Puerto Plata

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Fort San Felipe which includes heritage elements

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

Iberostar Costa Dorada - All Inclusive
Iberostar Costa Dorada - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Carretera Luperon Km 2.5, Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata
The price is £106 per night from 12 Dec to 12 Dec
Nestled on the beach, this Costa Dorada resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Lorilar Ranch, Playa Dorada and Embassy of the United States Dominican Republic. Long ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (984 reviews)
"The hotel has very good services and the food is great. But the very best is the night show. Hulu Hulu is a great animator."

Reviewed on 1 Dec 2021

Iberostar Costa Dorada - All Inclusive
Sunscape Puerto Plata - All Inclusive
Sunscape Puerto Plata - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Carretera Luperon KM 5, Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata
The price is £120 per night from 13 Dec to 13 Dec
Located in Puerto Plata, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within a 15-minute walk of Playa Dorada Golf Course and Playa Dorada. Long Beach ...
3.8/5 Good! (678 reviews)
"Staff was great and friendly. Only issue i had was they had no wifi inly in lobby."

Reviewed on 30 Nov 2021

Sunscape Puerto Plata - 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
The price is £111 per night from 21 Dec to 21 Dec
Nestled on the beach, this Costa Dorada resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Lorilar Ranch, Playa Dorada and Embassy of the United States Dominican Republic. Long ...
3.6/5 Good! (980 reviews)
"From the check in to check out everything was great"

Reviewed on 29 Nov 2021

Be Live Collection Marien - All Inclusive
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Costambar
Costambar
2.5 out of 5
8 Rey Fernando, Costambar, Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata
The price is £36 per night from 10 Dec to 10 Dec
Offering direct access to the beach, this Costambar aparthotel is next to a golf course and within 3 mi (5 km) of Playa Costambar and Puerto Plata Cable Car. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (195 reviews)
"I liked this place. I was here the first time and I will exactly return. Apartments Costambar are on the beach Costambar with a lot of restaurants. The staff is amazing. They help me with all my questions. Unfortunately, they have no breakfast, but you can take coffee on the beach with beautiful ..."

Reviewed on 19 Oct 2021

Costambar
Apartment
Apartment
puerto plata 57000, Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata
Situated in Puerto Plata, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Amber Museum and Embassy of the United States Dominican Republic. Camacho Beach ...
Apartment
Lifestyle Tropical Beach Resort & Spa All Inclusive QUEEN BED & King
Lifestyle Tropical Beach Resort & Spa All Inclusive QUEEN BED & King
Royal Villas at lifestyle resort, Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata
Situated by the sea, this romantic villa is within 1 mile (2 km) of Playa Costambar, Cofresi Beach and Ocean World Adventure Park. Playa Grande and Los Mangos ...
Lifestyle Tropical Beach Resort & Spa All Inclusive QUEEN BED & King
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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