Landmarks in Puerto Plata

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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.


Assuming you like to expand your knowledge of other people and places, you might enjoy visiting a museum during your vacation. Try clicking on the name of each museum for additional information.

A landmark worth visiting is 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.

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

Historical Sites

Fortaleza San Felipe

In case you like to immerse yourself in the historical roots of foreign countries, you might enjoy visiting some of these historical attractions during your time in Puerto Plata.

One popular destination is Fortaleza San Felipe. It is located within 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 that often intrigues visitors 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.

View the following table to read more about 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

Vacationers can explore some other interesting places worth visiting in and near Puerto Plata.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Teleferico Mountain Top. It is situated 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 nitty gritty aspects of life by the sea interest you, you might want to see 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 directly below has more information on the other kinds of places of interest to visitors.

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

Luckily, you will find other kinds attractions available. To visit our complete guide to other attractions, read this article.


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