Things to do in
Puerto Plata

Along this stretch of coast expect world-class beaches, classic Caribbean architecture, and sleepy rural towns.

Our most recommended things to do in Puerto Plata

Puerto Plata: City Highlights Tour with Cable Car and Lunch

1. Puerto Plata: City Highlights Tour with Cable Car and Lunch

Explore Puerto Plata on this full version of the city tour! You'll spend with us about 7 hours, discovering the real Dominican Republic. Our guide speaks Polish, English, German, French and Spanish. We will move around in our car, but also climb the Mount Isabel with the cable car ad walk around the colonial city centre and the seaside boulevard Malecon. Experience the ride with cable car, and then enjoy the bird eye view of the coast and the Puerto Plata city. Go for a pleasant walk through the exotic National Park of Isabela Peak. Enjoy the vibrant nature in botanical garden. Then discover the colonial city: Independence Parque with the Saint Philip Cathedral and colourful old wooden houses around it, famous Umbrella Street and Dona Blanca Passage. Try fresh coconut from a street vendor! Have some free time for a cup of dominican coffee or a cold beer. You can find some souvenirs here if you wish. Explore the Saint Philip Fortress along the harbor bay and have a look at the fishing boats on the Malecon seaside boulevard. In the afternoon you'll have a typical dominican lunch: fish or meat with rice and beans. It's called "bandera dominicana" - "dominican flag". If you're vegetarian or vegan we will arrange something different for you. Soft drinks during the meal are included. After the meal you'll visit the factory Macorix House of Rum where you can taste many kinds of rum and sugar cane liquors. It'll make you feel the Caribbean vibes :) Dominican Republic is known as the world's biggest producer of organic cocoa. You'll visit the organic chocolate factory in Puerto Plata where you can taste it. Finally, we can drop by the supermarket for a while, so you can do some dominican shopping: rum, coffee, cacao, etc all in affordable local prices. At the end of the tour you'll be surprised how much can be done on Puerto Plata City Tour :) It'll be a day that will leave you with great memories from Dominican Republic! No time to waste, take it all.

Puerto Plata: Ocean World Adventure Park Day Pass

2. Puerto Plata: Ocean World Adventure Park Day Pass

Discover the largest manmade dolphin habitat in the world at Ocean World Puerto Plata, a must-see attraction for any visit to the Dominican Republic. With a full-day pass, you can snorkel in a tropical reef aquarium, learn more about marine mammals from expert handlers, get up-close to feed tropical birds and walk through a tropical rainforest, Bird Exhibit and Habitat of Iguanas. The pass also includes access to some of the animal shows. Have fun with the playful sea lions, watch the skill of the dolphins, and see all the drama of the shark show. Then, relax on Dolphin Beach and soak up some Caribbean rays.  With lunch and lounge chairs included as part of the package, this is your passport to a world of marine adventures.

Puerto Plata: Catamaran Snorkeling Trip with Buffet

3. Puerto Plata: Catamaran Snorkeling Trip with Buffet

We invite you to embark on a beautiful catamaran, which will be waiting especially for you on the beach. At this precise moment the magic of your boat trip will be revealed. We will take you on a journey along the most breath-taking coastline of the North Coast. Your sailing discovery will be one of total comfort in the best conditions one can ever hope to experience. Before lunch, we will stop to snorkeling on a wonderful coral reef. After cruising along the beaches, the luxurious 75 foot catamaran will anchor in Sosua Swimming, relaxing, lunching onboard. You can also have a 2nd snorkeling experience. We will then continue downwind with music and animation. Sailing along Puerto Plata before arriving to the magnificient marina of Ocean World. You will disembark at this place.

