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Playa Cofresi, named after an infamous pirate who has a statue there, is located along the northern coast, close to the city of Puerto Plata and the town of Luperón. It used to be a small fishing village but now the town is more of a resort community including luxury hotels and private villas with views over the ocean and towards the mountains.
The nearest airport is Gregorio Luperón International which is close to Puerto Plata. Car hire, taxis and inexpensive local buses are available for travelling around the region.
The beach has soft sand and clear waters and stretches for one mile. At one end of the beach are rocks which are popular with snorkelers. Under the water you can find coral, unusual rocks and tropical fish. The waters are generally calm and there is shade along the beach from plenty of palm trees. Beach chairs are available and there are some local kiosks off the beach selling crafts and snacks.
If you choose to dine away from your hotel there are several restaurants nearby and in Puerto Plata offering authentic Dominican food. In Playa Cofresi itself, evening entertainment is most likely to be found in the hotels, but there are bars and nightclubs playing Latin music nearby in Puerto Plata.
There are many activities to keep visitors entertained. One of the most popular attractions is the Ocean World Park, in the resort area of Cofresi. Here you can get close to marine life and various animals and reptiles in a spectacular setting. It boasts the world's largest dolphin lagoon, a shark interaction pool and encounters with sea lions and stingrays.
Going up to Isabella de Torres botanical gardens is also a superb trip. The plant life is extraordinary, with tropical trees, ferns and orchids to marvel at as you wander down trails and get a beautiful view over Puerto Plata.
Puerto Plata has many things to see and do as well. There is an Amber Museum with one of the finest collections in the world, an art museum where you can learn about the lives of those who settled on the island and the Brugal Rum Factory, the third largest producer of sugar cane rum. Here you can take a tour to see the manufacturing process and buy some quality rums at good prices.
Puerto Plata also has a lighthouse which was built in 1879 and restored in 2002 and is one of very few of its kind still standing in the Americas. There is also the San Felipe Fort, built by the Spaniards to deter pirates from the coast and this is a fine example of colonial architecture.
For the adventurous you can hire mountain bikes in Playa Cofresi and explore the surrounding area. There are a number of coastal tracks and trails in the local countryside to follow and if you don't feel energetic you can take a jeep tour. You could also visit traditional mountain towns such as Jarabacoa and Constanza or head to Santo Domingo with everything a modern city has to offer.
Playa Cofresi is a great place to stay if you want relaxation away from the hustle and bustle of towns and is a great base from which to travel around.