Attractions in Puerto Plata

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Centrally located and afford-ably priced, Puerto Playa is a hot destination for travelers who need little more than a luxury hotel and a beautiful beach to satisfy them on their getaway.  What many people fail to realize is that there is more to this area of the island than sun and sand.  Indeed, many mountains, museums, and monuments are easily explored from Puerto Plata, and there are a handful of casinos for a little gaming action as well. 


Dorada Beach

You will find a small variety of beaches to consider visiting in the area. Just click on the beach names for more information concerning that individual beach.

If you love snorkeling, a location with that option is Playa Costambar. The beach is located right off a main road in town and has plenty of parking.

Another place for beach-goers to consider is Dorada Beach. This beach is located just east of Puerto Plata.

Cofresi Beach: Cofresi Beach is split into two sections, one half of which is public, and one private. Locals can often be found enjoying their weekends on the public side, which makes it a great spot if you want to do a little mingling.

Luckily, you can find some other beaches in the area. For more in-depth coverage of this topic, navigate to this article.

Landmark Attractions

Fortaleza San Felipe

An interesting landmark worth visiting is Amber Museum. It is situated in downtown Puerto Plata. Dominican Amber is said to be some of the clearest in the world, and visitors can see for themselves at the Amber Museum. With a wide collection of valuable local amber on display, this museum is one of the more unique offerings on the island.

Another common landmark for vacationers is Teleferico Mountain Top. It is located in Puerto Plata. After a cable car ride to the top of the mountain, guests who visit Teleferico are treated unparrelleled views and even have a photo op with a statue of Jesus Christ.

Faro Puerto Plata: A recognized International Historic Site, the lighthouse was actually built in New York in 1879 and shipped the Dominican Republic. Today it is a popular place to take pictures and visit, though you will be unable to actually climb up the lighthouse.

The region offers a wider range of notable landmarks. For a more comprehensive look at other interesting places to visit this specific topic, read this article about other interesting places to visit in Puerto Plata.

Natural Attractions

Isabel de Torres National Park

One of the better known natural attractions is Yaskia Adventures. One of the first zip-line adventures to open on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, Yaskia Adventures is a great way to see the natural side of the country in an exhilarating and unique way.

Another local site that needs mentioning is Isabel de Torres National Park. This popular attraction in Puerto Plata is normally just visited for the Cristo Redentor located at the top. However, the whole area surrounding the statue is a national park tasked with preserving the natural significance of the region.

Needless to say, you'll be able to find other natural attractions. To read a more complete discussion of natural attractions in and around the area, click here.


Feeling Lucky? Guests wanting to try their luck on the slots will discover plenty of venues where they can do so in this area.

The American Casino, part of Occidental Allegro Puerto Plata, is located in southeastern Puerto Plata. With a courteous and professional staff, free admission for all, and free snacks and beverages for players, the American Casino at Holiday Village & the American Casino is a delightful experience. When you're vacationing in Puerto Plata, this is the best stop to visit when you're feeling lucky.

If you like slot machines, you might like Ocean World Casino. Ocean World Casino is just one of the many entertainment options in the Ocean World Complex. At this spot, you get a buffet of traditional electronic and table games, as well as a few news ones like Deal or No Deal and Mistress of Egypt.

Needless to say, there will be a wider range of options too. Read this article which is all about gaming in Puerto Plata if you'd like to find additional specifics.


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