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Puerto Plata

The silver clouds atop Mt. Isabel de Torres, the towering mountain behind Puerto Plata, gave the city its name. Today tourists ride the cable car to get to the top of the mountain, visit its botanical gardens and take in the sweeping views of the port city.

The city boasts the largest collection of still-standing 19th century Victorian-style houses in the Caribbean. Its San Felipe Fort is one of the oldest military colonial period fortresses in the region, dating back to 1577.

Puerto Plata is the province where the remains of the first European settlement in the Americas are located. Admiral Christopher Columbus’ famous three ships made landfall here in 1492, naming it La Isabela.

But today Puerto Plata is better known for its Atlantic coastline with more than 62 miles (100 km) of beaches, coastal villages and hotels. The beach towns of Sosua and Cabarete, world famous for its windsurfing and kiteboarding, are less than half an hour away.

The popular Ocean World Adventure Park is on the outskirts of the city. Damajagua Falls, Disney’s Splash Mountain ride but for real, is just a 30-minute ride south.

The main port of entry is the Gregorio Luperón International Airport (POP) and the Ocean World Marina is a full-service facility.

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    Santuario de Mamíferos Marinos

    Monkey Jungle

    Loma Isabel de Torres

    Saltos de Damajagua

    Cabarete

  • Adventure & Ecotourism5
  • Gregorio Luperón International Airport (POP)

  • Airports & Seaports1
  • Playa Punta Rucia

    Cayo Arena

    Bahía de Luperón

    Playa Caletón

    Playa El Bretón

    Playa Grande

    Playa Encuentro

    Playa Cofresí

    Playa Sosúa

    Playa Dorada & Costa Dorada

    Cabarete

  • Beaches11
  • Puerto Plata Nightlife

    Puerto Plata Casinos

    Puerto Plata Dining

  • Dining & Nightlife3
  • Cayo Arena

    Visit Santiago de los Caballeros

    Visit Jarabacoa

    Cocoa Route

    Free Style Catamaran

    White Water Rafting

    Funny Bikes

    Santuario de los Mamíferos Marinos

    Ruinas de La Isabela

    Jeep Safari

    Saltos de Damajagua

    Ocean World Adventure Park, Casino & Marina

    Loma Isabel de Torres

    Discover Puerto Plata

    Monkey Jungle

  • Excursions15
  • Fun City

    Loma Isabel de Torres

    Monkey Jungle

    Ocean World Adventure Park

    Sosúa

  • Family5
  • Playa Grande Golf Course

    Playa Dorada Golf Club

    Los Mangos Golf Course

  • Golf3
  • Barceló Puerto Plata

    Be Live Collection Marien

    Blue JackTar

    BlueBay Villas Doradas

    Casa Colonial Beach and Spa

    Casa Maravilla

    Casa Marina Beach

    Casa Marina Reef

    Casa Veintiuno

    Casa-22

    Extreme Hotel

    Finca de Gio

    Gansevoort Dominican Republic, Playa Imbert

    Grand Bahía Príncipe San Juan

    Grand Paradise Playa Dorada

    Hotel El Palacio

    Hotel KMA

    IBEROSTAR Costa Dorada

    Infiniti Blu Luxury Ocean Front Condos

    Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Resort

    Natura Cabana Boutique Hotel

    Paraíso Ecolodge

    Puerto Plata Village

    Punta Rucia Lodge

    Residencial Casa Linda

    Riu Bachata

    Riu Merengue

    Sea Horse Ranch

    Sosúa by the Sea Boutique Beach Resort

    Sosúa Ocean Village

    Tubagua Ecolodge

    Velero Beach Resort

    VH Gran Ventana Beach Resort

    Villa Taina

    Viva Wyndham Tangerine

    Viva Wyndham V Heavens

  • Hotels36
  • Brugal Rum Factory

    Malecón de Puerto Plata

    Downtown Puerto Plata

    Ruinas de La Isabela

    Museo Judío

    Fortaleza San Felipe

    Museo Gregorio Luperón

    Museo del Ámbar

    Sosúa

  • Landmarks & Culture9
  • Meetings in Puerto Plata

  • Meetings & Conventions1
  • Puerto Plata Shopping

  • Shopping1
  • Diving in Puerto Plata

    Kiteboarding in Puerto Plata

  • Water Sports2

Puerto Plata, Sosua, Cabarete, Rio San Juan The north coast faces the Atlantic Ocean and is literally a highway for dolphins, kingfish, wahoo, mantas and the humpback whales. In the Puerto Plata region, there is scuba diving and snorkeling in Puerto Plata, Sosua, Cabarete, Rio San Juan and Laguna Grí Grí. To the west, scuba diving and snorkeling are exceptional in the shallow waters of Montecristi rich with 16th century shipwrecks and preserved coral life. The coastline ranges from flat sand beaches to mountainous cliffs that plunge vertically into the ocean. From January to March, inspirational whale encounters in the Silver Banks area are possible for the never-to-be forgotten experience of listening to whale song as the humpback whales mate off the North Coast from January to March. The best months for diving in the north, nevertheless, are June to September when the water is at its calmest and visibility is at its best. Be sure to bring your snorkeling gear when visiting Puerto Plata to enjoy the tropical fish and plant life at the Sosúa Underwater Marine Park. To the west, experience of reef snorkeling at Cayo Arena (Paraiso) sandbar is hard to beat. The boat trip from Punta Rucia takes about half an hour. Punta Rucia is a two-and-a-half hour drive from Puerto Plata. Dive operators will also offer tours for both snorkelers and divers. Part of the fun will be the boat trips, often through mangrove forests and lagoons as tourists make their way to secluded beaches with crystal-clear and turquoise-blue water and coral reefs to see sea creatures of all colors, shapes and sizes as they co-exist in harmony. Inland, dive operators in the Dominican Republic take advanced divers to visit the freshwater caverns, located at shallow depths, 25 to 60 feet (7.6 to 18.2 meters) with stellar underwater visibility of 200 feet (61 meters) or more. The Dominican Republic sits above a limestone base honeycombed with a system of freshwater caves, tunnels, caverns and grottos, many of which have been opened up for dive tours.