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    Long Term Rental Homes and Villas in Puerto Plata, Cabarete, Sosua and Cofresi

    Getting a long term rental is becoming a top priority for many local and foreigners who find their home in the North coast of the Dominican Republic. Since we work with a large number of properties and constantly get new listings for long term rentals, we will be posting the updates in this blog, twitter and Google Plus. Some of the homes have 4 bedrooms, and most 3 or 2. Sosua has the most homes for long term rental with fewers bedrooms, since it is more a vacation destination. 95% of rentals for long term require that renters pay power costs, and some will include pool cleaning and security watchmen. Since this post is of a dynamic nature, we will update it as much as we need to.


    This is a lovely home for long term rent in Cabarete. Set in one of the nicest beachfront gated communities of Cabarete, this beautiful 4,304 sq. ft. 4- bedroom, 3.5 bathroom 2 level house stands in a privileged spot surrounded by green gardens:

    The long term rental rate is US$2,500.00 per month but it can be negotiated, never be afraid to ask or make an offer. We`ve seen many owners who refused to lower rates but also others that will consider a good tenant that will take good care of the property. Status: Available from February 5th, 2012.

    This ocean view, mountain top villa can also be rented in Puerto Plata:

    It has 5 air conditioned bedrooms, four bathrooms ( three ensuite ),  a fully stocked gourmet kitchen with three wine fridges, a cigar humidor, ice cream machine and first class appliances. The villa has many more features that will appeal to the most demanding of travelers, such as the disco area with true disco lighting effects, a TIKI hut with a pool table, a 28-meter infinity pool overlooking the horizon, private bar, back up power generator and private security. Long term rental for such a villa ranges between US$4,500-5,000 per month +utilities depending on lenght of rental. Status: available starting January 15th, 2012.

     Another ocean view vista rental in Puerto Plata ( Cofresi ):

    Magnificent, very private retreat for rent long term It has 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms,  swimming pool with cascading tanning pool, terrace, patio, balcony and studio room. Cofresi beach can be reached in less than 5 minutes, can even be walked to. This villa can be rented long term for about $4,000.00 per month, plus utilities. Status: available starting February 1st, 2012.

     Vintage Style Country Villa for rent  in Puerto Plata close to Playa Dorada:

    Featuring 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, master suite as a mezzanine with ensuite bathroom and a panoramic verandah in the second level. Swimming pool and BBQ grill in the right side complement the Orchid garden in the front, with ornamental country-like wooden fences and bamboo trees in the left perimeter wall. This house is set in a quiet area, excellent for nature lovers. Rents for US$1750.00 per month. Status: available starting January 10th, 2012.

    3 bedroom villa for rent in Sosua:

    This house is set on a gated community near the best schools of Sosua, close to a church and less than a 5 minute drive to the beach in Sosua. With 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, mahogany wood in the doors, kitchen , closets and cabinets. Sliding European windows, Spanish floor tiles, 32mt swimming pool, window frame moldings, 3,000 gls cistern, parking space, and high ceilings. This house rents for US$1300.00 per month and includes gardening and security. Status: Available starting January 8th, 2012 ( unfurnished ).

     Beautiful house in Puerto Plata, for long term rental only:

    This house for rent has 3 1/2 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, living room, dining area, full kitchen with mahogany wood, terrace, patio, laundry area and swimming pool in the back of the house with a tree-shaded area for sitting and barbecuing. This house rents for about US$1500.00 plus power usage. Status: Available starting January 15th, 2012.

    Lovely home with swimming pool in Sosua:

    featuring 3 well appointed bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, swimming pool, covered terrace and laundry area. Furnished, This house has many extras such as power generator, electric backup inverter, alarm system, air conditioning, cable TV, satellite TV, and Internet. Rental is US$1600.00 x month plus power bill and cleaning. Status: Available starting January 10th, 2012.

    Elegant house for rent in Puerto Plata

    This home has 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms; The house has the master bedroom with ensuite bathroom including Jacuzzi and walk in closet in the second level, and two other bedrooms that share a J&J bathroom. Rental is US$1,350.00 per month plus utilities. Call 829-477-2038 for long term rentals as these in the North coast of Dominican Republic. Status: Available starting January 12th, 2012 partially furnished.

    3 bedroom home in Puerto Plata:

    This house is located in a gated community of Puerto Plata with 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms ( 1 ensuite ), living room, dining room, ample kitchen in mahogany wood and black granite countertop. A very quiet neighborhoood with paved streets, gated entrance, security and good neighbors. Just a 3 minute drive to the main highway. This house rents for US$1200.00 plus electrical, non furnished. Status: Available starting December 28th, 2011.

