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Top Beaches in Puerto Plata

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Top Beaches in Puerto Plata
The Dominican Republic province of Puerto Plata may be where Christopher Columbus made his famous landfall in the Americas, but today, the Atlantic-facing region is known for its azure waters, electric-hued coral reefs, and miles of sun-soaked sands. See below for a few of the premier beaches in Puerto Plata.
 
Sosua Beach
This picturesque, crescent-shaped stretch, about 20 minutes east of Puerto Plata by road, fills with both travelers and locals on weekends. Hang out on the white sands, cruise the turquoise waters by catamaran, or explore the underwater park on a snorkeling excursion. 
 
Grand Beach (Playa Grande)
This palm tree-fringed beach may look tranquil, but its waters are not for the faint of heart—Playa Grande some of the biggest swells in Puerto Plata. Those who prefer to hang out on the safety of the sand will find plenty of diversions and deals—beachfront vendors are known to sell fresh-caught lobster lunches for under $20.
 
Golden Beach (Playa Dorada)
Beach-goers who crave a bit of action need look no further than this resort-filled swath of sand, known for its pristine waters and lengthy list of aquatic sports from paddle boarding to snorkeling and deep-sea fishing.
 
Cofresi Beach
Located west of Puerto Plata, Cofresi is known for its calm, swimmable waters, pristine golden sands, and laid-back beachfront restaurants. Right next door, however, is the Ocean World Adventure Park (in case the kids get bored).
 
Cabarete Beach
Travelers looking to learn a new skill—be it windsurfing, kiteboarding, or laser sailing—should make a beeline for this sports-centric beach east of Puerto Plata. The seas are regularly dotted with billowing sails, as both travelers and locals catch air out on the water. The beach is also dotted with small hotels, restaurants, and bars perfect for those seeking shade—or that 3pm Presidente beer.
 
Paradise Key (Cayo Arena)
Paradise Key is not technically a beach but rather a tiny, uninhabited islet off the coast of Puerto Plata where the electric blue sea meets bright white sands. Travelers typically arrive by boat (embarking in Punta Rucia, about a two-hour drive from Puerto Plata) on a full-day excursion. Pull up to the coral-fringed island, dive its crystal-clear waters, and kick back with a local brew—the journey will prove worthwhile.
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V.I.P. DayPass: ATV, Zip Lines, Horseback Riding & Pool Zip N' SplashDay Trips

V.I.P. DayPass: ATV, Zip Lines, Horseback Riding & Pool Zip N' Splash

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This multifaceted tour is a great choice for first-time visitors. Enjoy ziplining, a thrilling ride through the jungle on all terrain vehicles, and a horseback ride. The tour ends with a plunge in the pool, after which you’ll have earned a tropical cocktail. If you’re still up for more adventure, take a stroll through tropical gardens and learn about some of the facility’s rescued animals.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Catamaran Day Trip, Snorkeling & Sailing ExcursionDay Trips

Catamaran Day Trip, Snorkeling & Sailing Excursion

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Experience the peaceful environment of the Caribbean Sea aboard a catamaran on a sailing journey from Sosua to the Ocean World Marina. Along the way, you'll stop at two snorkeling spots to explore the underwater world using the provided snorkeling equipment. Back on board, dry off and dig in to the buffet lunch, accompanied by drinks from the open bar.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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Catamaran Cruise with Snorkeling and BBQ on boardDay Trips

Catamaran Cruise with Snorkeling and BBQ on board

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Spend a beautiful day on the ocean , cruising along the coast line and enjoy an amazing scenery. Visit two different snorkeling spots. Enjoy the sun and the wind from the nets in front of the catamaran and a small pool on board as well. BBQ and drinks will be served on board.
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  • 5 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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XDream Adventure: Damajagua Waterfalls, ATV, Zip Lines, Horseback Riding & PoolNature and Wildlife

XDream Adventure: Damajagua Waterfalls, ATV, Zip Lines, Horseback Riding & Pool

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The Xdream Adventure Tour has it all, 5 Adventures in 1 Day. Our guests asked for it...Here it is! For our Adrenaline Junkies we offer the most incredible and untopable day out in Dominican Republic! Visit 7 of the Damajagua Waterfalls, drive your own ATV/Quad, feel the adrenaline on our 8 Zip Lines and explore the Dominican countryside on a relaxing Horse Ride.
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  • 8 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Puerto Plata Snorkeling TourSnorkeling

