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Top 10 Things To Do And See In Puerto Plata

Picture of Sophia Mills Francis
Updated: 9 February 2017
Puerto Plata, the eighth largest city of the Dominican Republic, serves as an important trading port in the country. If you’re holidaying in the area, you might like to check out some of these top 10 things to do.

Golden Beach (Playa Dorada)

For a beach with a market at the end of it, visit Golden Beach, also called Playa Dorada. If you keep walking towards the north end, you will find plenty of resorts along the way. The clear water is absolutely amazing and not too rough, and the white sand is perfect for relaxing. On Playa Dorada, there are also several spots you can stop at to have a drink.

Playa Dorada Complex, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Key Paradise

For a beautiful day trip on an amazing tropical island, try Key Paradise. Here you can snorkel and sightsee, enjoy food and fruits, and go on a boat ride. You can also enjoy yourself at the bar, a small hut where you can purchase alcoholic drinks, coconut and pineapple.

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic +1 809 200-1778

Teleferico Puerto Plata Cable Car

This is an exhilarating ride to the top of Mount Isabel de Torres. From the 800 meter-high cable car you can experience spectacular views of Puerto Plata, as well as the surrounding area. Once you reach the top, you can visit attractions such as the botanical garden, which has a cave, paths and lagoon. You can also visit the restaurant and gift shop for trinkets to remember your spectacular ride.

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Damajaqua Cascades (27 Waterfalls)

The 27 waterfalls (27 Charcos de Damajagua) are the pinnacle of natural beauty combined with the amiable, kind people of the Dominican Republic. This is one of the best excursions of the island and can be done from the cruise ships. You can be picked up from the terminal gate if you choose, and everything – life-jackets, helmets, climbing gear etc – is provided in the tour price. The tour guides are extremely friendly and will inform you thoroughly about the falls. Once you reach the top, you can slide or jump down the waterfalls if you aren’t too afraid of heights.

Puerto Plata, Damajagua 57000, Dominican Republic

Ocean World Adventure Park, Marina and Casino

For a thoroughly enjoyable day, go to Ocean World. Four animal shows are offered each day and they are carried out two times a day at different times, which means that you won’t miss a thing when moving between shows. Get to see a bird show, a sea lion show and a shark one too, and all done to upbeat classic music.

Calle Principal 3, Cofresi, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic +1 809-291-1000

Diwa Dominicana

Spend your vacation with Diwa Dominicana, high quality diving instructors who will take you under the water and show you a completely different world. From Sousa Bay, experience four amazing dives for four hours and see all kinds of remarkable sea life, such as barracuda. The instructors take food to attract amazing animals to you while you take the big plunge.

Carratera Luperon, El Local No 48 de la Plaza Turisol, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Cofresi Palm Beach & Spa Resort

For an excellent, great place to relax, why not spend some time at Cofresi Palm Beach & Spa Resort. With its clean, soft, white sand and its clear waters, you can recline on the beach and rest after your excursions around the island. With friendly staff at hand, you can expect to be treated amiably and enjoy the scenery. A real luxury experience.

1 Paradise Drive, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic +1 809-970-3377

Pico Isabel de Torres

The highest point of Puerto Plata, awaiting you at the top of the cable car ride up this 793m-high mountain are amazing, panoramic views. You can also see the magnificent, beautiful statue Christ the Redeemer at the very top – a replica of the famous Brazilian landmark. Be prepared to have your picture taken by locals at the top of the mountain, soak up the views and then enjoy the exhilarating cable car journey back down the mountain.

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Casa Museo General Gregorio Luperon

For a quality chance to learn some of the history of Puerto Plata, visit Casa Museo General Gregorio Luperon. The museum is well managed and the guides are extremely informative about the history of Puerto Plata, telling the story of General Luperon. You can also watch an educational film which will inform you further about the area’s history.

Calle 12 de Julio 54, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic +1 809-261-8661

Fort San Felipe

You can walk around the grounds of this fort and experience the historical feel of this island for free. From the top, you can get a beautiful view of the surrounding area and see far into the distance. Headsets are available for a self-guided tour around the fort. Take a picture of yourself standing next to the cannons and soak up the Dominican Republic’s history.

Avenida General Gregorio Luperón, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic +1 809-261-6043