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Things to do in Puerto Plata Province

Our most recommended things to do in Puerto Plata Province

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.

Puerto Plata Ocean World Dolphin Swim

3. 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.

Damajagua: Waterfalls with Lunch Buffet

4. 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.

Dolphin Encounter at Ocean World, Puerto Plata

5. 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.

Cayo Arena: Paradise Island and Mangroves Tour

6. 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.

Damajagua: 27 Waterfalls Tour with Entrance Fee & Lunch

7. Damajagua: 27 Waterfalls Tour with Entrance Fee & Lunch

Get your Tickets for a half day excursion here in the 27 Waterfall from Damajagua. Entrance tickets with Lunch and Excursion Include to Jump and swimming in the most beautiful waterfalls of the Dominican Republic. Hiking and Swimming with safety equipment to have the best experience ever!! After this experience, you will get Back to Location where you meet with the Tour Guide.

Puerto Plata: Half-Day Damajagua Waterfalls Adventure

8. 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.

Puerto Plata: Damajagua Waterfalls Full-Day Adventure

9. Puerto Plata: Damajagua Waterfalls Full-Day Adventure

Enjoy an unforgettable adventure at the waterfalls of Damajagua in the Dominican Republic, located at the confluence of emerald waters, deep in a tropical rainforest of the Cordillera Septentrional. 27 refreshing waterfalls have been chiseled by Mother Nature’s celestial mallet. Ideal for visitors who like to commune with nature, while experiencing an adrenaline-fuelled day, you will hop on the back of a safari-style truck, where a team of experienced guides and drivers await. Note that only 12 of the 27 waterfalls will be visited, since doing the 27 waterfalls would take greater physical preparation. After a short safety briefing, glide across the natural water springs, bathing in heavenly caves. Flanked by the whistling of exotic birdlife, and the banks of the Damajagua River, the rustling of the streams arouse a state of stillness. A labyrinth of tunnels and chutes are scattered around the waterfalls, some reaching heights of up to 13 feet. Somersault with the grace of aquatic birds, as your guide keep a watchful eye. Walk an interpretative rainforest trail to come face-to-face with Mother Earth, and wildlife waits to be greeted. Leap headfirst, swimming crossways, and sliding down natural waterslides. Explore unpredictable falls, with teasing names like “La Virgen” and “La Tinajita.” “La Virgen” holds Taino legends, where the aborigines built a statue of pebbles that paid homage to the Virgin of Altagracia, perhaps becoming the first worshippers of the Patron Saint of the Dominican people. After a typical buffet-style lunch, head towards the small town of Imbert and visit a local market where you can purchase artisan products and crafts bearing a distinct Dominican hallmark.

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

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Puerto Plata Province

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 450 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!