Welcome to Puerto Plata
Travelers flock to Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic for its sun, sand, and scenic location between the coast and Isabel de Torres Mountain. Hop on the Teleferico cable car for a ride to the mountaintop, which reveals spectacular views over the entire city and the coastline, as well as a botanical garden. Puerto Plata is the oldest city on the Dominican Republic’s northern coast, and a walking tour with a local guide through the historic downtown introduces you to the shops, restaurants, and stately buildings that give the city its distinctive character. Tour the Amber Museum and Fort San Felipe, which was built in 1564 to protect the area from pirates. Tours also take you beyond the city center to the 27 waterfalls at Damajagua, where you can climb, swim, and explore. Hop on a quick speedboat ride for an easy day trip to Monte Cristi National Park to find mangroves and a variety of birds. Then head to Paradise Island and let expert guides help you snorkel and swim among the marine life in the crystal-clear waters. Paradise Island earns its reputation as a prime snorkeling spot; look out for colorful coral and sea turtles, then zipline with squirrel monkeys in a lush jungle, horseback ride through forest lands, or go white-water rafting to complete your adventure.