Unspoiled natural surroundings infused with Latin flare. At first glance, Puerto Plata feels reminiscent of Rio de Janeiro. The statue of Christ atop Mount Isabel de Torres resembles Rio's Corcovado mountain, however, this tranquil vacation spot is a more restful version of the exuberant lifestyle in Rio. In Puerto Plata you'll find quaint colonial architecture, a restaurant-lined boulevard that runs along the sea and beaches that go on forever.
The friendly Dominican people will invite you to experience all that their island has to offer from the lush natural surroundings to a rich culture. Visit the national parks, take in the impressive exhibits at Amber Museum, or discover the Jewish culture in the town of Sousa - founded by World War II refugees.
History buffs, can stroll through the old-world streets of Puerto Plata and check out historical sites dating back to the 16th century, or visit La Isables, where the ruins of the first city in the New World are found. And of course, leisure activities abound as well from beautiful golf courses to world-class resorts and serene shorelines, it's all within reach in Puerto Plata!
After sunset, when dinnertime rolls around, consider the island speciality, Arroz con pollo (chicken with rice). Other local favorites include chicharrones (fried pork rinds) and bollito de yucca, a tiny hors d'
oeuvre made of cheese and ground yucca root. Wash them down with a local dark rum. And wherever you go after dinner, be prepared to dance the merengue!
Sights that delight
Playa Cabarete - Give windsurfing a try here, at one of the best spots for the sport on earth - or simply watch the action from a tavern overlooking the surf.
Playa Dorada - Revel in the gold-sand beach of Playa Dorada. And enjoy the shops and pubs in the complex at the center of this resort area, or take advantage of world-class golfing.
National Park Mount Isabel de Torres - Ride a tram to the top of Mount Isabel de Torres for spectacular views. In the national park here, you'll also find a botanical garden and a fort built by Trujillo when the Dominican Republic declared war on Germany in 1942.
Cayo Paraiso - Snorkel or dive the most beautiful reef along the fantastic desert island of Cayo Paraiso. Lunch along the unspoiled beach in a waterfront restaurant or learn about the natural wonders at the National Park.
Outback Jeep Safari - Discover tropical forests, rivers, mountains, secluded beaches and villages where time has stood still. Ride the current of the crystal clear river or learn to "boogie board" in the ocean.
Puerto Plata City Tour with Sosua - Join a city tour of Puerto Plata and visit San Felipe's Fortress, the Amber Gallery and Brugal's Rum Factory. Afterwards, continue to Sosua, one of the prettiest beach towns of the North Coast, founded by refugees from World War II. Stroll and shop in some of the areas 100 souvenir shops.
Iberostar Costa Dorada - The Iberostar Costa Dorada is located directly on the long sandy beach of Playa Dorada. Set in the northern coast of the Dominican Republic, this beachfront resort is only 9 miles from the airport and just a few minutes away from the town of Puerto Plata. This colorful upscale resort offers elegant accommodations, top-notch service and numerous activities to satisfy any guest. All-inclusive property.
Coral Marien by Hilton - Just outside the seaside gingerbread town of Puerto Plata, this newest Coral Resort offers a glorious Costa Dorada location, tropical gardens and uniquely Dominican decor. The Coral Marien is designed to delight you and make you feel a million miles away and offers something for everybody! Whether you are looking for a romantic escape for a honeymoon, or the perfect mix of entertainment and activities for an active couple, this is the perfect family vacation with plenty of activities for adults and kids. The Coral Marien has an all-inclusive vacation experience that's tailor-made for you.
Viva Wyndham Tangerin - The first-class Viva Wyndham Tangerine is perfectly situated on a lovely stretch of golden-sand beach - just a few minutes from the delightful town of Cabarete, the kite and windsurfer's paradise! A popular member of the Viva Wyndham Resorts family, the Viva Wyndham Tangerine is reminiscent of a colorful Caribbean village. This lively resort boasts brightly decorated rooms, oceanfront dining, a fantastic variety of activities, and watersports, as well as nightly entertainment for non-stop fun - day and night. An ideal choice for active singles, couples and families. All-inclusive property.
Riu Mambo - Riu Mambo is a lovely beachfront resort on Maimon Bay, surrounded by lush tropical vegetation. Adjacent to its sister resorts - the Riu Merengue and Riu Bachata - Riu Mambo is a lively and popular vacation getaway. All-inclusive property.
Riu Merengue - A member of the Riu International hotel group, the deluxe Riu Merengue is a beautiful beachfront resort about 15 minutes from charming Puerto Plata. This expansive village-style resort features two-story bungalows surrounded by mountains and lush tropical gardens. The Riu Merengue offers a complete array of facilities and activities for a fun-filled all-inclusive vacation.
Riu Bachata - The Riu Bachata is a beautiful beachfront resort with spectacular mountain views - ideally located on picturesque Maimon Bay, adjacent to the Riu Mambo and Riu Merengue Resorts. This deluxe property boasts an impressive lobby, lively casino, a fantastic pool complex and a wonderful variety of dining options for the perfect vacation getaway. All-inclusive property.
Gran Ventana Beach Resort - The Gran Ventana is a beautiful deluxe resort located on famous Playa Dorada beach. Surrounded by lush vegetation and a fabulous swimming pool, the Gran Ventana offers a variety of amenities and facilities for a fun-filled vacation. Nightlife, shops and championship golf are all within walking distance. All-inclusive property.