Those who want to escape or bypass Santiago for the day while transiting, can head to Camp David Ranch Hotel (Carretera Gregorio Luperón Km 7.5, tel. 809/276-6400,, US$90-115, includes breakfast), sitting 457 meters or 1,500 feet above sea level overlooking the bus- tling city. The hotel’s 17 modern rooms are well appointed with king beds, neutral wall colors, wood furniture, flat-screen TV, air- conditioning, iron, wireless Internet, safe boxes, and outdoor verandas with views onto the valley. The bathrooms, while small, have marble sinks and glass showers.

On display in the lobby—attached to the on-site restaurant’s glorious outdoor terrace—are original vintage cars belonging to former dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo, including his black 1956 Cadillac Fleetwood.


Excerpted from Moon Dominican Republic, Puerto Plata Chapter (Moon Guides, 2016 Edition)