Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

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Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

imageMount Isabel de Torres soars above Puerto Plata at 2600 feet.  A cable car ride takes you to the top–and the panoramic views go on forever!  It’s hypnotizing to watch the change in vegetation as you climb. I didn’t realize how high we were until I watched a cable car return down the mountain and disappear from my view.

Deb used VRBO for our accommodations and we couldn’t have been happier.  We stayed a short distance from Puerto Plata, in Costambar which means “Amber Coast” because it’s where they discovered amber.  Our rental had mountain views in the back and ocean views in the front.  Our gracious hosts, Yash and Hemu, offered to take us to Carnival.  There were gaudy performances on the Malecon with raucous music, abundant street food, and frenzied fun all around.

We ended the evening at an Italian restaurant with pasta so thin you could see through it–the mark of a fine Italian restaurant (in my opinion).  Yash and Hemu are excellent dinner companions. Yash received his doctorate in seismology and had an illustrative career.  Though retired, he’s turned his attention to the universe and is trying to get a paper published in cosmology.  Hemu is a graphic designer, and her business created albums for James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Engelbert Humperdink, and even the Beatles, among many others. You can imagine what great dinner conversation we enjoyed!

Rhonda Sarantis

Rhonda Sarantis

"She's crazy and loud but she loves you!" That's what they tell my infant granddaughter to prepare her for my visit, so I thought it would be a great way to prepare you. And while I may not always be crazy or loud, one thing is always true: I LOVE people. That's at the heart of my passion for travel. I love getting to know people from different cultures who speak different languages, eat different food, have different ideas and opinions. I'm endlessly curious and make a point of reading about the countries I visit. Instead of saying "that's not how WE do it," I enjoy identifying strengths in diverse cultures, and learning about their way of life. I LOVE road trips! I have great memories of monthlong vacations growing up. Dad always had a van--before they were popular--and invited anybody who wanted to join us. My road trips within the United States will be featured in "The Lower Case Travelogs." Be sure to buckle your seat belt. I execute illegal u-turns if a bakery or estate sale is spotted!

1 Comment

  • Ami

    What an amazing trip! I’ve loved reading each post.

    February 24, 2016 at 4:11 pm