Get to know Puerto Plata
Puerto Plata has many towns that offer a wealth of cultural experiences. Here you can visit cocoa or coffee plantations, learn to play and dance merengue, or immerse yourself in the Bartolo Colón museum. Along the way, you'll find a variety of culinary experiences, from roadside snacks to beachside seafood and international gourmet restaurants.
DESTINATION PUERTO PLATA
From east to west along the coast of Puerto Plata, constant trade winds, various rivers, the vast Cordillera Septentrional and the Atlantic Ocean conspire to create a world of outdoor adventure, including coastal towns famous for their water sports.
Hodelpa Hotels & Resort conspires with the majestic views offered by the bride of the Atlantic, where Playa Dorada is the ideal place for those who want to relax in style, with activities on the seashore near the city, from canyoning in the waterfalls of the 27 Charcos de Damajagua to snorkeling at Cayo Arena and a relaxing afternoon at the Ocean World Marina.
Less than half an hour from the city, the town of Sosúa, founded by Jewish immigrants who fled Nazi Germany, where expats and locals coexist, has beautiful beaches and several diving spots. The Hodelpa experience expands with each great activity in Puerto Plata.
THINGS TO DO
Gastronomy in Puerto Plata
Head to Cabarete, where the decision is more difficult to make, as the entire stretch of beach is lined with restaurants. Take a look at the menus posted outside of them.
Gregorio Luperón International Airport
15 minutes from the city center and the hotels of Playa Dorada or Costa Dorada.
Cayo Arena (diving)
The shallow turquoise waters make this place a paradise for snorkelers.
Sosúa has a very interesting history. Welcomed by the Dominican government in 1940, Sosúa served as a refuge and home for Jewish families fleeing Europe due to the Nazi persecutions. Today you can learn about their story in the Jewish Museum in this charming town.
Anfiteatro La Puntilla
Flanked by the San Felipe Fort on one side, and a verdant La Puntilla park, concerts, dance performances, and other artistic events are occasionally held here, featuring Dominican and international artists.
27 Charcos of Damajagua
The park is located approximately an hour from Puerto Plata city. Make it through the 27 Charcos de Damajagua and you can face any other adventure in the DR!.
The Dominican Republic–on its northern coastline–is known for producing some of the clearest and oldest amber in the world, mined in Puerto Plata.
Fortaleza San Felipe
A key piece of Puerto Plata’s history, Fortaleza San Felipe was built by the Spaniards in the 16th century to defend the north coast of the Dominican Republic from the British and Dutch, and from French pirates in search of the area’s abundant gold and silver.
Marine Mammal Sanctuary
At the western end of the province of Puerto Plata the Marine Mammal Sanctuary is also a protected habitat for manatees and birds.
Located in the fishing village of Río San Juan, approximately 100 kilometers (62 miles) east of Puerto Plata, Laguna Gri-Gri is one of the country’s major bird sanctuaries, set along a peaceful lagoon flanked by thick mangroves.
Ocean World Marina
Located adjacent to the Cofresí beach resort area, the Ocean World Marina complex features a host of entertainments day or night, including an on-site casino and nightclub, a restaurant and bar with a weekly Bravíssimo show, and an adjacent marine adventure park.
Learn about the industrious Europeans who fled Nazi Europe–after being granted visas from then-Dominican leader and dictator Rafael Trujillo–and started their life anew as cattle ranchers and farmers in Sosúa, on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic in the 1940s.
The Caribbean’s hub for windsurfing, kiteboarding, and laser sailing, Playa Cabarete–also known as “Kite Beach” on the western side–is where you can learn and practice wind water sports all year round.
Mount Isabel de Torres
Ride the only cable car in the Caribbean to reach Mount Isabel de Torres, flanked by a gigantic statue of Christ the Redeemer, one of the province's landmarks.
Templo de las Américas
Built over the ruins of the original 16th century church built by Christopher Columbus at La Isabela–considered the first Catholic Church of the New World–Templo de Las Américas’ brick and stone colonial building sits in a beautifully landscaped garden.