Why Puerto Plata Casino Beach Resort was not mentioned? Across from Casita Rica.
It wasn't mentioned by me because it's at the other end of the Malecon to the Puntilla where the Merengue Festival is held. Unless you're extremely fit I don't think you'd want to walk that distance from the festival to your hotel each night! You'd need a taxi (so could just as well stay in Playa Dorada). Also my impression is it has gone downhill somewhat in recent years but the person to answer that is dv8 who has lived there. Montesilva IS clean & nice but again a bit of a hike from the Puntilla. However, it all depends on what edk0514 wants and whether they like walking healthy distances. The focus on downtown PP was to suggest places which are nearby to the Puntilla & can therefore be staggered to .
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