Ocean World Adventure Park#9 in Best Things To Do in Puerto Plata
A popular attraction for families, Ocean World Adventure Park touts one of the largest man-made dolphin habitats in the world. Among the activities available to visitors is reef snorkeling, swimming, animal shows and animal encounters (for additional fees). The sprawling complex also boasts a nightlife venue and a marina.
Recent visitors thoroughly enjoyed the park, calling it educational and fun, especially for kids. Reviewers applauded the animal shows, but a few said the overall experience is overpriced. Many were also disappointed to find that animal encounters, such as swimming with the dolphins, costs significantly extra.
Ocean World Adventure Park is located along the banks of Cofresi Beach, about 3 miles from central Puerto Plata. The adventure park is open Tuesday to Sunday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Note that the nightlife venue is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. and from Friday to Sunday from 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. Day passes to the adventure park offer a variety of inclusions, including round-trip transportation from hotels in Puerto Plata, lunch, reef snorkeling, animal shows and access to Dolphin Beach, among other amenities. Animal encounters, such as swimming with dolphins, costs extra. Day passes cost $69 for adults 13 and older and $54 for seniors 65 and older and children ages 4 to 12; infants 3 and younger can enter the complex for free. Visit the complex's official website for more information.
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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 restaurants.
The town's big claim to fame is Kite Beach. 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. Recent visitors loved watching the kite surfers, as well lounging on the gorgeous beach. They also mentioned there are plenty of places to eat and drink.
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