DR Tourism

 
Puerto Plata

A coastline with more than 62 miles of beaches, coastal villages and hotels, Puerto Plata is nestled between the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the majestic mountains of the Northern Cordillera. It is also the province where the remains of the first European settlement in the Americas are located. Admiral Christopher Columbus' famous three ships made landfall here in 1492 and called it La Isabela. If you are in the area, don't forget to visit the Taíno Museum and the Temple of the American located there.

 

Nicknamed the "Amber Coast" for its rich amber deposits, Puerto Plata is the northern coast's largest province with more than 300,000 inhabitants. It's adorned with beautiful Victorian houses dating back to the end of the 19th century and the San Felipe fortress, which dates back to 1577. Other favorite spots include the famous Amber museum, Brugal Rum factory, and the 2,700 foot cable car ride to the top of Mount Isabel de Torres with its famous Botanical Garden and statue of Christ.

 

Other tourist attractions in Puerto Plata include Ocean World and the Columbus and the Fun City water park go-karts. Just a 30-minute ride along the Northern Coast's tourist road will bring you to the Yasika Adventures Park where you can try even more adventurous activities like Zip Line tours.

 

In Puerto Plata, you can also enjoy the unspoiled beaches, adventures in nature, cultural tourism, and amazing water sports while exploring the beach towns of Cofresí, Costámbar, Maimón, Luperón and La Isabela.

 

The North Coast is perfect for eco-enthusiasts who love to be pampered between adventures. It has great beaches such as Sosúa, Cabarete and Playa Dorada, which are surrounded by an entire complex of hotels and an excellent golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr.

 

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Cabarete Beach

Cabarete is a cool and hip coastal village located just 25 minutes east of Gregorio Luperón International airport in Puerto Plata. The village is known as the world’s kite-boarding and wind-sporting capital due to its warm waters and perfect winds for water sports. Cabarete is very popular among the young and adventurous because of the aquatic sports offered on its beach, its famous annual jazz festival each fall and its eclectic bars, cafes, restaurants and shops.

 
Damajagua

For only the most adventurous, just a half hour away from Puerto Plata you will find the 27 Waterfalls of Damajagua. This series of falls reaches a height of 43 feet and overall it holds 27 thrilling rock pools and waterfalls.

 
Sosúa

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.