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Puerto Plata has an exciting nightlife filled with many things to see and do. Most of the resorts will have evening shows with dancing, singing, costumed performers, Merengue lessons, karaoke, beauty pageants and more. Each hotel or resort will have its own entertainment line-up.
Resorts such as the Holiday village golden beach (former Jack Tar), and the Paradise Beach Club also have casinos that are open to the public. Paradise is small and they actually keep cigarettes handy in a glass on each table. There is a minimum to play and they are fast - they don't wait for you.
Within the Playa Dorada compound are a number of popular evening hotspots such as Hemingway’s in the Playa Dorada Plaza,
Also check out Paradise Beach Club their best night is Tuesday and it caters to a younger crowd - very late teens and early twenties and very old white gentlemen with very young local girls and they all seem to love it!
But you can't leave Puerto Plata without checking the newest disco they have out there: the Lighthouse Lounge & Disco, it's located on the top floor of the Ocean World Casino building and it is simply incredible. Outstanding ocean view, good music, and they have activities all the time. Karaoke on Wednesday, Ladies Night on Friday, etc. it's definitely a must visit place.
Travelers who want to go off-resort to party with the locals can explore El Malecon, the wide boulevard that stretches along the oceanfront in Puerto Plata city, where there are numerous restaurants and nightclubs playing Merengue and salsa music. For an authentic and rambunctious experience of the Dominican nightlife, visit the casettas, they are situated at the lower end of the Malecon where Caribbean and Latin music can be heard right at the beach front. Not to miss, is the Caseta of Big Lee's Beach Bar an American ex-pat, right at the ocean with breathtaking views. Big Lee's has fantastic burgers, fries, burritos and omlettes, too. From there you can continue toward the Sosua and Cabarete clubs and beach restaurants.
When you go to Puerto Plata you can't miss Ocean World complex. This is not only a marine adventure park! Ocean World also features a discotheque with an amazing view of the ocean and great music; a casino, with slots, roulette, poker tables etc.; a Las Vegas - style dance show called Bravissimo Show; an excellent restaurant... 24 hours of fun! The Ocean World Casino is the newest casino of Puerto Plata. It has a great ambience, very nice staff and they have drawings every hour where you can win $100, and if it's not your lucky night you can go watch the Bravissimo Show. Maybe even better than Las Vegas's dance shows because here the rhythms are Caribbean and they make you dance in you chair from the beginning until the end.