Puerto Plata’s crown jewel attraction offers a day of hiking through thick forest, crossing footbridges and passing numerous flora before eventually reaching a rocky hilltop where you’ll begin making your way down by jumping or sliding down a series of waterfalls!
Run by an enterprising group of women, this small chocolate factory is a one-stop shop to learn all about Dominican cacao, from tree–you’ll tour the plantation–to bean, and make chocolate bars on site. It’s a half-day trip that takes you into the gorgeous hilly community of Palmar Grande, at 400 meters (1,312 feet) above sea level, for some spectacular views of the mountainous Puerto Plata province. After touring, and sampling chocolate at the residence turned factory, you’ll end your day with plenty of shopping options. Chocal’s on-site store is filled with chocolate bars and liqueurs.