As the North Coast  stretches past Puerto Plata  to the west, the concentration of tourist areas and visitors declines enormously. It is partially because of the popularity of the all-inclusive resort vacationing trend, which keeps people grounded in Playa Dorada ; partially because there is a lot to do east of Puerto Plata; and partially because visitors have not been made aware of the offerings of the western half of the northern coast.
Those who do venture over visit a few select places for a short amount of time, perhaps on a guided tour for the day with a tour package from their all-inclusive resort.
Whatever the case may be, it is well worth the effort to check out this half of the North Coast. Whether checking out the beautiful beach at Luperón , doing some world-class diving in Monte Cristi , canyoning in Damajagua , or going to the Haitian market in the border town of Dajabón , excitement and individuality await but crowds and mass tourism do not.