Culture

in Puerto Plata

 
 
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.
Family-Friendly, Theaters
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
The north coast’s most recent cultural center doubling as a museum and an educational arts and crafts hub. Located in the heart of Sosúa’s beach town, Casa de Arte rotates paintings and sculpture exhibits, lectures, and hosts other events every month.
Family-Friendly, Museums
Casa de La Cultura is one of the oldest intellectual hubs and cultural institutions in Puerto Plata, rebuilt at the turn of the 20th century and now hosting key art and cultural events, from exhibits to lectures.
Family-Friendly, Museums
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
Christopher Columbus built the first European settlement in the New World; the settlement’s archeological ruins are still standing in this bay area, including Columbus’s first home perched on a cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, and nearby, the first church.
Excursions, Family-Friendly, Iconic Sights
One of the most beautiful seafront boulevards in the DR, with multiple white sand beaches that line the city’s main avenue. Catch a breeze, get a sunset drink, or walk the Malecón’s length all the way from town to Long Beach.
Family-Friendly, Iconic Sights
Hike your way up or hop on the only cable car in the Caribbean to reach Mount Isabel de Torres, flanked by a giant statue of Christ the Redeemer–one of the province’s iconic landmarks–and standing 793 meters (2,600 feet) above Puerto Plata.
Ecotourism, Excursions, Family-Friendly, Hiking, Iconic Sights, National Parks + Protected Areas
Some of the DR’s stunning amber stones are displayed here. View closeups of stones containing a near 43-centimeter (17-inch) lizard, a scorpion, a centipede, wasp’s nests, and two beetles mating, all of which date back to 15 to 20 million years
Family-Friendly, Gem Hunting, Iconic Sights, Museums
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