4 ways to Vacation Better in Puerto Plata

With lush mountaintops and spectacular beaches, Puerto Plata is a tropical paradise featuring all the best of what the Caribbean has to offer. From historic landmarks and breathtaking landscapes, to thrilling excursions and unique wildlife there are endless discoveries to be made in this exciting destination. To help you start planning your getaway to this beautiful hotspot we’ve put together a list of four ways you can Vacation Better in Puerto Plata.

Vacationers on a catamaran cruise through Los Haitises National Park
Embark on incredible eco-excursions

The Dominican Republic is a lush, tropical island with remarkable landscapes and a beautiful countryside. Los Haitises National Park is the island’s crown jewel, with a series of lush conical hills jutting out from the Atlantic Ocean, conveniently located near Puerto Plata, with plenty of available Sunwing Experiences excursions to this natural landmark. Travellers can see the park’s biodiversity on a boat tour and catch glimpses of some of the mammals, reptiles and birds that call the park home. In Puerto Plata, vacationers can hike through the lush jungle and ride natural waterslides at the Damajagua Waterfalls, 27 tumbling cascades that empty out into a beautiful pool. Plus, if you’re planning your vacation to the Dominican Republic between January and March, don’t miss your chance to see humpback whales swimming in Samana Bay, just south of Puerto Plata.

Travellers riding the Teleferico down Mount Isabel
Discover a thrilling side to your destination

Thrill-seekers will meet their match with a variety of exhilarating adventures, bringing them across Puerto Plata’s dynamic landscapes. Vacationers can fly high through the Barrabás Jungle canopy and get a unique view of the local flora and fauna on an exciting ten-circuit zipline course. Another great way to explore Puerto Plata’s diverse countryside is with an off-road dune buggy adventure through the jungle, sugarcane fields and quaint villages. In the city, travellers can climb to the summit of Mount Isabel de Torres on a ten-minute cable car ride, 800 metres above Puerto Plata. Take in panoramic views of the sparkling ocean to the north and the lush countryside in the south on your way to the summit where you’ll find a giant statue of Christ the Redeemer, one of Puerto Plata’s most iconic landmarks.

Vacationers snorkelling with schools of tropical fish
Dive into exciting water sports

Puerto Plata is blessed with some of the Dominican Republic’s best beaches, making it an ideal destination for sun-seekers, but also the perfect place for water sports fanatics looking to try out anything from snorkelling to windsurfing! Not far from Puerto Plata you’ll find Playa Cabarete, which boasts the optimal conditions for sports like windsurfing and kiteboarding year-round, with international kitesurfing competitions taking place in this hotspot every year. At Playa Encuentro, west of Playa Cabarete, experienced surfers can tackle the swells at a beach described as the ‘perfect right-hand reef break’. Beginners can also get their start here, with some of the area’s top surf schools right on the beach. Snorkelling and scuba diving enthusiasts will also find their perfect spot in Puerto Plata, where there is a large assortment of dive sites to explore for divers of all experience levels.

The original canons of Fort San Felipe overlooking the Caribbean Sea
Step into the local culture

Puerto Plata’s beauty isn’t exclusive to its pristine beaches and lush landscapes. Puerto Plata has plenty of popular attractions highlighting the island’s history and culture. You can explore the city streets and admire the colonial architecture of the buildings like the Casa de Cultura. Or, get a glimpse of the past at the San Felipe Fort. Built in the 16th century to protect the north coast of the Dominican Republic, it now houses a museum and still features the fort’s original canons. The Amber Museum is another must-see in Puerto Plata, with animal fossils trapped in the amber dating back millions of years. Finally, no visit to Puerto Plata is complete without climbing to the summit of Mount Isabel de Torres and exploring the lush botanical gardens.

Canadians can Vacation Better in Puerto Plata when they book their tropical getaway with Sunwing. Vacationers can look forward to direct flights to Puerto Plata from 11 gateways across Canada with award-winning inflight service on board Sunwing Airlines.

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