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What to see in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Puerto Plata, located on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, is one of the most incredible destinations to visit in the country. Beyond its paradisiacal white sand beaches and turquoise waters, Puerto Plata hides other corners of great natural and cultural wealth that are worth discovering.

If you are thinking of taking a tour of the country, Puerto Plata cannot be left out of your list. In this article I tell you what to see and do in Puerto Plata, where to stay and some travel tips.

Qué ver en Puerto Plata, República Dominicana


To start touring the city, I recommend you book a guided tour of Puerto Plata, where you will visit the most emblematic places with the help of a guide and ride its famous cable car.

Historic center, an essential thing to see in Puerto Plata

The historic center of Puerto Plata is home to a group of neo-classical and Victorian buildings and houses dating from the late 19th century, as well as beautiful avenues full of shops, restaurants and bars where you can spend a pleasant time.

The cathedral and the fortress of San Felipe are two essential places to see in the city. The latter was built in 1577 to defend the city from pirate attacks, although later it was also used as a prison.

The Dominican Republic is one of the countries with the most amber deposits in the world. A very interesting visit is to visit the Amber Museum that contains living beings from millions of years ago fossilized in this semi-precious stone.


One of the most charming places is the Puerto Plata boardwalk that stretches from the San Felipe fortress to Long Beach. A highly recommended plan is to rent a bike and enjoy the views of the beaches and mountains.

Also, in the far west of the province is La Isabela, the first city founded by Christopher Columbus in the New World in 1494. The ruins can still be visited today.

Puerto Plata Beaches

Going through Puerto Plata and not enjoying its beaches would be like committing a crime. As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, the beaches here are impressive and you should dedicate at least one day of your trip to enjoy this idyllic setting.

Puerto Plata has more than 55 kilometers of dream beaches and crystal clear waters. So it is not very difficult to find a place to relax by the sea.

Some of the best known by tourists are Sosúa beach, a U-shaped beach with calm waters ideal for snorkelling, as well as Cabarete beach, where many young people gather to practice water sports such as windsurfing, kitesurfing and the candle. Playa Dorada, Playa Grande or Cofresí, are areas with high quality beaches adorned with palm forests where there are numerous tourist complexes and resorts.


In this area of ​​the Dominican Republic you can find small hotels in the center of the city where prices are usually between 40 and 100 euros/night. double, to large resort hotels on the beach with prices from 100 euros/night room. double.

You can see accommodation offers on the following map:


I hope you enjoy your trip to the Dominican Republic very much and that this article has been useful to you. You can continue reading many more related articles on the blog.

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