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.

You'll find 9 dive operators and a small number of dive sites to choose from. Use this link to check out our extended discussion of scuba diving in this area.


High Z's Fishing Tour

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.

Enjoy fishing? There are a pair of charter fishing companies operating in this area. To read our complete guide to deep sea fishing, go to this article.


Playa Dorada Golf Course

Like golf? You might be happy to know a few exist in this area. The area courses are Playa Dorada Golf Course, Los Mangos Golf Course, and Costa Azul. To read a detailed article concerning the course you can click on the name of the course. Click on this link to check out our page regarding golfing throughout the Dominican Republic.


Shopping in Puerto Plata

If there are some folks who enjoy window shopping traveling with you, they can check out some of the 8 retail stores in the area. Navigate here to find our guide to shopping in Puerto Plata.


Fortaleza San Felipe

You should plan on spending at least a day enjoying the culture, sights and sounds of Puerto Plata. Interesting sights include a few historic sites and various other attractions of interest to travelers. Those visitors who like being outside will probably have a pleasant time visiting the area's waterfall and outdoor parks. Read this extended discussion regarding area sightseeing attractions if you want to find additional information.


If you enjoy snorkeling you'll be pleased to know you'll have the chance during your vacation in Puerto Plata. To see our guide to local snorkeling opportunities, go to this article.


Indulging in a trip to the spa could be one of the highlights of your vacation. If a spa visit sounds like fun, you'll be pleased to discover there's one in the area. To navigate to our page about spas, visit this page.


Occidental Allegro Puerto Plata

If you like to play tennis you might want to stay at a hotel with a tennis court. Fortunately, you can choose from 5 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The following table summarizes some key facts. Included is the number of courts on-site, whether lighting is available for evening play, and a few other details. Click on each name 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 table right below lists some key facts concerning other activities.

Other Activities In Puerto Plata
Name Type Phone Location
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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