Puerto Plata: the New Coast of Eco-Style and Activity

The Caribbean’s secret is out: Puerto Plata offers affordable luxury in today’s economy

Puerto Plata, the largest city on the Dominican Republic’s (DR) North Coast, is seen as a shining star for the country’s tourism industry. With the largest number of attractively-priced hotel rooms in the north, championship designer golf courses, shopping, casinos, night life, rejuvenated local beaches and other new developments planned, Puerto Plata is creating a reputation as one of the Caribbean’s most popular emerging tourist destinations in the DR attracting international travelers, sports champions and celebrities alike.

Blessed with stretches of pristine beaches, breathtaking countryside, friendly people, diverse culture, raw nature and luxury, Puerto Plata is great for those travelers seeking a vacation out of the ordinary. In 1492, Christopher Columbus described the region as “the fairest land under heaven.” Over 500 years later, visitors continue to be captivated by the non-stop unspoiled natural beauty.

Just 800 miles south of Florida, Puerto Plata offers travelers rare and preserved beauty with daily flights from Miami, New York, Atlanta and Puerto Rico. Also, weekly charters from dozens of Canadian and European cities make traveling to and from Puerto Plata easier than ever. In addition, Puerto Plata’s centrally located Gregorio Luperón International Airport is less than 20 minutes away from the majority of the area’s hotels making the trip home a breeze.

Known as the country’s most versatile playground, Puerto Plata is an excellent destination for those seeking fun, adventure and enriching activities. Here vacationers can jump river beds on a mountain bike, fight waves on a kiteboard, test their strength on a rock race or rub elbows with the rich and famous who come for the North Coast’s luxurious accommodations.

Travelers with limited vacation time often find themselves hard-pressed to choose from the vast list of activities Puerto Plata has to offer. Top attractions in Puerto Plata include: Ocean World, Playa Grande and Play Dorada Golf Course, Victorian Architecture, Taino Art Museum, San Felipe Fort, Brugal Factory Tour, El Museo de Sosúa, Mount Isabel de Torres Cable Car and the Puerto Plata Jazz Festival. For more information regarding these top attractions click on our Visitors Guide links at right.

In addition to a vast variety of activities, Puerto Plata offers a beach lover’s paradise with the beaches of Playa Dorada, Costa Dorada, Playa Cofresí, Playa Sosúa and Cabarete. “The North Coast boasts some of the world’s most breathtaking white sand beaches surrounded with brilliant shades of turquoise,” said DR Minister of Tourism Francisco Javier Garcia. “In 2008, the DR invested nearly $25 million into the rejuvenation of seven beaches, including a five kilometer stretch of beach east of Long Beach city. In addition, the adjacent stretch from Costa Dorada to Playa Dorada and Cabarete on the North Coast has been doubled in size for traveler’s beach relaxation.”

The word is out. Puerto Plata is the “it” destination for adventure and eco travel along with affordable luxury. With its laid back and relaxing atmosphere, culture and desirable warm weather, Puerto Plata is an astonishing place that will delight even the most experienced traveler.

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  1. TH says:

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  2. Annette says:

    My husband and I plan on spending at least ten days in the DR… we are very excited! We know that we want to spend some time in Santo Domingo(for the historical stuff) and maybe even go over to Catalina Island (for snorkelling, I love it). We are the adventure type, we don’t spend too much time lying on the beach sipping our drinks, and we like the culture so just sitting around a hotel and not seeing and talking with the people is not our thing, we prefer authentic not built for tourism towns and places to eat. My question is on the Northern coast where should we stay? Puerto Plata? Playa Durado? Sosua? And which is the best for reefs and snorkelling (like I said, I love it)? What about Samana?
    Sorry, I have sooo many questions!
    Thanks, Annette

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