Puerto Plata is a large resort area and cruise ship destination that is known for its culture, resorts, history, museums, rainforest beauty, and of course, its beaches. Although historians can't even agree on the date of which this lovely area was first populated, everyone agrees that Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic is a world-class destination with Puerto Plata Excursions for everyone!
Clean, tranquil, safe, interesting...these are the words guests use most when referring to Puerto Plata. Get out and explore! Here are just a few ideas of what's going on in Puerto Plata and we have the excursions that will make sure your visit memorable. Nature lovers will marvel at the pristine waters of the Rio Damajagua Waterfalls, a natural park with 27 waterfalls where collection pools are etched out of limestone, check our Amber Cove Puerto Plata Charco Grande Waterfall Hike Excursion. Others may want to take a leisurely horseback ride along a Caribbean beach while on our Amber Cove Puerto Plata Countryside Horseback Riding Excursion, or maybe take it up a notch with a 4X4 buggy off-road on twisting trails.
The town of Puerto Plata is also known as San Felipe de Puerto Plata or Puerto de Plata. Many visitors seek out Puerto Plata Shore Excursions including sightseeing, history and culture when they come; a great option is our Amber Cove Puerto Plata Best of Dominican Culture Sightseeing Excursion. Dating back to around 1494 when the village of La Isabela was founded by Christopher Columbus just outside of present day Puerto Plata, the area is rich with history. You can visit the famous San Felipe Fort, which is one of the oldest military colonial fortresses in the Caribbean. Head out to see the fascinating architecture that includes stunning Victorian homes. See the recently restored Cast Iron Lighthouse built originally in 1879, or maybe head out to see the Amber Museum, which has stunning collections made by nature, and fabulous jewelry made by man.
You can take a ride on the only aerial tramway in the Caribbean where you can ascend to 2,600ft (793m) to the top of Pico Isabel de Torres. This is the highest point of Puerto Plata and has a botanical garden and a replica of Christ the Redeemer, the famous statue of Jesus with outstretched arms in Rio de Janeiro for great photo opportunities. There are also coffee plantations to visit, local cuisine to taste, and shopping for unique gifts.
Finally, there are the beaches with views of turquoise waters that are simply stunning. For those who simply want to relax, we have you covered there too, check our Amber Cove Puerto Plata River Tubing and Cabarete Beach Excursion. Waters that are calm, palm trees that bow, and sand so soft you'll kick your shoes aside. Puerto Plata is sure to become one of your favorite destinations where you can make memories that last a lifetime. We have the best Puerto Plata Excursions for you!
Fun Fact: Cruise ships did not start calling regularly in the Puerto Plata area until Carnival Corporation built a large terminal in nearby Amber Cove in early 2015.