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All About Puerto Plata
The city of Puerto Plata is one of the most popular destinations in the Dominican Republic, thanks to its pristine golden beaches and location at the base of the towering mountain of Isabel de Torres. Dramatic, sprawling landscapes with rolling hills, meandering rivers, lush valleys, and fertile farmlands surround this historical city on the Dominican Republic’s northern Amber Coast. You can take in the local scenery while experiencing a range of outdoor activities, including kite surfing, kayaking, ziplining, golfing, and diving.
Beyond its natural beauty, the city is the region’s provincial capital and the area’s cultural center. Because of this, there are many opportunities to explore local cultural and historical offerings like the Amber Museum or the historic 16th-century Spanish fortress of Fortaleza San Felipe — or you can tour the island’s famous rum distilleries and cigar factories.
When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Puerto Plata?
The northern coast of the Dominican Republic experiences warm to hot temperatures throughout the entire year. The area’s heavy seasonal rainfall ensures the need for good planning when searching for villas in Puerto Plata. The summer months (June through September) provide the warmest temperatures; if you plan on participating in any of a range of outdoor experiences, consider visiting during this time, as there is less chance of rain interrupting the fun. However, the rest of the year hosts an array of festivals, events, and cultural activities. During February and March, you can participate in the Caribbean's famous Carnival, where colorful parade floats, dance troupes, costumed dancers, and musicians celebrate local life and culture. During November, renowned musicians from across the globe gather for the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, a series of free concerts held just outside of Puerto Plata township.
What are the top things to do in Puerto Plata?
Pico Isabel de Torres
Hike to the summit of this 2,600-foot mountain for awe-inspiring views of the Caribbean waters and beaches below. Once you arrive at the peak, you can explore botanical gardens with local plant life and cave systems. Take a hiking trail up the mountain, or ride the cable car to the top for some of the most breathtaking views in the country.
Museo Del Ambar
The Amber Museum in the heart of Puerto Plata is home to an impressive display of relics that are 15 to 20 million years old. Pay a visit to appreciate the collection of fossilized flowers, insects, lizards, and other flora and fauna preserved in amber and frozen in time.
Zipline & Eco Experiences
You’ll find a vast selection of eco experiences on offer throughout the lush jungles surrounding Puerto Plata. Many of these include trips through the jungle canopy via suspension bridge and zipline. They all provide opportunities to take in the area’s native wildlife in their natural habitat without affecting or disturbing the ecosystem.