For beach-holiday lovers and water sports aficionados
A magnet for beach-holiday fans, the sandy shores near Puerto Plata also attract scuba divers, kiters and surfers. The real go-to for kiting and surfing is the neighbouring village of Cabarete where individual sections of the beach offer kite- and surfboarding conditions to suit all skill levels. Playa Dorada is considered to be THE beach in Puerto Plata: located to the east of the city centre, this coastal zone stretches for around three kilometres and is littered with hotels, restaurants and shops.
The famous sandbank of Cayo Arena, which is also referred to as Isla Paraiso or Paradise Island, is a few hours’ drive from Puerto Plata. A choice location for some fantastic snorkelling, this tropical paradise can be reached by boat from Punta Rucia Beach, where parking is available and fishing boats can be chartered for the crossing. The Samaná peninsula is less than four hours by car from Puerto Plata (transfers to the peninsula can be booked at the airport) and boasts some of the world’s loveliest beaches – including the stunningly beautiful Playa Bonita with its white sandy beach and Playa Rincón which, despite mentions in renowned travel magazines, is still largely unspoilt.