Puerto Plata Dominican Republic
A real Dominican Vacation City

We are going for a treat...Puerto Plata Dominican Republic is often referred as the Acapulco of the Caribbean. It is located on the northern coast of Hispaniola and offers a rainbow of spectacular beaches in and around the city, beside lots of entertainment, fine restaurants and nightlife.

Puerto Plata is a true vacation city attracting visitors for decades, much before Punta Cana, Samana and others...

The world renowned sites around the city are Cofresi, Maimon, Luperon, Playa Dorada, Sosua, Cabarete and Playa Grande.




Grand Paradise Resort in Playa Dorada Puerto Plata

Grand Paradise Resort in Playa Dorada Puerto Plata


Beaches of Puerto Plata

  • Playa Dorada

This is where the most hotels are concentrated in the north of the Republic. You’ll find many low rise beaches resorts built in a “U” form sharing the same white sand beach.

They also have the Playa Dorada Golf Course. Walking in the area is safe and in the Playa Dorada Plaza you’ll find shops, resturants and Movie Theater.

  • Costa Dorada

This neighbor of Playa Dorada hosts a few All Inclusive Resorts and they pride themselves as the owners of the most beautiful beach in the area.




Playa Cofresi in Puerto Plata Dominican Republic

Playa Cofresi in Puerto Plata Dominican Republic

  • Cofresi

To the west of Puerto Plata it is home to a few smaller hotels and some residential compounds. Here you can use their Beach facilities.

  • Maimon

Is located near Cofresi Beach and here are located the all new All Inclusive Resorts. This beach is for those seeking a laid back ambiance where the exotic beaches are the main attraction.

  • Luperon

Is mainly for sailboats that have discovered the safety of the harbor. It is a relaxed community and in the last few years has attracted many foreigners that had made it their home.


Puerto Plata Dominican Republic

Scuba Diving is one of the top attractions of Puerto Plata

Scuba Diving is one of the top attractions of Puerto Plata


  • Scuba Diving

The water temperature is always ranging from 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, making the area very popular for Scuba Diving. They’ll find here shallow reefs, shipwrecks. But really serious divers will want to go west to the area of Monte Cristi.

  • Caribbean Fishing

The staff of any of the hotels and resorts will guide you to the best providers of Caribbean fishing trips


Some of the best Golf Courses are in Puerto Plata

Some of the best Golf Courses are in Puerto Plata


  • Caribbean Golf

The Playa Dorada has an 18 hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones and also Los Mangos golf course. One of the best in the Caribbean is the Playa Grande Golf Course.

This lattter one is about an hour and a half drive from Puerto Plata and worth the drive.

  • Nightlife in Puerto Plata Dominican Republic

It is active featuring many clubs where Salsa and Merengue are the Queen and King of the evening.The Hosts will mix also international music for the delight of all concerned.

A must in the Playa Dorada area is Mangu, You may want to visit the casino at Hotel Playa Dorada and paradise Hotel.


Whale watching in Puerto Plata Dominican Republic

Whale watching in Puerto Plata Dominican Republic


There is a very rare experience to be seen in the north coast of Hispaniola, the humpback whales from the North Atlantic return to the area every year during the months of January to April.

Here in the waters of the Republica Dominicana they mate and give birth. At some point about 1,500 of them are circulating in the area, being the most popular of all places Silver Bank an enormous reef northeast of Puerto Plata.

Another good spot for whale watchers is the Bay of Samana, distant 2 and a half mile.


For more information Dominican Republic Tourism Site


Christ the Redeemer a copy of the one in Rio de Janeiro dominating the city of Puerto Plata

Christ the Redeemer a copy of the one in Rio de Janeiro
dominating the city of Puerto Plata


Getting to Puerto Plata Dominican Republic

Getting there is very easy due to the many airports the visitors can use. First of all the nearest one a few miles to the west of the city is Gregorio Luperon International Airport.

Santiago’s Cibao International Airport about one hour south is also very convenient. Between the two airports there are flights arriving from all over the world. Some are schedule airlines and some are charters.

I have been waiting at the Luperon Airport and have been a witness of about 10 jumbo jets lined up arriving or departing to every corner of Europe.


Map of the Dominican Republic showing the location of Puerto Plata on the north coast

Map of the Dominican Republic showing the location of
Puerto Plata on the north coast


Please consider Puerto Plata Dominican Republic for your Caribbean Family Vacations or perhaps to celebrate your long time wish of a Caribbean Wedding. You may want to spend your Honeymoon there too.


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