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Puerto Plata
Travel Guide

Fort San Felipe featuring 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.

Iberostar Costa Dorada - All Inclusive
Iberostar Costa Dorada - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Carretera Luperon Km 2.5, Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata
The price is CA $165 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 1
Nestled on the beach, this Costa Dorada property is within 3 mi (5 km) of Lorilar Ranch, Playa Dorada, and Embassy of the United States Dominican Republic. Long ...
4/5Very Good! (995 reviews)
"The seafood restaurant was the best"

Reviewed on May 8, 2021

Iberostar Costa Dorada - 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 CA $151 per night from May 16 to May 16
Nestled on the beach, this Costa Dorada property is within 3 mi (5 km) of Lorilar Ranch, Playa Dorada, and Embassy of the United States Dominican Republic. Long ...
3.6/5Good! (983 reviews)
"This property is lovely, great location, fabulous pool. However it is dated they need to do a renovation and update the rooms. They are looking their age and that is not competitive."

Reviewed on May 6, 2021

Be Live Collection Marien - All Inclusive
Lifestyle Tropical Beach Resort & Spa All Inclusive
Lifestyle Tropical Beach Resort & Spa All Inclusive
3 out of 5
Cofresi Beach, Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata
The price is CA $231 per night from May 11 to May 11
Nestled on the beach, this Puerto Plata property 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! (986 reviews)
"Nice size room nice furniture great kitchen friendly helpful staff.They offered good daily entertainment and the food was good."

Reviewed on Apr. 25, 2021

Lifestyle Tropical Beach Resort & Spa 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.
Ultravioleta Boutique Residences
Ultravioleta Boutique Residences
4 out of 5
Carretera Principal, Cabarete, Puerto Plata
The price is CA $200 per night from May 11 to May 11
Nestled on the beach, this Cabarete condo resort is within a 10-minute walk of Cabarete Beach and Kite Beach. Sosua Beach and Playa Dorada are also within 25 ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (161 reviews)
"One of the best condo project in all Dominican Republic North Coast. Great location. Close to Best restaurants and local activities. Recommended for familys and have the best time in Cabarete."

Reviewed on Apr. 4, 2021

Ultravioleta Boutique Residences
Hotel El Magnifico
Hotel El Magnifico
2.5 out of 5
Calle del Cementerio no 3, Cabarete, Puerto Plata
The price is CA $53 per night from May 11 to May 11
Offering direct access to the beach, this Cabarete condo resort is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Cabarete Beach and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Kite Beach. Playa Alicia and ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (85 reviews)
"Beautiful landscaping Very relaxing and on beach."

Reviewed on May 10, 2021

Hotel El Magnifico
Ocean Village Deluxe
Ocean Village Deluxe
3.5 out of 5
Highway Sosua-Cabarete, km 2, Sosua, Puerto Plata
The price is CA $133 per night from May 11 to May 11
Nestled on the beach, this Sosua villa is within 2 mi (3 km) of Playa Alicia, Coral Reef Casino, and Sosua Beach. Encuentro Beach and Kite Beach are also within ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (26 reviews)
Palace at sosua ocean village
"Loved our time at this resort. No problem social distancing here lots of space to roam. Temperature checks and hand sanitizer upon entering restaurants- all employees wore masks and very conscious of cleaning resort and reducing and preventing the spread of COVID 19. We stayed in an apartment in ..."

Reviewed on Aug. 27, 2020

Ocean Village Deluxe
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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Reviews of Puerto Plata

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 13, 2020

Puerto Plata is beautiful place to visit, but go the other Hotel

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 1, 2020

Puerta Plata is great for nightlife, but this is not this place to go if you’re looking for beautiful beaches. Sosua Beach and Beach Alicia are we’re to go .

5/5 - Excellent

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Jan 17, 2020

I love the Malecon are

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Dec 7, 2019

Puerto plata is excellent all things to do but the hotel now is no the best

4/5 - Good

Isaac

Dec 6, 2019

Had bad experiences with the customer service manager on December 1 during my check out at about 430 pm. She was rude and arrogant to answer my several requests to speak to her on urgent issues. She was sitting in her office looking at me as I asked

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Dec 2, 2019

Enjoy coming here for vacation.

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