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How to Spend 3 Days in Puerto Plata

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How to Spend 3 Days in Puerto Plata
Not only is Puerto Plata a fascinating historical destination, it’s also an excellent base for exploring the natural beauty and heritage of the Dominican Republic’s northern coast. With three days, you’ll have time to see the city’s highlights and head farther afield to experience the wonders of this Caribbean nation. Here are some tips. 

Day 1: History and Heritage
Kick off your trip to Puerto Plata with an orientation of the north coast aboard an open-top safari truck. Get an introduction to the area’s history, culture, and ecosystems as you drive along the back roads, passing through rural villages and by hidden beaches, visiting an artisan craft market and local school along the way. In the afternoon, take some time to tour the historical highlights of Puerto Plata itself. Walk the historic walls of Fort San Felipe (the oldest fort in the New World); sample rum at the Brugal Rum Distillery; learn about the region’s semiprecious gemstone at the Amber Museum; and ride the cable car to the top of Isabel de Torres for panoramic views. End your day with a romantic horseback ride along one of Puerto Plata’s quiet beaches at sunset.

Day 2: Outdoor Adventure
Puerto Plata is the kind of place where you can choose your own adventure, whatever thrill level appeals to you. Head into the tropical rain forests outside Puerto Plata to explore one of the Caribbean’s top natural attractions, the 27 waterfalls of Damajagua. Other options include an ATV ride through the rugged country landscape, a zipline tour through the canopy, a horseback ride from a local ranch, or sailing, snorkeling, or scuba diving in Sosua Bay. No matter how you spend your day, keep the fun going into the night with a north coast barhop between Puerto Plata, Sosua, and Cabarete. 

Day 3: Dominican Day Trip
Get a broader view of the Dominican Republic with a day trip. One popular option is swimming and snorkeling in the clear waters off Cayo Arena, also known as Paradise Island. History and natural beauty blend within Los Haitises National Park, where you can explore petroglyph-covered caverns and spot manatees in dense mangrove swamps. If you’re visiting in winter, consider spending the day whale watching in Samana Bay, where humpback whales come to mate and give birth. These day trips can be quite long, so plan for a quiet dinner at your hotel or resort.
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11 Tours and Activities | All Puerto Plata Tours

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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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Outback TerraCross Adventure-from Puerto Plata

Outback TerraCross Adventure-from Puerto Plata

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Drive your own Outback Terra Cross ATV on this 4.5-hour adventure from Puerto Plata. Accompanied by a guide, navigate the off-road landscape of the rural coastline, making stops for photos along the way. Bottled water, snacks, and round-trip hotel transportation provided.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$67.50
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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
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$71.80
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27 Waterfalls of Damajagua Tour from Cabarete, Sosua and Puerto Plata

27 Waterfalls of Damajagua Tour from Cabarete, Sosua and Puerto Plata

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Journey into the tropical rain forest near Puerto Plata to explore the 27 Waterfalls of Damajagua, a series of cascading waterfalls, canyons, and bright azure pools. Trek to the 12th waterfall or all the way to the top of the 27th with a local guide, and then jump, swim, and slide your way back down. Afterwards, refuel with a Dominican buffet-style lunch. Plus, hotel pickup and drop-off from Puerto Plata is included.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.00
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Outback Cultural Adventure Tour from Puerto Plata

Outback Cultural Adventure Tour from Puerto Plata

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Get off the beaten path in an open-top safari truck during this excursion from Puerto Plata. Explore the Dominican Republic's North Coast, learning about the local history, culture, and ecosystem from your guides. Lunch, open bar, and round-trip transportation from Puerto Plata hotels are included.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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$79.00
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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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All 27 Waterfalls + 9 Zip Lines + Horseback Riding

All 27 Waterfalls + 9 Zip Lines + Horseback Riding

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Combine multiple activities—horseback riding, hiking, swimming, and ziplining—on a single tour from Puerto Plata. Organizing and scheduling all of these activities on your own would be near impossible, but this tour takes care of all the details in advance. Climb, jump, and swim in the 27 waterfalls of Damajagua with your guide's supervision, then stop at Country World Ranch for lunch, ziplining, and horseback riding.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Whale Watching in Samana

Whale Watching in Samana

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Combine a whale-watching tour with some time to relax on Cayo Levantado during this full-day tour from Sosua, Cabarete, or Puerto Plata. Out on the water of Samana Bay, witness the humpback whales doing their spectacular mating dance and maybe even see a whale calf. After the boat tour, head to Cayo Levantado for some time to relax and eat an included Dominican buffet lunch.
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  • 11 to 13 hours
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Puerto Plata Zipline Adventure

Puerto Plata Zipline Adventure

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Combine a zipline adventure and a visit to a tropical garden during this 5-hour tour from Puerto Plata. All zipline instruction and round-trip hotel transportation included.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
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Cayo Arena Catamaran Cruise from Puerto Plata with Lunch

Cayo Arena Catamaran Cruise from Puerto Plata with Lunch

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Board a luxury catamaran and cruise to the tiny island of Cayo Arena on this full-day excursion from Puerto Plata. Explore extensive mangrove forests home to native wildlife, enjoy a floating bar and Champagne at a shallow sandbar in the middle of the sea, and snorkel at a coral reef with a guide. Then sit down beachside for a buffet-style Dominican lunch with lobster.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$160.00
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$160.00
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Scuba Diving in Puerto Plata

Scuba Diving in Puerto Plata

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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. 
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  • 6 hours
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$153.85
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