Things to do in Puerto Plata

THE 15 BEST Things to Do in Puerto Plata

Things to Do in Puerto Plata


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What travellers are saying

  • vhash77
    North Wilkesboro, NC1,051 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful experience. It's a beautiful mountain ride in the cable car. We didn't get out into the botanical gardens, it wasn't on our tour, but we did have a great time with the folks making our photos with the Christ statue behind us. It's worth visiting the area.
    Written April 1, 2024
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  • Brenda s
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We were there in January with family. It was amazing . we had the best service maid concierge was great. They went out of they're way to please. Ocean world and the spa plus all the great food. Our villa was awesome with 6 adults it gave us all the room we needed
    Written April 17, 2024
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  • nzmommy
    Tallahassee, FL214 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We visited Mount Isabel de Torres as part of a cruiseline excursion, so we took a small bus from Puerto Plata up to the top. It was foggy and drizzled rain for half the time we were in the park but that didn't dampen our enthusiasm for the beautiful flowers and plants along the paths in this well-kept park. We were able to catch a glimpse of the town from where the cable cars usually disembark, and the fog lifted enough for us to snap a picture of the Christ statue.

    There are several paths to walk which when it is wet can be a little bit treacherous, but they do have handrails and steps to assist.
    Written April 23, 2024
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  • Ben Albert Chiong
    Quezon City, Philippines8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Taino Bay Port is a very nice to experience with its beautiful scenery and number of shops to indulge.
    The resort is available to all joining cruise tours as they get the chance to experience the new port in Puerto Plata
    Written March 30, 2024
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  • jfd
    Scottsdale, AZ1,704 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a great beach with nice sand, no rocks, wide beach area with some wind and waves. Water was warm and lovely, seating was difficult however.
    Written June 19, 2023
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  • Venture10531635154
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots to do at Amber Cove. We choose a day at the Senator. All inclusive $68 per person, included towels, beach chairs. Unlimited drinks and food. Lots of pools to use, beach is rocky so use water shoes, great for snorkeling. Take a taxi, don't walk and get lost..I would not recommend the free beach..it was very dirty Lots of trash. Luckily a security guard took us to the Senator!! Beautiful resort.
    Written April 21, 2024
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  • Dave C
    Alexandria, VA1,628 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is still a nice visit, but it is small, the place was late to open, but the exhibits and unspoiled interior were still great. As predicable for a July, it was really hot, and surprisingly, this place had no taxis. Still, nice view, OK walk form most of the cruise ports, and a nice place to visit. Entry is about two dollars.
    Written August 8, 2023
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  • Allen B
    Muskegon, MI1,224 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was an interesting stop that was provided as opart of our day tour. It was a very short tour inside, maybe 5 minutes, but the lady inside that gave us information as we walked through was very friendly. Yes, there are mosquitos and other insects in amber like in the movies. So cool. The gift shop is also very nice, but very expensive.
    Written January 8, 2024
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  • Rodiggy1
    33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    what a beautiful excursion i snorkeled for the first time ever and i will never forget the magic!! They stopped in the middle of the ocean and we swam in 5 foot clear water for about an hour which was also amazing
    we ended the trip with a delicious lobster lunch
    all around great experience!!!
    Written October 20, 2023
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  • Allen B
    Muskegon, MI1,224 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views! There just wasn't enough places to sit and enjoy the beauty and relax. And there is a lack of shade.
    Written January 8, 2024
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  • Ben E
    Huntsville1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Was interested in climbing the trail to the top of the mountain and read everything I could find on the topic from others who had been. That helped to prepare me somewhat. Here's my full story in case it helps others!

    Approximate timeline:

    7:30am departed cruise ship, decided to walk to Teleferico instead of getting a cab. I'm cheap and it was a good warmup after being cooped up on the ship. It was 1.5 miles one way.

    8:15am arrived at Teleferico station. Asked where the trailhead was. Everyone kept telling me it was "peligroso" (dangerous) but I'm a very fit trail runner and wanted to ascend myself. Finally I broke down and paid $50 for a guide.

    Note: The trailhead can't be accessed from the Teleferico parking lot like I thought (or at least nobody would tell me... I had no signal to check my GPS and I couldn't even talk someone into simply showing me the trailhead for $10. I have passable Spanish but it was still a no go. I told the guide they got paid at the summit, not at the start.

    My guide spoke about 20 words of English. The other guides at the base seemed to have better English but they also told me that they wouldn't take me up for less than $80. I only brought enough $ for the cable car ride and the $50 bill so I told him I honestly didn't have anything else. Not even a credit card.

    8:45 am start climbing. Rocky trail. Can't get GPS on my watch to connect to track it. Phone has no signal so feeling very reliant on guide at this point.

    9:00 guide breaks off the path and we go straight through the brush for 25-30 minutes. I'm wondering what's up when we finally emerge back on the trail. "shortcut?" It would have been impassable for most people--climbing up/down ravines, using trees to pull up steep areas, etc. Not sure what that was about.

    9:25 Phone starts pinging like crazy because I apparently got high enough for signal to connect.

    930 back on marked trail with red/orange blazes. Steady climb.

    10:10 hit the road portion, the last and steepest part of the climb. See photo. It's serious.

    10:30 finish at the summit. Lots of pictures of scenery, flowers, statue, and cave right before a fog bank rolled in.

    10:45 hitch a ride in the cable car to the bottom station. Pay for my one-way trip upon arrival ($5).

    11:00 walk back to the ship.

    11:30 back on board.

    I would definitely do it again, but if my wife had come along like we originally planned, we could not have taken the "shortcut" through the jungle.

    Was the guide necessary? I could have probably followed the trail 90% solo without a guide, but there were areas where it got hard to follow or wasn't marked very well. I was concerned about getting lost, even briefly, and not being able to get back to the port before ship departure.

    Good shoes are a must.
    I brought a drawstring bag with 16oz water and hydrated well before leaving ship. Morning is cooler.
    Hat and sunglasses.
    Pants--never would have went off trail without them and just smart when in the jungle.
    Written February 20, 2024
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  • Amanda H
    Rockford, MI68 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was a quick easy walk from cruise port at Taino Bay. Many taxis and walking tour operators tried to get us to go with them, but we kept walking past them all. It was about a 6 minute walk past the security at the pier. I had talked to someone who went the week before I did and was glad I did because it was intimidating leaving the port security area. However, it was a quick, safe walk and glad I didn't pay for a taxi to see umbrella and pink street!
    Written March 22, 2024
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