Dominican Republic -The Greater Antilles

Our first adventure involved renting a car and driving into the city of Puerto Plata, a major shipping port and decent provisioning center. We quickly discovered that driving in the DR was a wildly crazy experience; traffic lights, stop signs, highway lanes – they all meant nothing. It is a total free for all, and it takes just a bit of adjustment to get used to driving there. New York City is a piece of cake in comparison. We drove around the edge of the city first, found an ATM at a bank (we never use an ATM on the street), then worked our way down to the Malecon, the waterfront boulevard you will find in every Latin waterfront city. The Malecon curved gracefully along the seashore, with food and gift vendors scattered along the park. At the western end we came to Punta Forteleza and Fort San Felipe guarding the harbor. The statue of General Luperon overlooks the fort and its beautiful grounds.   

General Luperon
General Luperon

The harbor front is always busy, 24/7, and the streets along the harbor are bustling with every sort of marine business possible, mostly geared to the commercial industry. What little I found aimed at yachties was quite expensive compared to US prices. We did a small bit of grocery shopping at a store the guides recommend, Tropical. We later learned that the largest grocery chain in the DR, a massive WalMart type store called Selena, was right around the corner from Tropical. Selection and prices were dramatically better at Selena. 
Puerto Plata Harbor
Puerto Plata Harbor

From Puerto Plata we drove a few miles east to the somewhat touristy town of Sosua, a coastal community founded years ago by immigrants seeking freedom and a peaceful life. We’d read about a not-to-be-missed small restaurant and decided we would seek it out for lunch. I’m still not sure quite how it happened but as we wandered through the narrow unmarked streets, we ended up right in the restaurant’s parking lot. Fate?
The Waterfront Restaurant
The Waterfront Restaurant
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Lunch at the Waterfront Restaurant was a relaxing and satisfying experience. The food, service, facility and location made the effort to discover this gem well worthwhile. The prices were fair; we were never rushed, and the staff went out of their way to help Joy navigate the different levels of the waterfront deck.
Sosua153As we left a couple hours later, we were glad we found this spot and hoped to find many more like it as we continued to tour the country.    

Tour and Explore the DR