FAQ

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I choose Puerto Plata for my vacation?

Puerto Plata is a wonderful Caribbean destination that offers everything you would expect from a Caribbean Island…the charm of the Caribbean culture, the powder white sand beaches, the soft warm breezes, the lush green hills, swaying Palms and water so brilliantly aquamarine that you can’t believe it’s real! The island has lots of wonderful restaurants and plenty of shopping. There is an endless array of activities on the island and a slow pace not found in many other Caribbean destinations. Puerto Plata is an ideal choice for your Caribbean holiday.

Why should I choose CASA LOASE over other Puerto Plata villas and condos?

Casa Loase is an exceptional property. Casa Loase is located in what we think is the best location on Costambar Puerto Plata…or anywhere for that matter! Casa Loase’s location offers you peace and quite and the ability to walk to several restaurants and activities in less than 8 minutes. The views are world class and you’ll get a spectacular sunset over the water each night!

Because we own, manage and market our property ourselves, our rental rates are also very reasonable especially for the luxury, amenities and location. We pride ourselves on the level with which we maintain and outfit our properties. No details have been overlooked and the villa is always meticulously maintained.  I operate Casa Loase with idea of having repeat guests, again and again. Many other owners rent their properties part time to help pay expenses and they don’t really care if you come back…we do! Our property is great alternative to a Dominican Republic Hotel or Resort.

What do I need to bring with me to the villa?

The villa is equipped with everything you would have in your own home and then some. All you need to bring is casual clothes and of course your bathing suit and sun block! You will find Puerto Plate to be a very casual Town. Casual, comfortable dress is the norm. Even at fine restaurants, nice casual clothes are fine! THIS Area has multiple stores so if you forget something you can always find it.

Are other rooms or guest houses rented out during my stay?
No, we rent to just one group of guests at a time.

Are there additional sleeping arrangements?
Some rooms have sleeper sofas or allow us to install a roll away cot. Please ask.

What is your policy for hurricanes, payments and cancellations?
Please see our Terms and Conditions.

Is there any crime on Puerto Plata?
There is some crime, mostly opportunistic. Don’t leave your valuables in a car or unattended on a beach, and visit remote beaches and remote areas only as a group, and you should be fine.

Can you provision my Villa for my arrival?
After you’ve packed up and spent the day traveling, the last thing you should have to worry about is grocery shopping! That’s why Casa Loase offers its clients this convenient service. Simply download the Provisioning List we’ve provided for you, and email it back to us. We will make sure your villa is stocked with the items you want so when you arrive everything is waiting for you.

Provisioning List— grocery shopping done for you!

 What documents do I need to enter/leave the Dominican Republic?

***** YOU DO need a passport to travel to Dominican Republic!!! *****
As of January, US and Canadian Citizens require a passport to enter the country. Visas are not required. Citizens from other countries should contact their local Dominican Embassy for entry requirements. All tourists are required to purchase a Tourist Card. This is available as you enter the airport. The cost is $10 and must be paid in US funds.

Is there a page on your website where we can see your availability?

Yes! On each of our home pages you will find a link to our availability calendars. These are updated immediately upon each reservation. Click here to see our availability for Casa Loase.

Do you offer help with Airfare discounts, car rentals and other travel arrangements?

We are happy to assist you with all of your travel arrangements. We can help save you money on your airfare, suggest the best routings to Puerto Plata. Also with any local adventures.

How far is the villa from the water?

Casa Loase is only walk away from the water! The villa is above sea level which offers spectacular views of Costambar beache. It will take you just 6 minutes to stroll down our driveway to the beach! Some villa owners describe their location as “walking distance” to the beach but in reality they are more like a “hike” to the beach. In addition, Costambar beach is a beautiful white sandy beach. Be sure to ask if a so called “sandy beach”, within walking distance, is a good swimming beach and not just a strip of sand on a rocky beach with surf!!

Do you offer maid service?

The villa will be immaculate upon your arrival and cleaned again after your departure. Should your stay last longer than a single week you can have additional maid service for each week reserved at additional cost. Our housekeeper, offers additional maid service the price can vary based on how much you want done and the condition of the property.

Do you offer a cook?

While we do not offer a full-time cook at the villa. We can arrange a full-time cook at additional cost.

Is the air-conditioned?

Casa Loase has air-conditioning on all the bedrooms. Some rooms have a ceiling fan.

Can you recommend services such as chauffeur, SCUBA shop, etc.?

Yes! Chauffeur and limousine service is available on the island and we would be happy to arrange this service for you.

Scuba Diving and any other water or land activities can be arrange just let us know a day in advance and we can make all necessary arrangements.

What activities are there close to the villa?

