plata, the capital city, Altamira, Guananico, Imbert, Los Hidalgos, Luperon, Sosúa, Villa Isabela and Villa Montellano. In 2012, the capital city's population consisted of some 286,558 inhabitants. Note that Puerto Plata also hosts one of the country's biggest commercial ports, as well as a botanical garden and a cable car which reaches up to Mount Isabel de Torres.
Costambar, Cofresi and Luperon, which are found in the west of Puerto Plata are coastal neighborhoods. Costambar is mainly a residential area and is ideal for foreigners. Cofresí, for its part, is a constantly developing and dynamic tourist city. Finally, Luperon is a historical neighborhood, founded by Bartolomeo Columbus, the brother of Christopher Columbus. It has initially been named La Isabella with some 1,000 inhabitants. Luperon is also a haven for divers.
Sosúa, which is found in the east of Puerto Plata, is especially popular with European expatriates. In fact, many German Jews have moved there and have successfully managed to transform its economy into a prosperous one. Moreover, you are likely to find many restaurants, bars, cafes, nightclubs, etc., there.
Cabarete is considered as a haven for water sports such as windsurfing, diving, sailing, etc. It has even been chosen as an ideal destination for Professional Windsurfing Association World Cup competitions. But you can also practice many other sports there such as tennis, golf, body-board, eco-tourism outings, biking, etc.
Since Puerto Plata is mainly a tourist city, you can probably start your accommodation search on the Internet right from your home country. Start by browsing general and specialized housing websites, as well as real estate agency websites which often provide long term rentals. However, make sure to choose the one which best suits your criteria, especially in terms of rent price.
As in most Dominican cities, it is best to be on the spot to look for accommodation. You can then rely on professional real estate agencies, or even on networking.
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