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Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

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Puerto Plata Attractions

There’s so much offered here to make your vacation a delightful experience. Enjoy the array of activities on your resort or else venture out and see the many Puerto Plata attractions.

Downtown Puerto Plata is a great place to begin exploring. The city’s most important park is Parque Luperon. In its center stands a picturesque small church called Iglesia de San Felipe. Continue your walk and you’ll come across a vast selection of shops that specialize in arts and crafts. You’ll also see the last of the gingerbread houses as well as Victorian style homes.

A must for all visitors is the Ambar Museum. It’s located in the second floor of a well-kept Victorian mansion. It’s one of the best Puerto Plata attractions. It displays an amazing collection of resin (Amber) including specimens that date back thousands of years. It’s said that there are only two places in the planet where Amber can be found. One is the Baltic Sea and the other one is the Dominican Republic. However, the quality of the one found here is superior for its clarity. The museum also shows semi-precious stones indigenous to this region.

Tip: Don’t miss the gift shop. You’ll be able to purchase quality stones of Amber and Larimar at excellent prices.

Another one of the popular Puerto Plata attractions is Mount Isabel Torres. You can take a seven minute cable car ride up to its peak. Its impressive ride gives you a view of the city and the sea. The top is home to a large Botanical Garden and a statue of Christ similar to the one in Rio de Janeiro. There’s also a restaurant from where you can enjoy breathtaking vistas.

Golf fans will enjoy a tour through Playa Dorada. It’s home to more than fifteen miles of white sandy beaches and unique golf courses. You can try your luck at the casino and spend your winnings at the array of shops.

If you’re traveling with children, the Columbus Water Park is a must. It’s also known for being one of the finest Puerto Plata attractions. It boasts the most diverse slides, swimming pools, rides and exploration caves of the Caribbean.

And if you want to see what makes Dominican rum so special, take a guided tour of the Brugal Rum Factory. They produce white and dark rum. It’s said that approximately one and half million liters per year are made in this venue. You’ll get to see the bottling operation and perhaps the distillery procedures. And of course you won’t leave without a taste. Brugal Rum is a favorite of locals in this part of the Country.

Fort San Felipe is an icon among Puerto Plata attractions. It’s the only remaining structure from colonial times. Rumor has it that this was the site where Columbus wanted to establish the first colony of the New World. Don’t miss exploring the moat and historical museum. It houses an interesting collection of artifacts that relate the history of the region.
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