Puerto Plata, where tourism in the Dominican Republic began, continues to be one of the favorite destinations for visitors. Its spectacular and extensive landscape combines sea, mountains, green valleys, rivers and numerous beaches. Its fertile soil gives rise to cocoa and coffee plantations, while beneath the earth lies the world’s clearest amber.
Playa Dorada and Costa Dorada, just ten minutes east of downtown Puerto Plata, these beaches, protected by reefs, are located in front of the two most important tourist areas of the area that attract most of its visitors. Some sections of these impressive beaches are certified with the Blue Flag for the quality of their waters and services. You will find plenty of options for water sports, such as kite surfing and banana boating, as well as bars and restaurants.
Long Beach, although Puerto Plata’s boardwalk is lined with beaches, the most social of all is Long Beach, located at the eastern end of the Malecon. On weekends, crowds gather here, especially at dusk and in the evening, to enjoy this wide expanse of sand where a couple of beach bars await them. Some surf and swim, while others just sit back and enjoy the atmosphere and scenery.