The Dominican Republic is rich in history and Puerto Plata enjoys much of it. In 1492 Christopher Columbus landed on the island, making it the first permanent European settlement in the Americas. He founded La Isabela, a city near Puerto Plata, in 1493, and a few years later the city of San Felipe de Puerto Plata (known as Puerto Plata) was founded. The city was destroyed and depopulated in 1606, and it wasn’t until the year 1736 that Puerto Plata began its repopulation process, eventually becoming one of the main ports in the Caribbean. Today, Puerto Plata continues to have one of the most modern ports in the Caribbean, and has become one of the most important tourist destinations in the area.
Local Points of Interest:
Damajagua 27 Waterfalls | 25 Miles/40 Minutes
One of the best kept secrets of the Dominican Republic! Nestled in the rolling hills of a mountain range and behind long stalks of sugar cane lies the 27 Damajagua waterfalls. A guide will lead a hike through the Dominican rainforest to discover awe-inspiring pools etched out of limestone. Sliding down these natural waterfalls and swimming in their crystal clear pools is an unforgettable experience.
Teleférico Cable Car | 8 Miles/15 Minutes
This cable car will take you to the top of the Isabel de Torres Mountain, part of the Isabel de Torres National Park, which hosts a variety of flora and fauna. A replica of Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer can be found at the top, as well a beautiful botanical garden. The ride offers wonderful vistas of tropical forest, the ocean and the city of Puerto Plata.
Fort of San Felipe | 5 Miles/15 minutes
The Fort of San Felipe is one of the most symbolic sites in the province of Puerto Plata. It was built in the sixteenth century as protection against pirates, particularly French and English pirates, who constantly terrorized the locals. It stands on a hill in the southernmost tip of the boardwalk that surrounds the coast of Puerto Plata, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of the oldest fortresses in the New World
Amber Museum | 5 Miles/15 minutes
This museum has a large collection of amber containing ancient fossils, all extracted from mines in the northern mountain. The Amber Museum is situated at # 61 in Duarte, near Central Park., and it is inside a house considered to be a splendid example of neoclassical architecture with Victorian influence.
Ocean World Adventure Park | 10 Miles/25 minutes
Enjoy a world of aquatic adventures at Ocean World Puerto Plata, with a full-day ticket that provides access to all the shows and tropical reef. Feed exotic birds, meet tigers, walk through a rainforest, watch dolphins, sharks and sea lions, and much more!
House Museum of General Gregorio Luperón | 5 Miles/15 minutes
This cultural and historical attraction highlights the national hero, General Gregorio Luperón who was a leader of the restoration of the Dominican Republic and fought Spain’s annexation.