    4 Bedroom Rental in gated community of Sosua:

    This long term rental offers 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms Dominican Republic villa rental in Sosua, set on two floors with ocean view. Upstairs; two bedrooms (queen size bed) with A/C, 1 bathroom, dining-living room, full equipped kitchen, TV cable and Internet wireless. Nice terrace overlooking the swimming pool. Downstairs; two bedrooms (queen size bed) with A/C, 2 bathrooms with sitting area at the entrance. Rents for long term at US$2350.00 per month + power. Status: Available starting January 10th, 2012.

    The Ultimate Caribbean Beach villa: between Sosua and Cabarete:

    Set right on the beach, this rental can be a long term home, rates range from $5500-6000 plus utilities. It is fully furnished with 5 bedrooms, 7 1/2 bathrooms, entertainment center with wide screen TV, a fine gourmet kitchen, BBQ, DVD/VCR, Stereo player and wireless DSL. Gated community with guarded entrance, good neighbors.

    NOTICE: the listings shown here are actual short term and real estate for sale properties in the Dominican Republic, so when you click the links you`ll see daily rates and sale prices.Contact us for further details regarding long term rentals for any of these and other properties. Call Edward Rivas at 809-377-2038 / 829-477-2038.


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    Eco Friendly Tourism is growing fast in the Dominican Republic

    The Dominican Republic `s protected areas receive an average of 800,000 visitors each year that come to enjoy the beauty and natural scenery including beaches and mountains.  This is fueling a segment of the  Dominican  economy as never before, and prompting investments in the North and East coasts such as the  newest  ecologically friendly Monkey Park in Sosua, Puerto Plata and the two marine themed park in Cofresi ( Ocean World ) and Bavaro ( Manatí Park ).

    Built within El Choco national park, the Monkey Jungle offers zip lining adventures within a monkey sanctuary surrounded by mountains and lush green areas. The owner built this park attraction in order to finance a clinic for poor children in the area.  The first zip lining tour and the most successful in the area is Yasika Adventures, closer to Cabarete than Sosua.

    Monkey Jungle is the first of its kind in the island.

    One of the oldest eco tours in the Dominican Republic  takes some endurance to complete, and it is the highest mountain in the island, The famous Pico Duarte. Pico Duarte is the highest peak in all the Caribbean islands. It lies in the Cordillera Central range, the greatest of the  Dominican   Republic's  mountain chains. It stands at 3, 140 meters high and named after the biggest hero and forefather of the country, Juan Pablo Duarte. A trip to El Pico is an adventure most  Dominicans  love to take, partially on foot and on donkeys. There is a well-maintained system of trails leading up to the summit, with trailheads at several locations The easiest access is from the town of La Ciénega, near Jarabacoa. The trail is 23.1 km (14.4 miles) to the summit, with a total elevation change of 1,977 meters, and a shelter 5 km away from the summit.

    Other names in the ecofriendly business of the North coast are Rancho Montana and Outback Safari, which offer tours to mountainous areas of the  Dominican   Republic  crossing rivers and usually ending in a farm like compound with farm animals, horses and traditional cooking. Some of the tourists that rent Sosua villas book ecotrips in advance, showing the interest for being closer to nature when vacationing the Caribbean island of  Dominican   Republic . Real estate boomed in the North coast towns because of all the natural attractions of the area.

    Areas such as La Boca in Cabarete offer river jungle tours where visitors get to see  Dominican  birds in their natural habitat, ending the tour in a small “zoo” that holds local fauna such as the  Dominican  Hawk, local vultures, Crocodiles, iguanas, pythons and other more common local birds. Iguana Mama is one of the largest eco tours operators in Cabarete, with a very well organized structure and a wide range of options including biking, hiking, rafting, kite boarding, kayaking and a lot of other extreme tours.

    An already known and well documented eco tour takes place in Samana, at the North eastern part of the  Dominican   Republic , whale watching. This is perhaps the most rewarding experience, one that inspires respect for nature as the viewer is mesmerized by the sheer size of those wonderfully large, friendly mammals. Eco tourism seems to be growing in the  Dominican   Republic  because of the laws protecting the environment, something that most people hope will remain enforced for much longer into the future generations.  Many foreigners and locals have turned their fincas (farms) into eco sanctuaries such as Tubagua from Tim Hall, and Rancho Luisa in Veragua.

    Some of the activities at Rancho Luisa include horseback riding tours,  dominican  traditional cooking and a taste of jungle living.

