Travel Tips Puerto Plata Dominican Republic

For generations the Dominican Republic (DR) has been a travel destination for tourists seeking sunny beaches and exotic nightlife. The region covers two-thirds of what is called Hispaniola Island, and shares a western border with neighboring Haiti. The island is situated west of Cuba, east of Puerto Rico, and north of Venezuela. Puerta Plata Province is located on the north side of the DR, with its capital, San Felipe de Puerta Plata bordering the Atlantic Ocean. Flights to the city are through Gregorio Luperón International Airport.

Puerta Plata is a land of green mountains and extraordinary beaches shaded by palm trees. Its tropical climate offers many forms of recreation. The warm, clear, turquoise water is ideal for activities such as diving among the reefs, snorkeling, and windsurfing. Families can experience world-class golfing and parks, and children will enjoy the capital’s Columbus Aguaparque. For adults, the exciting nightlife includes a variety of entertainment at clubs, casinos, and shows. With venues open until dawn, tourists can dance to the rhythms of merengue, and sample a variety of musical traditions integral to the community.

Visitors to the island may have a number of safety concerns following due to natural disasters in recent years. The DR has received limited damage and access to Puerta Plata is unrestricted. For travel considerations, it is advisable to research the latest news and information by going to the DR Ministry of Tourism and other government websites. As with all trips, general safety rules apply: don’t walk alone at night; keep to well-known areas; and stay at established resorts.

The friendliness of the island’s people, cultural richness, and the beauty of its Caribbean shores make Puerta Plata a popular vacation spot.

Two highly rated resorts offering the best of luxurious accommodations are the five-star
Casa Colonial Beach and Spa and the Blue Bay Villas Doradas - both located in Playa Dorada. Casa Colonial is an exclusive boutique hotel overlooking the ocean, with an infinity pool, spa offering relaxing natural therapies and massages, and two dining rooms serving gourmet meals.

The adults only Blue Bay is a favorite among honeymooners and couples seeking a romantic getaway. Amenities include 24-hour service, villa suites with Jacuzzi, 3 pools, 3 tennis courts, spa, and Internet service. The all-inclusive hotel’s four restaurants have an extensive international menu, and the spectacular stretch of beach has plenty of activities such as sailing and water-skiing. With exceptional customer service and beautiful surroundings, these lodgings give visitors the best of Puerta Plata.

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