in Puerto Plata
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!
Canyoning + Rappelling, Cenotes + Springs, Ecotourism, Excursions, Family-Friendly, National Parks + Protected Areas, Waterfalls
A favorite of the area, the Airport Wall is considered one of the best and most beautiful dive sites in the DR. Beginning at about 10 meters (33 feet) and dropping to almost 30 meters (98 feet), it is one of the richest sites in coral and marine life, with pinnacles and tunnels.
Scuba Diving + Snorkeling
The DR is known for producing some of the clearest and oldest amber in the world, mined in Puerto Plata. Tour amber mines where the stone is unearthed, in the hills of La Cumbre, passing entrances to holes that run 61 meters deep (200 feet), and watch workers reappear with stones in hand.
Family-Friendly, Gem Hunting, Hiking
A stunning, outdoor Grecian amphitheater facing the Atlantic Ocean, flanked by the San Felipe Fort on one side, and a verdant La Puntilla park. Concerts and other artistic events are occasionally held here.
Beige-colored beach with large rocks and swimmable area. Tourists will often stop by before or after a visit to the close by historic La Isabela site, the first European settlement in the New World. Western Puerto Plata.
Tour this professional stadium, baseball academy, and museum built by Bartolo Colón in his hometown of Altamira. Watch and join the area’s youth practicing all day and chasing their dream of becoming the next MLB sensation.
Baseball, Family-Friendly, Museums
The largest producer of traditionally made rum in the DR since 1888 offers tours of the distillery, including rum tasting and the chance of purchasing well-priced premium rums.
Iconic Sights, Rum + Cigars
Based in Cabarete, this “organic, shade grown, hand-picked, fair trade” coffee provider takes you on a tour of multiple coffee farms approximately two hours away, where it sources its coffee beans. You’ll get to roast, grind, and brew your own cup.
Family-Friendly, Plantation Trails
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.
Music + Nightlife
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.