Cabarete by night is as intense as it is by day. The multitude of bars and small clubs lining the beach fill up with barefoot or sandal-clad travelers and locals enjoying happy hours, music, and dancing.
Shopping in Cabarete is as bona fide an activity as surfing. The beach town’s main street is lined with exquisite boutique stores carrying carefully curated Dominican art and apparel from around the country and from overseas.
Cayo Arena offers schools of tropical fish that can also easily be seen in shallow turquoise waters, making this spot a paradise for snorkeling fans; the area boasts some of the most abundant marine life in the DR, with corals and sponges, and schools of tropical fish swimming around your feet.
When it’s time for a beach break, head over to Fun City, where you’ll face some fierce competition on one of three go-kart tracks with varying speeds and challenges. Whether adult or child, there’s a ton of fun guaranteed!
Home to squirrel capuchin monkeys, a seven-station zip line, a botanical garden, and an ancient Taino cave you can descend into 18 meters (60 feet) below ground. The monkeys mingle with visitors, posing for photos, and climbing on your shoulders if you choose.
Aside from dolphins, children and adults can enjoy a multitude of marine experiences, from shows with sea lions and nurse sharks to an exotic bird area, and snorkeling in an artificial coral reef aquarium.
Also known as Parque Central, it is the centerpiece of Puerto Plata city, framed with royal palms and hugged on all four corners by pastel-colored Victorian-era architecture. You’ll find a café, ice cream parlor, and restaurant around the square, while the city’s key museums are a couple of blocks away.
This coastal park is the Puerto Plateño’s favorite stop at the end of the day, and for a weekend stroll. Punctuated with a statue of Gregorio Luperón, the park boasts bike lanes along the sea views, and plenty of additional seating, including an on-site amphitheater.
The Luperón harbor, West of the tourist town of Puerto Plata, is a large enclosed bay that provides excellent shelter for boaters. Protected by mangroves, it is known for being a safe zone for yachts during hurricanes and tropical storms.
Inside the bay, Puerto Blanco is a fully enclosed marina with the ability to moor yachts with drafts up to eight feet. The marina is popular for hosting lively nights with Dominican food, merengue dancing, and local attractions, for those docking their yachts here, serving as the headquarters for the cruising community.