Puerto Plata - the largest City on the north coast of the Dominican Republic

Puerto Plata is located on the northern coast of the island of Santo Domingo, a place chosen by Christopher Columbus. Columbus discovered San Felipe de Puerto Plata on his first voyage on January 12, 1493, and named the mountain (now Loma Isabel de Torres) "Monte de Plata" because there are clouds at its summit that make it appear as if it were made of silver. The city takes its name from this, becoming Puerto de Plata. When Columbus arrived on the island of Santo Domingo in 1492, the first thing he built was the Fort of La Navidad. After its destruction, he constructed the first city in America, called La Isabela, on January 2, 1492.

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Puerto Plata, the largest city on the north coast of the DR, is one of the most significant cities in the Dominican Republic, offering a wealth of attractions for visitors of all ages and tastes. From stunning beaches to historical landmarks to adventure opportunities in nature, there is much to discover here.


Five reasons why you should definitely visit Puerto Plata


Stunning Beaches

Puerto Plata is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the Dominican Republic, including Playa Dorada and Playa Cabarete. These expansive sandy beaches with crystal-clear waters are perfect for relaxing, sunbathing, and water sports.


Historical Landmarks

The city is rich in historical sites, including Fort San Felipe, a fortress built in the 16th century that now houses a museum providing insights into the colonial past of the region.


Adventure in Nature

The surroundings of Puerto Plata offer numerous opportunities for outdoor adventures, including hiking in Isabel de Torres National Park, trekking to secluded waterfalls, canyoning, surfing, kite surfing, and much more.


Cultural Diversity

Puerto Plata boasts many cultural attractions, including art galleries, craft markets, and historic districts like the Old Town of Puerto Plata with its colorful colonial houses and cobblestone streets.


Hospitality and Joie de Vivre

Dominicans are known for their warm hospitality and zest for life, and in Puerto Plata, visitors can experience the vibrant culture and pulsating vibe of the locals up close.

Puerto Plata is, therefore, a destination that has something to offer for everyone and should definitely be on the itinerary when traveling through the Dominican Republic.