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      Car Hire & Travel Information

      Puerto Plata or San Felipe de Puerto Plata is a city in the Dominican Republic with a population of about 130,000. It is capital of the province of Puerto Plata.


      Known for its pretty sandy beaches, Puerto Plata is a popular resort destination as well as a great place to meet Dominican people and to shop in local commerce.

      Get in

      Gregorio Luperón International Airport (also: Puerto Plata Airport) (POP). Daily flights to most North American cities. POP is located about 15 minutes east of downtown Puerto Plata.

      As with other airports in the Dominican Republic, a $10USD (December 2011) fee for a tourist card will be required upon arrival. You'll buy it at one window and immediately turn around and hand it to an attendant to be scanned and dropped into a box. 

      Get around

      There are several options for local transportation between the city proper and the surrounding hotels and resorts.

      Taxis are the most expensive option and not really more secure than other choices. You will probably prefer to book a Private Transfers with a reliable company.

      Buses are slower, but the cheapest, and, once you understand the routes, the easiest way to get around.

      Guagua are simple minivan for normally 7-8 persons that can be easily packed to 22 persons and 2 roosters! Guagua are the main common transportation system but not really organised; you can stop practically anywhere along the main streets and wait for one to stop and climb up, the fare is normally cheap, but you'll probably have to negotiate with the driver or the door operator. Guagas can often be identified by "Se venda" stickers on the windows and a large rear view mirror pasted to the back door. Guaguas follow static routes which can be identified from a large letter on the windscreen. From the west your best choice is F which stops both ways on the corner of Calle Camino Real and an unnamed street just a few blocks southwest from Parque Central. A Propina is likely waiting when you get off and starts hassling around. Both C and F run from Cofresí to past Playa Dorada; C runs a direct line and F zigzags through the city.

      Propinas. Much has been written about Propinas in the surrounding areas of Puerto Plata (to get a better idea who these people are see Sosua ). The same general rules must apply here. The difference is that some of the ones here will take the "con man" approach. One typical example is that you will be approached by a friendly individual who will pretend to be an employee at your resort, based on looking at the wristband you wear, given to you at the hotel. They can be very knowledgeable about your resort when asking them any questions, and so it is easy to see how they may win your confidence. Try covering your hotel wristband with a watch or an athletic wristband.

      What to see

      Christo Redentor (Monument at the top of Parc Nacionale de Isabella de Torres), Parc Nacionale de Isabella de Torres. 8-17 (known for opening late and closing early). Take a funicular (teleférico) to the top of the mountain that sits behind Puerto Plata to see a replica of the original located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. There is also short path to follow with nice views, a cave, and a lagoon which is really just a pool. A guide will try to join you when entering the teleférico lobby even if it may seem like he's just showing you where to go. He works for tips so tell him if you're not interested. 

      Fortaleza San Felipe (Fort San Felipe), Avenida General Gregorio Luperón (On a peninsula on the northwest corner of the city). Historical fort located by the main bay of Puerto Plata. The smell of diesel exhaust is pervasive since it's right next to the main electric generator for the city, which burns diesel. There are many local vendors who are quite persistent at trying to sell you goods at exorbitant prices, and children also asking for money in their limited English. In front of the fort is a nice grassy area that's good for a picnic overlooking the water.

      Live Music (In central park), Central Park, Purto Plata downtown. Live musicians play in the park on Sundays. 

      Museo Del Amber (Amber Museum), Calle Duarte 61 (About 100 meters from Parque Central). Amber gems in a nice villa.

      To Do

      the beach (generic). Rent a lounge chair if you really want to appreciate it. If you don't, the Dominican people will ask you all day long if you want to rent a chair from them. The only advantage to being extremely patient and tolerant is their prices drop down with the time! But as everything else, chair rental prices are also negotiable. 

      Public beach Puerto Plata (lay out in the sun). This beach is very close to the entertaining Wal-Mart of Puerto Plata (La Sirena). 

