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Puerto Plata

Along this stretch of coast expect world-class beaches, classic Caribbean architecture, and sleepy rural towns.

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Our most recommended things to do in Puerto Plata

  • 27 Waterfalls of Damajagua Adventure

    1. 27 Waterfalls of Damajagua Adventure

    After being collected from your hotel, make your way to the 27 Falls of Damajagua. Nature has crafted some awe-inspiring pools, etched out of limestone with stalactites and stalagmites. You will be introduced to the local waterfall guides and provided with a life jacket, water shoes, and helmet. If you want to take photos on the tour please only bring waterproof cameras. A moderate 45-minute uphill hike through a beautiful jungle landscape gets you to the 12th waterfall. From there you head back down-river and you jump, slide and swim your way through a series of spectacular waterfalls, canyons, and pools. The tour includes jumps of up to 25 feet (8 meters), however, there is another way down if you don't feel like jumping. After changing into your dry clothes the tour continues to Maimon, where you will eat at a typical Dominican fish restaurant. Enjoy a delicious fish soup, fried fis...

    Wycieczkę z Panem Richardem uważam za bardzo udaną. W trakcie drogi do wodospadów opowiedział nam wiele historii związanych z Dominikana - przy tym posługiwał się bardzo dobrze językiem angielskim. Ponadto przyjechał po nas do hotelu, którego nie było na liście, z których proponował odbiór. Na miejscu zapewnił nam świetnego przewodnika, który odkrył przed nami wspaniały świat lasów w miejscowości Damajagua. Warto jeszcze dodać, że Pan Richard zapewnia kamerę gopro, dzięki której zdjecia i nagrania mieliśmy wliczone w cenę - normalnie kosztuje to 45 dolarów. Z pewnością kiedyś wrócę na Dominikanę i ponownie zdecyduje się na taka wycieczkę. POLECAM!!!

  • Dolphin Encounter at Ocean World, Puerto Plata

    2. Dolphin Encounter at Ocean World, Puerto Plata

    The Dolphin Encounter offers close contact with a bottlenose dolphin, in waist deep water. During these interactive programs, you will be able to touch and feed these gentle mammals, playing with them in a safe environment. You will even dance with them! This interaction is both fun and educational for all ages, ideal for non swimmers and families with young kids. The Dolphin Encounter program also includes a Day Pass for the Ocean World Adventure Park, with all its attractions, and the round trip bus transfer from nearby hotels. Boasting the largest man-made dolphin habitat in the world, Ocean World is a must-see attraction for everyone visiting the Dominican Republic. Day Pass visitors have the opportunity to snorkel in our Tropical Reef Aquarium, visit the Pirate's Pool, learn about marine mammals, feed exotic tropical birds, walk through a tropical rain forest, and watch the Dolp...

    The process was efficient, they staff on Get YourGuide and at the locations were very helpful.

  • Puerto Plata: Ocean World Adventure Park Day Pass

    3. Puerto Plata: Ocean World Adventure Park Day Pass

    Discover the largest manmade dolphin habitat in the world at Ocean World Puerto Plata, a must-see attraction for any visit to the Dominican Republic. With a full-day pass, you can snorkel in a tropical reef aquarium, learn more about marine mammals from expert handlers, get up-close to feed tropical birds and walk through a tropical rainforest, Bird Exhibit and Habitat of Iguanas. The pass also includes access to some of the animal shows. Have fun with the playful sea lions, watch the skill of the dolphins, and see all the drama of the shark show. Then, relax on Dolphin Beach and soak up some Caribbean rays.  With lunch and lounge chairs included as part of the package, this is your passport to a world of marine adventures.

  • Puerto Plata: Half-Day Damajagua Waterfalls Adventure

    4. Puerto Plata: Half-Day Damajagua Waterfalls Adventure

    The tour begins with pickup from your hotel in Puerto Plata, Sosúa, or Cabarete, then heads out into the sprawling countryside to the municipality of Imbert. Take the winding road to the world-famous Damajagua Waterfalls where your epic adventure awaits. Nestled in the rolls hills of the Northern Corridor Mountain Range and behind the long stalks of sugar cane fields, lies a treasure unlike anywhere else in the world — a place where Mother Nature has crafted awe-inspiring pools etched from limestone for your enjoyment! Arrive at the entrance to the falls and get kitted out with all the necessary equipment for your adventure, then wander through the dense and luscious tropical jungle, marvelling at endemic plants and beautiful vegetation along the way. Cross the river to finally arrive at the waterfalls and take a moment to soak up this incredible feat of nature. Follow your guide as yo...

