Last Fall, I took a trip to my country of birth, Dominican Republic, to a place I’ve never been to before, Puerto Plata. We stayed at Barcelo Puerto Plata located right next to some other amazing resorts, such as Iberostar, Blue Bay, etc…, right on the coast of Playa Dorada. This trip was well worth it and much enjoyable because not only did it bring back so many childhood memories but it also made me feel like it is time to go back for good. Below are some tours and activities we did that I want to make sure you do if you ever visit Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.
1) Take a local tour to the city of Puerto Plata…
Where you can purchase souvenirs to bring back to family and friends; along the way visit the Brugal Rum Factory, where you’ll taste one of Dominican Republic’s best rum.
2) Take a ride on the Teleferico…
Up to Mount Isabella, where you’ll be greeted by a replica of El Cristo Redentor (the original Christ the Redeemer is in Brazil).
3) Visit Paradise Island/Cayo Arena and Snorkel
This island is way off the shore somewhere on the Atlantic Ocean where the water is shallow and a little bit of sand holds 3 huts. This island is truly amazing. I am the biggest punk when it comes to water activities and open water since I can’t swim, but learning to snorkel here was tons of fun, just watch out for the jelly fishes.
4) Feed the fishes
Feed them bread and/or banana so they come to you while you snorkel and don’t forget the waterproof camera, you’ll want to take lots of pics.
5) Go see the Waterfalls (27 Charcos)
If you tell the resort you want the Waterfal 27 Charcos l tour I’m sure they’ll know. Another amazing water experience that I will never forget. You are taken to this mountain with waterfalls, you don’t just see the waterfalls you experience them. Yes! You are given a helmet, a life vest and your dear life and off you go as a group. Climbing rocks and swimming across to many different levels on an adventurous mountain. This mountain has approximately 27 levels that takes about 4 hours to complete, during the hotel tour you only get to do 7 very exciting levels. The fun part is completing all seven levels and going back to the beginning where instead of climbing difficult slippery rocks, you slide and dive your way back. Fun!! Even for those that can’t swim like myself. The tour guides make sure you get across safely. This is definitive must do if you are in Puerto Plata.
Send yourself a postcard while out here, why not?! It feels good when you receive it at home and get that “I was there” feeling.
So there you have it. Five exciting things to do, other than eat and drink in the all-inclusive resort.
Have you visited Puerto Plata, DR?!
What fun activity/tours do you highly recommend?
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