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Travel to the Dominican Republic, Cigar Country

Visiting the Dominican Republic
Michael Frank
From the Print Edition:
George Burns, Winter 94/95

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Afterward you might visit the disco as well as a very clubby, European-style casino. It's less noisy than many casinos in North America, despite the fact that there are more than 70 slots in a relatively small room. There are also eight roulette wheels, three tables for five-card stud, 20 for black jack and three for craps.

During the day, there are two beaches to lounge on, and if you're feeling active, snorkeling, windsurfing, tennis, golf, bicycling and horseback riding are all available options.

Puerto Plata Beach Resort Hotel & Casino
P.O. Box 600, Puerto Plata, RD
Phone: (809) 586-4293, (800) 348-5395
Fax: (809) 586-4377
Room rates: single and double: $110 to $140; suite: $125 to $170 (children stay free)


This hotel suffers from location. Just off the Malecon, it's an excellent place for quiet, but you've got to go into Playa Dorada to get to the action. That said, the Puerto Plata Beach Resort has a more loyal clientele because it's away from the crowds. Another nice thing: because it's away from Playa Dorada, bracelets normally required to identify you as a paying guest are conspicuously absent--a liberating feeling for an American.

Entering through the front gate, there are a series of haciendas, all of which house variously sized, well-kempt rooms (none of which managed to escape the pastel paintbrush of refurbishment).

A disco and nightly entertainment are provided here, and there is a smallish casino, although its gaming tables tend to have more life due to the downtown proximity.

Puerto Plata Casinos

Jack Tar Casino
Jack Tar Village, P.O. Box 380,Playa Dorada Puerto Plata, RD
Phone: (809) 320-3800Fax: (809) 320-3372

There is really only one legitimate casino in Puerto Plata, the Jack Tar, which has an unfortunately '80s decor. But the room is very large and it is one of very few casinos in the country to feature more than one kind of slot machine. There are 24 black jack tables, five for poker (five-card stud) and three tables for craps.

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