Where is the closest airport?
There are eight major airports and several regional airports in the DR. The closest international airport to Las Casa Tortugas in Casa Linda is Gregorio Luperon (Puerto Plata) and it’s 15-20 minutes away by car. Map
Do I need to rent a car?
Although it's not necessary, the added convenience of a rental car gives you the freedom to explore the area at your own pace. We recommend booking your rental at the same time you book your flights. This way you will enjoy the benefits of cheaper rental rates. Alamo is our choice to rent from. They are helpful and very friendly.
Do I need a Visa to enter the DR?
Canadian, American, and EU citizens require a passport that is valid until the date of expected departure. For additional country entry requirements please Click Here.
Where is Las Casa Tortugas located?
The Villa is located within the Award Winning Casa Linda Gated Community. The address for the Villa is Las Casa Tortugas, C/O Residencial Casa Linda, Villa 922, carretera El Choco, Sosua, Puerto Plata, DR 57000
Where can I buy groceries?
Both Sosua and Cabarete have large grocery stores conveniently located 10 - 15 minutes away from the villa Las Casa Tortugas. If you don't have a car, Casa Linda provides regularly scheduled Free shuttle service to both areas. A schedule will be waiting for you at the villa upon your arrival.
Is there an on-site restaurant?
Yes there is! Castaway’s is located only steps away from Las Casa Tortugas. It's a relaxed eatery with excellent, reasonably priced food and drinks, all in a sociable clubhouse atmosphere. Their experienced chefs prepare creative and delicious dishes and the service staff are committed to creating the perfect dining experience. To see their menu, Click Here.
How far is Las Casa Tortugas from the beach?
Sosua and Playa Alicia’s beaches are less than five minutes away by car. Cabarete Beach is 10 minutes away. The Casa Linda complimentary shuttle bus runs to these beaches several times per day.
Where can I shop?
Almost all major North American brands are available in the towns of Puerto Plata, Sosua and Cabarete. Big box stores like PriceMart (Costco), Ikea, and La Sirena (Walmart) are a short drive away in Santiago or Puerto Plata. Sosua and Cabarete have large grocery stores and other shopping venues, including furniture stores and housewares.
What is legal drinking age?
How much should I tip?
When eating out, 10% is customary, but this amount is often included in your bill. Please always review your bill.
What is the currency?
The Dominican Peso (RD$) is the official currency of the Dominican Republic.
Major credit cards are accepted at most tourist locations, but it is best to check in advance at small hotels, restaurants and shops.
ATMs are located in almost all of the Dominican Republic’s cities, as well as at most resorts. Large supermarkets have ATMs that are open until late.
What type of power?
The electrical supply in the Dominican Republic is based on the US system, 110 and 220 volts at 60Hz.
What is the weather like?
The weather remains tropical year-round, with slight variations. There is little difference between winter and summer temperatures with July averaging at 82ºF (28ºC) and January at 76ºF (23ºC).
Cooler season is from November to April, with what is considered pleasantly warm weather, relatively low humidity and low precipitation. The temperature hovers fairly constantly around 28ºC (80ºF) during the day and drops to around a comfortable 20ºC (68ºF) at night.
December and January are the months to expect rain and it can be heavy, although brief, and usually overnight. Warmer season is approximately from May to October. Average temperatures rise to 31ºC (87ºF) during the daytime and drop to about 22ºC (72ºF) at night.
Is it safe?
The Dominican Republic is a safe country. The same caution you exercise in your home country should be used here. All countries have their good areas, and others where you shouldn't go. Our advice is to act the same as you do at home. Don’t let your wallet hang out in tourist areas, lock your car, don’t flaunt valuables, etc.