What activities are available in Puerto Plata?

Welcome to Puerto Plata, one of the doorways into the New World’s history. As one of the oldest cities established on the American continent, Puerto Plata offers plenty of things to do for history buffs looking to get in touch with colonial times, thanks to a collection of historical architecture and museums. Additionally, lovers of nature and water adventures can find many things to do in Puerto Plata’s backroads, where hidden jungles, waterfalls and islands offer a world of unforgettable experiences.

So, where should you start? How about in the city itself with a tour of Puerto Plata. Explore the first structures built by the Spaniard conquerors, including a fortress that belonged to the Columbus family, as well as museums and a panoramic view on a cable car to the top of Pico Isabel de Torres mountain.

To immerse yourself into the natural world of Puerto Plata, step out of your resort into the heart of the jungle with a visit to the magnificent Damajagua Waterfalls, whose splendorous waters will wash away all your worries. And you can add a nice touch of adrenaline to your outing in Puerto Plata’s natural side by taking on zip lines and buggies, or take it slow with a horse ride to truly absorb all the greenery around you.

If the Caribbean Sea is calling for you, there’s no better way to answer than by taking a sweet catamaran ride as you sail the gorgeously blue waters. View an underwater world by snorkeling next to a multitude of colorful fish, and just relax as the sea breeze relaxes you. You can also discover Paradise Island, as Cayo Arena sandbar is called, so you can be at peace in a marine environment few people get to be a part of.

As you can see, there are many things to do in Puerto Plata. Are you ready to truly experience this destination?

Recommended excursions

Puerto Plata City Tour With Cable Car

A real treat for history aficionados. See one of the oldest cities in the Americas with a complete tour that takes you through colonial fortresses and buildings and museums, and top off your day with a magnificent cable car ride to the top of Pico Isabel de Torres mountain.

Freestyle Catamaran

Sail away from the northern Dominican coast into the Caribbean Sea for an unforgettable catamaran ride as you take in the marvelous sights of turquoise all around you. Then, go look for sea life during an incredible snorkeling encounter at Sosua Bay and its colorful coral reef.

Cayo Arena

Take a catamaran from the fishing village of Punta Rucia and cruise toward a delightful hidden sandbar called Cayo Arena, also known as Paradise Island. That’s where its clear, aquamarine waters will invite you to experience heavenly relaxation next to the sea life living there.

Extreme Mega Adventures

Go on a countryside adventure in Puerto Plata atop 6x6 safari-style trucks to visit a combination of rainforest, waterfalls and more natural sights. Complement this with thrilling zip line ride as you soar above the canopy, and wind it down with a peaceful horseback ride.

Damajagua Waterfalls

One of the most incredible things to do in Puerto Plata, the Damajagua Waterfalls excursion offers you a splashing good time at 12 breathtaking cascades and natural pools, which are surrounded by rock formations and the greenery of the Northern Corridor mountains.


Step on the gas pedal and let ‘er rip with a high-octane, high-adrenaline ATV expedition through the backroads of Puerto Plata. Take in the jungle scenery at top speed, but then wind it down with a delightful swim in a river, enjoying refreshing drinks as nature envelops you.

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