Puerto Plata

Puerto Plata is the largest city on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, located towards the Atlantic Ocean. The city  has been a maritime city and an important point for commercial trade throughout history as well as a place that was frequented by pirates in the mid 16th century.

Today, Puerto Plata is perhaps most famous for the big touristic resort Playa Dorada, where the majority of the all-inclusive resorts in the city are located, as well as Ocean World where tourists can swim with dolphins and go fishing from, among other activities.

Other noteworthy places of interest include the Isabel de Torres mountain (793 meters), reachable by the only aerial tramway in the Caribbean. The top of the mountain has a botanical garden as well as a replica of the Christ the Redeemer statue from Rio de Janeiro.

You can also visit the famous amber museum, which allegedly has the piece of amber with a mosquito inside that Steven Spielberg used in the movie Jurassic Park. The 2,000 m2 San Felipe fort, which was built in the 16th century to fend off pirates (the oldest standing building in the city) and the Victorian architecture found around the city also provides points of interest.

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