Puerto Plata, also known as “The Amber Coast”, is located along the northern coast of the Dominican Republic. It’s named for the rich deposits of amber found in the hills near 75 miles stretch of beautiful beaches in the east.
Puerto Plata is a vibrant Dominican town that's well worth exploring for its historic architecture and nightlife. It's core, the Old City, borders the port to the east, a narrow grid of streets that was once the swankiest neighborhood in the country. Forests, mountains and miles of golden beaches offer a playground for those who enjoy extreme sports and adventurous activities.
Christopher Columbus described Puerto Plata as “the fairest land under heaven” in 1492 and over 500 years later, this province has continued to captivate visitors from around the world with an pure Latin American culture, incredible natural beauty and the extraordinary kindness of its people.
Sosua, located approximately 25 km east of Puerto Plata, and less than 10 km east from Puerto Plata International Airport, is divided into two areas - Los Charamicos (western side) and El Batey (eastern side).
Although the town offers numerous restaurants, bars, activities and 5 beaches to choose from, it's Sosua Beach that amazes most of its visitors. This 1/2 km long beach has beautiful soft, golden sand, clear turquoise waters, and sits sheltered in a small cove surrounded by amazing high coral cliffs. Right behind the beach you can find plenty of souvenirs shops and restaurants that you will certainly enjoy. This is also where most snorkeling and diving tours depart from.
Cabarete, located approximately 40 km east of Puerto Plata and 20 km east of the POP Airport, is a charismatic little beach town that attracts sports enthusiasts and sun worshippers from all over the world. Since the late 80's the town has hosted both professional and amateur international windsurfing competitions.
Cabarete is considered by many to be one of the top places in the world to windsurf and kite board and it's also known for its nightlife. When the sun comes down, the beach becomes a party. Along the entire beach you will find restaurants that turn into dancing clubs and bars that will for sure make you have an amazing time.
Playa Dorada is a gated resort community approximately 5 km east of Puerto Plata. This community attracts the greatest number of 'all-inclusive tourists' to the North Coast of the Dominican Republic. The area has over a dozen separate resorts, each with their own restaurants, bars, swimming pools and activity options. The majority of these resorts are all-inclusive; this means that accommodations and all food and beverages are included.