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Puerto Plata: Seaside resorts and fine-sand beaches

More than anywhere else in the country, the development of tourism in the region has been particularly intense over the last 20 years, and many of its towns and villages have become major resort areas. Following the example of Puerto Plata, Sosúa and Cabarete, the superb beaches further east, have now been developed in the region of Río San Juan and Playa Grande.


    People are drawn here by the magnificent beaches, which are among the most beautiful in the Caribbean and lined with resort villages offering accommodations for every taste and budget.


    Puerto Plata

    The city's beautiful location, nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Cordillera Septentrionale mountain range, adds to its allure. Despite the constant development in Puerto Plata, its downtown has remained largely unchanged, retaining its typical Caribbean flavour.

    Playa Dorada

    This is neither a village nor a town that became touristy, but rather a few square kilometres of buildings erected solely for tourism. It has about a dozen luxury hotels offering a wide range of services and activities.


    With the exception of Puerto Plata, Sosúa has undergone more tourist development than any other area on the coast. Sosúa is a pleasant place to stay, due to its abundance of restaurants, hotels and outdoor activities. The jagged coastline makes for some beautiful landscapes, and the bay's waters are always crystal clear.


    Cabarete is considered the windsurfing capital of the country, and with good reason. Its magnificent beach stretches nearly 3 km (2 mi), making it perfect for long walks. Cabarete's beach is large enough that you don't feel hemmed in on all sides by hotels and sunbathers. Cabarete has retained a pleasant, casual atmosphere and also offers a good selection of hotels, generally small or medium-sized, as well as several restaurants.

    Playa Grande

    Around 8 km (5 mi) from Río San Juan, lie the most spectacular beaches in the country. The Playa Grande is remarkable for the sheer length and width of its ribbon of fine sand, lined with coconut palms from one end to the other for some 2 km (1.2 mi).

    Where on earth

    Travelling from Puerto Plata to the Samaná Peninsula, a formidable 150-km-long (93-mi) seafront takes you through one of the best-known regions of the Dominican Republic.

    The IT Zone

    The "It" place to be!

    Discover a new kind of vacation! Designed for travellers looking for an out-of-the-ordinary experience, Puerto Plata’s “It” zone is the place to be this year.

    The Dominican Republic and Nolitours have joined forces to create a destination where everything is possible. Beyond the fabulous beaches and great resorts, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in the local culture, get into the Dominican beat and enjoy a host of activities open to everyone. It’s a pretty fun way to meet lots of new people. Discover the participating hotels offering this unique experience!


    Click on the image above for details on the excursions (boat, adventure, cultural or entertainment) available in Puerto Plata.


    Puerto Plata
    Grand Paradise Playa Dorada >4
    Bahia Principe San Juan >
    Cofresi Palm Beach & Spa Resort >4
    Bluebay Villas Doradas >4
    Casa Marina Reef Resort >
    Celuisma Playa Dorada >
    Lifestyle Tropical Beach Resort and Spa >
    VH Gran Ventana Beach Resort >4
    Viva Wyndham Tangerine >4
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    Flying from
    Puerto Plata from Toronto
    May 12, 2014, Duration: 7
    + $434 tx. & fees
    Puerto Plata from Montreal
    May 12, 2014, Duration: 7
    tx. & fees incl.
    Puerto Plata from Toronto
    May 12, 2014, Duration: 7
    + $434 tx. & fees