The most exciting and and most important cultural season of the year in the Dominican Republic is here: Carnival. Or as we say here in the DR,Carnaval.
Last Saturday night, with the end of January, Puerto Plata held its annual Gran Gala de Carnaval and the selection of Puerto Plata Carnival Queen. Aside from the beauty pageant side, the four-hour packed show was a gorgeous showcase of the DR’s cultural diversity, with various comparsas dancing in vibrant costumes, iconic Dominican carnival characters (more on that later), and an infectious energy that is just a snippet of what’s to come this month.
Unlike other Caribbean countries, the Dominican Republic celebrates carnival with parades for six weekends–not just the days preceding Lent–in every major city and province, including Santo Domingo, Santiago, La Vega, >>Continue reading »
Wherever you end up staying in the Puerto Plata area, carve out a half-day to stroll through the city–officially called San Felipe de Puerto Plata. Take in its colorful Victorian architecture, its museums, local comedores cafes, and newly cobblestoned streets leading you down to the seafront Malecon.
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