Puerto Plata

Travel Guide
Fort San Felipe which includes 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.

Where to stay in Puerto Plata

Iberostar Costa Dorada - All Inclusive
Iberostar Costa Dorada - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Carretera Luperon Km 2.5, Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata, 57000
The price is $159 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2
$159
per night
Dec 1 - Dec 2
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury property in Puerto Plata. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff in ...
3.8/5 Good! (1,012 reviews)
"The property was well maintained on the outside. The grounds have very beautiful spots to look at and take pictures. However the rooms need to be updated with most effort on fixing up the bathrooms. The staff was friendly and responsive at the restaurants and the entertainment staff was fun and engaging.Food ..."

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2022

Iberostar Costa Dorada - All Inclusive
Sunscape Puerto Plata - All Inclusive
Sunscape Puerto Plata - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Carretera Luperon KM 5, Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata, 547
The price is $342 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2
$342
per night
Dec 1 - Dec 2
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Puerto Plata. Enjoy free breakfast, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in ...
3.7/5 Good! (983 reviews)
"Friendly environment"

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2022

Sunscape Puerto Plata - All Inclusive
Senator Puerto Plata Spa Resort All Inclusive
Senator Puerto Plata Spa Resort All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Bahía de Maimon, Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata, 57000
The price is $275 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12
$275
per night
Dec 11 - Dec 12
Stay at this 4-star beach property in Puerto Plata. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the bar in our reviews. ...
3.7/5 Good! (407 reviews)
"I didn’t like that there was no music in sports bar area kind of boring"

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2022

Senator Puerto Plata Spa Resort 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.
Costambar
Costambar
2.5 out of 5
8 Rey Fernando, Costambar, Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata, 57000
Stay at this beach aparthotel in Puerto Plata. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the property condition in ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (223 reviews)
Perfect place!
"Costambar was easily the best hotel I was in on the entire island! It is in a cash only part of Puerto Plata. The room was exceptionally clean, has cheap drinking water 5 gallon bottles and pumps for your use, the balcony was great, the air conditioning and ceiling fans were perfect, the pool was ..."

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2022

Costambar
 Xeliter Green One Playa Dorada
Xeliter Green One Playa Dorada
3.5 out of 5
Playa Dorada, Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata Province, 57000
Stay at this 3.5-star golf apartment in Puerto Plata. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Popular attractions Playa Dorada and Playa Dorada Golf ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2 reviews)
"People so helpful and friendly"

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2022

Xeliter Green One Playa Dorada
Exotic Beach Vacation Apartment with Picuzzi
Exotic Beach Vacation Apartment with Picuzzi
3.5 out of 5
Unnamed Road, Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata, 57000
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Puerto Plata. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and private pools. Popular attractions Playa Dorada and Playa Dorada Golf Course ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"Muy buen trato"

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2022

Exotic Beach Vacation Apartment with Picuzzi
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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