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Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Puerto Plata
Puerto Plata, the largest city on the north coast of the Dominican Republic is a wonderful Caribbean seaside town that burst with energy. For me its appeal lies in its history, culture and architecture that literally spans centuries, an asset you do not find in the newly build resort towns.
Some of my favorite pictures I took during my Dominican Republic travels are those of my early morning visit to the top of Mount Isabel de Torres, more 2500 feet above sea level. The gondola ride is an adventure, the botanical gardens are just wonderful and the views nothing less than breathtaking. El Malecón is great for an evening stroll, people watching and to sit down for a drink or bite to eat at one of the many intimate restaurants. more...

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Casa Colonial Beach & Spa 
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Last reviewed: Jul 4, 2014
Tubagua Plantation Eco Lodge 
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Last reviewed: Jun 1, 2014
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Last reviewed: Jun 2, 2014
New Garden Hotel 
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Wilson’s Beach House 
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Last reviewed: May 14, 2014

Puerto Plata Information

The annual Puerto Plata merengue festival, which is normally held in October, is one of my favorite reasons to visit this exciting seaside town. The Malecón is completely closed off for traffic and lined with food stands. I try some of the typical Dominican specialties and dance the night away to some of the best merengue bands in the Dominican Republic. Most people who visit Puerto Plata stay in one of the luxury all-inclusive beach resorts of neighboring Playa Dorada but this time I find it more convenient to stay in one of the more affordable Puerto Plata hotels.

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The Spaniards who founded Puerto Plata in 1496 decided to abandon and set fire to the settlement in 1605. The only structure from this period that survived the blaze is Forte San Felipe along the Malecón, which was completed in 1540 to fight off the pirates. I love the awesome views of the Atlantic Ocean that are much more invigorating than the small prison museum. From nearby Parque the Luperón it is really nice to walk through the charming Puerto Plata streets to Parque Central with its lovely centerpiece La Glorieta, a 1960s reconstruction of the original symmetrical 2-story white-and-green wooden bandstand that was constructed after a Belgian design in 1872. The park is partly surrounded by some of the most elaborate nineteenth century Victorian mansions I have seen on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. Some other Puerto Plata favorites I recommend visiting are Iglesia San Felipe with its subtle art deco influences in addition to the fabulous stained glass windows and the amber museum that houses an amazing collection of fossils that are between 25 and 40 million years old!

Puerto Plata is a great town to visit when you stay in one of the nearby all-inclusive resorts. The people are some of the friendliest you will come across in the Dominican Republic. A trip to the top of Mount Isabel de Torres, either by foot, which is rather challenging and takes approximately 2-2.5 hours or gondola (teleférico) will reward you with some fantastic photo opportunities of Puerto Plata, the statue of Christ and the botanical gardens. I suggest arriving early for the clearest views.

How to get there
Unless I am touring other regions of the country, I always fly to Gregorio Luperón International Airport just 18 kilometers east of Puerto Plata and Playa Dorada. Santiago's Cibao International Airport is located about an hour south from Puerto Plata. At the airport you can catch a bus, airport shuttle, rental car or taxi to your final destination.

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Tours and attractions
Puerto Plata has two major festivals each year, the cultural festival, which is held during the third week of June, and the Puerto Plata merengue festival the first week of October. (I suggest you check exact dates.) The Cultural festival offers an insight into Dominican culture with Folk Music, traditional African tribal dances, salsa and merengue and there are many exhibits of crafts from local artists. Neighboring Playa Dorada is home to the world famous Playa Dorada Golf Course. As far as excursions go I can assure you that you won’t be disappointed. Yasika tours offers exciting zip line adventures. Tours to all parts of the country can be booked at hotels and other tourists places and vary from a simple picnic to the most extreme adventure activities. The nearby beach towns like Sosua and Cabarete all have their own distinct atmospheres that are worth checking out.


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Puerto Plata Hotels

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Hotel Name Destination Hotel Class User Rating Popularity

