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Stay near Puerto Plata's top sights

Lifestyle Tropical Beach Resort & Spa7 locals recommend
Central Park48 locals recommend
La Puntilla15 locals recommend
Costambar10 locals recommend
La Sirena Puerto Plata67 locals recommend
Playa Dorada Shopping Centre13 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Puerto Plata

  • Total rentals

    2.8K properties

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    1K properties have a dedicated workspace

  • Rentals with a pool

    1.9K properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    470 properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    1.6K properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    27K reviews

Your guide to Puerto Plata

All About Puerto Plata

The city of Puerto Plata is one of the most popular destinations in the Dominican Republic, thanks to its pristine golden beaches and location at the base of the towering mountain of Isabel de Torres. Dramatic, sprawling landscapes with rolling hills, meandering rivers, lush valleys, and fertile farmlands surround this historical city on the Dominican Republic’s northern Amber Coast. You can take in the local scenery while experiencing a range of outdoor activities, including kite surfing, kayaking, ziplining, golfing, and diving.

Beyond its natural beauty, the city is the region’s provincial capital and the area’s cultural center. Because of this, there are many opportunities to explore local cultural and historical offerings like the Amber Museum or the historic 16th-century Spanish fortress of Fortaleza San Felipe — or you can tour the island’s famous rum distilleries and cigar factories.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Puerto Plata

The northern coast of the Dominican Republic experiences warm to hot temperatures throughout the entire year. The area’s heavy seasonal rainfall ensures the need for good planning when searching for villas in Puerto Plata. The summer months (June through September) provide the warmest temperatures; if you plan on participating in any of a range of outdoor experiences, consider visiting during this time, as there is less chance of rain interrupting the fun. However, the rest of the year hosts an array of festivals, events, and cultural activities. During February and March, you can participate in the Caribbean's famous Carnival, where colorful parade floats, dance troupes, costumed dancers, and musicians celebrate local life and culture. During November, renowned musicians from across the globe gather for the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, a series of free concerts held just outside of Puerto Plata township.

Top things to do in Puerto Plata

Pico Isabel de Torres

Hike to the summit of this 2,600-foot mountain for awe-inspiring views of the Caribbean waters and beaches below. Once you arrive at the peak, you can explore botanical gardens with local plant life and cave systems. Take a hiking trail up the mountain, or ride the cable car to the top for some of the most breathtaking views in the country.

Museo Del Ambar

The Amber Museum in the heart of Puerto Plata is home to an impressive display of relics that are 15 to 20 million years old. Pay a visit to appreciate the collection of fossilized flowers, insects, lizards, and other flora and fauna preserved in amber and frozen in time.

Zipline & Eco Experiences

You’ll find a vast selection of eco experiences on offer throughout the lush jungles surrounding Puerto Plata. Many of these include trips through the jungle canopy via suspension bridge and zipline. They all provide opportunities to take in the area’s native wildlife in their natural habitat without affecting or disturbing the ecosystem.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Puerto Plata?

    Puerto Plata has a tropical climate, with warm temperatures year-round. Average high temperatures usually stay around 85°F (29°C), while lows rarely drop below 70°F (21°C), making it comfortable for outdoor activities. Rain is most common in the summer months, with November to April being the driest period.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Puerto Plata?

    Popular activities include visiting historic sites like San Felipe Fortress, enjoying the various exhibits at Ocean World Adventure Park, hiking up to Mount Isabel de Torres, and relaxing at Playa Dorada or Sosúa Beach. Many visitors also enjoy exploring the local shops and restaurants in downtown Puerto Plata.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Puerto Plata?

    The most popular time to visit Puerto Plata is during the dry season, from November to April. This period also coincides with the Puerto Plata Carnival, a vibrant celebration featuring parades, music, and traditional costumes, which takes place in February.

  • What are the best places to stay in Puerto Plata?

    Popular areas to stay in Puerto Plata include the vibrant downtown area, known for its dining and shopping options. The Playa Dorada area, with its beautiful beach and golf course, is often recommended. El Batey in Sosúa is also favored for its lively atmosphere and proximity to Sosúa Beach.

  • What are the best places to visit in Puerto Plata?

    Popular places to visit include the historic San Felipe Fortress, the Amber Museum, the Ocean World Adventure Park, and Mount Isabel de Torres. The beaches, such as Playa Dorada and Sosúa Beach, are also often recommended.

  • What are some hiking trails in Puerto Plata?

    Among the hiking trails in the region, the trail up to Mount Isabel de Torres is quite popular. It takes you through lush vegetation to the top for panoramic views of Puerto Plata. Alternatively, the trails around the 27 Charcos of Damajagua offer opportunities to explore waterfalls and natural pools.

  • What are some family activities to do in Puerto Plata?

    Families often enjoy visiting Ocean World Adventure Park, exploring the historic San Felipe Fortress, or taking a scenic cable car journey up to the Mount Isabel de Torres. For a fun day at the beach, head to Playa Dorada or Sosúa Beach, both known for their calm waters and golden sands.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Puerto Plata?

    Day trips frequently suggested include a visit to the 27 Charcos of Damajagua, a series of natural pools and waterfalls. Another option is exploring the Amber Museum, home to a unique collection of amber-encased fossils. For a change of scenery, the town of Sosúa, with its beautiful beaches and Dominican charm, is within easy reach.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Puerto Plata?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 1,040 vacation rentals in Puerto Plata featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in Puerto Plata?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Puerto Plata. Choose from more than 470 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.

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