Soak up the Latin American culture
Puerto Plata holidays will take you to the north of the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean. Maintaining temperatures of 28 - 35 degrees C throughout the year, holidays to Puerto Plata make a good choice all year round.
Though many people will choose to stay in the all inclusive resorts around this city, the city itself has a lot to offer those who are interested in history and who want to see the real Dominican Republic . Puerto Plata is easily accessible by bus (guagua) from the neighbouring resorts so a bit of culture is never far away!
The city was founded in the 15th Century by Christopher Columbus who built a small fort here in 1541, Fuerte San Felipe, which is now one of the oldest parts of the city. Take a walk around the wartime museum which will give more of a background history of the port and indeed the island. Latin American culture can be seen here today. Wander through the cobbled streets and marvel at the old Victorian buildings, take in the street cafes along the seafront and watch the fishermen bringing home their catches.
Quick Puerto Plata Tips
The currency used in the Dominican Republic is the Dominican Peso
The flying time from the UK to the Dominican Republic is appox 10 hours
A tourist visa is required to enter the Dominican Republic
Cable cars and coastlines
People staying in Puerto Plata will generally stay in small bed and breakfasts or pensions in order to experience the atmosphere of the city, though you can often find good deals which take you to the beach resorts nearby. This is a good option for those who enjoy relaxing too as the beaches in this area are stunning. Visitors can take a cable car high up Mount Isabel de Torres which rises 792m above sea level. Here you can see the statue of Christ which dominates the peak. Whilst at the top of the mountain, you can visit the famous restaurant which has stunning views across the city or meander through the botanical gardens.
The coastline of Puerto Plata is named the Amber Coast of the Atlantic as Amber was mined here. There is an Amber museum in the city, and amber is widely available to purchase in jewellery form to take home. If you are on the look out for presents, cigars and wood carvings are very popular as souvenirs as they are handmade and typical of the area. You will be spoilt for choice with the restaurants and bars in the city, there really is something for everyone. The most famous cuisine is paella and other Spanish dishes, though steak, burgers and Italian dishes are widely available. Holidays in Puerto Plata could be what you are looking for, have a look here on Latedeals.co.uk
Top Places To Visit
Ocean World - Purto Plata
This fantastic marine park is a must visit where you can swim with dolphins and have the opportunity to pet and feed, sea lions, stingrays and tropical birds. You can also walk through a lush tropical rain forest
Plaza Playa Dorada
The resorts shopping centre has an abundance of places to buy gifts including local crafts, paintings as well as restaurants, bars and a movie theatre
Kids young and old alike will enjoy a fun filled day here in the largest waterpark on the island