Best Free Things to Do in Puerto Plata

THE 10 BEST Free Things to Do in Puerto Plata

Best Free Things to Do in Puerto Plata

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  • pixieduststar
    Birmingham, UK691 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place right on the port. Free entry and plenty of beach chairs and cabanas. Lazy river is great, some low parts so pay attention but great. Drinks people are saying are pricey but I found them on par to the ship and with free amenities why not. Great day one of the best! Shows too we're not overly pricey cheaper than Nassau!
    Written June 9, 2024
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  • pandou
    Montreal, Canada84 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    nice beach with restaurants close to the beach . on weekend it is fairly busy and bursting with music and activities . The sea was agitated but we had a sunny stay
    Written May 20, 2024
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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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  • melissa b
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My husband and I would definitely go back. The staff was wonderful and made us feel welcome. There were so many different pieces of jewelry to purchase and each one was unique.
    Written April 13, 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 10:45 am and made our way towards the entrance of the church. There were quite a few locals in the front of the church, trying to sell us taxi rides around the city. There was a mass going on during the time that we went, so we paid our respects and stayed for a couple of minutes.

    Tip: I recommend spending 15 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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  • Melissa McCall
    Brooklyn, NY7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great beach but very crowded and it wasn't that clean and we were expecting it to be much cleaner, but we enjoyed the couple of hours we spent there with sun bathing.
    Written February 9, 2020
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  • paula m
    Baltimore, MD131 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I was surprised as to how short the ally/street is. My guide gave me a lot of info about it. I liked it. Cute little street and lucky we were the only ship in the port so it wasn’t crowded.
    Written May 29, 2024
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  • solidfuture
    Endicott, New York3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    While I don't make shopping for jewelry a priority when I travel, my wife wanted to take a look. We went inside and casually browsed. As expected, a salesperson approached and began asking what we were looking for. I was vague in my response and went off on my own while my wife continued speaking with the sales guy. When I rejoined them I began listening to the conversation and looking at the pieces being discussed. While doing so we had to leave the store before making a purchase but told them we would return in an hour. We did return but our timing aligned with the salesperson just left for lunch. They were very understanding and insisted they would call him back from lunch. While we said that was not necessary and we didn't want them to do that, I think they did recall him early. We continued our browsing and discussions. He was very non-pressure and asked all the right questions and listened to our answers, ultimately arriving at my wife's favorite piece. We bought a necklace/pendant that included the unique Larimar gemstone, very beautiful. My only regret is that I didn't purchase a pendant that I really wanted my wife to buy instead of the one she chose. I will look on their website but I don't think the pieces containing Larimar are available. We want to single out Gabriel for commendation on the excellent sales experience he provided and look forward to seeing him again if we go back to Amber Cove.
    Written June 12, 2024
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  • BS2022
    Ontario, Canada8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sad to see the decline of this mall. was thriving in past years. Bar and pizza place are great. Really sad to see all the empty stores though.
    Written December 27, 2023
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  • munro725
    Fenelon Falls, Canada23 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a small casino, out dated, slot machines were well used . Some were just beat to death . Wires exposed. Not a great stopp
    Written November 19, 2022
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  • m b
    7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Renting a beach launcher for around 150 Pesos is possible, with shade or in the sun. There are merchants bringing you coconuts, sweets or other treats, if you wish. There are also restaurants and bars for your lunch. Only disadvantage is the plastic trash that washes up on the beach. Beach shoes are recomended due to the water not being clear, and the trash that can be washed up.
    Written September 19, 2022
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  • russpei
    Sebring, FL579 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    The first price I was quoted for Larimar and Amber was far too high and it took quite a bit of haggling before I got the items down to the prices that were comparable to the researched prices I saw. Saw many tourists did not do their homework and paid for it.
    Written February 13, 2020
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