Located on the north coast of the Dominican Republic
, Puerto Plata is a tourist resort perfect for those seeking a relaxing holiday at an attractive price with a lot of places to visit. Except for Long Beach, located just minutes from the centre of Puerto Plata, you will not find huge white sand beaches like in Punta Cana
(on the east coast of the island), but a number of excursions and notably an authentic Dominican lifestyle that is present both day and night.
The North coast is known as the Amber coast
because of its large reserves of the famous fossilised resin, used in many crafts and jewelry. It enjoys a mild climate (tropical humidity). Rich in coffee, sugar, cocoa and tobacco, the region offers lush landscape covered with dense tropical vegetation. It is on this coast that Christopher Columbus landed for the first time on the island and it is also he who gave the city its current name, populated by smiling and welcoming Dominicans, just as throughout the country. It is pleasant to wander through the beautiful wooden houses of a Victorian colonial style. As for shopping, Puerto Plata offers many shops selling amber as well as other different types of little souvenir shops. Nearby is the resort of Playa Dorada
, served by the Gregorio Luperon International Airport (located 11 miles east of the city). The resort sets itself apart for its tourist life with major hotels, golf courses, famous casinos and many sporting activities.
A good starting point for excursions, the city of Puerto Plata itself offers many areas of interest. These include the Amber Museum, which contains the finest collection of jewellery in the country. Guided tours are offered in several languages from Monday to Saturday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
-The port and, at the entrance, Fort San Felipe
- Malecon avenue, which runs nearly 3 miles along the Atlantic Ocean
-The crafts markets (Nuevo Mercado)
- The Pointe-Fortaleza lighthouse
Outside of the city:
-Rio San Juan and Playa Grande
- the large Peninsula of Samana offers you the opportunity to observe humpback whales.