Top things to do in Puerto Plata

Top Choice Dominican in Puerto Plata

Mares Restaurant & Pool Lounge

Distinguished chef Rafael Vasquez-Heinsen has converted his elegant home into a candlelit destination for foodies. Top Chef and food channel fans won’t be disappointed. The kitchen turns out what elsewhere might be …
Cafe in Puerto Plata

Kaffe

This homey, adorable cafe in downtown Puerto Plata is an ideal spot to chat with a friend over any number of elaborate coffee and chocolate drinks, including nutella frapuccinos, Bailey's iced coffees, and even hot …
Cable Car in Puerto Plata

Teleférico

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 botanical g…
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 protecte…
Museum 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 trac…
Caribbean in Puerto Plata

El Bergantin

Housed in a revamped Victorian-era building on Puerto Plata's central square, this new, nautical-themed Caribbean grill and pizzeria makes you feel fancy just walking in. From the gingerbread trim to the Victorian f…
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 found…
Cigars in Puerto Plata

Espigón Cigar Factory

Housed in a 1917 building that once stored tobacco, this new cigar store recently relocated from Moca to Puerto Plata to capitalize on the influx of cruise ship passengers to the area. The store offers short tours a…
Mexican in Puerto Plata

Tostacos & Sushito

Offering tacos, burritos, sushi, sashimi and a few Dominican (tasty mofongo) and American options in between, this casual, outdoor eatery will appeal to a variety of tastes. And everything is above average, as you'd…
Music in Puerto Plata

Dominican Jazz Festival

Also held in Cabarete and Santiago, this long-running festival attracts top musical talent from around the country and abroad. Most of the visiting musicians run workshops for kids; one year Bernie Williams, former …