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.
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.
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.
Maximim temperature between 22°C and 24°C, the perceived temperature is <30°.
Light showers - averaging between 10.5mm and 17.5mm per week.
Cloudy with sunny intervals (40% to 60% cloud cover).
High air temperature (>24°C), high sea temperature (>24°C), light to moderate winds (between 7 mph and 12 mph).
Near optimal comfort: moderate to light winds (between 6 mph and 7 mph) in a warm enviromnment (>24°C).
Slight feeling of discomfort due air humidity registering higher than 65%.