Casa Loase is only few minutes away from Ocean World Casinos, Night life and multiple restaurants…you are never far from something to do. At Casa Loase you can walk to the beach, Kayaking, swimming, snorkeling, SCUBA diving and horseback riding…

Casa Loase has a large pool, Picnic/BBQ.

If you feel like taking a drive you can see multiple historical locations take a guided island tour, hike, visit the Teleferico Cable Car, go on a shopping spree, hike through a rain forest, ride a wet-bike, go beach hopping, or even get married. I could go on and on but you get the idea! Puerto Plata has much to offer, both in and out of the water.

Are there any groceries at the villa, how far is a grocery store, what about selection?

The villa is stocked with an assortment of spices including, garlic powder, salt and pepper, Italian seasoning, Caribbean seasoning, Basil, sugar, etc. They are also generally stocked with cooking oil, coffee filters, toothpicks and Ziploc bags. A roll of paper towels and a fresh roll of toilet paper in each bathroom is supplied to get you going…

If you arrive early enough and prefer to shop before arriving at the villa we supply, you with directions to excellent grocery stores. There are several large grocery stores, along with many small markets, which you can stop at while you are out exploring the island as well.

The closest grocery stores about 6 minutes walk to from the villa, or a fast drive depending on how comfortable you are driving on the island.

If you prefer to have all your groceries at the villa after a long day of exploring the island, we provided a provisioning list so just relax and enjoy the villa and the island and let us do your shopping for you.

How far are the properties from the airport?

Casa Loase is about 30 min. (approx..) from the airport. Several major car rental companies are located at the airport, on the right hand side as you leave immigration. You can also check the internet for rental options. Your return to the airport will probably take you about 25 minutes…

Transportation services can also be arranged by Casa Loase

What is the local Currency?

The Internet provides current exchange rates for the Dominican peso. It is a stable economy with reasonable prices. US or Canadian dollars can be exchanged at Jenny’s Supermarket which is about a 5-minute walk from Casa Lóase.

Are there nice beaches close to the?

YES!!!!

Costambar Beach, a six-minute walk from Casa Loase is one of the many beautiful beaches on Puerto Plata.

There are many beautiful beaches on Puerto Plata.

Where is there good snorkeling close to the villas and condo?

There are many places to snorkel on Puerto Plata.

Where can I get snorkeling gear?

If you don’t have your own snorkel gear to bring with you, you can rent gear at several dive shops on the area.

Is there someone that we can contact should we have a problem?

Yes. You can call us on our cell phones any day of the week, 24 hrs. a day. We will supply you with our contact information with our rental packages. We will in turn contact the appropriate person to resolve any issue you may have.

What will the weather be like while we are there?

Referred to as the “Caribbean’s best kept secret”, 80 degree (27C) temperatures throughout the winter on the Dominican Republic scenic North Coast – & ocean breezes in summer – contribute to a year round attractive vacation destination. It doesn’t get any better than that!

Rainfall varies with the time of year but there really is no season where it just rains all the time. Obviously, we can’t guarantee that you will have perfect weather, but you are more than likely to have spectacular weather anytime of the year!

Will there be a lot of cruise ship passengers crowding the island?

No! Unlike some other Caribbean destinations, Puerto Plata is not overrun with cruise ship passengers. Puerto Plata gets at most, only a couple, of cruise ship visits per week.

Should we consider travel insurance?

Travel Insurance can be a trip saver. There are hundreds of circumstances that could cause you to cancel your trip, return home early or even worse, force you to seek emergency medical treatment while traveling. Here are some common examples of what could go wrong.

  1. It’s 10 p.m. and your family arrives at the airport for a connecting flight, only to find that your flight has been cancelled. How do you get your family home?
  2. Your traveling companion’s bag was lost with his insulin inside. He needs help to locate his bag as soon as possible and his emergency prescription filled. Who do you call?
  3. Your first visit to the Caribbean, and your passport and wallet are stolen. Where do you turn for emergency cash, and how will you get your passport replaced?
  4. Your spouse is involved in an accident and adequate medical treatment is not available. Who will help arrange and pay for a medical evacuation?
  5. If your sister-in-law becomes seriously ill and you choose to cancel your trip, what happens to your non-refundable deposits or pre-payments?
  6. You arrive in Puerto Plata and your luggage doesn’t. If it’s lost, who will help you find it? If it’s delayed, who will pay for your necessities? If it’s stolen, who will pay to replace it?
  7. Your airline or accommodations operator goes bankrupt. Who will pay for your non-refundable expenses? Who will help get you to your destination?
  8. You’re walking down a street in Costambar and twist your ankle. Who can help you find a physician?
  9. You are at a villa in Puerto Plata, and you are forced to evacuate due to an approaching hurricane. Who will help you evacuate and who will reimburse your lost vacation?

