Five Fun Things To Do in Puerto Plata
Find out our favorite things to see and do in Puerto Plata
Cabarete is a small but mighty town packed with fun things to see and do. Even with this impressive choice, it’s always fun to go on an adventure and explore. Our neighbouring city Puerto Plata is just a 30-minute drive away and offers an array of different attractions. In this guide, we share our Five Fun Things To Do in Puerto Plata.
Fort San Felipe
The Dominican Republic is rich with history and Puerto Plata is where Christopher Columbus took his first steps on the island in 1492. Fort San Felipe is the only standing remains from Puerto Plata’s early colonial days. Located at the western end of the Malecon on the bay, the fort was built to protect the bay from being seized by pirates! Entry is RD$100 and includes a full audio tour. Opening times are Monday – Saturday, 9am-4:45 pm. We recommend taking a camera and a picnic as the grassy area in front offer spectacular views of the bay.
Mount Isabel de Torres
Standing at 2,600 feet above sea level, it’s hard to miss Mount Isabel de Torres. You can either hike your way up or take the cable car. Both offer spectacular views of the ocean, city and greenery. Once at the top, you’ll be greeted by the famous Christ the Redeemer statue and the beautiful botanical garden. The cable car operates Monday to Sunday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm and costs just RD$350 for adults, RD$200 for children 5-10 years old, and free for under 4-year-olds. You can find out more in our guide to the Teleferico Cable Car.
Alternatively known as the Amber Coast, the north coast of the Dominican Republic has the largest amounts of amber deposits. Some of this amber dates back millions of years and even contains fossils. Considered to be the finest amber available in the world, the amber museum exhibits various types, how it’s formed, the history and a gift shop. They offer guided tours in several languages Monday to Saturday 9 am to 6 pm. Find more info on the Amber Museum website.
27 Waterfalls of Damajagua
If you’re looking for a little more adrenaline, the 27 Waterfalls provide just that. Located on the other side of Puerto Plata city, you can slide down chutes, jump from canyons and swim through fresh emerald pools. There are a number of tour operators in Cabarete that you can use such as Kayak River Adventures and Iguana Mama Adventure Tours. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can drive, take a taxi or public transport. They are open daily 8 am – 3 pm and it costs RD$700 to do all 27 waterfalls. This price includes a life jacket, helmet and trained guide. To find out more about canyoning near Cabarete, check out our full Canyoning Near Cabarete Guide.
Casa Brugal – Rum Factory Tour
It’s no secret around the globe that the Dominican Republic is home to some of the best rum. Brugal was first on the scene in creating the DR’s first aged rum. This experience is certainly tasted through all their rums and you can learn and taste it for yourself at the Brugal Rum Tour. All of the tours are offered in various languages and cost US$5. They are open 7 days a week, Monday to Friday 8 am – 4 pm, and Saturday to Sunday 8 am – 12 pm.
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