Beaches are the single greatest attraction of Puerto Plata with the main beach of the city being Long Beach, a public, urban beach. Famed tourist centers include Playa Dorado Complex, a complete holiday destination with an enclaved design featuring 14 hotels, vibrant nightlife, international shopping, delicious food, exciting recreational activities and a glorious five kilometre beach. Costa Dorada is a beachfront resort that shares its beach with Playa Dorada and features equally inspiring amenities and activities.
Puerto Plata boasts the only aerial tramway in the Caribbean. The Teleferico rides up the side of the mountain, Isabel de Torres, and upon reaching the top of the mountain, one experiences stunning panoramic views, a magnificent botanical garden, a replica of Christ the Redeemer, the famous statue in Rio de Janiero, as well as restaurants and gift shops. Other popular attractions include San Felipe Fort, a national monument close to the port of Puerto Plata, the Amber Museum featuring displays taken from amber mines, La Isabela, the settlement built by Columbus, Ocean World, a water park located in the middle of the reefs of Cofresi Beach featuring dolphins, beach and forests, fishbowls and exotic birds, as well as hotels and casino and the El Faro, a lighthouse elevated more than 40 metres above sea level. A truly unique experience involves witnessing the thousands of humpback whales who migrate to the Bay of Samana which can be seen from January to early April.
Cultural events include the Bravissimo Show, a Vegas-style dance show with a tropical flavour that features 26 dancers and 100 costume. There are also a spring festival that features parades of disguises, music, popular dances, art and cultural demonstrations and the October Meringue Festival.
With glorious beaches, stunning resorts, ample attractions and a plethora of activities, vacationing in Puerto Plata provides a truly memorable getaway.