Puerto Plata Snorkeling Tour

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Enjoy a morning of snorkeling at two different locations in Sosua Bay during this half-day tour from Puerto Plata. No experience necessary; all equipment and instruction included. Round-trip transportation from Puerto Plata hotels provided.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Paradise Island & Mangroves TourDay Trips

Paradise Island & Mangroves Tour

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Visit one of the most beautiful islands on the North Coast. Paradise Island will welcome you with turquoise water, white sand and colorful reef. Visit the Monte Cristi National Park where you can explore the mangrove jungle and see local wild life. After being collected from your hotel in Puerto Plata, Sosua or Cabarete, make your way to Punta Rucia and enjoy the amazing views of the lovely Dominican landscapes. Here, climb aboard a speedboat that will take you to Cayo Arena ( the local name of Paradise Island ) Upon arrival on the island, you will be welcomed by turquoise waters and white sand. Go ashore to sunbathe and explore or take a guided snorkeling tour during which you will see a variety of tropical fish and coral. Enjoy a selection of fresh fruits and drinks which will be served on the island. Before lunch, take a speedboat ride through the mangroves. On the way back we make a stop at a local market.
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  • 9 to 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 9 to 11 hours
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Cayo Arena Day Trip from Puerto PlataDay Trips

Cayo Arena Day Trip from Puerto Plata

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Visit Cayo Arena (also called Cayo Paraiso), a coral island off the coast of the Dominican Republic, during a full-day trip from Puerto Plata. Journey northward in a comfortable coach to Punta Rusia, in La Isabela Bay, then board a modern speed boat bound for the tiny coral atoll. On the way, look out for manatees and enjoy the sunshine while your relax on the deck. On the island, relax in the soft sand, snorkel and swim in the azure waters or explore on foot. Lunch, beverages and round-trip transportation from Puerto Plata hotels are included.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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Beach Horseback Riding in Puerto PlataNature and Wildlife

Beach Horseback Riding in Puerto Plata

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Spend the day horseback riding through beaches and hillsides of Puerto Plata on this memorable journey that takes you far beyond city limits. Meander along palm tree lined beaches, over white sands and alongside pristine waters. Whether you're a first-time or experienced rider, this is the perfect tour for you. Ideal for families and smaller children who can ride with guides as you navigate the stunning terrain of rural Dominican Republic.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
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Whale Watching in SamanaDay Trips

Whale Watching in Samana

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Combine a whale-watching tour with some time to relax on Cayo Levantado during this full-day tour from Sosua, Cabarete, or Puerto Plata. Out on the water of Samana Bay, witness the humpback whales doing their spectacular mating dance and maybe even see a whale calf. After the boat tour, head to Cayo Levantado for some time to relax and eat an included Dominican buffet lunch.
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  • 11 to 13 hours
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  • 11 to 13 hours
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Cayo Arena, Paradise Island TourDay Trips

Cayo Arena, Paradise Island Tour

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Visit one of the most beautiful islands on the North Coast. Paradise Island will welcome you with turquoise water, white sand and colorful reef. Visit the Monte Cristi National Park where you can explore the mangrove jungle and see local wild life. After being collected from your hotel in Puerto Plata, Sosua or Cabarete, make your way to Punta Rucia and enjoy the amazing views of the lovely Dominican landscapes. Here, climb aboard a speedboat that will take you to Cayo Arena ( the local name of Paradise Island ) Upon arrival on the island, you will be welcomed by turquoise waters and white sand. Go ashore to sunbathe and explore or take a guided snorkeling tour during which you will see a variety of tropical fish and coral. Enjoy a selection of fresh fruits and drinks which will be served on the island. Before lunch, take a speedboat ride through the mangroves. On the way back we make a stop at a local market.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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Puerto Plata Party Booze CruiseDay Cruises

