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Destination: Puerto Plata

Destination: Puerto Plata

Thursday, March 14, 2019

With so much culture and nature in and around Puerto Plata, guests at the Senator Puerto Plata Spa Resort will have no shortage of things to see and do. So let’s look at memorable sites in the colourful city itself as well as activities tourists can enjoy without having to travel too far.

In Puerto Plata 

Visitors should keep their cameras ready. The oldest city on the country’s north coast is brimming with Victorian houses in bright hues. Historic sites abound as well, starting with the Fortaleza San Felipe. The fort was built by Spaniards in the 16th century to defend against maritime invasion and was later used as a prison. Plus, it provides visitors with breathtaking views of the surrounding nature.

The Museo del Ámbar offers a unique look at world history—through an amber lens. Visitors can see beetles, lizards, flowers and more encased in amber for eternity. Of interest to movie buffs is the mosquito featured in Steven Spielberg’s classic film, Jurassic Park. The gift shop has a nice array of souvenirs, including lovely jewelry.

No tour of Puerto Plata is complete without a journey along the Malecon. The boardwalk guarantees stunning ocean views and an authentic taste of Dominican culture as visitors and locals mingle at the countless huts, shops, bars and restaurants. One great way to cover more ground: by bicycle.

The cable car to the top of Mount Isabel de Torres is always a hit. As visitors head to the peak, they’re surrounded with photo-worthy views of the city, fertile valleys and lush mountains around Puerto Plata. It’s usually best to go early, before clouds settle in and reduce visibility.

Around Puerto Plata

Cabarete is a 50-minute drive from the city. Its brisk winds and strong waves make it a mecca for board-sports enthusiasts. Visitors can go surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing… or simply sit back on the golden sands, cerveza in hand, and enjoy the view.

Isla Paraiso is a sandy speck in the ocean (less than 60 minutes from the coast of Puerto Plata) where travellers can live out their castaway fantasies. And the journey there is half the fun. The boat stops along the way at a natural pool shallow enough for swimmers to touch the bottom—an unusual feeling when standing in what feels like the middle of the Atlantic. Many tours even offer sparkling wine to savour the moment.

The island itself is soft sand in the midst of shallow, crystalline waters. The surrounding reef attracts a dazzling array of tropical fish. Amateur snorkellers will feel at ease, while the more advanced can venture out to the deeper areas at the tip of the island, where the sun’s rays shine through the gently rippling waves to illuminate the coral reefs. On the return journey to Puerto Plata, boats will navigate through the mangroves upon request to admire the natural tableaux formed by the reddish‑brown tree roots intertwining out of the water.

To learn more, visit: https://www.transat.com/en-CA/hotels/senator-puerto-plata-spa-resort

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