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Puerto Plata Travel Guide: 70 reviews and 233 photos

Puerto Plata was founded in 1496 by Bartholomew Columbus, and the history is long and interesting... First a major trade centre for the Spanish colonies, later a smugglers paradise, and the city’s latest boom began some 20 years ago, when its natural beauty and dun-drenched beaches were seen as ideal for resort development. Today, Puerto Plata is one of the leading tourist destinations in the Caribbean....

I have visited Puerto Plata in 2004, 2006 and 2008. When I say Puerto Plata, I mean the old Puerto Plata – I have never stayed at the new resort area (Playa Dorada) just outside Puerto Plata. Instead, I like to hang around in the old city and at the malecón where you can find a lot of small local restaurants and bars...

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  • In a nutshell:More than the all-inclusive resorts in Playa Dorada...
  • Last visit to Puerto Plata: Jan 2008
  • Intro Updated Apr 13, 2014
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  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Dec 14, 2008 at 3:41 PM

    Fascinating place with a lot of colonial history. Enjoyed reading your great tips. SL :)

  • marielexoteria's Profile Photo
    Feb 28, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    Yes, they do have some stairs but nothing like going up 2 floors hehe. It's like 3 blocks right of the intersection of José del Carmen Ariza and El Malecón.

  • Jun 13, 2007 at 2:58 PM

    Did this last year. Majorly fun.


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