Puerto Plata Party Booze Cruise

Let loose and have some fun with this catamaran party cruise that mixes music, dancing, and food and includes unlimited, tropical rum drinks. Head out on to the water with your fellow party-goers to feel the breeze on your face as you dance to thumping beats blasting through the stereo. Take a break to lounge or swim in a harbor and enjoy the ocean views. 
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Sosua Catamaran ExcursionDay Trips

Sosua Catamaran Excursion

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Book an all-inclusive day out on the water, sailing aboard the “Tip Tip” catamaran from Sosua Beach to Ocean World Marina. The captain navigates to two different snorkeling spots, with snorkel gear provided. Sip unlimited drinks from the open bar and enjoy a buffet lunch on board. This full-day excursion even includes hotel pickup and drop-off, making it hassle-free.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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Puerto Plata: Waterfalls of Damajagua (SAFARI HALF DAY)Day Trips

Puerto Plata: Waterfalls of Damajagua (SAFARI HALF DAY)

Take a break from the beach to experience the Dominican Republic’s tropical jungles on this private half-day tour with convenient round-trip transport from Puerto Plata. It is a total happiness to descend one by one the 12 waterfalls of Damajagua, in each of which there will be a different adventure, since no waterfall is equal to the other. Going with a guide not only ensures you don’t get lost, but gives you access to areas often unseen by visitors. Don’t forget a bathing suit: Free time to swim and wade in the route's many waterfalls is factored into the itinerary.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
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Puerto Plata: Damajagua waterfalls + Safari buggy + Horseback riding (TOP3IN1)Day Trips

Puerto Plata: Damajagua waterfalls + Safari buggy + Horseback riding (TOP3IN1)

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Experience the diversity of the Dominican Republic’s landscape on this private tour with round-trip transport from hotels in Puerto Plata, Sosua, and Cabarete. Going with a guide is recommended, as the tour features secluded locations difficult to reach without local knowledge. Highlights include a swim in rainforest waterfalls, a backroad buggy ride, and a horseback adventure through the DR’s rolling hills. Lunch and bottled water are included for your convenience.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Two Tank Certified Diving in Puerto PlataScuba Diving

Two Tank Certified Diving in Puerto Plata

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Explore the waters off the northern coast of the Dominican Republic with a team of instructors and dive masters during a two tank morning dive in Puerto Plata. Board a catamaran and cruise to three main areas: Sosua Bay, the airport area, and Puerto Plata. Dive to depths of 98 feet (30 meters) and see sunken Spanish galleons and colorful coral reefs teeming with tropical fish and marine life.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Scuba Diving in Puerto PlataScuba Diving

Scuba Diving in Puerto Plata

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Experience the underwater world of coral reefs, hidden treasures, and marine life during this full-day, scuba diving experience designed for new and inexperienced divers. Learn the basics of scuba gear and the principles of diving and test your skills in a simulator pool before heading into ocean. Set off on a catamaran to your dive spot and float down to up to 39-feet (12-meters) to explore and swim. 
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 6 hours
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Deep Sea Fishing in SosuaDay Cruises

Deep Sea Fishing in Sosua

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Come and enjoy a marvelous half day of Deep Sea Fishing on the north coast in the Dominican Republic. We depart from Sosua Bay , a glorious beach just east of Puerto Plata. It's a nice morning on the ocean.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Damajagua The 27 Waterfalls - Amber CovePorts of Call Tours

Damajagua The 27 Waterfalls - Amber Cove

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You have to buy your Excursion with our company, you will receive the services of the honorable King, you can do from cascade no.7, no.12 to Cascada 27 for the same price and enjoy a Dominican food buffet where you can service the Sometimes you want, also including Presidente Beer, Cocacola, bottled water, ginger ale, Run, and ice cream.
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  • 3 to 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 to 30 minutes
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Private Charter on Blue Sky CatamaranDay Trips

Private Charter on Blue Sky Catamaran

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Have a blast on the water! Take a Blue Sky Party Boat ride along the North Coast and have a party of your life, while dancing, sipping your cocktails and enjoying the breathtaking views! And if you feel like exploring the underwater world, we’ll provide you with snorkeling equipment and guides! It is an amazing experience for your friends / family! There are three options, in the morning, in the afternoon or a sunset cruise.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Taking safety measures

