Nature

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
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.
Beaches
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
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.
Beaches, Boating Attractions, Family-Friendly, Islands + Cayes
Completely off the beaten track, three waterfalls empty into deep azure pools known as “God’s pool.” You’ll hike for an hour with typical scenes of Puerto Plata village life along the way, and climb up a short series of rocks to the Charcos de Los Militares, where natural river fed pools await.
Canyoning + Rappelling, Family-Friendly, Hiking, Waterfalls
This small chocolate factory is a one-stop shop to learn all about Dominican cacao, from tree 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 for some spectacular views.
Family-Friendly, Plantation Trails
Take the waterfall experience up a notch at Ciguapa–counting a total of six falls and twelve jumps of up to 10 meters (30 feet) high, during a two-hour river expedition. The journey includes a hike through thick jungle before beginning this water-filled expedition.
Canyoning + Rappelling, Family-Friendly, Hiking, Waterfalls
Tucked along the scraggly Atlantic coastline of Río San Juan, swim in the calm natural pool surrounding the cave or view its rock composition from ceiling to floor while you float on crystal clear turquoise waters.
Caving, Cenotes + Springs, Family-Friendly, National Parks + Protected Areas, Wildlife Spotting
Tucked inside the forest of El Choco National Park, Cabarete’s caves reveal an underground network dating back millions of years. Cueva de Cristal rests underground with a fresh water pool, while other caves above ground are filled with stalactites and stalagmites.
Caving, Family-Friendly, Hiking, National Parks + Protected Areas
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
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