Top Beaches in Puerto Plata

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The Dominican Republic province of Puerto Plata may be where Christopher Columbus made his famous landfall in the Americas, but today, the Atlantic-facing region is known for its azure waters, electric-hued coral reefs, and miles of sun-soaked sands. See below for a few of the premier beaches in Puerto Plata.
 
Sosua Beach
This picturesque, crescent-shaped stretch, about 20 minutes east of Puerto Plata by road, fills with both travelers and locals on weekends. Hang out on the white sands, cruise the turquoise waters by catamaran, or explore the underwater park on a snorkeling excursion. 
 
Grand Beach (Playa Grande)
This palm tree-fringed beach may look tranquil, but its waters are not for the faint of heart—Playa Grande some of the biggest swells in Puerto Plata. Those who prefer to hang out on the safety of the sand will find plenty of diversions and deals—beachfront vendors are known to sell fresh-caught lobster lunches for under $20.
 
Golden Beach (Playa Dorada)
Beach-goers who crave a bit of action need look no further than this resort-filled swath of sand, known for its pristine waters and lengthy list of aquatic sports from paddle boarding to snorkeling and deep-sea fishing.
 
Cofresi Beach
Located west of Puerto Plata, Cofresi is known for its calm, swimmable waters, pristine golden sands, and laid-back beachfront restaurants. Right next door, however, is the Ocean World Adventure Park (in case the kids get bored).
 
Cabarete Beach
Travelers looking to learn a new skill—be it windsurfing, kiteboarding, or laser sailing—should make a beeline for this sports-centric beach east of Puerto Plata. The seas are regularly dotted with billowing sails, as both travelers and locals catch air out on the water. The beach is also dotted with small hotels, restaurants, and bars perfect for those seeking shade—or that 3pm Presidente beer.
 
Paradise Key (Cayo Arena)
Paradise Key is not technically a beach but rather a tiny, uninhabited islet off the coast of Puerto Plata where the electric blue sea meets bright white sands. Travelers typically arrive by boat (embarking in Punta Rucia, about a two-hour drive from Puerto Plata) on a full-day excursion. Pull up to the coral-fringed island, dive its crystal-clear waters, and kick back with a local brew—the journey will prove worthwhile.
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Sosua Bay Freestyle Catamaran Cruise from Puerto Plata

Set sail for a sun-drenched day in Caribbean paradise on this catamaran cruise from Puerto Plata. Free-flowing drinks, snacks, and a friendly crew keep the party going as you glide along the turquoise waters of Sousa Bay, stopping to swim and snorkel among the vibrant coral reefs of the Dominican Republic’s northern coast.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$79.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Tip Top Catamaran

Experience the ocean from above and below during this full-day, sailing tour on a 75-foot (22-meter) catamaran that includes two snorkeling stops. Swim among the colourful fish and vibrant coral at Sosua Bay and enjoy lunch onboard while sailing down the coast. Relax on the deck in sun before heading back to shore.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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$49.00 USD
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Snorkeling Cruise from Puerto Plata with Lunch

Spend the day sailing out into the blue waters of the Caribbean Sea and snorkeling amid tropical fish on this cruise from Puerto Plata that includes lunch. Take in the coastal landscapes of Dominican Republic aboard a traditional sailboat and dip into warm waters where you’ll find brightly colored fish and coral reefs. Cocktails are included in this journey that’s ideal for beginners and experienced snorkelers alike, since expert guides and equipment are provided.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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$79.00 USD
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  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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Beach Horseback Riding in Puerto Plata

Spend the day horseback riding through beaches and hillsides of Puerto Plata on this memorable journey that takes you far beyond city limits. Meander along palm tree lined beaches, over white sands and alongside pristine waters. Whether you're a first-time or experienced rider, this is the perfect tour for you. Ideal for families and smaller children who can ride with guides as you navigate the stunning terrain of rural Dominican Republic.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$79.00 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Sosua Tip Top Catamaran Day Trip from Puerto Plata

