What to do in Puerto Plata

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Puerto Plata Attractions

Also known as La Novia del Atlantico, Puerto Plata is a city in the Dominican Republic known for its various beach resorts. Besides beautiful beaches, warm people and great weather, there are a variety of attractions in Puerto Plata for outdoor enthusiasts.

To start your journey in Puerto Plata, head to the beautiful Damajaqua Cascades. The Damajaqua Cascades are made up of 27 different waterfalls, each with differing heights. Puerto Plata excursions to the Damajaqua Cascades are perfect for large families because the falls offer something to do for people of all ages. Make sure to carry a map with you at all times, as there are multiple trails leading up to the falls.

After a long morning trip to the Damajaqua Cascades, head to one of the must see tourist attractions in the area, Cabarete Beach. This beach, while known for its wind surfing and skim boarding, is also one of the best places in Puerto Plata to kick up your feet, enjoy the sun, and relax. Enjoy Cabarete Beach at sunset with your special someone at one of the many bars and restaurants located in the area.

Located just outside the city is Mount Isabel de Torres. A visit to Mount Isabel de Torres is one of the top things to do in Puerto Plata, primarily because of the breathtaking views you can enjoy all year long. Once you climb through the clouds in your cable car, the view of the city, and the bay will take your breath away. Expedia recommends that you visit Mount Isabel de Torres during the early evening hours to get a view of the area at sunset.

Before leaving Puerto Plata, take a side trip to Fort San Felipe. Located deep within the city itself, Fort San Felipe is one of the oldest European forts that still stands today in the Americas. This wonderfully preserved historic site should be at the top of your local Puerto Plata spots to visit during your vacation.

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What to do in Puerto Plata

Free Things to Do in Puerto Plata

There's no need to endlessly reach for your wallet in Puerto Plata. The following won't even cost a dollar.

St. Philip the Apostle Cathedral - Whatever your beliefs, this site is sure to inspire a sense of reverence.

Long Beach - Bounce rocks across the water, watch the sun go down or simply revel in the views from the shore.

Mount Isabel de Torres - Appreciate the contrast between city life and nature's beauty at this stunning place.

Things to Do in Puerto Plata with Kids

There's fun for all the family wherever you go in Puerto Plata. Here are a few family friendly experiences you can do together that are bound to make your trip memorable:


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Frequently asked questions

What to do in Puerto Plata on a sunny day?
What to do in Puerto Plata on a rainy day?
With indoor activities like a Jasmine Spa Package to keep you out of mischief, there’s no need to let a few drops of rain stop you from having a blast.
What should I not miss in Puerto Plata?
You simply can’t go home without checking off the following unmissable sights:

  • Playa Dorada
  • Ocean World Adventure Park
  • Pico Isabel de Torres
  • Fort San Felipe

Are there cheap things to do in Puerto Plata?
Make your vacation budget stretch further with these popular cheap tours and activities:

What can you do in Puerto Plata for free?
You could even leave your wallet in the hotel safe for the day, because these great attractions will cost you nothing at all:

  • Playa Dorada
  • Sosua Beach
  • Cofresi Beach
  • Playa Alicia

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