4 Tanks (2 pax) Certified Diving in Puerto PlataOn the Water

4 Tanks (2 pax) Certified Diving in Puerto Plata

The northern coast of the Dominican Republic offers you a new, unique world of underwater treasures. You will be amazed by the sunken, undiscovered Spanish galleons, unspoiled multi-color coral reefs underneath blue waters and spectacular marine life. In the daily two tank morning dives, 24 sites are offered divided into three main areas: Sosua Bay, the airport area and Puerto Plata. The twin engines dive catamaran will transport the group, including the superb international team of instructors and dive masters, to the site.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Puerto Plata: Damajagua waterfalls + Horseback riding( TOP2IN1)Day Trips

Puerto Plata: Damajagua waterfalls + Horseback riding( TOP2IN1)

We start the day heading to the world-famous " Damajagua waterfalls", where we will make a walk of approximately 35 minutes in the Dominican forest, crossing the river that will take us to the first waterfall of the 12 we will do. Each waterfall is different from the other. When we reach the last waterfall, at the foot of the mountain, we will enjoy a paradisiacal natural pool. For the excursion to the Cascades, children are accepted from 8 years old. From there we  head to enjoy a delicious typical Dominican lunch and then head to a craft cigar factory and souvenir shop.      Option # 1: HORSE WALK approximately 30 minutes in the Los Cacaos a wild environmen where natural landscapes are the protagonists community.      Option # 2: An extreme ADVENTURE IN BUGGIES, in the community of Los Cacaos, traveling about an hour and 15 minutes, dirt roads, up and down hills, enjoying  the environment, passing by a cattle stable, observing domestic birds and much more.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
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Triple fun! Monkeyland + Damajagua Waterfalls + Buggies from Puerto PlataNature and Wildlife

Triple fun! Monkeyland + Damajagua Waterfalls + Buggies from Puerto Plata

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This is an unique experience! Amazing natural scenery in the tropical mountain range! Visit a typical Dominican colmado. Transportation by open air safari truck. Take a ride on the newest buggies in Puerto Plata; Polaris off road rzr turbo. Enjoy the water and the thrilling of the amazing Damajagua water falls! 40 minutes tour to interact with the awesome squirrel monkeys.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Puerto Plata: Wild, Wet & Eco AdventureDay Trips

Puerto Plata: Wild, Wet & Eco Adventure

.We head towards Imbert to LAS CASCADAS DE DAMAJAGUA, an unique and world-renowned place for being one of the main ecological attractions of our country, where you will have direct contact with nature. It is a total happiness to descend one by one the 12 puddles of Damajagua. For the excursion to the Cascades, children are accepted from 8 years old. If there are children under the age of 8, they can only go to the first waterfall accompanied by an obligatory adult. ​We head to the Zip Line adventure to Clip in and follow your guide down 8 ACCT certified zip lines, with a total of more than 7,900 feet (2,408 meters) of doublé galvanized steel cable. No experience required. Walk between the lines at your own pace, with instructors by your side. Lunch time with a typical dominican buffet included. A HORSE RIDE of approximately 30 minutes in a wild environment where natural landscapes are the protagonists.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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 Puerto Plata: Wild, Wet & Furious AdventureDay Trips

Puerto Plata: Wild, Wet & Furious Adventure

We head towards Imbert to LAS CASCADAS DE DAMAJAGUA, an unique and world-renowned place for being one of the main ecological attractions of our country, where you will have direct contact with nature. It is a total happiness to descend one by one the 12 puddles of Damajagua, in each of which there will be a different adventure. For the excursion to the Cascades, children are accepted from 8 years old. Typical lunch at our restaurant. We get to Rancho Los Cacaos and receive the safety instructions and the equipment, it is time to assemble your Buggy and prepare for an off-road adventure through the Dominican country ​We head to the Zip Line adventure to Clip in and follow your guide down 8 ACCT certified zip lines, with a total of more than 7,900 feet (2,408 meters) of doublé galvanized steel cable. No experience required. Contrary to many other zip line parks you are not involved in any active breaking, like using gloves for stopping. holding on to comfortable handle bars as you zip.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
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