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Puerto Plata Province

Our most recommended things to do in Puerto Plata Province

Cayo Arena: Paradise Island and Mangroves Tour

1. Cayo Arena: Paradise Island and Mangroves Tour

Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Puerto Plata, Sosua, or Cabarete, and then make your way by bus to the brilliant white sands of Punta Rucia, 67 kilometers east of Montechristi. Get amazing views of the countryside before you board a speedboat to cross to Cayo Arena.  Be welcomed by the turquoise waters and white sands of the paradise island. Go ashore to sink your toes in the sand and top up your tan. Marvel at the colorful marine life and coral gardens on an optional guided snorkeling tour, and enjoy a selection of fresh fruits and drinks.  Navigate the thick mangrove forest of Monte Cristi National Park by speedboat, and look for the abundant wildlife in the lagoons and channels. Get a feel for island life at a local market before taking the speedboat back to the mainland.

Damajagua: Waterfalls with Lunch Buffet

2. Damajagua: Waterfalls with Lunch Buffet

After being collected from your hotel, make your way to the Damajagua Waterfalls. Nature has crafted some awe-inspiring pools, etched out of limestone with stalactites and stalagmites. You will be introduced to the local waterfall guides and provided with a life jacket, water shoes, and helmet. If you want to take photos on the tour please only bring waterproof cameras. A moderate 45-minute uphill hike through a beautiful jungle landscape gets you to the 12th waterfall. From there you head back downriver and you jump, slide, and swim your way through a series of spectacular waterfalls, canyons, and pools. The tour includes jumps of up to 25 feet (8 meters), however, there is another way down if you don't feel like jumping. After changing into your dry clothes the tour concludes with a lunch buffet.

From Puerto Plata: Cayo Arena Private Catamaran Trip & Lunch

3. From Puerto Plata: Cayo Arena Private Catamaran Trip & Lunch

Discover Cayo Arena, a paradise of coral reefs and tropical fish. Sail on the Ocean King catamaran on this private trip, spending time at Cayo Arena and Monte Cristi National Park. Indulge in a lobster lunch at Playa Punta Rucia and visit a cigar factory to learn the tricks of the trade. Get picked up from your accommodations and enjoy a scenic road trip through the picturesque countryside to Castillo de la Isabela. When you arrive, climb onboard the Ocean King catamaran, decked out with a solarium and water slide. Tour along the coast of Playa La Ensenada in your catamaran, enjoying Caribbean music and indulging in a few light refreshments. Drop anchor at Cayo Arena and spend around two hours swimming and snorkeling amongst the corals and tropical fish. Set sail to Monte Cristi National Park, feeling the wind in your hair. Look out for wildlife in the lush mangroves of the national park before stopping at Playa Punta Rucia. Land on the beach and savor the taste of freshly cooked lobster with a Caribbean lunch. Return to your hotel and visit an artisanal cigar factory, observing the process of cigar production and having the chance to buy some souvenirs.

Puerto Plata: Day Trip to Cayo Arena Island by Speedboat

4. Puerto Plata: Day Trip to Cayo Arena Island by Speedboat

MYou will get on a speedboat that will take you to Isla Bonita-Cayo Arena, a journey full of adrenaline, sun, wind and adventure. On the island relax sunbathing in its crystal clear waters or snorkeling in its coral reefs with brightly colored tropical fish. On the way back we will visit the Monte Cristi National Park with its lush green mangroves, an abundance of wildlife and birds, you will learn about the wonders of nature. Once the journey is finished, we will enjoy a delicious typical lunch in Estero Hondo. Where you will have time to shop and bring souvenirs from the Dominican Republic. Itinerary: Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Puerto Plata: Half-Day Damajagua Waterfalls Adventure

5. Puerto Plata: Half-Day Damajagua Waterfalls Adventure

The tour begins with pickup from your hotel in Puerto Plata, Sosúa, or Cabarete, then heads out into the sprawling countryside to the municipality of Imbert. Take the winding road to the world-famous Damajagua Waterfalls where your epic adventure awaits. Nestled in the rolls hills of the Northern Corridor Mountain Range and behind the long stalks of sugar cane fields, lies a treasure unlike anywhere else in the world — a place where Mother Nature has crafted awe-inspiring pools etched from limestone for your enjoyment! Arrive at the entrance to the falls and get kitted out with all the necessary equipment for your adventure, then wander through the dense and luscious tropical jungle, marvelling at endemic plants and beautiful vegetation along the way. Cross the river to finally arrive at the waterfalls and take a moment to soak up this incredible feat of nature. Follow your guide as you visit the waterfalls one by one, and discover their unique characteristics and offerings as you slip, slide, and have some fun! When booking, you can choose between the option to slide down just 7 waterfalls.

