Activities in Puerto Plata

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Especially known for its picturesque beaches, Puerto Plata is a top destination for watersports.  There are numerous operations in this vibrant tourist town that cater to those who want to spend their time here sailing, snorkeling scuba diving, and fishing, but simply relaxing in the sand is a top activity.

What many people will discover when they arrive in Puerto Plata is that shopping is also a favored activity.  Not only can you shop daily at the farmer's market for fresh edible wares, but there is a bazaar in the Central Park area, and a handicraft market up the hill.  Sightseeing in the Old City is a must as well.  There you'll encounter historic homes and access to the fort ruins and several museums.  

At night, the city is even more colorful, as numerous nightclubs and bars open up.  Live music is constantly playing, and casino gambling is a possibility as well. 


Puerto Plata Diving

Just offshore of Puerto Plata, there are plenty of underwater sites to be seen from shallow reeds which are great for beginners to deep interconnecting tunnels for more advanced divers.

There are 9 dive services and a small number of interesting dive sites in the area. Readers can find out more concerning diving opportunities in this area, can do so by visiting this page.


Large and strong fish are in abundance in the waters surrounding Puerto Plata. Traveling fisherman exploring the area will have no problem finding a charter to take them out and test their skills.

Like fishing? There are a couple of charter fishing companies operating in this area. You can go to this extended discussion dedicated to fishing in the area if you want additional specifics.


Playa Dorada Golf Course

If you're an avid golfer you will be happy to discover there are a few area golf courses. The courses in the area are Playa Dorada Golf Course, Los Mangos Golf Course, and Costa Azul. For detailed information about the course click on the course name. Follow this link to check out our article about golfing throughout Dominican Republic.


Shopping in Puerto Plata

If you have some avid shoppers traveling with you, they may be interested to know that there are more than 21 retail stores to browse in this area. Navigate here to check out our article about shopping in Puerto Plata and nearby.


Fortaleza San Felipe

You really should set aside a day for soaking in the culture, sounds and sights of Puerto Plata. Among other sights, the area has a few historic sites and various other attractions of interest to vacationers. Assuming you enjoy natural surroundings frequently enjoy visiting the area's waterfall and outdoor parks. Take advantage of this extended discussion concerning area sightseeing attractions if you need additional specifics.


If spending some time snorkeling sounds like fun you're in luck -- you'll have plenty of chances to do so while vacationing in Puerto Plata. For more in-depth coverage of snorkeling, see this page, about snorkeling options.


Relaxing for a few hours in a spa might be one of the most enjoyable parts of your entire vacation. If a visit to the spa sounds like fun, you might be happy to discover there are two located in this area. To read more about the options, click this link.


Occidental Allegro Puerto Plata

If you're a tennis player you might want to make your reservations at a hotel that has a tennis court. Fortunately, there are 5 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The table below highlights some key facts. You can view the number of courts available, whether lights are available for evening play, and some other details. Click on the names to learn more about the property.

Accommodations with Tennis In Puerto Plata
Property Location Tennis Courts Lit Courts Tennis Pro
Occidental Allegro Puerto Plata Playa Dorada, 3.5 mi. Southeast of Central Puerto Plata 2 check
Grand Paradise Playa Dorada Playa Dorada, 3.2 mi. East-Southeast of Central Puerto Plata 2 check
Caribbean Village Playa Dorada Playa Dorada, 3.0 mi. Southeast of Central Puerto Plata 6 check
Sun Village Resort & Spa 3.5 mi. West-Northwest of Central Puerto Plata 3 check
Grand Oasis Marien All Inclusive Resort Playa Dorada, 2.0 mi. Southeast of Central Puerto Plata 2 check

For instance, Occidental Allegro Puerto Plata offers all-inclusive pricing, to help simplify your vacation.

Other Activities

The chart below shows information about other activities.

Other Activities In And Around Puerto Plata
Name Type Phone Location
Cine Galaxial Movie Theater (809) 320-1400 Puerto Plata
Fun City Action Park Amusement/Theme Park (809) 320-1031 4.7 mi. Southeast of Central Puerto Plata
Jose Briceno Stadium Sporting Event Venue -- 1.5 mi. Southeast of Downtown Puerto Plata
Ocean World Park Amusement/Theme Park -- 3.7 mi. Northwest of Central Puerto Plata

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