Things to Do in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Things to Do in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Puerto Plata is a vacation paradise on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. The weather is mild year round, with the average low temperature of 66 and a high average of 91. The rainiest months are October through May; June through November is hurricane season, so be sure to take some rain gear with you then.

Hiking

Take a hike up Mount Isabel de Torres to see the huge statue of Christ resembling the one in Rio de Janeiro and spectacular views of the area. The mountain stands 2,700 feet above the sea-level colonial city of Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. The best time to go is in the morning because it's cooler and there is usually cloud cover in the afternoon. You can carry your own lunch and drinks or go on a tour. After you finish hiking around the reserve and eating, you can go down the mountain on the tram.

Snokeling and Scuba Diving

Go snorkeling and scuba diving in the Sosua area (about 20 minutes from Puerto Plata) and see coral reefs teeming with marine life, shipwrecks, sea gardens and canyons. Dive shops rent all the necessary equipment and take tours out. Shallow and deep dives are available. If you're a beginner, you can take lessons; the shops provide organized and customized packages and transportation to and from your hotel in Puerto Plata.

Windsurfing

Enjoy some of the best windsurfing in the world in Cabarete, another suburb of Puerto Plata. June brings an international competition to Cabarete, which has been host to the windsurfing World Cup five times since the 1980s. You won't need a wetsuit because the average water temperature is 79 degrees. Mornings are the best time to windsurf for beginners; the winds pick up in the afternoon, so these conditions are better for intermediate and expert sails. The shops provide high-quality equipment and lessons.

Article Written By Ellen Kendall

Ellen Kendall has 15 years of writing and editing experience. Her travel and insurance articles have appeared in national magazines. Her book contributions include biographies and multi-cultural and Holocaust lesson plans. She has previously served as a real estate broker and interior designer and taught ESL in Korea and at Duke.

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