Puerto PlataDominican Republic

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Visit Puerto Plata

Discover the beautiful windswept northern coast of the Dominican Republic, where fishing villages and luxury resorts coexist along interminable sandy beaches.

Puerto Plata translates to mean Silver Port, and today the region is affectionately known as the “Silver Coast.” Its location between the Atlantic Ocean and the Cordillera Septentrional mountains have given it a warm, dry climate, with winds perfect for watersports, as well as an unhurried atmosphere, which lingers from its days as a small fishing province. Come here today to discover plush resorts alongside quaint seaside villages.

The province’s capital is San Felipe de Puerto Plata, or just simply Puerto Plata. This city is renowned for its beautiful urban beaches, notably the long Playa Dorada, which is fronted by luxury resorts and the acclaimed 18-hole Robert Trent Jones Golf Course. Amble along the Malecón seafront promenade and hop in the Teleférico cable car to zip up to the flat-topped Pico Isabel de Torres for far-reaching views. See remnants of colonial times at the imposing 16th-century Fort San Felipe, which now hosts a military museum and offers incredible sea views.

Outside of the city, life in Puerto Plata revolves around the beach. Outdoor activities abound; the region is one of the best in the country for scuba diving. Sosua is famed for its reefs, canyons and shipwrecks. Try snorkeling in the idyllic Playa Grande and the Gri Gri Lagoon, both of which are found in the tranquil fishing village of Río San Juan.

The former fishing hamlet of Cabarete is now the region’s adventure sports capital. Venture to this modern, upmarket resort for ideal windsurfing, surfing and kitesurfing conditions. Shops, hotels and restaurants line the resort’s only street and a relaxed yet cosmopolitan vibe pervades.

For a different experience, head to the town of Monte Cristi, one of the oldest European cities in the New World. Explore the local beaches and the Parque Nacional Monte Cristi’s wildlife-filled mangrove coast.

Gregorio Luperón International Airport, also known as Puerto Plata Airport, serves the northern part of the country. Many resorts offer airport transfers for their guests. Taxis and buses are available, but more remote destinations can be difficult to access via public transportation so rent a car to properly explore.

Where to stay in Puerto Plata

Costambar, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Costambar

If you're spending some time in Costambar, Playa Grande and Playa Costambar are top sights worth seeing.

Costambar
Costa Dorada, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Costa Dorada

4/5Very Good!(2 area reviews)

While Costa Dorada may not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Playa Dorada and Fort San Felipe.

Costa Dorada
Los Maestros, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Los Maestros

Los Maestros might not have many top sights, but Fort San Felipe and Pico Isabel de Torres are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Los Maestros

Top hotels in Puerto Plata

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Lifestyle Tropical Beach Resort & Spa All Inclusive
Lifestyle Tropical Beach Resort & Spa All Inclusive
3 out of 5
Cofresi Beach, Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata
£145
per night
Jan 28 - Jan 29

Nestled on the beach, this Puerto Plata resort is within 6 mi (10 km) of Puerto Plata Cable Car, Amber Museum and Fort San Felipe. Long Beach and Playa Dorada ...

3.5/5Good! (1,148 reviews)

"The resort food was not authentic which was extremely disappointing. The bartenders at the pool bar were the best part of our stay. Gerson, Tito and José made us feel welcomed as if we were at home."…"

Reviewed on 24 Jan 2020

Lifestyle Tropical Beach Resort & Spa All Inclusive
Cofresi Palm Beach & Spa Resort All Inclusive
Cofresi Palm Beach & Spa Resort All Inclusive
3.5 out of 5
1 Paradise Drive, Cofresi Beach, Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata
£150
per night
Jan 28 - Jan 29

This Puerto Plata resort is on the beach, 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Cofresi Beach, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Puerto Plata Cable Car and Amber Museum. Fort San Felipe ...