4 Wheel Adventure

6. 4 Wheel Adventure

After being collected from your hotel in Playa Dorada, Sosua or Cabarete, you will be taken to the tour starting point which is just 30 minutes away from Sosua and Puerto Plata. Please remember to wear clothes that you are willing to throw away and sunglasses, as the road can be dusty, muddy, and wet. No License and no special skills are required. After a short briefing, your memorable off road adventure will start. All 4-wheel drives are safe and easy to drive. Experience the natural beauty of the Dominican Republic on this half-day tour. Enjoy amazing scenery, muddy paths, and a picturesque beach.

Cabarete: 2-Person Dominican Countryside Buggy Tour

7. Cabarete: 2-Person Dominican Countryside Buggy Tour

After being collected from your hotel in Puerto Plata, Sosua, or Cabarete, you will be taken to the tour starting point which is just 30 minutes away from Sosua and Puerto Plata. Please remember to wear clothes that you are willing to throw away and sunglasses, as the road can be dusty, muddy, and wet. No License and no special skill are required. After a short briefing, your memorable off road adventure will start. All Buggies are safe and easy to drive. This is a half day full of fun for those looking for a tour to see the natural beauty of the Dominican Republic. Enjoy amazing scenery, muddy paths, and a picturesque beach.

Puerto Plata: Cultural Experience Tour

8. Puerto Plata: Cultural Experience Tour

Accompanied by your guide, experience Dominican culture and learn about the people and the land. You'll visit the heart of the Dominican countryside where you'll discover the old Melasa Bread Factory. Next explore a tobacco plantation and learn how artisanal cigars are made. Then, enjoy beautiful panoramic views at an organic cacao plantation where you'll learn the whole process of chocolate-making and savor some of delicious chocolate created there.  Enjoy lunch in a typical Dominican restaurant and try some of the local specialties. You'll also visit a local cheese factory belonging to a traditional family of the Imbert community and explore the Imbert Park. At the end of your tour, you'll stop off at a beautiful hidden beach in countryside before heading back to your hotel.

Puerto Plata: Zip Line, Horseback Riding, & Waterfall Combo

9. Puerto Plata: Zip Line, Horseback Riding, & Waterfall Combo

Start your full-day experience with hotel pickup in a special truck. On the way to the local partner's ranch, hear about the history of Puerto Plata and its surroundings. Upon arrival at the ranch, enjoy priority access to Damajagua Waterfalls. Your professional guides will take you through every step of the way, ensuring maximum fun, safety, and high-energy levels at all times. Continue your adventure by meeting your beautiful, trained horses at the ranch. Set off for 40 minutes of horseback riding with the assistance of guides. Prepare for incredible views along the way. Afterwards, get kitted out and climb up for some intense zip lining. Take in amazing, tropical views as you fly down six zip lines with the assistance of an experienced team. At the end of the day, recover some of your energy with a homemade Dominican lunch served by an exclusive, local chef. Please note that activity order may vary. No horseback-riding experience is necessary to participate.

Puerto Plata Transfer to Puerto Plata, Sosua, Cabarete

10. Puerto Plata Transfer to Puerto Plata, Sosua, Cabarete

Save yourself the hassle and uncertainty of finding a reliable local taxi in Puerto Plata, Sosua, or Cabarete, and travel in comfort with round-trip shuttle transportation from any of these locations. A uniformed  driver will meet you and take you on the comfortable drive to your destination within these local areas. You will travel in a late-model air-conditioned van. The shuttle ride from the airport to most local destinations should take about 20 to 30 minutes. Cocotours is one of the leading incoming tour operators in the Dominican Republic. Headquartered in Punta Cana with a branch office in Puerto Plata, we cover the whole country. Get where you want to go - book your Cocotours transportation now.

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What people are saying about Puerto Plata Province

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 357 reviews

It was an amazing experience, with adrenalin. I loved this activity. The picking up was accurate. The guides were very cool, funny, friendly and informative. We felt fresh and full of energy in the end. The jumps were scary but the guides motivated and encouraged us. The whole trip was fantastic.

It was a wonderful experience, and had the worth of the price. The whole tour was perfectly organized, our guide Eusebio was very friendly and helpful. The lunch was delicious. Thanks for this great day.

Very experienced and knowledgeable guide. I had a great time. Will definitely do it again. Owner very nice and helpful.

The ziplining and the atv’s were amazing. Also, the lunch was so good. They gave me soo much food.

Great experience, easy to understand and very fun!