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Top Beaches in Puerto Plata

By Viator, March 2018

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Puerto Plata or “Port of Silver” was so named by Christopher Columbus in 1502 because of the misty silver hue created by the leaves of an indigenous tree.  While the island might not have had any silver back then, it is raking in the moolah from its thriving tourism industry today. Each year thousands of travelers from around the world descend on Puerto Plata’s shores in search of that ideal all-inclusive getaway amidst pristine white sand beaches and aquamarine waters.

Within minutes from Puerto Plata are a number of fantastic world class beaches. Of these, the most famous ones are arguably Sosua and Playa Dorada. Both are laden with sun-kissed golden white sands while Sosua Beach is sheltered by mesmerizing coral reefs. Cabarete Beach is great for windsurfing while Monte Cristi is great for diving. Playa Grande has big waves and must therefore be enjoyed with caution.  Luperon and Cofresi are also very popular with tourists.

Most beaches are dotted with food stalls, bars and handicraft vendors hoping to sell their wares. They are also the hub of many adrenalin pumping activities such as jet-skiing, paragliding and deep-sea fishing. For those who prefer something slower paced, there’s always the option of swimming, snorkeling, or sun-bathing on the beach.  One can also opt for a catamaran cruise or a glass-bottomed boat ride to enjoy the scenic splendor of coral reefs and expansive seas.

Unfortunately, Puerto Plata receives a fair share of monsoons during the winter and it’s best to visit during September and October if you want to avoid the rains.

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Paradise Island Day Trip by Speedboat, Puerto Plata, null
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Paradise Island Day Trip by Speedboat

4.5 star rating: Recommended 17 Reviews

Don't miss Paradise Island, the unique coral island in the Dominican Republic, just off the coast of Punta Rusia. Speedboats will whisk you out to the small ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.00
Sosua Bay Snorkeling Tour, Puerto Plata, Day Trips
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Sosua Bay Snorkeling Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Snorkeling is one of the most exhilarating activities to try in the Caribbean. The clear, warm waters provide an excellent environment to see the marvelous ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.00
Catamaran Sailing Tour from Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata, Snorkeling
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Catamaran Sailing Tour from Puerto Plata

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Kick back and soak up the sun on this 9-hour, small group, catamaran sailing tour to a desert island, known as Paradise Island. Swim in warm, blue waters, ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $150.00
Sosua Glass-Bottom Snorkel Tour from Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata, Catamaran Cruises
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Sosua Glass-Bottom Snorkel Tour from Puerto Plata

Take a beautiful Sosua snorkel tour on a glass bottom boat. This is a great option for those that can't swim because you can view the underwater world through ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Duration: Flexible

From USD $80.00
Bay of Samana Whale Watching Tour from Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata, Glass Bottom Boat Tours
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Bay of Samana Whale Watching Tour from Puerto Plata

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Every year thousands of Humpback Whales start their journey from the cold waters in the North Atlantic to the Caribbean. More than 1,500 of them visit the Bay ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $192.00
Monte Cristi National Park and Paradise Island from Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata, Dolphin & Whale ... 
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Monte Cristi National Park and Paradise Island from Puerto Plata

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Puerto Plata is a small coral island, unique of its type in the Dominican Republic, located just off the coast of Punta Rusia. The Puerto Plata province makes ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.00
Sosua Bay Freestyle Catamaran Cruise from Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata, Half-day Tours
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Sosua Bay Freestyle Catamaran Cruise from Puerto Plata

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The destiny is the picturesque Sosua Bay. Travel to this attractive bay on board a luxurious catamaran where the party is continuous. You will be able to ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.00
Jarabacoa White Water Rafting Adventure from Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata, Catamaran Cruises
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Jarabacoa White Water Rafting Adventure from Puerto Plata

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An exciting adventure awaits you in Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic, a land of unusual and unspoiled beauty. Explore an inspiring region where the rivers, ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.00
Encuentra Beach, Cayo Paradiso, and Monte Cristi National Park from Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata, ... 
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Encuentra Beach, Cayo Paradiso, and Monte Cristi National Park from Puerto Plata

Soak up Puerto Plata's most spectacular scenery during this full-day ocean excursion. Traveling from Isabela to Ensenada Beach, enjoy spectacular views of the ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $150.00
Scuba Diving in Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata, Lunch Cruises
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Scuba Diving in Puerto Plata

Take a dive off the northern coast of the Dominican Republic, and experience its unique world of underwater treasures, sunken undiscovered Spanish galleons, ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Duration: Flexible

From USD $150.00

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