Purchasing travel insurance, it is something to consider. When selecting a company be sure to ask plenty of questions, especially concerning a particular area of concern for you. Click here for TravelGuard.com.

Are there phones at the villa and will my cell phone work?

Yes, there is a “land line” phone at the villa. Local calls are free. Long distance calls are charged to you after your stay. We will contact you when we receive our phone bill with any long distance charges due.

Your cell phone will work depending on your provider. Make sure your plan includes Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic in the coverage so you will not be charged outrageous roaming fees. Your service will depend on your provider. You can also purchase a pre-paid SIM card from the local phone company in the area.

Can I access the Internet from the villa?

Yes!  We offer a complimentary Wi-Fi High Speed Internet connection at our property.

There are also several businesses offering internet service (hot spots).

Are there games and videos in the villa?

Yes. We have several board games and decks of cards at the villa. There is also a collection of over a hundred videos at the villa including many children’s titles.

What airport do we fly into?

You will fly into Puerto Plata Gregorio Luperon International Airport (airport code: POP). The airport was expanded and renovated with very modern facilities.

Are pets allowed?

No. We are sorry but pets are not allowed. Some exceptions may apply, please contact us.

Can we smoke inside the villa?

No. Smoking of any kind inside the villa is strictly prohibited and may result in additional cleaning fees. You are free to smoke anywhere outside the villa. Please use one of the ashtrays supplied and please don’t put your cigarette butts anywhere but in an ashtray!

Will we have trouble finding the villa from the airport?

No. We have never had a guest have any trouble finding the villa. We supply you with extremely detailed directions to the villa from the airport.

Is the water safe to drink?

We recommend buying bottled water for drinking purposes. Bottled water is available in gallon jugs everywhere on the island for about $1.50 per gallon jug. Anytime you go out of the country, you run the risk of getting a bug that your body is not used to from the local water supply. The same would apply to someone coming to the U.S. from out of the country!

Do we need to conserve water while at the villa?

We do ask that you try to conserve water as much as is reasonably possible. All of the water for the villa comes from rainwater or costly water deliveries by truck and is stored in cisterns under the house (this is very common in the Caribbean). Although Dominican Republic is an island surrounded by water, fresh water is very scarce.

Do we need to rent a car?

It is not entirely a necessity but we highly recommend it. There is a lot to see and do on Puerto Plata and you will have a great time exploring the island, seeing it’s attractions or just beach hopping! We ourselves would never go to the villa and not rent a vehicle.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept VISA, MasterCard and Discover, as well as personal/business checks, money orders and PayPal. We will also accept wire transfers. Rates are in U.S. Dollars. A surcharge of 3.0% applies for credit cards.

What are our reservation requirements?

To confirm a reservation, we require 50% of the rental amount as a deposit. The balance and 18% tax will be due 60 days prior to your stay. We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover and checks as payment. If you choose to use a check as payment for the deposit, we require that it reach us within 3 business days of your verbal confirmation. A credit card as payment confirms the reservation immediately.

After receiving your deposit we will send you a rental package that will include two copies of our rental agreement, one for your records and one to sign and return to us. We will also send you Puerto Plata information and brochures. About two weeks before your stay we will send you the detailed directions from the airport.

We also require a $500 security deposit. You can use a credit card, (the number will be kept on file and not charged), PayPal or a separate check for the security deposit. If you use a check for the security, it should be sent when the balance is due. It will not be deposited in our bank unless there has been a problem at the villa, which will be discussed with you before we do anything with your security deposit.

Can we make an online reservation?

Yes, you can! Should you want to confirm a reservation online, just check the availability calendar, and if your dates are available go to our secure online booking form. Now, if you want to be sure that you get the week you are looking for, you don’t have to wait to talk to us…just book it yourself!

What is the electric voltage on Puerto Plata?

The voltage on Puerto Plata is 110 volts, the same as on the U.S.

May I tip the staff?
Guests often ask whether it’s appropriate to tip. Tipping is always discretionary and should be based on the quality of service received. Our staff is always pleased to be recognized for doing a good job and making a guest’s arrival or stay more pleasant. As a guideline, here are some suggested gratuity amounts:

  • Greeters: $15 and up
  • Housekeepers: $10 per person per week
  • Caretakers: $15 and up

What if I want to meet with a Realtor?
So many of our guests fall in love with Puerto Plata and decide they want to own property here. Whether you want to purchase an existing home or the perfect piece of land to design and build you dream house, we are happy to recommend a knowledgeable and professional Realtor to provide you with information and assistance.

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