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Puerto PlataDominican Republic

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.

Top Hotels in Puerto Plata

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Playabachata Resort - All Inclusive
Playabachata Resort - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Bahia de Maimon, Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata
The price is CA $197 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

This Puerto Plata resort is on the beach, 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Amber Cove, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Cofresi Beach and Playa Costambar. Playa Grande and Los ...

3.5/5Good! (803 reviews)

"Enjoyed my stay even with the obvious restrictions as a result Of pandemic. Shout out to night entertainment including The singers Alex and Arelis did amazing. Dj banana did an awesome job as well As the night animation."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 19, 2020

Playabachata Resort - 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

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! (1,000 reviews)

"The staff really went out of their way to make sure we enjoyed our stay. Thru difficult times and easy times it was easy to see that they valued us as customers, and wanted us to return."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 23, 2020

Lifestyle Tropical Beach Resort & Spa All Inclusive
Iberostar Costa Dorada - All Inclusive
Iberostar Costa Dorada - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Carretera Luperon Km 2.5, Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata

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 ...

4/5Very Good! (999 reviews)

"The room we got was terrible, even though the resort was almost empty. Overlooked the garbage and laundry facilities in the neighboring resort. When asked, we were moved to the renovated side."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 27, 2020

Iberostar Costa Dorada - All Inclusive

Popular places to visit in Puerto Plata

Playa Dorada
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Playa Dorada

4/5(43 reviews)

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

Puerto Plata Cable Car
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Puerto Plata Cable Car

4.5/5(29 reviews)

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.

Pico Isabel de Torres
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Pico Isabel de Torres

4/5(6 reviews)

Ride the cable car up to the summit of this mountain to wander through a pleasant botanical garden and enjoy fantastic panoramas over the city.

Top things to do in Puerto Plata

Paradise Island & The Mangroves Tour
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Paradise Island & The Mangroves Tour

CA $118
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Waterfalls + Zip Lines + Horseback Riding and Lunch
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Waterfalls + Zip Lines + Horseback Riding and Lunch

CA $149
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
The 27 Waterfalls of Damajagua
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The 27 Waterfalls of Damajagua

CA $128
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Explore all 27 Waterfalls of Damajagua in Puerto Plata
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Explore all 27 Waterfalls of Damajagua in Puerto Plata

CA $109
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Jasmine Spa Package
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Jasmine Spa Package

CA $121
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Buggy Adventures by Rancho Los Cacaos
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Buggy Adventures by Rancho Los Cacaos

CA $82
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Puerto Plata

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 32.926829268292686%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 20.73170731707317%
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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

Verified traveller

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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