    It was amazing! Gabriel was so patient with us as we had two non swimmers! Highly recommend!

  • Cayo Arena: Paradise Island and Mangroves Tour

    5. Cayo Arena: Paradise Island and Mangroves Tour

    Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Puerto Plata, Sosua, or Cabarete, and then make your way by bus to the brilliant white sands of Punta Rucia, 67 kilometers east of Montechristi. Get amazing views of the countryside before you board a speedboat to cross to Cayo Arena.  Be welcomed by the turquoise waters and white sands of the paradise island. Go ashore to sink your toes in the sand and top up your tan. Marvel at the colorful marine life and coral gardens on an optional guided snorkeling tour, and enjoy a selection of fresh fruits and drinks.  Navigate the thick mangrove forest of Monte Cristi National Park by speedboat, and look for the abundant wildlife in the lagoons and channels. Get a feel for island life at a local market before taking the speedboat back to the mainland.

    The tour was excellent. They made sure they accommodated us as much as they could. We felt safe throughout the whole trip. The bus driver was great.

  • Puerto Plata Tour: History, Culture and Cable Car Ride

    6. Puerto Plata Tour: History, Culture and Cable Car Ride

    Start your 7-hour tour in the old city area, where you’ll see buildings dating back to the 1600s. Take a cable car ride to the top of Mount Isabel, and enjoy panoramic views of the ocean and surrounding area. Admire the botanical gardens, and the statue of Christ that’s similar to the one in Rio de Janeiro. Visit the Fuerte San Felipe, located on a small peninsula on the Bahia de Puerto Plata. The fortress is the last vestige of the area’s colonial past. Stop at the small historical museum, and see the tiny cell in which Juan Pablo Duarte, the hero of the independence movement, was briefly confined. This tour will end after you’ve enjoyed a delicious typical Dominican meal.

  • Sosua Catamaran Excursion

    7. Sosua Catamaran Excursion

    Be collected from your accommodation by a taxi. Begin your tour at Sosua Beach, where the crew and a 75 feet catamaran will be waiting for you. In the morning, take the opportunity to see the underwater world of the Dominican Republic. Make two stops at different reefs to snorkel or swim to refresh yourself. After the snorkeling, pull up the mainsail and cruise along the coast. Enjoy lunch and an open bar on your way to Ocean World Marina, which is located outside Puerto Plata. From there, you will return to your accommodation by taxi. 

  • 27 Waterfalls: Zip 'n Splash Adventure with Horse Ride

    8. 27 Waterfalls: Zip 'n Splash Adventure with Horse Ride

    Take a 30-minute drive by open safari truck to the top-rated attraction in Puerto Plata of the 27 waterfalls of Damajagua. Plunge into the awe-inspiring pools, etched out of the limestone, where stalactites and stalagmites can be seen in 1,000 colors. Hike for about 20-30 minutes uphill. Then, make your way back down by swimming, jumping and sliding through the 12 most beautiful cascades. Head back towards Puerto Plata on a 15-minute journey to Country World Ranch. Enjoy a delicious home-cooked lunch prepared with fire wood on arrival. Next, gear-up for your zip line adventure, and prepare to fly. With a bottle of fresh drinking water attached to your harness to keep you hydrated, feel the adrenaline rush of 8 ACCT certified zip lines. Get a safety briefing before you experience the 7,900 feet of galvanized steel cable. No previous experience is needed and, unlike other zip line parks, ...