Puerto Plata: Damajagua Waterfalls Full-Day Adventure

4. Puerto Plata: Damajagua Waterfalls Full-Day Adventure

Enjoy an unforgettable adventure at the waterfalls of Damajagua in the Dominican Republic, located at the confluence of emerald waters, deep in a tropical rainforest of the Cordillera Septentrional. 27 refreshing waterfalls have been chiseled by Mother Nature’s celestial mallet. Ideal for visitors who like to commune with nature, while experiencing an adrenaline-fuelled day, you will hop on the back of a safari-style truck, where a team of experienced guides and drivers await. Note that only 12 of the 27 waterfalls will be visited, since doing the 27 waterfalls would take greater physical preparation. After a short safety briefing, glide across the natural water springs, bathing in heavenly caves. Flanked by the whistling of exotic birdlife, and the banks of the Damajagua River, the rustling of the streams arouse a state of stillness. A labyrinth of tunnels and chutes are scattered around the waterfalls, some reaching heights of up to 13 feet. Somersault with the grace of aquatic birds, as your guide keep a watchful eye. Walk an interpretative rainforest trail to come face-to-face with Mother Earth, and wildlife waits to be greeted. Leap headfirst, swimming crossways, and sliding down natural waterslides. Explore unpredictable falls, with teasing names like “La Virgen” and “La Tinajita.” “La Virgen” holds Taino legends, where the aborigines built a statue of pebbles that paid homage to the Virgin of Altagracia, perhaps becoming the first worshippers of the Patron Saint of the Dominican people. After a typical buffet-style lunch, head towards the small town of Imbert and visit a local market where you can purchase artisan products and crafts bearing a distinct Dominican hallmark.

Dolphin Encounter at Ocean World, Puerto Plata

5. Dolphin Encounter at Ocean World, Puerto Plata

The Dolphin Encounter offers close contact with a bottlenose dolphin, in waist deep water. During these interactive programs, you will be able to touch and feed these gentle mammals, playing with them in a safe environment. You will even dance with them! This interaction is both fun and educational for all ages, ideal for non swimmers and families with young kids. The Dolphin Encounter program also includes a Day Pass for the Ocean World Adventure Park, with all its attractions, and the round trip bus transfer from nearby hotels. Boasting the largest man-made dolphin habitat in the world, Ocean World is a must-see attraction for everyone visiting the Dominican Republic. Day Pass visitors have the opportunity to snorkel in our Tropical Reef Aquarium, visit the Pirate's Pool, learn about marine mammals, feed exotic tropical birds, walk through a tropical rain forest, and watch the Dolphin Show, Shark Show, Sea Lions Show and Tropical Bird Show. Lunch is included.

Cayo Arena: Paradise Island and Mangroves Tour

6. Cayo Arena: Paradise Island and Mangroves Tour

Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Puerto Plata, Sosua, or Cabarete, and then make your way by bus to the brilliant white sands of Punta Rucia, 67 kilometers east of Montechristi. Get amazing views of the countryside before you board a speedboat to cross to Cayo Arena.  Be welcomed by the turquoise waters and white sands of the paradise island. Go ashore to sink your toes in the sand and top up your tan. Marvel at the colorful marine life and coral gardens on an optional guided snorkeling tour, and enjoy a selection of fresh fruits and drinks.  Navigate the thick mangrove forest of Monte Cristi National Park by speedboat, and look for the abundant wildlife in the lagoons and channels. Get a feel for island life at a local market before taking the speedboat back to the mainland.

Sosua Catamaran Excursion

7. Sosua Catamaran Excursion

Be collected from your accommodation by a taxi. Begin your tour at Sosua Beach, where the crew and a 75 feet catamaran will be waiting for you. In the morning, take the opportunity to see the underwater world of the Dominican Republic. Make two stops at different reefs to snorkel or swim to refresh yourself. After the snorkeling, pull up the mainsail and cruise along the coast. Enjoy lunch and an open bar on your way to Ocean World Marina, which is located outside Puerto Plata. From there, you will return to your accommodation by taxi. 

