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How to Spend 1 Day in Puerto Plata

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How to Spend 1 Day in Puerto Plata
Puerto Plata, the oldest city on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, sits sandwiched between the mountains and the sea. From its colonial-era fort to its oceanfront promenade, there’s plenty to do in this working port town. Here are some ideas if you have just 24 hours to spend in Puerto Plata.

Morning: City Sightseeing
While much of Puerto Plata’s appeal lies in its beaches and coastal scenery, even those with limited time should plan to spend at least half a day exploring the colonial city center. Get oriented during a sightseeing tour of some of the city’s most notable attractions, including Fort San Felipe (the oldest fort in the New World), the Amber Museum (Museo de Ambar Dominicano), and the Brugal Rum Distillery. If time permits, take the cable car to the top of Mount Isabel for its sprawling botanical gardens and panoramic views of the Amber Coast from 2,560 feet (780 meters) above sea level. 

Afternoon: Sun, Sand, Sea
It would be a shame to leave Puerto Plata without spending some time in the warm Caribbean waters, and you have a range of ways to do so. Hop aboard a glass-bottom boat for an afternoon of snorkeling or observing colorful marine life from the boat itself; go stand-up paddleboarding at Sosua Beach; or experience the water from two vantage points: from the back of a Jet Ski and while parasailing behind a speedboat. Certified divers can opt to spend the afternoon exploring coral reefs and sunken Spanish galleons off the northern coast. 

Night: Sunset Dinner
If you’ve ever dreamed of riding horseback on a beautiful beach, now’s your chance. Put on your bathing suit and saddle up for a sunset ride along a quiet beach, and take a dip in the Caribbean sea with your horse. Afterward, sit down for dinner on the beach, followed by roasted marshmallows around a campfire as the stars begin to come out. Night owls and groups of friends can opt for a party-hopping tour along the north coast instead, stopping for cocktails and dancing at the bars and clubs of Puerto Plata, Sousa, and Cabarete.
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Zip N Splash Adventure plus Horseback Riding

Zip N Splash Adventure plus Horseback Riding

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Explore the North Coast of the Dominican Republic during this full-day adventure tour including waterfalls and zip lines. Lunch, refreshments, and hotel or cruise port pickup and drop-off included.
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  • Free Cancellation
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$110.40
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Puerto Plata City Tour

Puerto Plata City Tour

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Explore the highlights of Puerto Plata in one day on this city tour, a great choice for first-time visitors with limited time. You’ll explore the historic Fortress of San Felipe, tour the Brugal Rum Distillery, visit the Amber Museum, taste hand-crafted chocolates at the Del Oro Chocolate Factory, and ride a cable car to the top of Mount Isabel. Plus, lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$71.80
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Eat, Drink, and Be Merry All-Inclusive Puerto Plata City Tour / Friday Option

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry All-Inclusive Puerto Plata City Tour / Friday Option

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Experience the Dominican Republic through sightseeing and your sense of taste. Get a glimpse of local life while eating, drinking, and merry-making your way through this all-inclusive Puerto Plata tour. Highlights include lunch at a courtyard cafe and rum tasting at Macorix House of Rum and Espigon Cigars. Take a cable car ride and visit Fortaleza San Felipe, the Malecon, Puerto Plata's town square, and more.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$89.00
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Caribbean Dreams North Coast Private Party Hopper

Caribbean Dreams North Coast Private Party Hopper

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Skip the lines and experience nightlife in Puerto Plata, Sousa, and Cabarete all in one night during this private, guided tour. Party like a VIP with for a bachelorette, bachelor party or simply to enjoy each place like a local. Sip mojitos and daquiris and learn to dance the salsa or merengue and let your guide find the bars, clubs, or wine bars where you’ll enjoy a private table.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$96.99
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Two Tank Certified Diving in Puerto Plata

Two Tank Certified Diving in Puerto Plata

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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.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$120.00
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Sosua Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Sosua Stand Up Paddle Boarding

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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.
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  • 2 hours
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