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Travel to the golden beaches of Puerto Plata

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Our Editorial team's advice

To the north of the island, the province of Puerto Plata embodies several towns and villages including the capital of the same name as well as popular beach towns like Cabarete and Sosua. Puerto Plata, meaning 'Port of Silver', was named after the leaves of the trees in the area, which when they catch the light, appear to be gleaming silver. It was also an important trade point throughout the Americas and to those travelling by boat the port, Puerto Plata's hills would be adorned in a silver layer of trees.

Puerto Plata used to be an important port in the late 1500s, and was the country's ultimate all-inclusive holiday destination in its 90s hey-day, when over a million tourists would flock to the area for a package holiday in the sun. However, since the development of Punta Cana in the east, travel to Puerto Plata has dropped to 400,000 visitors a year, which unfortunately has resulted in an overall drop in hotel standards.

The beaches in Puerto Plata town are still a big draw for locals and foreigners alike, especially in Playa Dorada and Costa Dorada, the area's two main beach resort clusters. The town centre with its picturesque Victorian houses is also worth exploring for a couple of hours. Other attractions include the 16th-century San Felipe Fort, the amber museum, and Mount Isabel de Torres, where a replica of Rio de Janeiro's iconic Christ the Redeemer statue stands, which is accessed via cable car. Isabela was initially the first settlement in the country and the first village of the New Worldwhich was built by Christopher Columbus in 1492, when the Spanish first arrived to colonise the country.

The region has its own airport, the Gregorio Luperón International Airport.

To see

The city of Puerto Plata offers beautiful walks from the Central Park to the San Felipe church. The Amber Museum, on Duarte Street is a fine example of Victorian architecture and contains a unique collection of precious multicoloured jewels. Many experts consider this amber as the most transparent and most precious in the world.

To do

Explore the Dominican Republic with the Scenic Highway Project and drive from Santiago, the second largest city in the country, up into the hills of the Septentrional Mountains to explore amber mines, the small villages on the way and to get away from the hustle and bustle of the main tourist resorts and larger towns.

The endless sports activities available on the island include several water sports and cultural sites (dance classes, Merengue and the Bachata, traditional music of the Republic Dominican) of Playa Dorada; the villages of Luperon, La Isabela, Punta Rucia, Montecristi (and its carnival every Sunday from February) to the west of Puerto Plata; and those of Sosua, Cabarete (sports including sailing), to the east.


  • +  Authentic Dominican architecture in the town of Puerto Plata.
  • +  The Scenic Highway Project.


  • -  Many of the accommodations in the area are in need of a renovation.

To think about

Your suitcase a summer holiday in Puerto Plata should contain the following: light clothing cotton, open shoes, shorts, shirts, T-shirts, without forgetting the bathing suit, as well as warm clothes and walking shoes for getaways in the mountains. A lightweight raincoat is useful during the rainy season (from May to July).

To avoid

Puerto Plata does not have beautiful beaches like elsewhere in the Dominican Republic, so it is better to avoid staying here if you are looking for a beach holiday. However with the nightlifebeing so good, it's very popular with party-goers and is a good option for those looking to get a real sense of what life is like in the Dominican.

To try

Rich and spicy, Dominican cuisine embodies a mix of Creole, European and African influences. Starch foods (rice, sweet potatoes and plantain), fish and shell fish as well as tropical fruits make up the main ingredients used. The stews (mondogo, sancocho) are common and are a a definite must try, made with goat meat or fish and cooked in coconut milk.

To bring back

Amber and larimar (blue stone) jewellery, leather items, baskets, naive paintings, a legacy of Indian Taïnos, CDs of merengue and bachata, cigars, liquid vanilla, jam, rum and coffee are the main souvenirs that you will find to bring home. You can buy them pretty much everywhere on the beach or at local markets.

Weather Puerto Plata

These indicators are used as a set of criteria to predict overall weather conditions in Puerto Plata . The different indicators are there to help you prepare for your trip to Puerto Plata so you can make plans based on the weather forecast, whether it be a trip to the beach, walking, visiting attractions and museums or winter sports... Here you'll find a precise, overall weather score for each week in Puerto Plata , which takes into account temperature indicators, bad weather predictions, sunshine levels and wind speeds.

Weather November
Overall rating 76/100
  • Temperature indicators 98% Hot / Optimal

    The maximum temperature is <24°, temperature felt between 30°C and 33°C.

  • Bad weather indicators 48% Showers

    Showers - averaging between 2.5mm and 3.5mm per day.

  • Sunbathing indicators 48% Sunny intervals

    Cloudy with sunny intervals (40% to 60% cloud cover).

  • Swimming indicators 86% Very pleasant / Optimal

    High air temperature (>24°C), high sea temperature (>24°C), light to moderate winds (between 7 mph and 12 mph).

  • Wind indicators 72% Light warm breeze

    Near optimal comfort: moderate to light winds (between 6 mph and 7 mph) in a warm enviromnment (>24°C).

  • Humidity indicators 56% Uncomfortable

    Considerable discomfort from high levels of air humidity. Air feels damp.

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