    This was a great day-long excursion. I would have preferred to do the waterfalls in the afternoon after ziplining and horseback riding just because of the heat. I felt bad for the horses especially in the hot sun. The ziplining was interesting. Definitely 'tame' in that if you're apprehensive, it's the perfect intro. It was my first time which was good for me, but I think my daughter who had done zip lining before didn't enjoy it as much. Also, rather than start from the top of a mountain which I thought we would, you kind of had to walk from line to line which was a little odd. The waterfalls were the best part. Def worth it!!

  • Puerto Plata: Damajagua Waterfalls Full-Day Adventure

    9. Puerto Plata: Damajagua Waterfalls Full-Day Adventure

    Enjoy an unforgettable adventure at the waterfalls of Damajagua in the Dominican Republic, located at the confluence of emerald waters, deep in a tropical rainforest of the Cordillera Septentrional. 27 refreshing waterfalls have been chiseled by Mother Nature’s celestial mallet. Ideal for visitors who like to commune with nature, while experiencing an adrenaline-fuelled day, you will hop on the back of a safari-style truck, where a team of experienced guides and drivers await. Note that only 12 of the 27 waterfalls will be visited, since doing the 27 waterfalls would take greater physical preparation. After a short safety briefing, glide across the natural water springs, bathing in heavenly caves. Flanked by the whistling of exotic birdlife, and the banks of the Damajagua River, the rustling of the streams arouse a state of stillness. A labyrinth of tunnels and chutes are scattered ar...

    Great tour, the waterfalls are beautiful, staff was so helpful and informational. Lunch was great!

  • 4 Wheel Adventure

    10. 4 Wheel Adventure

    After being collected from your hotel in Playa Dorada, Sosua or Cabarete, you will be taken to the tour starting point which is just 30 minutes away from Sosua and Puerto Plata. Please remember to wear clothes that you are willing to throw away and sunglasses, as the road can be dusty, muddy, and wet. No License and no special skills are required. After a short briefing, your memorable off road adventure will start. All 4-wheel drives are safe and easy to drive. Experience the natural beauty of the Dominican Republic on this half-day tour. Enjoy amazing scenery, muddy paths, and a picturesque beach.

Frequently asked questions about Puerto Plata

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Planning Your Visit

  • Where is it?

    Puerto Plata is on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. It isn't as well protected from the Atlantic by corals and other islands as Punta Cana – which might just have the best beaches in the country – but the upside is that the resorts are significantly cheaper. It's a great place to do the Caribbean experience on a budget!

  • Best time to visit?

    Puerto Plata experiences tropical weather year-round, with even winter seeing temperatures push 30°C. The peak tourism season is between December to April, but visiting from May to mid-June will see cheaper hotel rates. Why? It's the run-up to hurricane season so don't book any later than that!

  • How safe is it?

    The Dominican Republic is a poor country and often reported to have a fairly high (though decreasing) crime-rate, but the worst of it is concentrated in remote areas. Tourist areas and resorts are kept exceptionally safe. However, as with any vacation destination, it's always worth exercizing some caution.

Good to know

  • Language
    Spanish
  • Currency
    DOP (RD$)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-04:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    Visit between December and mid-June to enjoy beach weather without the threat of hurricanes!

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What people are saying about Puerto Plata

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 289 reviews

I had an AMAZING time, my guide was Dan Marino and at the falls it was ChiChi and Abucco. They were awesome It's quite a walk to the falls but TOTALLY WORTH IT!!! I would say pack changing clothes, waterproof phone case, water shoes, cash, face mask and scarf for the buggy, towel, bug spray. The lunch was DELICIOUS, and at the family owned market they made me, on the spot, a beautiful elephant piece and etched my name.

Our tour guide Richard picked us up at the hotel on time. On the drive to the waterfalls we had a great chat with Richard and he gave us cool inputs and tips. The waterfalls were also cool. It was really fun to jump or slide, a real adrenaline rush. Lunch with Richard afterwards was super delicious !! We can only recommend this tour and would like to thank Richard

Great experience. With a lot of mud through the jungle to a great beach. 11/10 ... even when I lost a bike, the guide quickly came up with his replacement buggy for me. I thought it was great and would recommend it to everyone.

From the moment we were picked up, to the moment we were dropped off, we had a phenomenal time

The process was efficient, they staff on Get YourGuide and at the locations were very helpful.