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 dive sites in the area. Navigate to this article which is all about diving opportunities in this area if you want to find additional information.


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 to go fishing? There are a couple of charter operators that operate in this area. For more information about this specific topic, visit this article about fishing in this area.


Playa Dorada Golf Course

If you enjoy playing golf you'll be pleased to learn there are three golf courses in the area. The courses in the area are Playa Dorada Golf Course, Los Mangos Golf Course, and Costa Azul. You can click on the course name to get additional information concerning the course, including location, number of holes, and more. Readers who want to find out more concerning golf throughout the Dominican Republic can do so by following this link.


Shopping in Puerto Plata

If there are some people who enjoy exploring new shops vacationing with you, they may be interested to know that at least 15 retailers are located in this area. To read about opportunities for shopping in Puerto Plata, go to this page.


Fortaleza San Felipe

You should plan on spending a day exploring the sights and sounds of Puerto Plata. Sights of interest to visitors include a few historic sites and various other attractions of interest to tourists. Tourists who like being outside will frequently enjoy visiting the area's waterfall and outdoor parks. To learn about more area sightseeing attractions, follow this link.


If you enjoy looking at fish there's good news -- you'll have plenty of chances to do so while vacationing in Puerto Plata. For a more thorough discussion of snorkeling, go to this guide, which discusses snorkeling options.


Relaxing in a spa just might be the highlight of your entire vacation. If a visit to the spa sounds like fun, you might be happy to discover there's one in the area. Click to read our page about this topic.


Occidental Allegro Puerto Plata

If you enjoy playing tennis your best bet is to make your reservations at a hotel that has a tennis court. Fortunately, you can choose from 5 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The table below highlights some key facts. At a glance, you can see the number of courts available, whether lighting is offered, and a few other details. Click on each name to read 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 example, Occidental Allegro Puerto Plata offers all-inclusive pricing, to help simplify your vacation.

Other Activities

You can look through the following table for more options. to learn more. for information concerning other activities.

Other Activities In And Around Puerto Plata
Name Type Phone Location
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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