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Best Things To Do in Puerto Plata

In addition to the beach (which let's face it, should be your number-one reason for visiting), this once prominent port city is also home to several historic and cultural sites, such as the traveler-recommended Fort San Felipe or Mount Isabel de Torres. If you have young kids, consider spending a day at Ocean World Adventure Park, Marina and Casino.

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#1
Cabarete Free

#1 in Puerto Plata

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Cabarete used to be quaint fishing village; now, it's a high-geared getaway for the jet-set. You should consider planning a day or two's worth of activities in this town east of Puerto Plata, where you'll find the best kitesurfing and windsurfing beaches, not to mention a smattering of bars and new restaurants.
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Sports Type
More than Full Day Time to Spend
Cabarete
Cabarete used to be quaint fishing village; now, it's a high-geared getaway for the jet-set. You should consider planning a day or two's worth of activities in this town east of Puerto Plata, where you'll find the best kitesurfing and windsurfing beaches, not to mention a smattering of bars and new restaurants.
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#2

#2 in Puerto Plata

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We don't really need to tell you to go here; chances are this is where you're staying. Playa Dorada is THE beach of choice in the immediate Puerto Plata area, and all the major resorts are represented along its shores. Also, staying at the beach could easily take up at least one full day of your time at the Amber Coast. If you racking your brain for things to do, take note that previous travelers have enjoyed windsurfing, snorkeling and even fishing along Playa Dorada. Most of the hotels offer rental equipment (some even for free), if you want to try your hand at any number of sports. And what's the best aspect of Playa Dorada? It's free to enjoy and open any hour of the day.
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Beaches Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Playa Dorada
We don't really need to tell you to go here; chances are this is where you're staying. Playa Dorada is THE beach of choice in the immediate Puerto Plata area, and all the major resorts are represented along its shores. Also, staying at the beach could easily take up at least one full day of your time at the Amber Coast. If you racking your brain for things to do, take note that previous travelers have enjoyed windsurfing, snorkeling and even fishing along Playa Dorada. Most of the hotels offer rental equipment (some even for free), if you want to try your hand at any number of sports. And what's the best aspect of Playa Dorada? It's free to enjoy and open any hour of the day.
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#3

#3 in Puerto Plata

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West of Puerto Plata is a relaxing stretch of gold-spun sand that doesn't usually face the tourist assault of Playa Dorada. The waters at Cofresi are nice and calm for swimming, and there's plenty of shade (you'll have your choice of umbrella, hut or trees) to set up camp under. A few restaurants flank Cofresi Beach (which is free to the public and open 24/7), and the Ocean World Adventure Park, Marina and Casino is right next door.
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Beaches Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Cofresi Beach
West of Puerto Plata is a relaxing stretch of gold-spun sand that doesn't usually face the tourist assault of Playa Dorada. The waters at Cofresi are nice and calm for swimming, and there's plenty of shade (you'll have your choice of umbrella, hut or trees) to set up camp under. A few restaurants flank Cofresi Beach (which is free to the public and open 24/7), and the Ocean World Adventure Park, Marina and Casino is right next door.
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#4 in Puerto Plata

The Damajaqua Cascades are one of the most thrilling sights and experiences in Puerto Plata. Better known as the "27 Waterfalls," the cascades are just that -- and have been set up as a national monument for tourists to canyon through.
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Natural Wonders Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Damajaqua Cascades (27 Waterfalls)
The Damajaqua Cascades are one of the most thrilling sights and experiences in Puerto Plata. Better known as the "27 Waterfalls," the cascades are just that -- and have been set up as a national monument for tourists to canyon through.
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#5

#5 in Puerto Plata

You can take a taxi to the base of Mount Isabel de Torres southwest of Puerto Plata, and from there, a cable car to the peak. Awaiting you is a massive statue of Christ, a botanical garden and some spectacular views of the city.
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Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Mount Isabel de Torres
You can take a taxi to the base of Mount Isabel de Torres southwest of Puerto Plata, and from there, a cable car to the peak. Awaiting you is a massive statue of Christ, a botanical garden and some spectacular views of the city.
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#6 in Puerto Plata

Just like its name implies, there's something for everyone at Ocean World Adventure Park, Marina and Casino. You can swim with stingrays, sea lions, dolphins and sharks, or enjoy an interactive "encounter" with Ocean World's Bengal tigers. You can also gamble with your money (instead of your life) by visiting the complex's marine-themed casino. There's Vegas-style shows (the exotic Bravissimo Show is popular with recent visitors) and three on-site restaurant/bars.
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Casinos Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Ocean World Adventure Park, Marina and Casino
Just like its name implies, there's something for everyone at Ocean World Adventure Park, Marina and Casino. You can swim with stingrays, sea lions, dolphins and sharks, or enjoy an interactive "encounter" with Ocean World's Bengal tigers. You can also gamble with your money (instead of your life) by visiting the complex's marine-themed casino. There's Vegas-style shows (the exotic Bravissimo Show is popular with recent visitors) and three on-site restaurant/bars.
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#7

#7 in Puerto Plata

You can get an up-close look at the Dominican Republic's beloved amber in this Victorian mansion situated in downtown Puerto Plata. There are two floor's worth of amber specimens, some fossilized. And if you're planning on purchasing some amber jewelry, travelers suggest you do so here. The museum guarantees its items are authentic. Outside vendors, of which there are many, could be pushing plastic replicas.
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Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Amber Museum
You can get an up-close look at the Dominican Republic's beloved amber in this Victorian mansion situated in downtown Puerto Plata. There are two floor's worth of amber specimens, some fossilized. And if you're planning on purchasing some amber jewelry, travelers suggest you do so here. The museum guarantees its items are authentic. Outside vendors, of which there are many, could be pushing plastic replicas.
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#8

#8 in Puerto Plata

Fort San Felipe holds some historical significance, and perhaps will be a little fun for kids who've never seen a fort before, but it's not an overwhelmingly compelling site. But Puerto Plata is largely a beach town with very few must-sees, hence the fort's inclusion as a U.S. News' Top Attraction.
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Sightseeing Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
Fort San Felipe
Fort San Felipe holds some historical significance, and perhaps will be a little fun for kids who've never seen a fort before, but it's not an overwhelmingly compelling site. But Puerto Plata is largely a beach town with very few must-sees, hence the fort's inclusion as a U.S. News' Top Attraction.
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