Best Puerto Plata Hidden Gem Attractions

THE 5 BEST Hidden Gem Attractions in Puerto Plata

Best Puerto Plata Hidden Gem Attractions

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  • rick00001967
    Ontario, Canada858 contributions
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    i will say right away that horseback riding is not my preferred cup of tea. haha it is the wife that loves these animals. that said, we traveled here for our anniversary and her birthday so how could i say no.
    we used this ranch many years ago when staying in the playa dorada complex. it was fun then and it was fun again.
    they are very close by the complex so transport back and forth is quick and easy. we went in slow season so we were the only 2 riders which was nice.
    the business has changed hands recently and the latest owner has apparently made some changes. they have some new animals and some update equipment.
    the horses seem to be in very good condition and well cared for. so did the many friendly dogs that share the ranch.
    both Angel and Alex have been here for many years and are great staff.
    our booking agent originally had us booked with another operator in sosua. we were not too happy about having to travel that far back and forth so we were very happy when they changed at the last minute. we did not ask why.
    pick up was on time. the pace was very leisurely. we had a beautifully scenic ride into the hills. some spots offered a great ocean view with a cool breeze while others were sunny and hot.
    there is a stop along the way (thank god haha) to rest the horses (and the riders) where you can have a water or soft drink. beer is avail for purchase along some gifts if you like.
    helmets are mandatory. closed toed shoes are always a good idea but if you only have sandals make sure they are secured strapped sandals and not loose flip flops.
    this is a great way to see the countryside and much quieter than the buggies or atv's.
    if you are considering riding as part of your vacation then choosing Lorilar is the right way to go.
    Written August 25, 2019
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  • Christopher T
    Bethel Park, PA12 contributions
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    I read several reviews before scheduling our trip. Glen was mentioned by name as the man to see if you wanted good Dominican cigars. We exchanged emails and texts prior to our arrival and he sent a car to come pick us up. This was very helpful as the taxi service operates a little differently down here as opposed to back home. Home they take you where you want to go. In the DR they take you where they get commissions to take you. So if you want to visit this fantastic shop, reach out to Glen first! We started off with a delicious cup of coffee and a shot of mama juana ( we wound up buying a bottle it was so good!) then Glen showed us around. My wife got to roll a cigar and we both had a sample stick while getting the owner's tour. Glen is very knowledgeable about cigars, coffee, politics, you name it! After buying a bundle of the cigar I sampled, Glen had his driver take us to a lovely seafood restaurant for lunch. If you like cigars, good cigars, go visit Glen!
    Written February 17, 2024
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  • Jerid V
    1 contribution
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    Edgar out tour guide was the best and took us around town and was so professional and very informative with everything we saw. I would 100% recommend this tour company. Lunch was so delicious
    Written June 7, 2024
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  • Ashley A
    1 contribution
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    Today we did the Mega Truck country ride and culture lunch. I did lots of research on what excursions I wanted to do. This one was amazing!!! We spent 5 hours discovering the beautiful DR, it was a very hot day but the breeze from driving in the open truck and the cold water and pop made this heat almost disappear. The best part was the guide Edwardo and the driver Wilmor , the guide Sexy Eddie was funny knowledgeable, spoke many languages and shared very real and useful facts about the land and the people. If you have ever been on the roads in the DR it can be a stressful experience but the driver Wilmore was an excellent driver and made us feel safe the entire trip. We are a family of 4 with 2 teens and have visited the Dominican many times, this was a new, fun and educational experience and I would highly recommend.
    Written May 23, 2024
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  • Erin W
    Kempton, PA25 contributions
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    We did Monkey Island in Taino Bay and it was so fun! I highly recommend it it. It’s right there in the port and completely worth the $25 per person. The monkeys climb on you and eat out of your hands. Our “guide” Marcus made it fun and informative.
    Written March 9, 2024
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  • Justin M
    15 contributions
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    We always use a 3rd party for our shore excursions instead of booking through the ship. We booked the Puerto Plata city tour and cable car excursion. Alex picked us up just outside the cruise port to start the day. The cable car to the top of the mountain to see the Jesus statue was awesome. Alex having grew up there is very knowledgeable and details the history of the island and can answer any questions about the DR. With stops at the town square, umbrella street, pink street and surrounding areas. You really get a taste of the local area. Highly recommend asking for Alex to do your tour !
    Written January 4, 2024
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  • MaeOntario
    Ontario23 contributions
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    This tour is excellent and extremely well priced. Bring some school supplies for the school that you will visit! The tour guide was exceptional! I would suggest sippy cups for the rum as the ride is bumpy and you will spill your drinks! lol It's a full day of fun and the lunch was amazing! Everything about this trip was informative and FUN!!!
    Written February 24, 2020
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  • AjaY D
    Costa Mesa, CA3 contributions
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    Upon arrival, we were warmly welcomed by Johnny, our names were mentioned on the board, and we felt welcomed, and with such a friendly atmosphere, we had a fantastic start! The guide and tour was extremely good, very flexible (appreciate this!), and for that he deserves a special thanks.

    Johnny is such a warm personality and highly motivated guide (recommendable!). My wife and I truly enjoyed the horse riding and ATV ride. The scenery was beautiful, and it was a relief to walk in such a quiet and peaceful environment. The horse ride by the beach at the end was a great way to end the tour.

    The atmosphere is so special that it really felt like home to us. All respect for Johnny, who does a great job there; a true sample of excellent tour guide!

    Many thanks again, and I recommend Johnny as a guide to everyone!
    Written May 1, 2023
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  • Cruiser237304
    3 contributions
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    Bibby is an awesome teacher and also a very kind, honest individual. He teaches all the steps very efficiently, making the lessons really fun and enjoyable. Both my 15 year old son and I enjoyed the lessons very much and progressed onto the water very fast. He also makes the utmost effort to accommodate your vacation schedule.
    Area is very safe and beautiful with cute little restaurants and shops. Parking area right at the back. Very friendly people overall. Beach is less crowded than Cabarete, making it ideal for beginners. Strongly recommending Bibby and his school to everyone.
    Written March 28, 2022
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