3 must-see events in Puerto Plata

Home to legendary landscapes with majestic mountains and pristine golden-sand beaches, Puerto Plata is a tropical haven for fun-filled adventures. On top of the beautiful beaches and endless activities, this vibrant Dominican Republic city hosts a year round calendar of exciting events.

To help you Vacation Better in Puerto Plata, we’ve put together a list of some of the hottest local events!

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Taste authentic Dominican flavours at the Rum Festival

What better way to get a taste of Dominican culture than visiting the island’s renowned Rum Festival? From August 16th to August 17th, vacationers can look forward to rum tastings with hundreds of varieties ranging from island delicacies to international favourites. Plus, event-goers can enjoy delicious food and rum pairings, spectacular performances by local artists, creative cocktail contests and more!

Where to stay: Located just a short drive from the festival, PlayaBachata Resort offers breathtaking beachfront retreats on Maimon Bay’s golden-sand shores. This tropical oasis features four sparkling pools and charming guestrooms each complete with liquor dispensers and a spacious balcony or a terrace.

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Watch world-class water sports at the Cabarete Kite Festival

Aqua enthusiasts can join some of the world’s best kitesurfers at Cabarete Kite Festival. Hosted at Cabarete Beach, an exceptional surf spot known for its consistent winds and challenging waves, Cabarete Kite Festival is a celebration of water sports, ocean awareness and entrepreneurship. This action-packed event runs from July 22nd to 28th featuring some of the world’s most talented kitesurfers and plenty of local sponsors including top-rated resorts and kitesurfing schools.

Where to stay: Sun-seekers can choose to stay at Viva Wyndham Tangerine, Cabarete’s only all inclusive resort. Ideally located just steps from the beach, this picturesque property features plenty of resort-offered activities such as windsurfing, kayaking and more for an action-packed escape in Cabarete.

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Listen to talented musicians at the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival

Those looking to check out a cultural event during their vacation won’t want to miss the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, taking place on Cabarete beach from November 1st to 2nd. As one of the biggest cultural events in the Caribbean, this event attracts music lovers from across Latin America, North America and the Caribbean with a series of concerts by talented local and international jazz artists including Gilberto Santa Rosa, Puerto Rico’s Salsa King!

Where to stay: Those looking for to stay in between downtown Puerto Plata and the festival can choose to stay at Casa Marina Beach Resort. Set on a beautiful beachfront, this charming resort offers plenty of entertainment options with four lively bars including a disco and delightful nightly shows.

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