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Puerto Plata Dominican Republic

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Puerto Plata is one of the 32 provinces of the Dominican Republic. It is located 207 km north of the city of Santo Domingo, capital of the country, and 72 km from Santiago de los Caballeros.

Puerto Plata main tourist sites are:

  1. San Felipe de Puerto Plata Amphitheater
  2. Funicular cable car on Mountain Isabel de Torres
  3. The Ocean World marine park
  4. The Cofresí and Playa Dorada hotels
  5. Cayo de Arena
  6. Beach La Ensenada, Punta Rucia
  7. The 27 Charcos de Damajagua
  8. Zip Lining de Yásica
  9. Monkey Jungle
  10.  Playa Encuentro, Cabarete
  11. Ocean Village, Sosua
  12. The Fortress of San Felipe
  13. Alicia Beach, Sosua
  14. Sosua Beach
  15. La Boca, Cabarete
  16. Caves of Cabarete

(Pictures of all attractions at the end of the Blog)

Puerto Plata main communication routes are:

Puerto Plata is also the province with the highest command of the English language in the country. This is an almost bilingual province because in its most populated municipalities, San Felipe de Puerto Plata, Sosua and Cabarete many foreign families have settled and the English language has flourished in this region.

Puerto Plata’s most important City

San Felipe de Puerto Plata is the capital city of the province of Puerto Plata on the North Atlantic coast of the Dominican Republic. The city of San Felipe de Puerto Plata is the largest city on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, it is also the third most populated city in the Dominican Republic with 320,523 residents.

It is one of the cities with the highest tourist activity in the country, where its main source of jobs is hotels and tourist services. The city also has the most important commercial port in the northern region of the Dominican Republic.

You can find the biggest Victorian-style architectural conservation of the Dominican Republic located in the cultural center of Puerto Plata City, which is visited by thousands of tourists a year.

The fortress of San Felipe rises above the colonial historical center which is located on the cliffs facing the Atlantic Ocean. The 16th-century Spanish fortress now houses historical and military exhibits.


The atmosphere of freedom, the movement of people with different opinions, poets, painters, merchants and adventurers who established residence there, made this town really “enchanted”.

Local society is undergoing profound transformations as a result of the clash with other cultures, and although this encounter was always present in local history and enriched the indigenous culture, it was never so massive and allowed elements from other latitudes to be integrated, controlled and wisely.

What also makes Puerto Plata special is the Wealth kept in its historical monuments, in its Victorian houses, in its late-night and Bohemian customs, in its patriotic deeds and in the character of the people. The beauty of its beaches and the investments made helped as much as they could to boost the beauty and growth of the Puerto Plata Province.



(1) Puerto Plata’s majestic amphitheater

(2) – Funicular cable car at Mountain Isabel de Torres

(3) – The Ocean World marine park

(4)-The Cofresí and Playa Dorada hotel complexes

(5) – Cayo Arena


(6) – Beach La Ensenada, Punta Rucia, Puerto Plata


(7) – The 27 Charcos de Damajagua

(8) – Zip Lining de Yásica

(9) – Monkey Jungle, Sosua


(10) – Playa Encuentro, Surf Beach

Credit: Chameleon Creative Arts (facebook) / Pictures are from Master of the Ocean competition at Encuentro Beach

(11) – Ocean Village Complex, Sosua


(12) – The Fortress of San Felipe


(13) – Alicia Beach, Sosua

Playa Alicia, Sosusa by Ciolko Arts

(14) – Sosua Beach

Playa sosua by godominicanrepublic

(15) – La Boca, Cabarete

La Boca Cabarete by Ciolko Arts

(16) – Caves of Cabarete

Cuevas de Cabarete by Mark

I really hope you enjoyed reading my blog about the province of Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic and hopefully, you learned a lot about it. If you enjoyed the pictures come visit my Dominican Republic lifestyle Gallery, you will love all the incredible pictures I have there.

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  1. Vince Leveck says:

    Costambar (Puerto Plata) has nice beach areas & used by a great number of Dominican people plus many nationalities of tourists who spend their winter season or vacation there.
    Have spent several months there each of the last 10 years & love it as it is a gated community with patrolling Security & also National Police sometimes.
    Also visited a nice beach not listed in Rio Juan.
    Thanks for the great info.

    1. Serafin Fleischer replied:

      Ohh yes, the Costambar area is very beautiful, I will add the Costambar beach to the list. Rio San Juan has amazing places, like playa grand and playa diamante. Thank you for commenting

  2. Milly says:

    ???? puerto plata lo tiene todo

    1. Serafin Fleischer replied:

      Es increible! Todo el pais es bellisimo

  3. John says:

    Great review of our great city.

    1. Serafin Fleischer replied:

      I’m happy you enjoyed it!