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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.

Where to stay in Puerto Plata

Another nice spot for an evening stroll...

Costambar

3/5(5 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Costambar, Playa Grande and Playa Costambar are top sights worth seeing.

Costambar
The view over Puerto Plata from the high Parc Nacional Isobel de Torres.

Los Maestros

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

Los Maestros might not have many top sights, but Puerto Plata Cable Car and Long Beach are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Los Maestros

Top Hotels in Puerto Plata

Playabachata Resort - All Inclusive
Playabachata Resort - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Bahia de Maimon, Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata
The price is $158 per night from Oct 21 to Oct 22

This Puerto Plata property 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! (830 reviews)

"Everything was clean and beautiful my only concern was the food wasn’t a huge variety meaning everyday there should be a beef pork fish Different types . Other than that it was great"…"

Reviewed on Oct 5, 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
The price is $83 per night from Nov 20 to Nov 21

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! (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
The price is $158 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

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! (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
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.

Vacation Rentals in Puerto Plata

Monte Vista
Monte Vista
3 out of 5
Calle America Latina. La mulata II, Sosua, Puerto Plata
The price is $42 per night from Oct 22 to Oct 23

This family-friendly Sosua aparthotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Laguna SOV, Sosua Beach and Playa Alicia. Coral Reef Casino and Laguna ...

3.9/5Good! (70 reviews)

"Ha mejorado con relación a las visitas anteriores."…"

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2020

Monte Vista
Ocean Village Deluxe
Ocean Village Deluxe
3.5 out of 5
Highway Sosua-Cabarete, km 2, Sosua, Puerto Plata

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 ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (23 reviews)

"Beautiful place to relax. Everything was clean. The only thing was that I thought the breakfast was included, but at the reception they told me that; it wasn't include it in my reservation. I was very disappointed. But the employees were very friendly. The spa was wonderful. I had the best massage ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2020

Ocean Village Deluxe
Villa Victoria
Villa Victoria
3 out of 5
Camino Llibre, Vista del Norte, Sosua

Located in the heart of Sosua, this cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mundo King Art Museum, Sosua Beach, and Playa Alicia. Coral Reef Casino and Laguna SOV are ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (17 reviews)

"Very nice people. Very nice place to relax and spend some nice quality time. Love it there! Will be going back again!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2020

Villa Victoria
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.

Popular places to visit in Puerto Plata

Playa Dorada
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Playa Dorada

4.5/5(532 reviews)

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

Sosua Beach
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Sosua Beach

4/5(492 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Sosua Beach, a popular beach in Sosua. Discover the coral reefs in this relaxing area, or seek out the snorkeling spots.

Cabarete Beach
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Cabarete Beach

4.5/5(333 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Cabarete Beach, a popular beach in Cabarete. Discover the bars and its entertainment venues while you're in the area.

Puerto Plata Cable Car
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Puerto Plata Cable Car

4.5/5(270 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.

Encuentro Beach
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Encuentro Beach

4.5/5(79 reviews)

Why not spend a carefree afternoon at Encuentro Beach during your travels in Cabarete? Discover the bars and its entertainment venues while you're in the area.

Pico Isabel de Torres
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Pico Isabel de Torres

4.5/5(130 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

Eat Drink & Be Merry All Inclusive Puerto Plata City Tour
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Eat Drink & Be Merry All Inclusive Puerto Plata City Tour

$95
Per adult
Dominican Cuisine Cooking Class
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Dominican Cuisine Cooking Class

$148
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Entry Level Kite Flying Lesson
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Entry Level Kite Flying Lesson

$52
Per adult
Kite & Hotel Package
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Kite & Hotel Package

$629
Per adult
V.I.P. DayPass (ATV+Zip Lines+Horseback Riding & Lunch)
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V.I.P. DayPass (ATV+Zip Lines+Horseback Riding & Lunch)

$140
Per adult
Buggy Adventures by Rancho Los Cacaos
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Buggy Adventures by Rancho Los Cacaos

$60
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Puerto Plata

4.1

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
454
5 - Excellent 42.07599629286376%
4 - Good
426
4 - Good 39.48100092678406%
3 - Okay
132
3 - Okay 12.233549582947173%
2 - Disappointing
35
2 - Disappointing 3.2437442075996294%
1 - Terrible
32
1 - Terrible 2.9657089898053752%

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Mar 22, 2020

Was not very built up, even around the resort.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 19, 2020

Excellent - from the airport to the resorts. Will return again and again for many more years.

4/5 - Good

LindaHowg

Mar 15, 2020

excelent when we finally got to were we had chose in in first place.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Mar 15, 2020

Food was horrible! The rooms at the resort were kind of dated and the water in the shower was never consistent. Outside was pretty and seemed nice. Beach had a lot of trees so could get shade or sun. We wouldn't go back.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 15, 2020

It's for tourism. The people were nice. Most of the people are poor.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 9, 2020

Didn’t have much time to have some activities. The beach is beautiful. In general very potential growing area

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