Puerto Plata is located on the northern coast of the Caribbean island of Dominican Republic, the province of Puerto Plata is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Dominican Republic. Blessed with beautiful stretches of pristine beaches, lush green valleys, and cradled by a chain of majestic coastal mountains, Puerto Plata was described as "the fairest land under heaven" by Christopher Columbus in 1492. Over 500 years later, the province of Puerto Plata has continued to captivate visitors from around the world with an intoxicating potion of Latin American culture, incredible natural beauty, and the extraordinary kindness of its people. Visit the city's central park, Parque Luperon, and make a stop at the picturesque church, Iglesia de San Felipe. Several inexpensive cafeterias are nearby, in addition to numerous stores specializing in local crafts. In downtown Puerto Plata you will find the last remaining Victorian gingerbread buildings - elegant 19th century structures which are quickly disappearing due to commercial development.
Attractions The Amber Museum : Located on the second floor of a Victorian mansion, the Amber Museum is perhaps one of Puerto Plata's best known tourist attractions. Open from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm, Monday through Saturday, the Amber Museum features collections of fossilized resin (Amber), some of which contain remarkably preserved specimens dating back thousands of years. Admission is about $2 U.S. Mount Isabel de Torres : Undoubtedly Puerto Plata's most impressive geographic feature, 2,600 foot Mount Isabel is also a popular attraction for tourists and locals alike. After a seven minute cable car ride up the nearly vertical slope, visitors will find botanical gardens, a statue of Christ similar to the one in Rio de Janeiro, and a superb restaurant, in addition, of course, to breathtaking views of the city and surrounding sea. Open Tuesdays and Thursday through Sunday from 8 am until 5 pm. Admission is about $10 U.S. Playa Dorada : Home to the majority of Puerto Plata's "allinclusive" resorts, Playa Dorada features two golf courses, casinos, a shopping mall, and over 15 miles of beaches. Although most of the property in Playa Dorada is private, the beach itself is open to the public and can be accessed at the end of the main road running through the complex. Columbus Aguaparque : Arguably the Caribbean's finest attraction of its kind, the Columbus Aguaparque has quickly established itself as a favorite with kids of all ages for a daylong outing. Featuring a restaurant, small gift shop, showers, and lockers. Open daily from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm. Admission is about $10 U.S. for the day, or about $5 U.S. after 4:00 pm. Costambar : Surrounded by calm, crystal-clear waters,
Costambar is truly a beach lover's delight! Featuring a 9-hole golf course, Los Mangos, Costambar is less crowded and more tranquil than Playa Dorada. Numerous restaurants are located throughout the residential community of Costambar. The Brugal Rum Factory : Producing over a million and a half liters of white and dark rum each year, Brugal is the drink of choice for many North Coast Dominicans (with Barcelo being favored in the South). Although no distillation actually takes place at the Brugal Factory, visitors are given a brief tour of Brugal's bottling operations and are treated to a refreshing drink featuring, but of course, Brugal rum. Open 9:00 am noon & 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Admission is free. The Malecรณn & Fort San Felipe : The Malecรณn is an ocean side road featuring numerous cafes and small restaurants. Although the small beach is not suitable for swimming, a leisurely stroll along the Malecรณn offers fresh ocean breezes and excellent people watching. The Malecรณn is especially popular on weekends and at night when road side vendors prepare small snacks and several discos blast music into the early morning hours. Walking west along the Malecรณn will lead visitor to Fuerte San Felipe, Puerto Plata's only remaining colonial structure. Located on a small peninsula on Puerto Plata Bay, Bahia de Puerto Plata, it was at Fuerte San Felipe that Columbus had hoped to establish the first Spanish colony in the New World (the colony in Puerto Plata, however, did not last long and the Spanish resettled on the island's Southern Coast at Santo Domingo). The fort features a moat, historical artifacts, and a small museum. Admission is about $1 U.S Sosua Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Dominican Republic, and not surprisingly, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Caribbean. Sosua is located on the North coast of DR, bathed by the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean, only 12.4 miles from Puerto Plata City. It offers its visitors first class hotel accommodations, tourist resorts, great seafood and international cuisine restaurants, sunbathing, snorkeling, water-skiing, scuba diving, and excellent nightclub entertainment. Dominican locals have enjoyed Sosua for many years, and now Europeans and North Americans have also discovered the beauty of this tropical paradise--no wonder so many of them are staying to live there all-year round CABARETE : Cabarete is a small, laid-back Caribbean beach village located only 20 minutes away from the Puerto Plata International Airport on the northern shore of the Dominican Republic. It's a perfect tropical vacation spot, especially for the young traveler seeking fun, new friends and sporting adventures. With its charming, hip ambience and a combination of relaxed and adventurous lifestyles, most visitors can barely resist the spontaneous temptation of extending their stay and just hang around the place for another while. The village of Cabarete is spread out across the center of a gorgeous, semi-circular beach of golden, sun-soaked, sand.
Just behind, limiting its size lies a tranquil lagoon, backed up by richly verdant hills overflowing with luxurious tropical vegetation. The perfect blend of the surrounding physical elements of nature such as the location of the offshore reef at the entrance of the bay, the direction from which the trade winds usually blow, and the low-lying hills behind the village, which cause a unique thermal effect, form a beautiful layout. They create an unusual synthesis of outstanding wind and wave conditions. These make Cabarete's bay an exceptional location not only for water-sports such as kite boarding and windsurfing, but for regular surfing at El Encuentro beach as well. Cabarete is also the perfect place to just lay back to work on that perfect tan. It's the best thing to do when you're not out gliding over warm Caribbean waters, or participating in some other fun adventure sport such as mountain-biking, scubadiving, wakeboarding, cave exploring or canyoning. And Cabarete's nightlife (restaurants, bars and discos) is legendary. If you are not having fun in Cabarete, you must be dead.