Damajagua: Waterfalls with Lunch Buffet

8. Damajagua: Waterfalls with Lunch Buffet

After being collected from your hotel, make your way to the Damajagua Waterfalls. Nature has crafted some awe-inspiring pools, etched out of limestone with stalactites and stalagmites. You will be introduced to the local waterfall guides and provided with a life jacket, water shoes, and helmet. If you want to take photos on the tour please only bring waterproof cameras. A moderate 45-minute uphill hike through a beautiful jungle landscape gets you to the 12th waterfall. From there you head back downriver and you jump, slide, and swim your way through a series of spectacular waterfalls, canyons, and pools. The tour includes jumps of up to 25 feet (8 meters), however, there is another way down if you don't feel like jumping. After changing into your dry clothes the tour concludes with a lunch buffet.

AMBER COVE-TAINO BAY Super Buggy Tour

9. AMBER COVE-TAINO BAY Super Buggy Tour

Your adventure begins the moment you're picked up from Amber Cove or Taino Bay. From Amber Cove, it's a brief 2-minute drive, and from Taino Bay, a quick 12-minute journey to our Super Buggy Station. Upon arrival, your guide provides a safety briefing and equips you for the day ahead. Embark on a thrilling 75-minute ride through the countryside, passing Dominican villages and stunning beaches, immersing yourself in the vibrant local life and breathtaking natural scenery. The journey includes a 15-minute stop at a cigar factory, where you're invited to sample MamaJuana shots and enjoy a hot chocolate-coffee tasting, offering a taste of Dominican tradition. Next, a 15-minute stop at the beach allows you to take a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear waters, a perfect way to cool off. The tour concludes with a drop-off at your cruise ship port, either Amber Cove or Taino Bay, rounding off an unforgettable day of exploration and fun.

7 Waterfall excursion amber cove & Taino bay with lunch

10. 7 Waterfall excursion amber cove & Taino bay with lunch

You should do this tour if you love adventure. Puerto Plata with its charms invites you to experience the 7 waterfalls of Damajagua (Charcos), discovered just a few years ago and submerged in the beautiful hills of the northern mountain range, this natural monument is part of the system of protected areas of the Dominican Republic. 7 Waterfalls is hidden up in a tropical canyon is a string of waterfalls that you can hike to and slide down, swim under, and jump off on your way back down Jump, swim, and slide down natural waterslides. Buffet , lunch, Water, coke , equipment, and round-trip transportation from the cruise terminal are included. We pick up outside the port Taino bay port and amber cove port.

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What people are saying about Puerto Plata

Overall rating

4.5
(478 reviews)

Michael was incredible!! The entire itinerary was so perfect, and fat exceeded our expectations. We started our morning with an awesome coffee demonstration and chocolate tasting. It really felt like we were a part of the culture. After the coffee and chocolate tour, we traveled to the waterfalls! On the ride, we learned so much from Michael and about the Dominican Republic. The waterfalls are a MUST DO! Out of many trips to the Caribbean, this was the best excursion I ever did. Michael handled all of the accommodations and it was an amazing experience. Following the waterfalls, we enjoyed rum, soda, water, and further connecting with Michael. Last but no least, we went to a cigar making demonstration and that capped off our best day here yet. Every time we come back or recommend DR, we can only recommend Green Mount Safari and Michael. The tour completely exceeded our expectations and will be the highlight of our trip for many years to come!

This ATV tour was amazing; it was my favorite part of our trip to Puerto Plata! It's a beginner-friendly ride that goes through shallow river beds and local villages where you'll make a pit stop to sample coffee, cacao, and cigars. Our guide, Osiri, was awesome because he matched our need for speed! The staff was welcoming & professional, and coordination of shuttle pick-up/drop-off at our resort was super convenient too.

Our tour was fantastic from the beginning to the end. Our guides were friendly and the waterfalls are stunning. We took less than 30 minutes to reach the beginning of the water course, and we found the hike quite easy. During the course there were two high platforms for jumping, as well as water slides carved in the rocks. We loved our adventure and can highly recommend this company

We went twice in a row! The first ride was the best excursion we have ever been on! We rode and galloped on the horses through the ocean, creeks, roads, towns, and more!

Michael was amazing and very accomodating. He explains everything very well. He was entertaining and fun, and kept us to schedule. I would highly recommend Michael.