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, www.campdavidranch.com, 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.

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