3.4/5Good! (757 reviews)

"The grounds were beautiful. Plenty of pool options, food option. The strict hours to make dinner reservations was annoying. If u asked 3 staff members the same question regarding anything about the hotel u got 3 very different answers. The Sunday welcome party they did not do in 4 weeks (might be ..."…"

Reviewed on 23 Jan 2020

Cofresi Palm Beach & Spa Resort All Inclusive
Be Live Collection Marien - All Inclusive
Be Live Collection Marien - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Carretera Luperón, Km. 4.5, Complejo Turístico, Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata
£190
per night
Jan 29 - Jan 30

Nestled on the beach, this Costa Dorada resort is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Long Beach and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Playa Dorada. Playa Dorada Golf Course and Lorilar ...

3.7/5Good! (1,543 reviews)

"Everything was very beautiful the staff and the people from around the world were amazing"…"

Reviewed on 20 Jan 2020

Be Live Collection Marien - All Inclusive

Popular things to do in Puerto Plata

Playa Dorada
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Playa Dorada

4/5(1 review)

One of the Dominican Republic’s most established and beautiful tourist destinations, this beach offers all kinds of aquatic activities.

Sosua Beach
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Sosua Beach

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Sosua Beach, a popular beach in Sosua. Wander the seaside or discover the coral reefs in this relaxing area.

Cabarete Beach
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Cabarete Beach

5/5(1 review)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Cabarete Beach, a popular beach in Cabarete. Discover the area's entertainment venues or seek out its kitesurfing spots.

27 Waterfalls
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27 Waterfalls

Get your heart thumping on an exhilarating adventure tour around an impressive series of waterfalls.

Puerto Plata Cable Car
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Puerto Plata Cable Car

4/5(1 review)

Ascend up to the cloud-level summit of the Isabel de Torres mountain for spectacular bird’s-eye views of Puerto Plata and the Atlantic Ocean beyond.

Encuentro Beach
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Encuentro Beach

Why not spend a care-free afternoon at Encuentro Beach during your travels in Cabarete? Discover the area's entertainment venues or seek out its kitesurfing spots.

Top activities in Puerto Plata

The Best of Puerto Plata Full Day City Tour
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The Best of Puerto Plata Full Day City Tour

£54

The city of Puerto Plata is lined by an oceanfront boulevard (Malecon) known for its open-air restaurants, shops, and nightlife. This is a scenic area to explore and enjoy Dominican culture.

Explore all 27 Waterfalls of Damajagua in Puerto Plata
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Explore all 27 Waterfalls of Damajagua in Puerto Plata

£62

After picking you up from your hotel we head to the Waterfalls of Damajagua, one of the highest rated attractions on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic. Nature has crafted here some awe-inspiring pools, etched out of limestone, with stalactites and stalagmites in a thousand colors.

All Inclusive Sailing and Snorkeling Tour by Catamaran
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All Inclusive Sailing and Snorkeling Tour by Catamaran

£61

Come and enjoy a whole day on the most and modern Catamaran of the Caribbean, a wonderful and fun way to discover the marine life of Sosua and the beautiful north coast of Dominican Republic, with food and drinks included! It's good stability and comfort comes from the generous size of this boat, being 75ft long and 33ft wide.

Outback Safari with Lunch from Puerto Plata
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Outback Safari with Lunch from Puerto Plata

£61

Spend an action-packed day in the countryside exploring the heart and soul of the Dominican Republic. Away from the crowds, venture to several local spots to see how the people live and experience its stunning natural beauty.

Whale Watching Boat Trip
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Whale Watching Boat Trip

£37

One of the most beautiful attractions in the Dominican Republic is the Samana humpback whale sanctuary, their natural mating and calving grounds. To see these large mammals breach the water is one of the greatest sights in nature.

Cabarete Kiteboarding Discover
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Cabarete Kiteboarding Discover

£50

This 1-hour kiteboarding discover provides the chance to learn the skill of kiteboarding from a certified IKO instructor. It is very easy to set up the equipment, and all the necessary gear will be provided.

Reviews of Puerto Plata

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Mar 28, 2019

Its a lovely city with loads of history. We have seen it grow in terms of tourism over the last 20 years. It and surrounding villages show authentic Dominican life. The people here are lovely, genorous and genuine.

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