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Puerto Plata Travel Guide


Puerto Plata Introduction


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Mount Isabel de Torres forms the dramatic backdrop for the town of Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic, where it is the most important north-coast city and resort. A large statue of Christ stands on the mountain with arms stretched out into the clouds, resembling the statue that overlooks Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.  Click here to see the full Puerto Plata travel guide on Travel42 »

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Puerto Plata Geography


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Puerto Plata is located on the Atlantic north coast of the Dominican Republic and occupies a narrow coastal plain at the base of the Cordillera Septentrional mountains. Tourist and commercial ports sit side by side in a large bay immediately northwest of the city center. The Malecon (seafront boulevard) runs along the Playa Long Beach on the north side of town. The city has an easily navigable north-south street grid, with Parque Central in its center.   Click here to see the full Puerto Plata travel guide on Travel42 »

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Puerto Plata History


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The name Puerto Plata originated with the arrival of Christopher Columbus on 11 January 1493. Supposedly, when he saw how the sea shined along the coast near sunset, Columbus called it the "Silver Port." However, it was Spain's colonial governor Nicolas de Ovando who officially named and founded the city in 1502.   Click here to see the full Puerto Plata travel guide on Travel42 »

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Puerto Plata Sightseeing & Things to Do


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The primary attraction of Puerto Plata is the town's historic core. You'll find most of the city's best Victorian buildings lining the narrow streets around the town square, Parque Central, with a Victorian bandstand at its heart. They date from the time when European merchants made their fortunes in Puerto Plata with the export of tobacco and cocoa. Many of these wooden houses have been renovated into shops and restaurants. On the park's south side, the Catedral San Felipe has been restored.  Click here to see the full Puerto Plata travel guide on Travel42 »

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Puerto Plata Nightlife


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If you venture outside the major resorts, there are plenty of small nondescript bars to choose from in Puerto Plata. Most play the Euro-dance music popular with tourists, but you'll also hear some bachata (think of it as Dominican blues) and merengue.   Click here to see the full Puerto Plata travel guide on Travel42 »

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Puerto Plata Restaurants & Dining


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Because the area is geared primarily toward tourists, restaurants offer a variety of local and Continental food. Seafood is probably the best value, and you'll find it on most menus at various prices. Given the city's small size and easy navigation, we suggest checking out several restaurants along the Malecon before making a choice.   Click here to see the full Puerto Plata travel guide on Travel42 »

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