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The city of Puerto Plata curves around the base of towering Mt. Isabel de Torres, whose pinnacle can be reached by an electrified sky lift system called the teleférico. A manicured botanical garden dominated by an illuminated statue of Christ - a scaled-down version of the one in Rio de Janeiro - crowns its summit.

The charm of Puerto Plata, the largest city on the North Coast, is enhanced by the extent and variety of its Victorian architecture, unrivaled by any other Dominican city. Stylistically, the gingerbread motifs, wooden 'lace' filigree, and pastel colors of its houses and public buildings convey the romantic aura of an earlier time, but functionally they house a tourist-oriented city's businesses, offices, shops, bars, restaurants and clubs. History is also preserved here in the imposing San Felipe Fort, built by the Spaniards in the 16th century as protection against seaborne invaders. The fort, which was used as a prison until the 1960's, now houses a fine museum that documents its interesting history. Visitors strolling the city's picturesque streets will also want to take time to see Puerto Plata's extraordinary Amber Museum, the Brugal rum factory, and stroll the length of the Malecón, the lively seaside boulevard.

Within the area of Puerto Plata, you can find upscale neighbourhoods such as Bayardo, Torre Altas and of course ocean front apartments along the recently renovated malecon. Moving west along the coast are the residential / vacation areas of Costambar and Cofresi, which offer value for money ocean front villas at prices seen in the Sosua / Cabarete area 4 years ago.

While some feel comfortable in the ex-pat enclaves of Sosua / Cabarete, others who are looking to make the move long term, might find Puerto Plata or Costambar a more practical choice due to the proximity of schools, supermarkets and medical facilities. View all property for sale in our Puerto Plata real estate pages.

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Puerto Plata Properties

Luxurious pre-construction opportunity at Playa Dorado
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Luxurious pre-construction opportunity at Playa Dorado Puerto Plata

The brand-new luxurious villa development in the exclusive Playa Dorada on the north coast of the (...)

Large 5 bedroom Villa with scenic views....
Large 5 bedroom Villa with scenic views.... Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata

You can enjoy this view every night !.

$US389,000 $US365,000
San Marino Resort Lifestyle Apartment
San Marino Resort Lifestyle Apartment Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata

Excellent price for this one bedroom located in a Premier all-inclusive style beachfront complex.

NEW Modern design homes at pre-construction at Playa Dorada
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NEW Modern design homes at pre-construction at Playa Dorada Puerto Plata

This brand new modern style development is located in Playa Dorada, an exclusive oceanfront complex (...)

Large Commercial Plaza
Large Commercial Plaza Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata

Located in Puerto Plata off a very busy avenue … the Plaza is in full operation...

Beach Resort one bedroom condo
Beach Resort one bedroom condo Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata

Great investment and perfect getaway Beach Resort

Beachfront land .....
Beachfront land ..... Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata

A total of 1,369 square meter ocean front lot with beautiful beach ...

$US342,250 $US273,800
Mediterranean style Villa with spectacular Ocean and Mountain views
Mediterranean style Villa with spectacular Ocean and Mountain views Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata

This unique 2 level Villa is located within a new and prestigious gated community.

$US550,000 $US450,000

Puerto Plata - Things to Do

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 Founded in 1502 Puerto Plata is the largest city on the north coast and is a busy port, with a natural harbour which provides protection from the elements.  The resorts of Playa Dorada and Costa Dorada sit just to the east of the city.

Some of the activities/tours you can choose from in Puerto Plata are:

Ocean World Park - 10 minutes west from Puerto Plata, this zoo and marine park features the world's largest custom-made dolphin lagoon, swimmable aquarium, sea lion encounters, shark interaction pool, tiger feeding area and birds area, in addition to a large man-made beach and marina.

Fun City Action Park  - This Go Kart and Bumper Car Park is 20 minutes away from the city centre. 

San Felipe Fort - Built by the Spaniards in the 16th Century on the waterfront to fend off pirates. The 2,000 square meter fort is the oldest standing edifice in Puerto Plata and the only remnant of the colonial time architecture. It overlooks the statue of General Gregorio Luperon, hero of the war that restored the rule of the country to Dominicans from the Spanish.

Puerto Plata Lighthouse – The lighthouse was built in 1879 it was restored in 2002 with a grant from the World Monuments Fund that valued this 24.4-meter high rare cast iron tower, only one of very few still standing in the Americas.

Brugal Rum Factory – Take a tour around the largest in the Dominican Republic and third largest producer of sugar cane rum.  The tour ends with a daiquiri tasting and the opportunity to purchase the finer quality rums at best prices.

Amber Museum  - Located in an 1919-built mansion, the Amber Museum shows off one of the better collections of amber anywhere in the world. See the mosquito-encased amber that Steven Spielberg used in the film Jurassic Park, or a 42.5-centimeter lizard fossil, or the biggest bio-inclusion feather fossil in the world.

Taino Art Museum – Wander around this museum for insights into the lives of the settlers of the island when Columbus and the Spaniards arrived.

Isabel de Torres Botanical Gardens - Take the 2,565 foot (800 meter) cable car ride up Isabela de Torres, the peak overlooking Puerto Plata and wander around the gorgeous Botanical Garden at the top with its subtropical vegetation and 15 small brooks and streams amidst multiple trails. 

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