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Thomas Cambra

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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type condo

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Thomas Cambra

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COSTAMBAR, PUERTO PLATA

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

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

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Thomas Cambra (Property Manager)
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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 Puerto Plata

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.

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type condo
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Reviews

Reviews

4.7
based on 13 holidaymaker reviews

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Costambar, Puerto Plata
average rating of 4.6923075 based on 13 reviews
business
Costambar, Puerto Plata
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p274012vb
(727) 524-1177 (Florida, USA)
Puerto Plata Dominican Republic North Coast
Chester Basin, Nova Scotia Canada
5

Wonderful home away from home!

  • 5 out 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.
  • Review Submitted: 01-Apr-2014
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
Costambar, Puerto Plata
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p274012vb
(727) 524-1177 (Florida, USA)
Puerto Plata Dominican Republic North Coast
5

great place!

  • 5 out of 5
The owner explains his place and surrounding area perfectly, that is all you need to read!
  • Review Submitted: 24-Feb-2014
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the comments. Hope you come back. Repeat renters get a discount.

Thanks Again,

Tom Cambra
business
Costambar, Puerto Plata
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p274012vb
(727) 524-1177 (Florida, USA)
Puerto Plata Dominican Republic North Coast
5

Exactly want we wanted

  • 5 out 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.
  • Review Submitted: 28-Oct-2013
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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
business
Costambar, Puerto Plata
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p274012vb
(727) 524-1177 (Florida, USA)
Puerto Plata Dominican Republic North Coast
new york
5

me and my hubby

  • 5 out of 5
w loved it we had a blast the people around us are very nice and polite....and yes we are thinking og=f going again for the summer......
  • Review Submitted: 30-Mar-2013
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Hi Arlene,

Thanks for the review and please do come back.

Thanks,

Tom
business
Costambar, Puerto Plata
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p274012vb
(727) 524-1177 (Florida, USA)
Puerto Plata Dominican Republic North Coast
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
5

Seabreeze Suites

  • 5 out of 5
This Condo was recently renovated & upgraded by the owner Tom.He truly cares that people enjoy their stay.

Staff on site are very helpful.

Let me Review different aspects of our stay:

Condo

Nicely done reno's Floors/Kitchen/Bathroom
Very clean.
New appliances
Beautiful balcony,ate breakfast their every morning while
watching the sun come over the horizon.
Gas stove works perfectly when the power goes out
Inverter takes care of all your needs Fridge/lights/fans during outage
Have a shower when the power is on( Hot water tank heats quickly)
When the power goes out so does the TV - who goes to a
beautiful vacation spot to watch TV anyway ?
I saw water collection tanks on the roof when we were there

Pool in courtyard

Very Comfortable all round !


Location

Gated Secure Community



The Condo is situated in a great spot - Beach,Ocean at the end
of the street.
Stores within walking distance & they will deliver promptly
to the Condo.
Restaurants -walking distance,Great Food, or you can cook for yourself
at the condo.
We went to an all inclusive 2 years ago in DR and I must say this is
far superior as you have more freedom to walk around and meet people
cook for yourself or go out to a restaurant rather than be stuck with a buffet.

Costambar is only 3 km's from Puerto Plata so you can take a taxi in
and do some sightseeing - Cable Car,Flea Markets,etc. Go to La Serina store - it is like a smaller version of Wal-Mart

The golf course is just behind the condo if you like.


People

I can't say enough how friendly the locals were -we made friends & had
fun with the local business owners
They are truly happy to see you.

Summary

We enjoyed ourselves so much the 2 weeks we were there -
we are going back this year for more than a month.

Weather was great - sunny & hot except for 1 day( Rained )

I recommend this holiday spot to everyone.
  • Review Submitted: 14-Jan-2013
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
Costambar, Puerto Plata
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p274012vb
(727) 524-1177 (Florida, USA)
Puerto Plata Dominican Republic North Coast
Atlanta ,Ga
1

Seabreeze

  • 1 out of 5
Thumbs down..when local power goes out, you're in a world of trouble. there is no water container of the roof as most places have. So when power is out water is out. There is an inverter that keep your ceiling lights and fan and frig. running, There is a large generator on the property but when they turn it on it's only for less than an hour early morning (6/7 am).Who goes on holiday and need a empty frig running w/no tv for 6/7 hrs at night? A;so If one wanted to cook you would not use the cooking equipment. The owner says you can get wireless from the Pool area (not true) I love DR and it's people and do plan on returning next year, but have no fear it will not be here. Recommend..NO
  • Review Submitted: 27-Apr-2012
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jerome,
Sorry to read your thumbs down. You stated prior to renting that you normally stayed at the time share Villa Jasmine but you didn't like their attitude.

Perhaps I should have explained better that I have a condo not a hotel. To be sure we are working on putting water containers on the roofs. I am 1 of 2 owners that rents out of 18. There are 4 permanent residents and the other owners use their place at their discretion. That is why the generator is run in the morning if needed and afternoon. Deisel fuel is near $6 dollars a gallon.

The power from the inverter, battery backup, is slightly different and the flat screen TV won't work while it is on.

I go to my place once a year in June and we normally replace any pots or pans that need replacing. The stove is propane and not affected by power outages.

Last June I sat by the pool and received wifi from the golf clubhouse across the street after they gave me their passcode. As far as I know my friend Lodi uses the wifi when her cable internet is down.

Sincerely,

Tom Cambra
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Facilities

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday condo in Puerto Plata in Dominican Republic North Coast

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