Agualina Kite Beach Resort Cabarete 2 reviews

Albatros Residence Cabarete 1 reviews

Alegria Cabarete 2 reviews

Allegro Puerto Plata Playa Dorada 4 reviews

Apart Hotel & Beach Club Caracol Cabarete 0 reviews

Aparta Hotel Lomar Puerto Plata 2 reviews

Azzurro Club Estrella Cabarete 0 reviews

Barcelo Puerto Plata Playa Dorada 23 reviews

Be Live Grand Marien Playa Dorada 24 reviews

BlueBay Villas Doradas Playa Dorada 28 reviews

Cabarete Bay Cabarete 0 reviews

Caliente Caribe Resort & Spa Puerto Plata 3 reviews

Caribe Campo Club Sosua 1 reviews

Caribe Surf Cabarete 2 reviews

Casa Blanca Hotel Cabarete 1 reviews

Casa Cayena Sosua 1 reviews

Casa Colonial Beach & Spa Playa Dorada 3 reviews

Casa Ekke Sosua 1 reviews

Casa Laguna Beach Resort Cabarete 1 reviews

Casa Marina Beach Sosua 13 reviews

Casa Marina Playa Escondida Puerto Plata 1 reviews

Celuisma Cabarete Cabarete 2 reviews

Celuisma Paraiso Tropical Beach Cabarete 5 reviews

Celuisma Tropical Playa Dorada Playa Dorada 30 reviews

Claro de Luna Villas Puerto Plata 1 reviews

Club Residencial Sosua 1 reviews

Club Tropicana Sosua 1 reviews

Coco Sosua 2 reviews

Coconut Palms Resort Puerto Plata 9 reviews

Condado Puerto Plata 1 reviews

Eden Bay Nudist Resort Puerto Plata 0 reviews

El Colibri Sosua 2 reviews

El Rancho Sosua 1 reviews

Estrella del Mar Cabarete 0 reviews

Extreme Cabarete 0 reviews

Gran Ventana Beach Resort Playa Dorada 31 reviews

Grand Paradise Playa Dorada Playa Dorada 36 reviews

Hideaway Beach Resort Cabarete 1 reviews

Holiday Village Golden Beach Playa Dorada 9 reviews

Hooked Cabarete Cabarete 0 reviews

Hotetur Dorado Club Playa Dorada 0 reviews

Iberostar Costa Dorada Puerto Plata 17 reviews

Isla Verde Beach Cabarete 0 reviews

Kaoba Cabarete 0 reviews

Kite Beach Cabarete 0 reviews

La Cana Vacation Club Sosua 1 reviews

La Catalina Puerto Plata 1 reviews

Larimar Beach Resort Sosua 0 reviews

Lifestyle Vitalis Garden Club
This hotel has been closed.
Playa Dorada 0 reviews

Lóase Resort and Racquetball Club Puerto Plata 1 reviews

Marco Polo Club Sosua 0 reviews

Natura Cabana Cabarete 0 reviews

New Garden Hotel Sosua 2 reviews

Ocean Manor Beach Resort Cabarete 4 reviews

Paraiso de Colon Sosua 1 reviews

Playa Chiquita Sosua 1 reviews

Playa Sanssouci Cabarete 1 reviews

Puerto Plata Beach Resort and Casino Puerto Plata 1 reviews

Rancho Nazdrowie Puerto Plata 0 reviews

Ria Fortuna Cabarete 0 reviews

Riu Bachata Puerto Plata 31 reviews

Riu Mambo Puerto Plata 18 reviews

Riu Merengue Puerto Plata 21 reviews

Sea Horse Ranch Cabarete 0 reviews

Sol De Plata Beach Resort Sosua 1 reviews

Sosua Bay Resort Sosua 9 reviews

Sosua by the Sea Sosua 5 reviews

Sunshine Hotel Puerto Plata 1 reviews

Tangerine Palace Cabarete 1 reviews

The Oasis Cabarete Beach Resort Cabarete 0 reviews

Tropical Clubs Cabarete Cabarete 0 reviews

Tropicana Caribe by EVRentals Playa Dorada 0 reviews

Tropiclub Los Almendros Sosua 0 reviews

Tropix Sosua 2 reviews

Tubagua Plantation Eco Lodge Puerto Plata 3 reviews

VH Victoria Resort and Beach Playa Dorada 1 reviews

Victoria Golf & Beach Resort Playa Dorada 6 reviews

Victorian House Sosua 2 reviews

Villa Almonte Sosua 1 reviews

Villa Rosada Cabarete 1 reviews

Villa Taina Cabarete 2 reviews

Villas Jazmin Puerto Plata 1 reviews

Viva Wyndham Playa Dorada
This hotel has been closed.
Playa Dorada 4 reviews

Viva Wyndham Tangerine Cabarete 15 reviews

Voramar Sosua 1 reviews

Waterfront Sosua 1 reviews

Wilson’s Beach House Cabarete 1 reviews

Puerto Plata Restaurants

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Acuarela Garden Cafe Puerto Plata 0 reviews

