Silver port with magnificent beaches

Puerto Plata, which means ‘silver port’ in Spanish, owes its name to the dazzling silver colour of the Atlantic Ocean. Situated on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, this holiday paradise is extremely popular among young people, families, sun worshippers and water sports fans alike.

Quick facts Puerto Plata

Flight time

10:00 h

Distance

7780 km

Time difference

- 5 hours CET

Exchange rate

CHF
1.00
=
DOP
58.57

Language

Spanish

A cup of cappuccino costs around

CHF 1.35

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.

Where humpback whales cavort

Samaná is famous not only for the peninsula’s beautiful beaches, but for an animal sensation as well: between mid-January and mid-March, thousands of humpback whales come to the bay of Samaná to mate and calve. Whale watching at its finest!

Main sights in Puerto Plata

Shaped by colonial-style architecture, downtown Puerto Plata has retained its historical charm. The city’s main landmarks include the 16th century San Felipe fort, which also houses a museum. Puerto Plata’s local Pico Isabel de Torres mountain can be ascended by funicular. The botanical garden at its summit is home to an exact replica of Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer statue.

Adventure to the 27 waterfalls

Last but not least, Puerto Plata is the ideal gateway for excursions to the many impressive natural attractions in the area, such as the 27 Damajuga waterfalls. Situated deep inside a thick forest, Damajuga offers a wealth of fauna and flora to admire. While the adventurous will ‘“jump” at the chance for some waterfall canyoning, hiking in the area is just as thrilling. And where better to wind down from canyoning and hiking than on one of the region’s myriad spectacular beaches!