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Costambar, Puerto Plata

Bedrooms 2
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Condo, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

My apartment and the property suffered no damage from either hurricane Irma or Maria and I recently had granite counter tops installed. I am ready to go for the winter of 2017/2018.

Located 3 Miles west of the City of Puerto Plata in quiet Costambar. Nicely furnished 2 bedroom, one bath unit on the second floor. One minute walk to beach. Daily maid, casinos nearby. Good base for exploring the North Coast of the DR. Much to see and do.

Check out the Puerto Plata report and specifically, Costambar Monthly,for tons of info on Costambar and Puerto Plata.

Nice coral protected beach which is great for children. At a low tide you can walk way out and there is lots of sealife to investigate. Be careful when walking because openings in the coral can go 50 feet deep. Great for snorkeling or diving. Locals fish and snorkle with spearguns and sell their catch, the more spanish you speak the less you pay.

Wifi, Cable TV, daily maid. Maid will do your laundry for a reasonable fee. Towels and linens supplied. Maid cleans floors, and empties the trash, you are responsible for everything else. The towels are changed every 3rd day and sheets once a week. No Phone , no air-conditioning. We have a generator that runs on a schedule for maintenance and a battery backup for fans,lights and fridge as emergency backup. Deposit and signed rental agreement necessary for reservation. I answer e-mails promptly on weekdays.

Keywords: affordable caribbean

More Details

Property Manager
Thomas Cambra
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 11, 2017

About Thomas Cambra

I bought my apartment in 1989 when I lived in Rhode Island. I always enjoyed being away from the telephone and the pressures of life at home. Winter vacations are not as important since I moved to Clearwater, Florida but I still like getting away from the USA and enjoying the Puerto Plata attitude to everything, 'No Problem'. I am a retired mailman.

Thomas Cambra purchased this condo in 1989

Why Thomas Cambra chose Costambar

I bought it in 1989 because for me it was the affordable Caribbean. Puerto Plata is a charming town, the people are very friendly and the weather is reliably warm in the winter.

Florida in the winter is not a reliable beach vacation. It seemed as though everytime we vacationed in Florida we caught a cold front. Not the case in Puerto Plata. The water is 80 degrees in the winter and 85 in the summer.

My unit is on a short street, Calle Padre Bilini, that ends at the beach. There is a green area behind the complex. The mountain in the background is Mt Isabela which has the Caribbeans only cable car. I always enjoy getting away from the hustle and bustle of life in the USA.

What makes this condo unique

My unit is in a small 18 unit complex called Seabreeze Suites which is located in Costambar a community 3 miles west of the City of Puerto Plata. Costambar is rural and the DR is third world. My place is nice but it is for experienced travelers. The DR is not the US. You will know you have been on vacation out of the US. The people are very nice and it is safe to go wherever you want taking the precautions you would take anywhere else.

I can recommend a Spanish tutor for those of you that have an interest in learning a little Espanol or want someone to work with your children. She could also serve as a guide and her rates are very reasonable. She will come to your apartment. If you don't speak spanish and haven't been to Puerto Plata before she would save you money.

Rental cars are cheaper in the DR than here in Flordia. I've stayed in the Playa Dorado complex several times and the rooms there weren't impressive in relation to my unit. So the difference in renting my place from a hotel is that you are on your own.

The benefit of being able to cook your own food is two fold, it is cheaper and you don't get sick.


Costambar Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Couch opens to a bed
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Daily maid, equipped kitchen


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Costambar, Puerto Plata
average rating of 4.6875 based on 16 reviews


  • 4 of 5

Very comfortable apartment. Very close to the golf course, short walk to the beach. I was a little surprised that there was no electrical plug in the bathroom. Area was very clean and well maintained. When I found a problem it was rectified immediately. The couch does need to be replaced as you sink into it. People who maintain the apartment are very nice and helpful.

This has nothing to do with the owner or place but the road leading to the beach was a disaster area when it rained. The community was working on the road as I was leaving so hopefully that has been fixed as the area did get unusual heavy rain this past season.

  • Submitted: May 5, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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barrie, canada

Great location. Well kept condo and grounds

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Tom's condo for the months of Jan. and Feb. The condo had everything we needed to make our stay great. The beds were comfortable and the bedding was changed every Friday. The housekeeper Marian kept the condo clean and the groundskeeper kept the pools sparkling. Lodi, who managed the condos, was fantastic. If any little thing went wrong she had it rectified immediately. She answered all our questions concerning our stay and even suggested sites to visit. She is definitely irreplaceable. I would recommend this condo to anyone. My only suggestion is that Tom, the owner, should consider replacing some of the pots and dishes although they were certainly usable for the time that we were there. I hopeing to rent this condo again in the future.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beau condo très bien situé près de la mer

  • 5 of 5

Nous sommes demeuré 4 semaines. Dans le condo il y a toutes les facilitées. Balcon intime alors nous avons pris tout nos repas sur le balcon. Le condo est à une minute de marche de la plage. La plage est bien. Nous avons passé des moments très agréable à la piscine en compagnie des autres locataires sur le site. Plusieurs bon restaurants à Costambar donc pas besoin d'automobile......

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2015
  • Stayed: January 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. I don't speak French but was able to understand your comments. Please come back. Regards, Tom
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Chester Basin, Nova Scotia Canada

Wonderful home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here in 2012 for a month. This year (2014) we returned for another month. It was a comfortable, clean apartment in 2012 and this year it was even better with the improvements that Tom, the owner, has done. We enjoy our time on the beach...only minutes away...and our time in the pool.

The numerous restaurants and bars in Costambar are excellent serving Dominican, Canadian, Italian and German fare at reasonable prices. We ate most breakfasts and some dinners at the apartment but eating out is so reasonable we took advantage of being spoiled. The kitchen is very well stocked with cooking equipment and the local corner store is very accommodating if you choose to eat all of your meals in.

The apartment and property is very clean and well maintained by Myrium and management.

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2014
  • Stayed: February 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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great place!

  • 5 of 5

The owner explains his place and surrounding area perfectly, that is all you need to read!

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2014
  • Stayed: February 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the comments. Hope you come back. Repeat renters get a discount. Thanks Again, Tom Cambra
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Exactly want we wanted

  • 5 of 5

Renting this condo from Tom made our trip to Puerto Plata accommodating, affordable, relaxing, and most of all, enjoyable. Our condo was clean and well stocked with everything we could possible need for our 11 day stay. Many days we lounged in the clean pool for hours at a time. It was such a nice quiet atmosphere. We had such a great time in Costambar. Many meals and piña coladas were had at Pauls (restaurant on the beach a block away). We had the opportunity of meeting so many lovely and cheerful people there from all over the world. The beach which is only steps away from the condo was clean and maintained. In the area are lots of services as well, such as taxi, groceries, pharmacy, restaurants, etc.

I can't wait to back again soon as I will definitely be staying here again.

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2013
  • Stayed: October 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Emily, Thanks for the rental. Tom is my Dad and he helped me to answer your emails. I wrote all of the correspondence we had, with the help of my Dad. I earned a commission but my Dad made me put half of it in the bank. I'll be 10 years old in January. Emily Cambra
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