San Felipe de Puerto Plata, the capital of the Dominican province of Puerto Plata, is famous for fabulous resorts, aerial tramways, amazing botanical gardens, 16th century architecture, museums, and world-class beaches. Puerto Plata hotels range from budget to top-class resorts such as the Playa Dorada and Costa Dorada, and guests have a bevy of activities to choose from including diving, windsurfing, hiking, safaris, and catamaran sailing.
Puerto Plata is home to some of the best convention facilities in the world including the Atlantic, Playa Dorada, Caribbean Village Club, Puerto Plata Village, Playa Naco, and the Sosua Convention Center.
Puerto Plata restaurants offer a wide array of dishes and mouthwatering local cuisine. Be sure to try the mashed platanos or Yuca. Guests in Puerto Plata Hotels should try Mi Bohio, an open-air restaurant serving excellent, fresh-from-the-grillsteak and seafood.
The Spanish built San Felipe Fortin the 16th century to fend off pirates. It is the oldest standing structure and overlooks the statue of General Gregorio Luperon.
Travelers should try the Bon tropical fruit marmalades, Dominican sweets, and quality rums. Visit the bazaar-like Casa Nelson and Casa Colon shops in the Central Park.
Golf, diving, horseback riding, and fishing are all popular in Puerto Plata. Go for a round of golf at Playa Dorada's 18-hole Robert Trent Jones golf course or the Los Mangos nine-hole golf course. Serious golfers should also look into playing at the Playa Grande Golf Course.