      Private RIU beach (lay out in the sun), RIU Hotel (15 minutes west of the city center of Puerto Plata). This all inclusive resort has man-cleared beaches. You can get in through the "guarded" gate. It's said that they require a room key as proof that you are staying there, but if you dress like a tourist they probably won't ask any questions. 

      Water sports and excursions. There are countless excursion companies, both local and foreign-based offering water sports (water-skiing, banana boat rides, windsurfing, catamaran cruises, etc.) and land excursions ('safari' trips, horseback riding).

      Catamaran tour. Sail on a catamaran, most vendors are asking for $60USD for a 1hr ride, though this is a bit high, and you can negotiate.

      City tour (Take a city tour), depart from most hotels. You will find that many "vendors" are selling generic "city tours", mostly to visitors of all-inclusive resorts who want to get a more authentic tour of local life and locales. A tour of Puerto Plata, a ride on the funicular to the top of the mount Isabelle de Torres for a tour of the park and a stop at Christo le redentor, a stop at a local produce market, a local supermarket, a tour of a jewelry factory or cigar factory, and the Fort de San Felipe should not be more than $60USD including tip and taxi transportation. 

      Scuba diving. There are many scuba diving outfits, but the pollution in the area has decimated the underwater environment. Puerto Plata is not the place to scuba dive for this reason. The dive shops operate from Sosua and will pick you up from your hotel. If you're going to be diving more it's better to stay closer to Sosua as it may be an hour and a half drive from the resorts in Puerto Plata and Cofresí to the dive shop. 

      Charcos de Damajagua (27 waterfalls), Highway 5 past Imbert heading west (Take Highway 5 heading towards Santiago. Continue on the highway for about 20 minutes before passing by Imbert (do not turn left at Imbert!). Stay on the main highway and you will pass over one bridge on your way out of town before climbing a hill. On your way down the hill you'll pass a sign for Ingenio Amistad on your left and will cross another bridge. The road will then turn left and a large sugar cane field will open to your left. Up ahead you will see a large Brugal billboard. Just before the billboard you will see the AGRD kiosk on your right immediately opposite the dirt road entrance to the waterfalls.). 27 levels of waterfalls, elect to do as many as you like, it costs more to do more. You will be provided with guide(s) to help you out. They provide life vests and helmets. On the way back down you'll slide down the chutes or jump into the pools. It's a protected area, and many tour companies come here, but you can also get there yourself. 

      Ocean World, Calle Principal 3, Cofresí (Go west to Lifestyle Resorts, Cofresí, take the left road.). 9-18. The day pass includes a pickup from nearby hotels, the shows (dolphin, sea lion, shark, and bird), some other animal attractions (birds, tigers, iguanas in a terrarium), and lunch. It is a bit pricey but the shows are quite good. You can upgrade to animal encounters, dolphin swims and such. $69USD for adults. 

      Malecón (Avenida General Luperón and Avenida Circunvalación Norte). Walk along the Malecón, ie. the 3km beach strip.  

      Self-Drive the Ruta Panoramica, (Juntion located 7 kms west of Puerto Plata Airport). La Ruta Panoramica is a scenic mountain road that connects Puerto Plata on the north coast and Santiago City in the Cibao Valley. On a two hour drive enjoy stops for organic produce, local cheeses and yogurt. Visit an amber mine where you can buy amber direct from miners, stop in at the coffee producing town of Pedro Garcia.Download a free route guide from the website.


      If you are looking for tourist stuff (paints, rum, cigars, t-shirts, etc.) the best place to go is Sosua, about 10-15 minutes from Puerto Plata.

      Also good for vanilla and coffee.

      La Sirena Market (Supermarket), Avenida del Malecón (Avenida General Gregorio Luperón). Get your fix of a Wal-Mart away from home. La Sirena has a very North American feel, and a wide selection of products that may be difficult to find in other small shops.

      Souvenirs Market, Calle Beller (About a block northwest from Parque Central). Many souvenirs available, none with price tags. Asking prices are very high, e.g. starting price for a product sold for $8USD at a resort shop (where it certainly is overpriced) was $20USD. 

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