Al Fresco Playa Dorada 0 reviews

Aleph Puerto Plata 0 reviews

Aquaceros Bar and Grill Puerto Plata 0 reviews

Atlantic Blue Sosua 0 reviews

Bliss Restaurant Lounge Bar Pool Cabarete 0 reviews

Blu Cabarete 0 reviews

Blue Moon Cabarete 0 reviews

Bologna Ristorante Pizzeria Sosua 1 reviews

Cabarete Coffee Company Cabarete 0 reviews

Cafe Barrio Latino Cabarete 0 reviews

Cafe Cubano / Cuban Cafe Sosua 0 reviews

Café Pitu Cabarete 0 reviews

Cariatides Restaurant Playa Dorada 0 reviews

Casa Colonial La Verandah / Lucia Playa Dorada 1 reviews

Casa del Pescador Cabarete 0 reviews

Casa Valeria Sosua 0 reviews

Casanova Cabarete 0 reviews

Castle Club Cabarete 0 reviews

Chili Thai Sosua 0 reviews

Cinimon Cabarete 0 reviews

Claro Cabarete 1 reviews

Dick's Bakery Cabarete 0 reviews

El Batay Puerto Plata 0 reviews

El Jardin de Jade Playa Dorada 0 reviews

El Tigre Cabarete 0 reviews

Embocca Cabarete 0 reviews

Gran Ventana Beach Resort Puerto Plata 0 reviews

Hemingway's Café Playa Dorada 0 reviews

Jardin Suizo Malecon Puerto Plata 0 reviews

Jolly Roger Bar & Grill Sosua 0 reviews

Jose O'Shay's Cabarete 1 reviews

Kahuna's Restaurant & Bar Cabarete 1 reviews

Kite Club Cafe Cabarete 1 reviews

K's Coffee Shop Cabarete 0 reviews

La Casa Del Pescador Cabarete 0 reviews

La Casita De Don Alfredo Papi Cabarete 1 reviews

La Cueva Puerto Plata 0 reviews

La Parrillada Steak House Puerto Plata 0 reviews

La Puntilla de Piergeorgio Sosua 1 reviews

La Vaca Loca Cabarete 1 reviews

Las Brisas Cabarete 0 reviews

Lax Cabarete 0 reviews

Los Locos d'enfrente Cabarete 0 reviews

Maraja Cabarete 0 reviews

Mares Restaurant & Lounge Puerto Plata 0 reviews

Martini's Beach Bar & Grill Cabarete 0 reviews

Mercedes Cabarete 0 reviews

Miro Cabarete 0 reviews

Morua Mai Sosua 1 reviews

Natura Cabanas Restaurant Cabarete 0 reviews

Nuevo Simply Red Sosua 0 reviews

Occidental Grand Playa Dorada 0 reviews

On the Waterfront Sosua 1 reviews

Onno's Bar Cabarete 2 reviews

Orchidee Restaurant Sosua 3 reviews

Otra Cosa Cabarete 0 reviews

Pizzerio Roma II Puerto Plata 0 reviews

PJ's Pizzeria Sosua 0 reviews

Placito Criolla Playa Dorada 0 reviews

Pomodoro Cabarete 1 reviews

Resto Veintiuno Sosua 0 reviews

Riu Bachata Puerto Plata 0 reviews

Riu Mambo Puerto Plata 0 reviews

Roadways Playa Dorada 0 reviews

Schnitzel Paradise Puerto Plata 0 reviews

Scotch N Sirloin Sosua 0 reviews

Serenade Cabarete 0 reviews

Taste Restaurant & Terrace Puerto Plata 0 reviews

The Ponderosa Puerto Plata 0 reviews

Toma la Luna Cabarete 0 reviews

Tostacos & Sushito Puerto Plata 0 reviews

Tropicoco Cabarete 0 reviews

Tu Kasita Cabarete 0 reviews

Puerto Plata Bed And Breakfast Accommodations

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Casa Veintiuno Sosua 1 reviews

Condos Dominicano Sosua 4 reviews

Hostal Jimesson Puerto Plata 0 reviews

Seaside69 Sosua 1 reviews

Puerto Plata Tours

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Deep Sea Fishing Puerto Plata 1 reviews

Eco Tours Puerto Plata 0 reviews

Iguana Mama Cabarete 1 reviews

Northern Highlights Puerto Plata 0 reviews

waterfall Puerto Plata 1 reviews

Puerto Plata Excursions

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Cable Car Puerto Plata 0 reviews

Deep Sea Fishing Puerto Plata 1 reviews

Ocean World Adventure Park Puerto Plata 0 reviews

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