Things to do in Puerto Plata

This region on the Dominican Republic’s north coast is known for its capital city San Felipe de Puerto Plata, its beaches, and beautiful golf courses. From colonial-era architectural structures to natural scenery that would put any city to shame, Vinnie Van GO loves Puerto Plata and knows you will too. Check out his guide to the best of what the region has to offer.

Puerto Plata Special Events

Dominican Carnival

Every Sunday of the month of February, carnival parades and lively entertainment take over Puerto Plata’s city streets. Hearkening back to the Spanish forefathers, this event has been taking place since 1520.

Festival Procigar

This annual mid-February festival sees hundreds of visitors to this event which includes beach parties, merengue classes, cigar workshops, and a golf tournament.

Caribbean Cigar Night

The Dominican Republic is known for producing the best cigars in the world, and this late March event celebrates that. Join visitors from far and wide to learn about and try some of the biggest and most prestigious cigar brands in the world, along with fine dining and live music.

Campo de Futbol Leonel Placido

This local soccer stadium is a wonderful place to spend the day in the sun while catching a game!

Estadio Leonel Plácido, Av. Luis Ginebra
Puerto Plata 57000, Dominican Republic

Fort San Felipe

Built in the 16th century, this old Spanish fort is a must-see for history buffs, but local tour guides will give informative tours that will be entertaining and fascinating for any visitor.

Avenida General Gregorio Luperón
Puerto Plata 57000, Dominican Republic

Malecon de Puerto Plata

This is the best place to see colorful, traditional style Dominican homes. From local shops to small eateries, Malecon is a wonderful place to spend the day walking around.

Desvio a la Puntilla
Puerto Plata 57000, Dominican Republic

Victorian Times

This beautiful public park is the center of local life, and also a fascinating place to see both victorian and colonial architecture side-by-side. The center romantic victorian gazebo is the perfect spot for photos!

Historical Center Puerto Plata
Puerto Plata 15700, Dominican Republic

For tours of the city and surrounding area, Puerto Plata Excursions has some of the most highly rated and trusted guiding experiences around. For a unique way to see the local nature, check out Buscapie Fishing Tour, and charter a boat with a group of your friends and family. If you’re traveling with children, Puerto Plata Safari Adventure will send you on a fun adventure into the wild!

Mares Restaurant & Pool Lounge

This restaurant is located in none other than local famed chef Rafael Vasquez-Heinsen’s own home. Only open from Wednesday to Saturday, be sure to make a reservation for the opportunity to taste this delicious menu.

6, Francisco J. Peinado
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic


This cozy cafe has not only a wonderful atmosphere, but a menu full of elaborate coffee and sweet drinks. This is the perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon after a morning of sightseeing.

Calle Prof Juan Bosch
Puerto Plata 57000, Dominican Republic

El Bergantin

This Caribbean eatery housed in a Victorian building in Puerto Plata’s central square serves up some of the best pizza in town.

Calle Beller, Esq. Separacion, Frente al Parque Central
Puerto Plata 57000, Dominican Republic

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