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.
A magnet for beach-holiday fans, the sandy shores near Puerto Plata also attract scuba divers, kiters and surfers. Puerto Plata is also an ideal starting point for excursions of all kinds.
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Edelweiss tips for Puerto Plata
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Wild Nature In and Around Puerto Plata Find out more
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Sightseeing in your Puerto Plata holidays
Kiters are especially attracted to the village of Cabarete, where there are different conditions for every level on different parts of the beach. View in maps
The Samaná peninsula is less than four hours by car from Puerto Plata and boasts some of the world’s loveliest beaches – including the stunningly beautiful Playa Bonita with its white sandy beach, Las Terrenas and Playa Rincón. View in maps
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! View in maps
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. View in maps