Experiences

in Puerto Plata

 
 
El Choco National Park offers a world of nature for hikes, mountain biking, swimming in fresh water lagoons, and cave exploration. Stretching 78 square kilometers (30 square miles), a handful of hiking trails take you through thick tropical forest along cacao and coffee trees, and into caves dating back millions of years.
Caving, Cenotes + Springs, Family-Friendly, Hiking, Mountain Biking, National Parks + Protected Areas, Wildlife Spotting
Climb the lookout tower and observe manatees at the Estero Hondo Marine Mammal Sanctuary. The protected lagoon is where the largest number of endangered, herbivore West Indian Manatees reside.
Excursions, Family-Friendly, Hiking, National Parks + Protected Areas, Wildlife Spotting
Five large coral rocks spread out over a large area of about 100 meters (328 feet), for an ideal beginner dive site. The reef starts at about five meters (16 feet), and its deepest point falls to nearly 24 meters (79 feet).
Scuba Diving + Snorkeling
One of the most important colonial military structures in the Caribbean turned museum, built by Spaniards in the 16th century to defend the DR’s north coast from pirates. Touring the fort reveals the original canons facing the Atlantic, ancient weapons, and numerous hidden chambers.
Family-Friendly, Iconic Sights
An option to simply relax in the sun with a cocktail in hand, sailing an extraordinary catamaran through the crystal-clear waters of the Atlantic.
Excursions
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!
Family-Friendly, Recreational Parks
This is another option for making the most of the Dominican countryside. Drive your own 4×4 through sugarcane fields, streams and visit local Dominicans and Haitians living in the area to see their culture up close.
Excursions
Hike through cacao fields, learning about the history of chocolate and its production process from bean to bar, and head over to the chocolate hut where all the delicious tastings take place, with chocolate in its various forms and flavors.
Excursions, Family-Friendly, Plantation Trails
Whether riding in an all-terrain truck or steering your own ATV on bumpy dirt roads, you’ll quickly immerse deep into Puerto Plata’s scenic countryside–stopping at a local’s home for coffee, or for views along the Atlantic coastline for photo ops.
Excursions, Family-Friendly, Inland Safaris
This is a world-class kiteboarding, windsurfing and laser sailing destination due to its warm waters and perfect wind conditions. Cabarete is very popular among the young and adventurous because of the aquatic sports offered on its beach, its famous annual jazz festival each fall and its eclectic bars, cafes, restaurants and shops.
Surfing + Kitesurfing, Water Sports
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