Puerto Plata Overview
In Puerto Plata, you can enjoy unspoiled beaches, adventures in nature, and cultural tourism while exploring several beach towns. Known as the “Amber Coast,” for its golden deposits, Puerto Plata also boasts miles of golden beaches for those looking to relax in the sun or splash in the waves. Eco-adventurers can explore nature through zip line tours, watersports and the famous Ocean World Adventure Park. But there are also options for those wanting a more cultural experience as well. Botanical gardens, museums and old Victorian houses make Puerto Plata a unique destination experience. It’s the perfect place for those wanting adventure and culture all in one.
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La Romana is home to resort delights, like Casa de Campo’s world-renowned Teeth of the Dog golf course. In Puerto Plata, surf’s up where you can find all types of water sports on its Amber Coast. People flock to Punta Cana’s luxurious resorts on pristine beaches for snorkeling and fun in the clear-aqua water. But visit Samaná to see majestic humpback whales up close, migrating through the bay. Finally, UNESCO World Heritage site in Santo Domingo is the oldest city in the Americas and is the cultural and political capital of the Dominican Republic. Whatever you want to do, the Dominican Republic’s got you covered.
Best Places for Surfing, Kite Surfing, & Windsurfing
You've got plenty of options for cruising along the waves in Puerto Plata. Out on the water, you'll see people on surf boards, kite surf boards and windsurf boards. So pick which board is best for you and head out to sea.
Playa Encuentro is where you should go if you're an advanced surfer, but the water in the whole Cabarete area is good for surfers of all levels.
Puerto Plata has hosted the Professional Windsurfing Association World Cup several times and now runs the Cabarete Race Week every year for those who want to compete in windsurfing. If kites are more your style, there are lots of kite surfing clubs in Puerto Plata for you to learn how to set sail.
Cabarete: Day and Night
Action-packed water sport adventures by day, dancing and drinking at night. If you’ve got an adventurer’s spirit and rhythm in your feet, you have to visit Cabarete. The small beach town overflows with both culture and excitement and is a fit for those who want to experience everything.
You have to love the beach to spend a day in Cabarete, because that’s where it all happens. Everyone attaches to their board of choice—a surfboard, skateboard, kiteboard—and starts going. At night, the beach transforms into party central, where music, drinks and food lead to dancing, fun and laughter.
Ocean World Adventure Park, Marina & Casino
What's better than a water park? A water park with a marina and casino. It's perfect for families of all age groups, so pack up the whole family and head to the Ocean World Adventure Park, Marina and Casino.
With so much to see, it offers a day of fun-filled events. Families can enjoy the restaurants and sights together. The sea lion and shark attractions are great learning opportunities and the whole group can swim with the dolphins for the experience of a lifetime. After the kids go to sleep, adults can hop the bars and win big in the casino.
Take a walk through the center of town where you’ll see beautiful examples of authentic Victorian houses and buildings. One of them is home to the famous Amber Museum.
On any day of the week except Sunday, you can take a guided tour of museum housing a special collection of precious Dominican amber. After learning about the gorgeous and ancient gem, make sure to browse the museum's gift shop. You'll want to pick out your favorite piece of jewelry to remember your trip to the amber coast.
The Best of the Beaches
Puerto Plata is popular because there are fun beach activities from nearly any section of its amber coast. Plenty of beachfront hotels settle along the soft sand in Puerto Plata.
Playa Dorada and Costa Dorada's natural beauty make them favorites among tourists and hoteliers. The Be Live Grand Marien, for example, prides itself on its beachfront location on Costa Dorada. Cofresi Beach is also popular with hotels like Presidential Suites Cofresi by Lifestyle and Cofresi Palm Beach Resort calling it home.
If you’re an experienced swimmer and enjoy waves, you’ll have fun on Playa Grande's beautiful water. And for the most relaxing beach experience, head to the Maimon beach area and enjoy the peace and quiet.
Puerto Plata Quick Facts
Same voltage as North America, but the sockets are two pronged.
All U.S. citizens must have a valid passport when traveling to and from the Dominican Republic.
Drink only bottled water. Avoid tap water and drinking beverages with ice cubes.
Eastern Standard Time (UTC/GMT -4 hours)
Dec to Feb, July to Aug and Semana Santa (the week before Easter)