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 discover a handful of beaches to visit in the area. You can click on the beach names to get additional information about that particular stretch of sand.

If you want to snorkel, a place worth considering is Playa Costambar. With calm water, clean sand, and a wall of trees separating the beach from the road, Playa Costambar creates an aurora of peace and tranquility despite the proximity to the city.

Another alternative worth considering is Dorada Beach. Dorada Beach is located in Puerto Plata in one of the largest resort areas on the island. This, coupled with the fact that this beach is great for watersports such a kite boarding and water skiing makes this beach consummately crowded.

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.

These are merely a few of what you can find. To reach our full guide to beaches, go to this page.

Landmark Attractions

Fortaleza San Felipe

Many travelers choose to visit Amber Museum. It is located in downtown Puerto Plata. The amber on display at the Amber Museum is not the kind you will find in the jewelry store. Instead, you will find pieces with fossilized creatures inside, including lizards and bugs.

Many travelers also choose to visit Teleferico Mountain Top. It is found in Puerto Plata. After a 15 minute cable car ride up to the top of the mountain, guests encounter a stature of Christ the Redeemer, which stands with open arms. They also have access to beautiful botanical gardens and views of the ocean and the city.

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 area has many other sites to visit. Go to this extended discussion which is all about other interesting landmarks in this area if you want to get more details.

Natural Attractions

Yasika Adventures

Yasika Adventures is one of the natural attractions you might enjoy visiting. <p>One of the first zip-line adventures to open on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, Yasika Adventures is a great way to see the natural side of the country in an exhilarating and unique way.</p>

Isabel de Torres National Park is a second local attraction you might want to visit. <p>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.</p>

Puerto Plata includes plenty of additional choices. For more details about natural attractions in and around Puerto Plata, navigate to this page.


Feeling lucky? Travelers wanting to test their luck on the slots have several places to go in this area.

Ocean World Casino offers dining on-site, so you can grab a bite to eat before, during or after the gaming action. 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.

Fortunately, you can find other choices. Click here to read our article concerning gaming in Puerto Plata.


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