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Lined with golden sand beaches and bursting with Caribbean flavor, Puerto Plata is a surreal destination on the northern shores of the Dominican Republic. Active travelers will delight in an endless selection of water sports on translucent waters, while languid travelers stretch out on beachfront, chaise lounges. History lovers can visit the famous San Felipe fort, and golfers can tee-off on the coveted fairways of Playa Dorada. With unmatched beauty and endless potential for adventure, Puerto Plata exceeds the highest expectations for a Caribbean destination.

Known as one of the finest shopping destinations in the Dominican Republic, patrons of Puerto Plata will discover an endless variety of local and international items throughout the city’s shopping centers. Pick up an intricate, handmade woodcarving, or take home a creative piece of the local artwork. The Plaza Turisol Complex features 80 different outlet stores that specialize in everything from clothes and jewelry to perfumes and local spirits. The shops of Puerto Plata are also a great excuse to see the city and mingle with some native Dominicans.

Bask in the irresistible flavors of authentic Dominican cuisine within the restaurants and cafes of the resort areas. Fresh fish and robust island seasonings serve as the foundation for many of the Dominican’s signature dishes. All inclusive resorts also hold a range of venues with flavors from Europe, Italy, Asia, the Mediterranean and more. The culinary options in Puerto Plata will satisfy a range of palates. Check out the resort descriptions for unique dining options and other interesting highlights!

Dance to the merinque rhythm and join the festivities during the nightly endeavors at Puerto Plata. Many of the region’s ocean front resorts provide complimentary live entertainment, weekly beach parties and various cultural activities. Sip your favorite island drink at your resort’s bar, or meet other travelers on the open floor of a disco. Each resort has its own flavor of nighttime fun, so be sure to check out the details for nightlife at your resort!

The premier sight in Puerto Plata is undoubtedly the golden sand beaches that trim shoreline. Beyond this natural wonder, Puerto Plata also boasts a range of historic sites that speak of its adventurous past. Visit the oldest fort in the New World, For San Felipe. Or, visit the popular lookout tower of Isabel de Torres. Your resort’s tour desk can provide you with numerous options for local siteseeing.

Water and land lovers will delight in the natural playground that spans throughout Puerto Plata. Ocean lovers can engage the waves with resort sports such as kayaking, snorkeling, windsurfing and more. Land activities such as tennis, basketball and volleyball are also just some of the adventures that are often offered on a complimentary basis. Golfers will find particular pleasure on the various courses that boast breathtaking scenery and challenging professional designs. Puerto Plata is a boisterous and playful destination for travelers of every age.