Points of Interest & Landmarks in Puerto Plata

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Points of Interest & Landmarks in Puerto Plata

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  • Sightseer779040
    485 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a Carnival Corporation owned gated area. Only Carnival, Princess, and Holland America ships dock here. There can be up to 2 ships at a time. The area that is cruise owned is right there with the pool area and the shops. Beyond the gates is the rest of the Dominican and taxi’s to Puerto Plata which would be the main city there. If you choose to stay in the cruise ship area, to the left is the shopping area. There are many different shops like clothes, chocolate, jewlery, cigars, etc. To the right is the pool area. The pool is large with a lazy river type concept but without the current. The only shade is really under the bridges and those areas get taken quickly. The pool is nice and refreshing. They also play music and do some pool party vibes. Get there early if you can to get prime lounge chair seating in the shade and get into a still empty pool. Once both cruise ships have more people getting off, most of the loungers get taken (and there are a lot) and the pool becomes people soup. There is also a splash pad area for the kiddos. There is a swim up bar which is cool but has outrageous prices. They also serve food at the restaurant with outrageous prices also. There is a skyview bar that you can walk up to for some good views and drinks as well. There are two waterslides that cost $5 for unlimited rides all day. The lines were long. There is also a zipline that literally goes over the pool for $45/person or something and lasts like 30 seconds. Also you could rent umbrellas for your pool chairs somewhere in the neighborhood of $30. It was cool to walk around and see the forested beauty of the domincan (from what you can see there) and it was cool to check out the shops. But I think next time if you aren’t taking an excursion then you are better off just staying on the ship and having a relaxing empty pool day on the ship.
    Written June 6, 2024
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  • Allen B
    Muskegon, MI1,202 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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  • cenzt
    Iowa18,256 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good trip. We arrived at approximately 10:30 am and made our way towards the entrance of the street. There were multiple shops lined up alongside the road, that consisted of different eateries and clothing stores. There were several umbrellas hanging from the wires on the top of the street, which made for some pretty pictures.

    Tip: I recommend spending 5 minutes here if you truly want to see everything.
    Written June 11, 2024
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  • cenzt
    Iowa18,256 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good trip. We arrived at approximately 10:30 am and made our way towards the entrance of the park. The park was on the smaller side, but did contain a decent amount of space to roam around and enjoy the scenery. The Catedral San Felipe was located directly next to the park, and there were quite a few locals trying to sell various items, along with taxi rides.

    Tip: I recommend spending 15 minutes here if you truly want to see everything.
    Written June 11, 2024
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  • Joseph G
    Montreal, Canada5,113 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The historical park and museum of La Isabela is located a little over 42 Km West of Puerto Plata. It has the ruins of the first settlement in the Americas established by Christopher Columbus during his second voyage of exploring the new world.
    The place is in an enchanting location on the ocean. The ruins themselves are a bit disappointing as you just have the foundations of what were 200 houses and a number of buildings (Columbus’s residence, the church, the warehouse and a tower).
    The museum on the site is more interesting and has a lot of information about Columbus and his 1500 “settlers” as well as the Tainos, the native population.
    The admission price is 100 pesos per person and we took a guide (who is free and works for tips - so be generous).
    At the time of our visit, the site is still a work in progress and the official inauguration of the whole site (historical park and museum, Taino village, restaurant, …) is August 2023.
    Written February 28, 2023
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  • Mark I
    Boise, ID175 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic Brothers and instant friends. Super interesting, going back to the founding of the Dominican Republic
    Written August 12, 2022
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