Puerto Plata Landmarks

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Puerto Plata is more than just beaches. There is also a museum centered on gemstones, a collection of historic attractions including a Spanish fort, and even a lighthouse. Your days are likely to be filled to the brim hopping from one attraction to the next when you plan a visit here.


In case you enjoy expanding your knowledge of other cultures and places, you might want to visit a museum during your time in Puerto Plata. Just click on each place's name to obtain more information.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Amber Museum. It is found 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.

Museums In Puerto Plata
Name Phone Location Island
Amber Museum (809) 586-2848 Downtown Puerto Plata the Dominican Republic

Historical Sites

Fortaleza San Felipe

Do you like learning some of the history of countries you visit? If that's the case, you should consider visiting one or two of these historical attractions during your vacation.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Fortaleza San Felipe. It is located in the heart of Puerto Plata. The modern fort is known mainly as a museum, though visitors are still free to observe the fort from the outside at no cost. If you do enter the museum, you will be able to ask the staff any questions you have about the fort and its history.

Another landmark worth visiting is Birgenair Flight 301 Memorial. It is located in the heart of Puerto Plata. Honoring the the 176 dead of the tragic crash of Birgenair Flight 301 on 6 February 1996, this memorial contains the names of all those who died. The official report states the likely cause was a wasp nest being constructed in a pitot tube which resulted in faulty readings to the plane's computer and eventually a stalling of one engine.

Check out the following table for a listing of historical sites in the area.

Historic Sites In Puerto Plata
Name Phone Location
Birgenair Flight 301 Memorial -- 0.6 mi. Northwest of Downtown Puerto Plata
Carcel San Felipe -- 1.2 mi. South of Downtown Puerto Plata
Fortaleza San Felipe (809) 261-6043 0.7 mi. Northwest of Downtown Puerto Plata

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Visitors may experience some other interesting sites worth visiting in and near the area.

Many travelers choose to visit 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.

Additionally, if the more functional aspects of life by the sea intrigue you, you should think about seeing 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.

Monumento Hermanas Mirabal: In honor of the three sisters who lost their lives to the cruelty of the tyrannical military during Trujillo's regime. The three women were visiting their husbands in prison, and on their back were kidnapped, rapped, and executed by soldiers.

The chart right below lists some details regarding other kinds of attractions of interest to vacationers.

Miscellaneous Landmarks In and Around Puerto Plata
Name Type Location
Cristo Redentor Monument 2.7 mi. South West of Central Puerto Plata
El Chocal Facility Viewing 9.8 mi. South West of Central Puerto Plata
Faro Puerto Plata Lighthouse 0.6 mi. Northwest of Downtown Puerto Plata
Monumento Hermanas Mirabal Monument Costa Dorada, 1.9 mi. Southeast of Central Puerto Plata
Teleferico Mountain Top Cable Car 2.6 mi. South West of Central Puerto Plata
Teleferico Puerto Plata Cable Car 1.5 mi. West-Southwest of Downtown Puerto Plata

Needless to say, Puerto Plata has other attractions. To get more information on other attractions for Puerto Plata, check out this page.


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