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Things to do in Puerto Plata

Along this stretch of coast expect world-class beaches, classic Caribbean architecture, and sleepy rural towns.

Our most recommended things to do in Puerto Plata

Puerto Plata: City Highlights Tour with Cable Car and Lunch

1. Puerto Plata: City Highlights Tour with Cable Car and Lunch

Explore Puerto Plata on this full version of the city tour! You'll spend with us about 7 hours, discovering the real Dominican Republic. Our guide speaks Polish, English, German, French and Spanish. We will move around in our car, but also climb the Mount Isabel with the cable car ad walk around the colonial city centre and the seaside boulevard Malecon. Experience the ride with cable car, and then enjoy the bird eye view of the coast and the Puerto Plata city. Go for a pleasant walk through the exotic National Park of Isabela Peak. Enjoy the vibrant nature in botanical garden. Then discover the colonial city: Independence Parque with the Saint Philip Cathedral and colourful old wooden houses around it, famous Umbrella Street and Dona Blanca Passage. Try fresh coconut from a street vendor! Have some free time for a cup of dominican coffee or a cold beer. You can find some souvenirs here if you wish. Explore the Saint Philip Fortress along the harbor bay and have a look at the fishing boats on the Malecon seaside boulevard. In the afternoon you'll have a typical dominican lunch: fish or meat with rice and beans. It's called "bandera dominicana" - "dominican flag". If you're vegetarian or vegan we will arrange something different for you. Soft drinks during the meal are included. After the meal you'll visit the factory Macorix House of Rum where you can taste many kinds of rum and sugar cane liquors. It'll make you feel the Caribbean vibes :) Dominican Republic is known as the world's biggest producer of organic cocoa. You'll visit the organic chocolate factory in Puerto Plata where you can taste it. Finally, we can drop by the supermarket for a while, so you can do some dominican shopping: rum, coffee, cacao, etc all in affordable local prices. At the end of the tour you'll be surprised how much can be done on Puerto Plata City Tour :) It'll be a day that will leave you with great memories from Dominican Republic! No time to waste, take it all.

Puerto Plata: Ocean World Adventure Park Day Pass

2. Puerto Plata: Ocean World Adventure Park Day Pass

Discover the largest manmade dolphin habitat in the world at Ocean World Puerto Plata, a must-see attraction for any visit to the Dominican Republic. With a full-day pass, you can snorkel in a tropical reef aquarium, learn more about marine mammals from expert handlers, get up-close to feed tropical birds and walk through a tropical rainforest, Bird Exhibit and Habitat of Iguanas. The pass also includes access to some of the animal shows. Have fun with the playful sea lions, watch the skill of the dolphins, and see all the drama of the shark show. Then, relax on Dolphin Beach and soak up some Caribbean rays.  With lunch and lounge chairs included as part of the package, this is your passport to a world of marine adventures.

Cayo Arena: Paradise Island and Mangroves Tour

3. Cayo Arena: Paradise Island and Mangroves Tour

Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Puerto Plata, Sosua, or Cabarete, and then make your way by bus to the brilliant white sands of Punta Rucia, 67 kilometers east of Montechristi. Get amazing views of the countryside before you board a speedboat to cross to Cayo Arena.  Be welcomed by the turquoise waters and white sands of the paradise island. Go ashore to sink your toes in the sand and top up your tan. Marvel at the colorful marine life and coral gardens on an optional guided snorkeling tour, and enjoy a selection of fresh fruits and drinks.  Navigate the thick mangrove forest of Monte Cristi National Park by speedboat, and look for the abundant wildlife in the lagoons and channels. Get a feel for island life at a local market before taking the speedboat back to the mainland.

