The north coast of the Dominican Republic is on the Atlantic side, and thus the
sea is more suitable for energetic watersports than for novice swimmers. Windsurfers,
particularly in Cabarate, will be in seventh heaven. All beaches in the country
are public, and in this area they are of coarse sand.
The Playa Dorada vacation complex, just east of Puerto Plata, is where you will
find the main resort hotels of Puerto Plata, along with three casinos, an 18-hole
Robert Trent Jones golf course, bike trails, landscaped gardens and an excellent
beach for water sports. Interesting sights include Victorian-styled homes and the
The Beaches are a must see in Sosua. Sosua offers two kilometers of white sand wrapped
around a tranquil cove. This cozy town offers a variety of water sports, catamaran
tours, restaurants and nightlife. The North Coast of the Dominican Republic has
become known as the "Amber Coast" for its abundance of amber deposits. Shoppers
will find great deals on amber jewellery as well as other favourite items such as
wicker, hand-painted masks, ceramics, Dominican art, woven goods and mahogany carvings.
Language spoken in Puerto Plata Spanish. English widely spoken in most areas.
Currency and exchange used in Puerto Plata
The Dominican Republic peso is the local currency, although U.S. dollars are widely
accepted. Most hotels have a money exchange office on site, although not all will
exchange Canadian travel cheques. Visa and Mastercard cheques and credit cards are
widely accepted. Regrettably, American Express cheques and credit cards are not
commonly accepted. Voltage in Puerto Plata
110V or 220V (Adapters may be required at select hotels and are available on a very
limited basis. We suggest you bring your own.) Vacation packing checklist Click
here for a vacation packing checklists
Weather in Puerto Plata The average temperature in Puerto Plata is 27 degrees
Celsius (80 degrees Fahrenheit) with seasonal fluctuations of 4 – 6 degrees depending
on the month. While on vacation in Puerto Plata, most months of the year visitors
should pack clothes for swimming and warm weather. For December and January some
nights may require a light garment. While the average temperature in Puerto Plata
makes this an ideal vacation destination we recommend that you apply plenty of sunscreen,
drink lots of water and relax.
While on vacation in Puerto Plata
Sunwing suggests the recommendations below while traveling on vacation to Puerto
Plata to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable holiday.
Resort Check-in Information
Please have your Sunwing hotel voucher ready for check-in at the hotel's reception.
Based upon your arrival and check-in time, it is possible that your room may not
be ready. Pack your bathing suit, shorts and sunscreen in your carry-on so that
you can enjoy the facilities until your room is available.
Our welcome briefing provides valuable information on Puerto Plata, your hotel services,
money exchange, shopping, and excursions. We will also inform you about the departure
procedure and answer any questions you may have. Make sure to attend yours.
Help in Destination
Your friendly Sunwing destination representative is available in Puerto Plata should
you require assistance. Please check the Sunwing Vacations information boards or
binders located in your hotel for a schedule of when your Sunwing destination representative
It is recommended that you drink bottled water while in Puerto Plata. Most hotels
offer bottled water in your hotel room and can also be purchased in the hotel's
shop and in grocery stores. The ice and drinking water served in the hotels are
generally made from purified water.
Long Distance Calls
Long distance telephone charges in Puerto Plata can be quite expensive. It is recommended
to make a collect call or use your calling card. Service charges may apply when
calling from your hotel room.
Safety Deposit Boxes
Please use your safety deposit box for all your valuables, cash and travel documents.
Some hotels in Puerto Plata provide safety deposit boxes free of charge while others
may require a nominal fee. You will be required to pay a penalty fee if you lose
Traveling to foreign destinations can be very exhilarating. Tourists must be aware
that potential problems and risks to your personal safety could exist anywhere.
Please use the same personal safety precautions and common sense on your vacation
that you would at home e.g. apply sunscreen frequently, do not swim alone and do
not display cash. Avoid venturing out alone and beware of dark or isolated areas.
Taxes and Tipping
Generally, taxes are automatically added to purchases. The tipping percentage is
similar to that at home. If you receive good service, please express your gratitude
and offer a tip.
Your Flight Home
Please check the Sunwing Vacations information boards or binders located in your
hotel to reconfirm your flight from Puerto Plata and its departure time. As a friendly
reminder, make sure that you have packed your flight documents, medication, or any
articles that you must have with you at all times in your carry-on luggage. Seat
selection is on a first come, first serve basis at the airport, unless previously
booked and paid for prior to your departure.
Documents needed to visit Puerto Plata Canadian Citizens must carry a valid Canadian Passport Canadian Citizens please click here Non-Canadian citizens please contact the Dominican
Republic consulate or embassy prior to booking or contact Sunwing for further assistance.
Please keep in mind that these times are approximate depending on traffic and any
other problems that may occur along the way.
Approximate transfer times are as follows from the Puerto Plata Airport to hotels
Sosua - 15 minutes
Cabarete - 30 minutes
Samana - 3 hours
Santo Domingo - 4 hours
Punta Cana - 5 hours 30 minutes