Puerto Plata

The start of the New World story

Known as the silver city on the amber coast, Puerto Plata, in the north of the Dominican Republic, is as precious to the country as its name makes it sound. The first village in the New World was founded in this region on the 2nd of January 1494, and throughout the 16th-century, Puerto Plata harbour was of upmost importance.

Caribbean coast

Today, Puerto Plata and the surrounding region has exchanged much of its maritime clout for prestige in tourism. Miles of pristine coastline drapes itself between the resorts of Costa Dorada in the east and Bahia Maimon in the west. And all the beaches along this stretch come with pearl-white sand, queues of palm trees, and cut-above hotels.

Mountains and mangroves

Puerto Plata’s attraction points don’t stop at the shore. The region’s interior is home to the island’s self-proclaimed answer to the Alps, the Cordillera Central mountain range, which features 3 of the tallest peaks in the Greater Antilles. Elsewhere, mangrove swamps conceal peacock-blue lagoons, and sugar cane fields give way to green coffee plantations.

Miles of sand

The Amber Coast boasts enough miles of sand to mean you never have to visit the same patch twice. More often than not, the beaches are flour-white and backed by palm trees. Watersports are more than an activity out here, they’re a lifestyle choice, and you can count on seeing surfers in the rip curl on strips of sand like Cabarete and Cofresi.

WHEN TO GO

Between December and May, temperatures in Puerto Plata tend to hover between 28?C and 31?C. June to November is hurricane season, so the Dominican Republic is often hit by tropical storms – but the hotels are dab hands at dealing with them. June has the highest rainfall, clocking up 12 wet days.


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