Puerto Plata is a city in the Dominic Republic’s province of Puerto Plata. The city stands as the capital of the province and ranks as the third largest city of the Dominic Republic. The proper and official name of Puerto Plata is San Felipe de Puerto Plata. The city has a coastline along which the finest beaches of the Dominic republic are present, in fact the shimmering silver tint of the splendid beaches along the coastline of Puerto Plata made this port city popularly known as “Port of Silver”.
The beaches of Puerto Plata are a main attraction of the city as they are also said to be some of the most beautiful beaches of the Caribbean. In addition to this the beauty of the city is multiplied by the presence of grand historic buildings and by the beautiful scenic views from the top of Mount Isabel De Torres during the sunset which has a fan base of its own. Puerto Plata has been welcoming all varieties of tourists for years, be it an adventurous tourist or someone who likes to spend most of their time inside their hotel/resort watching stunning sunsets. This is because Puerto Plata provides a lot of outdoor activities to cater to the inquisitive extroverted minds and abundant indoor (or rather in-resort) activities to keep the fairly introverted and reserved people engaged.
Best Time to Visit
Puerto Plata has a hot climate throughout the year with temperatures ranging from 66°F to 89°F. It rains all year in Puerto Plata especially in the months of September to November and April and May with an average of about 55 inches of rain year-round. The hotel charges are the minimum during May and June which makes this time the most economical to visit the city. So if you are someone who plans their trips economically then visiting in May and June would be a wise decision.
As previously told Puerto Plata is packed with on and off-resort activities. The prime attraction of Puerto Plata is its gorgeous white sanded beaches making it a competitor of the capital of Dominic Republic (Santo Domingo) in the tourism industry of the country. The three most famous beaches of the city are Playa Dorada, Playa Sosua and Cofressi Beach. Playa Dorada is the most famous beach of Puerto Plata also dubbed as the “Golden Beach” which contains the most elegant hotels of Puerto Plata and recent tourists believe that if you haven’t seen Playa Dorada and Playa Sosua then you haven’t been born yet. The beautiful deep blue shallow water of Playa Sosua attracts the travelers towards it in massive numbers. Neighbor to the Ocean World Adventure Park, the Cofressi Beach attracts those tourists who want to enjoy the beautiful beaches of Puerto Plata with privacy as this beach is much calmer compared to Playa Dorada. Known as the world’s largest man-made dolphin habitat, the Ocean World Adventure Park mostly attracts tourists with children or generally the curious minds. The park offers activities such as swimming and animal shows. Watching dolphins dance and coordinate with divers must be an amazing sight. In addition to this Puerto Plata holds great importance in the eyes of people who fancy historic architecture and love to visit such majestic beauties. An example of such beauty is the Fortaleza San Felipe which was built in the 16th century to protect the north coast of invasions and later in the 19th century served as a prison however now it attracts thousands if not millions of tourists who are admirers of the French history. Another example is the Catedral San Felipe which was built in 1956 in accordance to the architecture of a 16th century church which was burnt to ashes in 1863. This cathedral also attracts the people who are enthusiasts of historic architecture. Towards the southwest about 2600 feet high lies another charm of Puerto Plata, Mount Isabel de Tores. The true beauty of this mountain lies in the beautiful sunrise and sunset view from its peak.
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Among the best hotels of Puerto Plata is the 1. Casa Colonial Beach and Spa. 2. Gran Ventana Beach Resort 3. Iberostar Costa Dorada.
Casa Colonial Beach and Spa is a 5-star hotel with amenities such as free Wi-Fi, free parking, an infinity and outdoor pool, a spa and fitness center and basic necessities such as dry cleaning and laundry service. The rooms of this exquisite first-class hotel consist of features that make the hotel all the more attractive. These features include a private balcony and private beach for the people who are on a getaway vacation and in addition to this they also have world-class room service and housekeeping and a minibar. Since it is located along the Playa Dorada Golf Course the hotel also provides you with a discount on playing golf at this beautiful seaside golf course. This 50-suite resort consists of rooms that vary according to their view (Ocean Front or Garden View)
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Gran Ventana Beach Resort is a 4-star hotel which is also present along the Playa Dorada coastline this resort is packed with all-inclusive activities as it provides a great deal of facilities which encourage on-resort pastimes such as diving, snorkeling, a kid’s club to make the children enjoy their time, fishing, tennis and table tennis. The hotel also comprises of other services for instance meeting rooms for conferences, currency exchange facility, gym, spa and babysitting services. The room amenities are fairly similar however Casa Colonial Beach and Spa has a much more Roman-style bathroom and the interior of the lodging is designed in the shades of white and dark wood compared to Gran Ventana Beach Resort which has a Caribbean-style interior. With all these features it is clear that the room rates are highly reasonable. This resort is massive as it consists of 506 spacious rooms with balconies as well. The three pools of this resort make the experience all the more enjoyable.
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Iberostar Costa Dorada is a 516 room resort located in Playa Dorada. Boasting five bars this resort is not only a main attraction for adults but also the kids for whom a water park and a kid’s club are available to be enjoyed. The resort also has three restaurants which specialize in their specific cuisine (Mexican, Brazilian and Japanese). Like all the other hotels and resorts Iberostar also provides free Wi-Fi and sports paraphernalia such as tennis court and gear plus archery kit and ranges. The rooms of the hotels are quite basic yet comfortable with every room having its own private balcony.
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If you are planning on visiting the Caribbean, then there is no better option than Puerto Plata as it contains the best of all worlds. From having the most stunning beaches of Playa Dorada to the most breathtaking views from Mount Isabel de Tores this city has it all making it a perfect getaway for people who want to step away from city life.
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