This family home is less than two minutes from a sandy beach in Costambar. There is a spacious living area that is filled with light from the two story windows. There is also a large palapa, again just perfect for artists to use or relax on the hammock and admire the natural colors of the tropical garden where they can pick avocadoes, mangoes, coconuts and other fruits when in season.
The house is on a number of levels that you enter from the tarmac road that has street lighting as it is part of a large gated community, with its own golf club, swimming pool, gymnasium and health spa.
A few steps down from the road is the entrance that leads to the dining area where you could easily accommodate ten people at one sitting and also join in the conversation as the very large L shaped kitchen is at the end of the room. This is definitely a family area where everyone can meet and help out with the food as there is so much room. It could also act as an observation terrace as it overlooks the living area below that is accessed by a spiral staircase. The high walls with many windows are full of paintings. There is also a bathroom off the main living area and the patio windows on two sides lead out to the garden and the palapa.
The three large bedrooms are on the third floor reached by a spiral staircase. Each has an en-suite modern bathroom and the master bedroom has a balcony where you can sit and enjoy the greenery all around the house and catch a glimpse of the ocean.
The property is in a multi-national community with restaurants, grocery and hardware stores, their own newspaper and channel TV station. You can go horse riding, quad biking, snorkeling and even surfing when the tide is right. There is a community office, and the golf club is a popular meeting place. It is also close to the main city of Puerto Plata and about thirty minutes away from Sosua and the popular kite surfing resort of Cabarete.
|Nearest Airport||Puerto Plata Airport (POP)||25 km|
|Nearest Beach||Costambar Beach||5 minutes|
|Nearest Restaurant||Pizzeria Sole Mio||2 minutes|
Costambar is a large beachfront gated residential community just outside of Puerto Plata city, the largest city on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic.
Home to hundreds of Europeans, Americans, Canadians and of course Dominicans, it has a real mix of residents. It also boasts a thriving tourism industry, uniquely different from the all-inclusives or other towns on the North Coast. Popular with ‘Snowbirds’, as Canadians from the ‘far white North’ are called who view it as their second home – many spend 4-6 months in Costambar, when freezing temperatures back home, can be replaced with tropical sun, a beach and a warm sea.
Whilst Costambar doesn’t have the international acclaim of Cabarete, it makes up for it as a genuinely tranquil place to live or spend a few weeks. The beach is always quiet, except for Sundays and Bank Holidays, when Dominicans from nearby Santiago (the second largest city in the Dominican Republic) and other surrounding towns, descend on Costambar and other beaches for their well-deserved day off.
On Sundays, the beach can get pretty crowded, but the atmosphere is always friendly with a mixture of ages all determined to have a good time.
Unlike other tourist towns, such as Sosua and Cabarete, beach hawkers are very laid back. There are only a handful, most of whom have been operating in the same spot for years and carry ID’s licensed by the management of Costambar. Many of their customers are regulars and you won’t get hassled like at other beaches. A friendly smile goes a long way here, and many will be quite happy to chat with you without being pushy.
The beach is kept pretty clean by the beach chair vendors. Go out early in the morning and you will see them sweeping up the litter from the day before.
If you want deep water, the main Costambar beach doesn’t really have it. What it does have is an abundance of coral, some of which comes right up to the beach. There are patches of the sea suitable for swimmers where you can go out of your depth, just be careful to keep an eye on the coral reefs, most of which are clearly visible. During the day, local Dominicans walk out on the reefs with their fishing equipment or harpoons and catch fish, langoustines, crabs and other seafood.
On a busy Sunday you won’t see many Dominicans swimming. Sure, they’ll be in the water, but traditionally, the water is a place to stand in, chest high, perhaps holding some drinks to share and talking with your friends and family. Later in the afternoon is when the teens and other more boisterous members will try to build human pyramids in the water – good fun to watch – especially the inevitable collapse!
Of course other sports are played on the beach. There is one volleyball net about half way along the beach, where regulars will usually meet up to play. Don’t be shy – they always welcome new players.
There are two supermarkets in Costambar, or perhaps we should refer to them as mini-markets? “Jennys” is the larger one, situated on the central Costambar road just inside the entrance gates and has a surprising array of just about anything you might need. Indeed, many residents say they don’t need to go anywhere else. The other mini-market is located the other side of Costambar close to the beach and has a more basic range of drinks and foodstuffs.
Aside from these two there are not many shops in the town. There are a couple of small car rental places, a bakery that does great fresh bread every day, an ice-cream parlour, a video rental store and a couple of other shops. As Costambar is just a couple of miles out from Puerto Plata city, there really isn’t any need for more.
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