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Things to do in Monte Cristi Province

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Natural Feature
“You will enjoy a beautiful private island surrounded by a natural coral reef while swimming with a variety of fishes. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Administrative Area Level 1
“Fishermann town Sun, Salt, Sea biggest reef on the northern hemisphere perfect for diving snorkeling boat trips.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Beach
“Explore Paradise Island and the National Park of Montecristi located off of Punta Rusia where you can soak the sun, snorkel, and eat fresh sea food!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Park
“A few hours from Puerto Plata is a region called Monte Cristi. Here, you will find the El Morro National Park and various bird species. El Morro is Known for birdlife, and you can see the frigate bird, American kestral, American oyster-catcher, wood stork, plovers, ruddy turnstone, willet gullis and brown tody, among others.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Lodging
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Off these northwestern shores, boats depart to the offshore Cayo Arena–also known as Cayo Paraíso–offering exceptional diving for beginner levels, starting at five meters (16 feet). Schools of tropical fish can also easily be seen in shallow turquoise waters, making this spot a paradise for snorkeling fans. This area boasts some of the most abundant marine life in the DR, with corals and sponges that surround the caye, where octopuses, crabs, schools of surgeonfish, sergeant majors, damselfish, angelfish, and yellowtail snappers all swim around your feet. This tiny sandbank is also a dreamy spot to relax and take plenty of beach selfies. Location: Punta Rucia Tip: Drive until La Ensenada beach, and rent a speed boat (captain included) to the island. OR book with an agency, it will include pick up and drop off. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Es un paraíso , espectacular, Esta playa está compuesta por cayo de arena donde ce visualizan por medio de snorkel Diferente clases de arrecifes y peces entre ellos el pez loro, pez mero , estrellas del mar , entre otros Este cayó que ce sumérge después d las 6 de la tarde , entre estos mares ofreces manglares creadores de hostiones un marisco sabroso , piscina de agua salada natural , enxelentenpara compartir en Familia y Amistades”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bus Station
  • 1 local recommends
Locality
“ Punta Rucia is a cape and beach located specifically in the province of Puerto Plata (Dominican Republic), in the bay of La Isabela and quite close to the town of La Isabela, the first European settlement in the New World. It is a very peaceful cove and its main attraction is the Cay Cay where you can see a lot of multicolored fish, at a very low depth. Its beaches are white sand and transparent water that calls for enjoyment. In various restaurants located in its surroundings you can enjoy food based on fresh seafood. The name "Rucia" was given by Christopher Columbus because of the brown or rucio color of the animal”
  • 7 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Located just before Punta Rucia, Playa Ensenada is a favorite gathering spot of families on the weekends, for its perfectly white sand beach, ultra-shallow blue waters, and rows of frituras or shacks cooking fresh fish and other specialties al fresco.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Awesome food, great ambiance, and a lovely beach. Family owned and operated. Open Wednesday through Sunday till 5pm”
  • 2 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
Hospital
“Visit one of the most beautiful islands on the North Coast. Paradise Island will welcome you with turquoise water, white sand and colourful reef. Visit the Monte Cristi National Park where you can explore the mangrove jungle and see local wild life.”
  • 5 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Off these northwestern shores, boats depart to the offshore Cayo Arena–also known as Cayo Paraíso–offering exceptional diving for beginner levels, starting at five meters (16 feet). Schools of tropical fish can also easily be seen in shallow turquoise waters, making this spot a paradise for snorkeling fans. This area boasts some of the most abundant marine life in the DR, with corals and sponges that surround the caye, where octopuses, crabs, schools of surgeonfish, sergeant majors, damselfish, angelfish, and yellowtail snappers all swim around your feet. This tiny sandbank is also a dreamy spot to relax and take plenty of beach selfies. Location: Punta Rucia Tip: Drive until La Ensenada beach, and rent a speed boat (captain included) to the island. OR book with an agency, it will include pick up and drop off. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Awesome food, great ambiance, and a lovely beach. Family owned and operated. Open Wednesday through Sunday till 5pm”
  • 2 locals recommend
Hospital
“Visit one of the most beautiful islands on the North Coast. Paradise Island will welcome you with turquoise water, white sand and colourful reef. Visit the Monte Cristi National Park where you can explore the mangrove jungle and see local wild life.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Deliciosa y variada comida, encontrarás una variedad de mariscos y carnes frescas, ademas cuentan con un menú light y vegetariano ”
  • 1 local recommends

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