10km west of Puerto Plata on the Dominican Republic's northern coast lies Cofresi, a once quiet fishing village turned high quality holiday destination. Named after the infamous Puerto Rican pirate Captain Roberto Cofresi, Cofresi holidays are packed with things to do and boast the turquoise seas and golden sand expected from a Caribbean holiday.
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Holidays in Cofresi are brilliant all year round, mainly due to the glorious Caribbean climate. Temperatures remain in the late twenties in summer and winter, and reach into the thirties regularly, so prepare for a sun tan! And what's more, the annual sunshine makes Cofresi ideal for some winter holiday sun or even a Christmas break, providing a great alternative to the dull British winter and missing the crush of the summer holidays!
The best way to experience the area's landscape is the 2600ft high cable ride up Isabel de Torres Mountain, which provides spectacular panoramas of the bays and ports of the Dominican Republic's northern coast. Alternatively, jeep rides across the central region of the country provide a more rural trip, whereas the luxury catamaran tours out to sea allow you to relax, have a drink or simply take in the sun, and all whilst surrounded by turquoise waters.
Of course who could forget the miles of golden sand right along Cofresi beach, much more picturesque and effective than any spray tan you might find!
Things To Do on Cofresi Holidays
Cofresi holidays will without doubt entertain the whole family, no matter what they enjoy doing. No holiday in Cofresi would be complete without visiting the 'Ocean World Marine & Water Park', a stunningly located marine with dolphins, sea lions, sharks and much more: its popularity amongst families comes as no surprise!
The area's location is perfectly suited to scuba diving, with a number of wrecks and caves available for exploration. Around 10 minutes away is the 'Fun City Action Park' which offers excellent go-karting or the whole family, and trips to nearby Playa Dorada and Puerto Plata cater for the more cosmopolitan activities in the form of bars and casinos!
The Dominican Republic was under the control of the Tainio Indians when Christopher Columbus arrived with his Spanish fleet in 1492, and their occupation of Hispaniola (the island which the Dominican Republic shares with Haiti) left its mark on the culture, with Spanish still spoken as the official language today.
It wasn't until 1884, after a little interference from both the French and the English, that the Dominican Republic finally gained independence, and Cofresi remained a relatively unknown fishing village until the last half of the 20th Century, when its favourable-to-tourism location was realised and its development into the high class resort it is today begun.
For a slice of Dominican authenticity, head down to one of the local markets for some freshly caught fish, and the look out for the locally owned restaurants for a taste of Dominican cuisine. As far as music is concerned, the Dominicans love to dance, and whether it be jazz or the more traditional ëMerengue' beat, the clubs located perhaps a little further from the main streets are the best places to see the locals unwind.
Carnival hits the whole island around Ash Wednesday, and the colourful parades and extravagant costumes are great entertainment for the whole family. Similarly is the 27th of February, Dominican independence day, which is always a cause for celebration amongst locals!
Nightlife in Cofresi itself revolves around relaxed, local bars and restaurants, although there are a number of discos such as the 'Rancho Tipico' which prove popular with tourists on Cofresi holidays. For perhaps a more lively atmosphere, then the short taxi rides to either Puerto Plata or Playa Dorada are well worth the fare, as this is where most of the clubs and casinos are located.
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With a glorious climate, picturesque views, welcoming locals and tonnes of entertainment, Cofresi is the ideal place for your Dominican Republic holiday. And by visiting On The Beach, you've made the right choice as our prices are the best around, online or on the high street. So grab your passport and book early for your own slice of this Caribbean paradise!