Dolphin Encounter at Ocean World, Puerto Plata

4. Dolphin Encounter at Ocean World, Puerto Plata

The Dolphin Encounter offers close contact with a bottlenose dolphin, in waist deep water. During these interactive programs, you will be able to touch and feed these gentle mammals, playing with them in a safe environment. You will even dance with them! This interaction is both fun and educational for all ages, ideal for non swimmers and families with young kids. The Dolphin Encounter program also includes a Day Pass for the Ocean World Adventure Park, with all its attractions, and the round trip bus transfer from nearby hotels. Boasting the largest man-made dolphin habitat in the world, Ocean World is a must-see attraction for everyone visiting the Dominican Republic. Day Pass visitors have the opportunity to snorkel in our Tropical Reef Aquarium, visit the Pirate's Pool, learn about marine mammals, feed exotic tropical birds, walk through a tropical rain forest, and watch the Dolphin Show, Shark Show, Sea Lions Show and Tropical Bird Show. Lunch is included.

Puerto Plata Ocean World Dolphin Swim

5. Puerto Plata Ocean World Dolphin Swim

The highlight of any visit to Ocean World Adventure Park is the rare opportunity to swim and play with beautiful Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. The Dolphin Swim experience begins with a brief orientation. Guests learn about dolphin behavior and discover how Ocean World Adventure Park trainers use hand signals and positive reinforcement to communicate with them. Then it's time to get into the water and start interacting with these amazing creatures. Guests will be able to interact with a dolphin in its own environment. The Dolphin Swim also includes a Day Pass at Ocean World Adventure Park and a round trip bus transfer from nearby hotels. Boasting the largest man-made dolphin habitat in the world, Ocean World is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting the Dominican Republic. Day Pass visitors have the opportunity to snorkel in the Tropical Reef Aquarium, learn about marine mammals, feed exotic tropical birds, walk through a tropical rain forest, and observe dolphin shows, shark shows, sea lion shows and a tropical bird show.

Puerto Plata: Half-Day Damajagua Waterfalls Adventure

6. Puerto Plata: Half-Day Damajagua Waterfalls Adventure

The tour begins with pickup from your hotel in Puerto Plata, Sosúa, or Cabarete, then heads out into the sprawling countryside to the municipality of Imbert. Take the winding road to the world-famous Damajagua Waterfalls where your epic adventure awaits. Nestled in the rolls hills of the Northern Corridor Mountain Range and behind the long stalks of sugar cane fields, lies a treasure unlike anywhere else in the world — a place where Mother Nature has crafted awe-inspiring pools etched from limestone for your enjoyment! Arrive at the entrance to the falls and get kitted out with all the necessary equipment for your adventure, then wander through the dense and luscious tropical jungle, marvelling at endemic plants and beautiful vegetation along the way. Cross the river to finally arrive at the waterfalls and take a moment to soak up this incredible feat of nature. Follow your guide as you visit the waterfalls one by one, and discover their unique characteristics and offerings as you slip, slide, and have some fun! When booking, you can choose between the option to slide down just 7 waterfalls.

From Puerto Plata: Dominican Cocoa, Coffee, & Culture Tour

7. From Puerto Plata: Dominican Cocoa, Coffee, & Culture Tour

Enjoy a tour through the interior of the Dominican Republic and see local chocolate manufacturing, cocoa groves, and a cigar factory. Enjoy a tasting of coffee in a local host's country house and visit a fruit and vegetable market on a full-day tour of the interior. Discover places off the beaten path on this tour, and start with hotel pickup in Puerto Plata. Travel through the interior toward cocoa plantations, and visit a local manufacturer where chocolate is produced, a government project to support rural women. Stop for a Dominican-style coffee at a friendly local host's typical country house, before moving on to a fruit and vegetable market. Visit the market, the largest in the region, and discover the stalls of traditional healers and shamans selling herbs, potions, devotionals, and some voodoo artifacts. Attend a presentation of the finest Dominican cigars at an iconic factory, over 100 years old, learn about the cigar production process, and smoke a real handmade cigar while at the factory. Leave the factory and take a panoramic drive through the mountains and enjoy a coffee at a fabulous viewpoint while taking in the scenery or snapping some pictures. Finish the tour with a sunset walk and a Cuba libre on the beach before returning to your accommodation.