Sail along the coast of the Dominican Republic on a catamaran during this full-day trip from Puerto Plata. Go snorkeling on a coral reef, visit the Bay of Cambiaso, and a mangrove forest in Luperon. Stop midday for lunch on the beach, accompanied by open bar. Use of snorkeling equipment included; round-trip transportation from Puerto Plata hotels available for a small fee (paid directly to driver).
  • Duration: 7 hours
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$68.99 USD
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Scuba Diving in Puerto Plata

Experience the underwater world of coral reefs, hidden treasures, and marine life during this full-day, scuba diving experience designed for new and inexperienced divers. Learn the basics of scuba gear and the principles of diving and test your skills in a simulator pool before heading into ocean. Set off on a catamaran to your dive spot and float down to up to 39-feet (12-meters) to explore and swim. 
  • Duration: 6 hours
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$150.00 USD
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Paradise Island from Puerto Plata

Discover the bone-white beaches and nature-rich mangroves of Monte Cristi National Park on a full-day tour from Puerto Plata. Suited to families and lovers of natural landscapes, this tour takes you to the mangroves of Monte Cristi and the pristine coral reefs of Cayo Paradiso (Paradise Island), where you'll snorkel among tropical fish. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$90.00 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Jet Ski Rental in Puerto Plata

Experience the ultimate Jet Ski adventure in Puerto Plata  and enjoy a thrilling ride through the waves with gorgeous views of the the Golden Beach Coast and Isabel Mountains. Slice through the waves at top speeds on a state-of-the-art waverunner Jet Ski, and feel the refreshing ocean spray all around you. Our friendly and professional crew makes your safety and enjoyment their ultimate priority. Those who are riding the jet ski in Puerto Plata for the first time will be coached by our team of certified instructors at SeaPro Watersports. Jet Ski Rental is must-do for the high energy thrill-seekers in your group. Feel the wind in your hair explore the island aboard one of our top-of-the-line watercrafts.
  • Duration: 30 minutes
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$99.00 USD
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  • Duration: 30 minutes
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Two Tank Certified Diving in Puerto Plata

Explore the waters off the northern coast of the Dominican Republic with a team of instructors and dive masters during a two tank morning dive in Puerto Plata. Board a catamaran and cruise to three main areas: Sosua Bay, the airport area, and Puerto Plata. Dive to depths of 98 feet (30 meters) and see sunken Spanish galleons and colorful coral reefs teeming with tropical fish and marine life.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$120.00 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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River Rafting from Puerto Plata

Shoot the rapids of the Rio Yaque del Norte on this white-water rafting adventure from Puerto Plata. Participants of all experience welcome; a river guide will ensure your comfort and safety as you travel through canyons and on streams. Breakfast, lunch, and round-trip transportation from Puerto Plata included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Parasailing in Puerto Plata

Set sail along the beautiful coast of Puerto Plata a in a Parasail flight!. Parasailing is the best way to experience the famous turquoise palm studded coast of Puerto Plata's Golden Beach. Experience the adrenaline of taking flight 300 feet up in the air, feeling the warm Caribbean breeze. You will begin your adventure with a safety briefing where your experience parasail guide will provide set up the equipment. Afterwards the parasail will take you feet by feet up in the air!
  • Duration: 15 minutes
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$60.00 USD
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  • Duration: 15 minutes
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Catamaran Day Trip, Snorkeling & Sailing Excursion

Spend a beautiful day on the ocean sailing from Sosua to Ocean World Marina. Visit two snorkeling spots and enjoy lunch and open bar on board.
  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
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$77.00 USD
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  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
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Sosua Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Get out on the water to get some exercise and enjoy the sun with this stand up paddleboard rental and tour at picturesque Sosua Beach. Beginner and experienced paddlers can choose from multiple daily departures time that let them see the sunrise or sunset as they look out over the ocean.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$35.00 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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4 Tanks (2 pax) Certified Diving in Puerto Plata

The northern coast of the Dominican Republic offers you a new, unique world of underwater treasures. You will be amazed by the sunken, undiscovered Spanish galleons, unspoiled multi-color coral reefs underneath blue waters and spectacular marine life. In the daily two tank morning dives, 24 sites are offered divided into three main areas: Sosua Bay, the airport area and Puerto Plata. The twin engines dive catamaran will transport the group, including the superb international team of instructors and dive masters, to the site.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$215.00 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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