    For horse riding lovers there`s a variety of choices including the classic Sea Horse Ranch, which is mainly for professional riders of very fine horses, and the more adventure type ones as Rancho Luisa and El Paraiso Del Caballo ( this one located in El Choco ).  Several other horseback riding tours are available through various agencies in Sosua, Cabarete and Puerto Plata, and can be done in the beach. One of the best ecofriendly tours that most of the time is associated with beach resorts is snorkeling and diving. Sosua holds the top place in the North coast due to its large number of diving spots, and recently there was a government plan in place that introduced man made reefs into some areas that are now full of colorful tropical fish. Having shifted its economy in the past 30 years from the previous model of sugar cane production and free zone into a tourism destination and telecommunication –based outsourcing, the  Dominican Republic now finds its true self using the best of its land.

    The humpback whales visit the island in March for over 6 months.

    The data is contained in the book "Protected areas of the  Dominican   Republic , pure nature", by José Manuel Mateo Feliz and Adolfo López Belando, work done with support from the Vicini Group and the Institute of Geography and History of the Organization American States (OAS). The authors note that eco-tourism is mainly developed in protected areas, providing a space to promote full contact with nature.  Land conservation offers opportunities for recreation and observation of landscapes, birds, recreation and environmental education. Within the six categories of protected area management are the natural and cultural monuments, of which the country has 28 with an area of ​​634.94 square kilometers, according to the study of Matthew and Lee. A natural and cultural monument is an area that contains one or more natural features and / or cultural groups of outstanding or unique value for its inherent rarity, representative or aesthetic qualities or cultural significance.

    Diving in places like Sosua can be an exhilarating experience with diving sites in wrecks, reefs and caves.

    In his research, Matthew and Lee detailed 19 natural monuments. This is the Cabo Francés Viejo, Salto El Limón, Dunes in Bani, Mahogany, Catalina Island, Cabarete and Goleta, Loma Isabel de Torres, Pico Diego de Ocampo, Cumayasa River and  Wonderland  Caves, and water hole hopping Damajagua. Also he detailed the characteristics of the monuments Loma La Altagracia, Cape Samana, San Juan River Rain Forest, Caves of Anthropological Reserve Bourbon or El Pomier, Cerro de San Francisco, Los caching, Miguel Domingo Fuerte, Los Tres Ojos.

    The cordillera Central is a mountain chain that crosses the island diagonally, and it is where Pico Duarte ( El Pico ) is located. Green areas and sevral national parks nearby make it a unique eco tour.

    The monument of Cabo Frances, located in the province of Maria Trinidad Sanchez (Cabrera), is a small promontory jutting into the northern coast of the island with a linear line of 5 miles between coasts, reefs and beaches. From the top of the cliff it has a broad vision of great scenic beauty of the coastal marine area.  From the coastline, humpback whale watching is possible in the months of January to March. At the Salto El Limon in Samana the most remarkable element is a cascade or waterfall of 40 meters. It houses a large population of the endemic flora that also provides refuge for unique bird species native of the island. Water production is a vital element in this protected area, including Arroyo Chico, which is the one that feeds the waterfall, which is the emblem of the monument.

    The sand Dunes located in the province Peravia (Bani ) includes spectacular dunes, only seen in the island of  Dominican   Republic  in the Caribbean.  It also contains a number of wetlands on the coast of the bay of Las Calderas. The tour of the dunes is impressive and is facing a large-scale beach lapped by the Caribbean Sea. A lot of Flamingos are part of the local fauna. The visit to the protected area can yield interesting vies of the  dry forest that grows behind the beach and dunes, with all their associated fauna. The coastal lagoons are large areas of mangroves also of great importance for the conservation of biodiversity, for researchers and visitors who come to the protected area.

    A beautiful small piece of land, The Catalina is a small island six miles long with 500 meters sea strip. It is located in the province of La Romana. It has large sand dunes and is a nesting of several species of sea turtles.  The coastal zone includes coral reefs that form a cliff 60 meters deep. Also you can dive into the wreck of the pirate ship that is attributed to the legendary English Captain Kidd. The monument of the Cave of Wonders, in the province of San Pedro de Macoris, includes a cave with rock art, considered one of the most important in the Caribbean. This cave has important archaeological value that draws interest because of the presence of about 300 pre-Columbian paintings.

    The caves of Las Maravillas in La Romana, Dominican Republic have an impressive set of high ceilings and light reflections that might be almost unique in the world.

    In the beach towns of Sosua and Cabarete there`s El Choco National Park with its caves and the Cabarete Lagoon.

    Sosua beach in the Northern Province of Puerto Plata offers some of the best spots for tourists and locals to relax.


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