Damajagua: Waterfalls with Lunch Buffet

8. Damajagua: Waterfalls with Lunch Buffet

After being collected from your hotel, make your way to the Damajagua Waterfalls. Nature has crafted some awe-inspiring pools, etched out of limestone with stalactites and stalagmites. You will be introduced to the local waterfall guides and provided with a life jacket, water shoes, and helmet. If you want to take photos on the tour please only bring waterproof cameras. A moderate 45-minute uphill hike through a beautiful jungle landscape gets you to the 12th waterfall. From there you head back downriver and you jump, slide, and swim your way through a series of spectacular waterfalls, canyons, and pools. The tour includes jumps of up to 25 feet (8 meters), however, there is another way down if you don't feel like jumping. After changing into your dry clothes the tour concludes with a lunch buffet.

27 Waterfalls: Zip 'n Splash Adventure with Horse Ride

9. 27 Waterfalls: Zip 'n Splash Adventure with Horse Ride

Take a 30-minute drive by open safari truck to the top-rated attraction in Puerto Plata of the 27 waterfalls of Damajagua. Plunge into the awe-inspiring pools, etched out of the limestone, where stalactites and stalagmites can be seen in 1,000 colors. Hike for about 20-30 minutes uphill. Then, make your way back down by swimming, jumping and sliding through the 12 most beautiful cascades. Head back towards Puerto Plata on a 15-minute journey to Country World Ranch. Enjoy a delicious home-cooked lunch prepared with fire wood on arrival. Next, gear-up for your zip line adventure, and prepare to fly. With a bottle of fresh drinking water attached to your harness to keep you hydrated, feel the adrenaline rush of 8 ACCT certified zip lines. Get a safety briefing before you experience the 7,900 feet of galvanized steel cable. No previous experience is needed and, unlike other zip line parks, you will not be subject to any active braking, such as using gloves to stop. Be free to take photos or videos with your own camera as you ride the network of zip lines. The longest is a staggering 2,460 feet! Determine your own speed: the instructors will move at your pace. Try seasonal fruits fresh from the trees. A natural juice will also be prepared to boost you with natural energy in preparation for your next amazing adventure. Take a relaxing ride through the countryside on horseback and get some breathtaking views. The horses are well-trained and kept in the best condition. Suitable for children and beginners, the ride starts with full basic riding instructions. You will not gallop the horses, unless you request otherwise. Mount the right horse matched to your skill-set before you set off. Before heading back for your drop off, take a walk through the tropical garden.

Ocean World Dolphin Swim & Sea Lion Combo from Puerto Plata

10. Ocean World Dolphin Swim & Sea Lion Combo from Puerto Plata

Your full-day excursion begins with a hotel pick-up from Puerto Plata for the drive to Cofresi Beach by comfortable coach. Location for the Ocean World Adventure Park, you will have the day to explore, with plenty of free time to spend at leisure Highlights of the day are a 30-minute swim with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and a visit to the sea lion enclosure. Your dolphin swim begins with a brief orientation, before entering the water for your introduction, face to snout. Here you will learn about dolphin behaviour and discover how the trainers use hand signals and positive reinforcement to talk with the animals.  Then it is on to meet the sea lions. Experience those fascinating animals during a 30-minute poolside encounter, and learn about their natural habitat during an instructive talk.  The program also includes a Day Pass to the other attractions of the Ocean World Adventure Park. Explore at your own pace as you listen to exotic tropical birds, visit the Pirate's Pool and walk through a tropical rain forest. Lunch is included.

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What people are saying about Puerto Plata

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 442 reviews

First I was at the wrong location (second gate, hotel lobby should have been the pick up point) Antonio was really like my own personal guide educating me about the history of Puerto Plata. Cable car was great and there was never a shortage of rum!

Chael & Eric were AMAZING guides! There were some people on the excursion who could not swim and were afraid but they made sure they felt safe and also experienced the fun! Highly recommend!

no complaints. smooth ride, on time pickup, easy to locate, good communication

Great crew, great snorkelling, great food, great sailing, great memories!

Awesome trip! Tour provider was fantastic! A must do!