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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.

One unenthusiastic TripAdvisor user notes: "I suppose the fort itself is ok, but after you walk up the stairs and look at the views of the harbor filled with commercial liners, you are pretty much finished because it is so small." Other reviewers negatively highlight a fairly aggressive set of street vendors positioned just outside the fort.

You can visit Fort San Felipe for a trifle (less than $2 USD) any day of the week.

 

  • The fort is included on most city tours. A restored lighthouse is adjacent, and is included in the entry fee for the fort." -- Fodor's

 

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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.

The town's big claim to fame is Kite Beach. "It has sandy beaches and areas to launch your kite, perfect conditions and a reef 300 meters from shore," notes world66.com. "Beginners don't kite on the reef, but as a more experienced kiter it can be a lot of fun." Other popular shores include Bozo Beach (about 5 minutes from downtown Cabarete) or Encuentro Beach. Most of the surf breaks are too rough for first-timers, but never fear, Cabarete also has about 10 kitesurfing schools where you can learn the craft.

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