Puerto Plata may not be as well-known and well-visited as Punta Cana, but this beautiful city on the sea is increasingly gaining its place as one of the premier vacation destinations in the Dominican Republic. Amstar dmc recently began to offer our Puerto Plata transfers online, prompting Operations Manager Maggie Swan to take the opportunity to give us 4 reasons as to why this charming town deserves your attention.
I have been living in Puerto Plata for the last 27 years and couldn’t be any happier. Although still a bit sleepy, the Silver City is now very cosmopolitan and you can definitely see a rise in tourism over the last couple of years. From my experience, those who do choose to pay us a visit are very happy they did so. Now that we offer Puerto Plata transfers, here are four great reasons as to why you should visit Puerto Plata.
#4 The Brugal Rum Factory
The Brugal Rum Factory is a family-owned business which opened in 1888 on the outskirts of Puerto Plata. Less than a hundred and thirty years later, and this quality Dominican rum is now the third most-produced rum in the world. The Brugal Rum Factory offers guided tours that take you through their aging and bottling plant. Observe the aging process of the molasses-based rums and the blending process first hand before seeing how these tropical spirits are bottled into an array of different rum bottles. At the end of the tour, you’ll be able to partake in a tasting as well as purchase quality Dominican rum straight from the factory.
#3 Downtown sightseeing
Puerto Plata is famous for its beautiful Victorian-style houses as well as the city’s central park and majestic San Felipe Cathedral. Take a stroll down the Silver City’s narrow streets, chat with the friendly locals and take in all the pleasing sights and sounds on the Puerto Plata City tour. You will also have the opportunity to visit the town’s famous amber museum as well as take cable car ride to the peak of the Mount Isabel de Torres and visit the town’s beautiful Botanical Garden. You can also walk down to the San Felipe Fortress for an interesting discovery of the region’s complex history.
#2 Spend an afternoon atop Mount Isabel de Torres
While you can also take a trip to this tropical overlook towering above the Silver City on the Puerto Plata City Tour, another great option is to simply pack a light lunch and some drinks and head off on your own for a nice half-day adventure admiring the view from above. Puerto Plata’s cable car or “teleferico” takes you from the bottom of Mount Isabel de Torres high over the lush forest and up to the botanical gardens that boast ocean and city views for miles and miles. On a clear day you can even see the Dominican Republic’s 2nd largest city, Santiago de los Caballeros. The cooler air on top of the mountain is a refreshing change to the Caribbean temperatures below and walking around the gardens is a pleasant experience instead of a sweaty one.
#1 Puerto Plata transfers
Here’s how it works in Puerto Plata: after passing through immigration and customs a smiling Amstar representative will be waiting for you at the Amstar counter which is slightly to your left, directly in-front of you as you exit the arrivals hall. Once you have checked-in the Amstar rep will send you directly to your transport in the parking area close by.
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If you have purchased a private transfer your driver will take you straight to your hotel; if you have a shared transfer then you may need to wait a few minutes for other travelers to join the transportation and then you can be on your way. Transfers to Playa Dorada are short and only up to an hour if you’re on your way to Cofresi or the RIU Hotels.
Don’t forget to look out your windows during your drive! You’ll already know you’ve arrived in the Caribbean as you pass by endless sugar cane plantations, get some awesome views of the Caribbean Sea, catch a glimpse of the impressive Mount Isabel de Torres and, depending on where your final destination is, get the first glimpse of the colorful downtown area of Puerto Plata. For more information on this great destination, be sure to check out our blog post on the Top 5 Puerto Plata tours, and remember, as your local experts we’re online and in destination 24/7!