Tubagua | Ocean View - Located in Exquisite Norte/Cibao with Concierge Services

Norte/Cibao , Dominican Republic
7 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Sleeps 30

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About Us

reprinted from Fodor’s Dominican Republic Guide

Tim Hall first came to the D.R. in 1983 as a journalist to write a feature for the Toronto Star about Playa Dorada, the new tourist destination in Puerto Plata. He was a young Canadian lad, who, like so many who have chosen the expat life, came back again and again until he finally stayed.
Tim began by writing for the country’s only English-language newspaper, Santo Domingo News. He went on to publish a local Spanish-language newspaper and to produce a tourism-related TV show. Although his talents as a scribe are still sought after, Tim has learned the lesson of the Caribbean: survival depends on wearing more than one hat. His restaurant, Cafe Cito gained renown during its time as a fun, funky expat hangout. In 2008, he opened the doors of the Tubagua Plantation Eco-Village in the mountains behind Puerto Plata. He is also the North Coast’s Canadian Honorary Consul, explaining, “I was appointed in 1988, after a phone call that woke me up on my 30th birthday. It’s been two decades now and there’s lots of stories to tell.”
Sitting over dinner, he reminisces. “In 1982, charter flights started bringing planeloads of tourists to Playa Dorada, to this virgin region where they built the country’s first all-inclusive resorts. During that first tidal wave of tourists, local fishermen were getting pulled off their boats to wait on tables, delivering dinners like surf ‘n’ turf, and getting raked over coals by some fancy tourist when a steak wasn’t medium-rare. At the time, nobody knew about medium-rare. Yet Dominicans have amazing resilience, and the ability to smile whether the tip is 10 pesos or 10 dollars.”
Today, interesting new things are happening in the region, he says. “People are learning this isn’t just a beach resort destination; there is a growing interest in eco-tourism, and people are discovering the real Dominican Republic. They’re also realizing that there’s a real sense of community for visitors on the North Coast.” Tax and cost of living benefits are attracting more expat retirees, including a strong contingent of boomers. As Canada’s Honorary Consul and as host at his mountain lodge, Tim is a central figure.
“One of the things I enjoy most is sharing the things I’ve discovered living here… the best local rums and the hand-rolled cigars that are among the top in the world… the fresh foods and local recipes… the hidden-away places that most tourists don’t get to see.” For example, his standing offer at his Tubagua Ecolodge is that if you spend your first two days there, Tim will use his insider’s knowledge to help custom-plan the rest of your trip.
Tim lives with his Dominican wife, Beatriz, and their four children at their 12-acre, mountaintop eco-village that looks out over the coast featuring what he calls “Robinson Crusoe-style” thatch-roof cabanas and panoramic vistas.  Thinking over the life he has built for himself,  he says, “Living in the islands doesn’t provide typical financial security, such as a pension to look forward to. And I haven’t afforded a BMW… but, my life pretty much belongs to me.” And his future plans? “This eco-village is turning out to be as funky and fun as Café Cito—but with a spa and cabanas and a knock-out view. Now that it’s up and running I might take off a few hats.”



Holiday Season : 1000 USD per night + Tax   Minimum Stay Required: 7 Nights

Booking Notes

Availability you can check below: https://secured.sirvoy.com/ical/915c237e-1d88-4f68-9a46-ed1fdb482428 NOT FOR EVERYBODY: • We expect guests to help conserve water and energy • Kids love it here but infants will need constant parental supervision (un-fenced terraces) • For those with difficulty walking, there are terraces and uneven steps that can be a challenge • Typical farm and village sounds are part of the environment. Earplugs are available upon request for light sleepers • We share this rural environment with many fascinating birds and tropical insects. Thankfully, nothing in Dominican Republic is fatally poisonous nor lethal. • All in all, we are in a beautiful, natural location; if you like nature, you will love Tubagua Ecolodge Meals All meals are optional: Breakfast $7.5; lunch $12; afternoon snack/tea $6; dinner $17.50. Includes bottled water and non-alcoholic beverage. Meal plan: $25 per person per day if requested when making your reservation. Special seafood lunch or dinner $30. Other gourmet and special menus available; please inquire. Children 15 and under free when sharing a room with adults. Toddlers (under 4): FREE. Reduced cost children’s meal plans There is a fridge available for guests in the main area. Bring your own snacks and cold food. We have no guest cooking facilities.


Property Type: Condominium
Bedrooms: 7
Bathrooms: 3
Sleeps: 30
Pets: No
Smoking: No
Currency: USD
International Airport: Gregorio Luperón International Airport
Beach: Playa Dorada
Dining: Dining
Nightlife: Nightlife
Floor Area: 0.00 sq. ft.
Facilites Included:
  • Dining Area
  • Dishes Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Stove
  • Garage
  • Internet
  • Linens
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels
  • Washer
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Balcony
  • Garden
  • Communal Pool
Nearby Activities:
  • Wind Surfing
  • Water Sports
  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Surfing
  • Snorkeling
  • Sight Seeing
  • Shopping
  • Scuba Or Snorkeling
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sailing
  • Restaurants
  • Photography
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Medical Services
  • Massage Therapist
  • Hospital
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hiking
  • Groceries
  • Golf
  • Gambling
  • Eco Tourism
  • Disco
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Churches
  • Bird Watching
  • Beachcombing
  • Babysitting
  • ATM Bank
Staff: Laundry
Additional Information:

The Need To Know

Cancellation Policy

Deposits & Payment Policy

• No deposit is required at the time of booking. After we receive your reservation we will send you an email requesting a $ 50 deposit per room. If we don’t receive a deposit within 36 hours of requesting it, we reserve the right to either move your reservation to a stand-by list or notify you of cancellation. We are a small hotel and cannot afford to maintain reservations that are not assured of arrival.
• If you pay with cash, we deduct the credit card charges which gives you a 5% reduction in your bill.


 Note we ask for a small deposit for processing your reservation and holding a room for you. There is no refund for cancellation (unless stipulated elsewhere). However we will hold your deposit valid for up to six months applicable to a future booking (or longer upon request).


• You may cancel 7 days in advance for a 100% refund if you have made a deposit. 0% refund for cancellations 6 days or less.
• Your satisfaction is assured. As our reviews show, Tubagua is a popular place. But if  you’d rather not stay, don’t be shy; just tell us within 18 hours of checking in and we will refund any unused portion of your paid reservation and happily do our best to help you find another place to stay.

Booking Terms

50% Deposit at time of reservation. Final payment due 90 days prior to arrival. All deposits are final and non- refundable. We accept cheque or bank transfer to our TICO Travel Industry Trust Account.

All Christmas and New Years “Festive Season” Reservations booked between December 14-January 10 are non-refundable.

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