Top ChoiceMuseum in Puerto Plata

Casa Museo General Gregorio Luperón

The life and times of native-born son and independence leader Gregorio Luperón are impressively fleshed out inside this beautifully restored, pale-green, Victorian-era building. Photographs and period artifacts...

Cable Car in Puerto Plata


A cable car takes visitors to the top of the enormous flat-topped Pico Isabel de Torres. On clear days there are spectacular views of the city and coastline – go early, before the mountain clouds up. The...

Historic Site in Puerto Plata

Fuerte de San Felipe

Located right on the bay, at the western end of the Malecón, the fort is the only remnant of Puerto Plata’s early colonial days. Built in the mid-16th century to prevent pirates from seizing one of the only...

Museum in Puerto Plata

Museo del Ambar Dominicano

The colonial-era building houses a collection of amber exhibits. These exhibits include valuable pieces with such rare inclusions as a small 50-million-year-old lizard and a 30cm-long feather (the longest one...

Waterfront in Puerto Plata


The completely paved Malecón (also known as Av General Luperón and Av Circunvalación Norte) runs along the shore. There are a handful of restaurants, as well as a half-dozen beachside shacks selling food and...

Distillery in Puerto Plata

Brugal Rum Plant

The country's most famous rum distillery offers 30-minute tours from a 2nd-floor gangway, during which visitors learn the history and process of rum-making, from sugarcane farming to bottling. At the end,...

Cultural Center in Puerto Plata

Casa de la Cultura

In addition to dance and music workshops, the center often showcases work by Dominican artists in its 1st-floor gallery.

Museum in Puerto Plata

Galería de Ambar

Despite its unfortunate location, housed in a rundown office-like building, there are informative exhibits on the history of amber mining in the DR as well as on rum, sugar, tobacco and coffee. Multilingual...

Church in Puerto Plata

Iglesia San Felipe

This twin-steepled church was completely renovated following a devastating hurricane in 1988. Check out the small but beautiful Italian stained-glass windows donated by local families during the renovation. It’s...