Attractions in Puerto Plata

Things to Do on Our Pristine Beach

Located on 250 acres on the north shore of the Dominican Republic, Playa Dorada (“Golden Beach”) is a beautifully manicured oceanfront playground featuring a 13-mile stretch of beach,a championship golf course, two casinos, a movie theater and vibrant shopping, dining and nightlife. Guests are invited to explore the area on foot or by riding the romantic horse-drawn carriages offering service up and down the main avenue.

Below, you find information on the top attractions and activities in and around Playa Dorada. If you would like additional recommendations or assistance with planning tours and recreational activities, please see the 24-hour Concierge at Casa Colonial Beach & Spa.

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Recreation & Water Sports

Man Riding Board in the Ocean

Along Playa Dorada’s beaches, watersports include windsurfing, kayaking, banana boat rides, water skiing, snorkeling and much more. In addition to world-class tennis facilities, the Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed Playa Dorada Golf Course is one of the premier golf courses in the Dominican Republic.

Ecotourism

Waterfall

Discover the natural wonders of the Dominican Republic on an exhilarating eco-tour. From year-round canyoning or river rafting in Jarabacoa and winter whale watching in Samaná Bay to hiking the Imbert waterfalls and exploring the small fishing villages and mangroves of the Gri Gri Lagoon, visit our Concierge for assistance with planning your adventure.

Diving

Island View from Water

Located only 25 minutes from Playa Dorada, the sheltered, crystalline waters of Sosúa Bay offer world-class conditions for scuba divers of all skill levels. The Bay has 12 sites ranging in depth from 10 to 30 meters (32 to 100 feet).

Shopping

Man Selling Handicrafts

From souvenirs to upscale gifts and clothing, Playa Dorada Plaza offers an abundance of shopping pleasures, including high-end boutiques, music stores, locally produced handicrafts and fine art, Dominican cigars (a great selection of “puros”), fine leather goods, Dominican Coffee, rum, amber, larimar jewelry and more.

Ocean World Adventure Park and Marina

Distance: 20-minute drive from Hotel
Man Windsurfing

Be sure to visit the best entertainment complex in the Caribbean! Swim with dolphins, mingle with friendly sea lions or have a safe, supervised shark and stingray encounter. Once the sun sets, adult-friendly nightlife pleasures include dinner and theater shows, a casino and a disco.

Isabel de Torres Cable Car

Distance: 20-minute drive from Hotel
Cable Car on Mount Isabel Del Torres

Ride a cable car 2,700 feet up Mount Isabel de Torres to take in staggering views of the city and explore the botanical garden, a fort built by Trujillo in 1942 when the Dominican Republic declared war on Germany and “Cristo Redentor,” a statue of Christ with outstretched arms similar to the statue in Río de Janeiro.

Cabarete

Distance: 35-minute drive from Hotel
Cabarete Lit Up at Night

Enjoy a more relaxed pace of life in this intimate, laid-back Caribbean beach village. With its charming, hip ambience and eclectic shops, restaurants and bars, Cabarete offers a quiet alternative to the more bustling tourist spots in the Dominican Republic.

Twenty Seven Waterfalls of Rio Damajagua

Distance: 30-minute drive from Hotel
Climbers by Waterfall

Experience the best eco adventure in the Dominican Republic. Tucked into the majestic hills of the Cordillera Central mountain range, behind acres of sugar cane fields, are twenty seven breathtaking limestone pools that have enchanted generations of swimmers and hikers intrepid enough to make the journey.

Cayo Arena

Distance: 90-minute drive from Hotel
Cayo Arena Beach

Once you reach this spectacular little island, you will agree that it was well worth the hour long drive from Puerto Plata. With a soft white sand beach encircled by tropical seas, Cayo Arena is a picture perfect spot for snorkeling, scuba diving or simply lounging on the shore.

Santiago de Los Caballeros

Distance: 60-minute drive from Hotel
Santiago de Los Caballeros Building

This beautiful 15th century city is referred to as “La Ciudad Corazón (Heart City)” because it is located at the heart of El Cibao Valley. Nestled amidst tobacco, rice, coffee, and cacao plantations, the town features charming avenues teeming with quaint shops, restaurants, bars and an array of vendors.

Casa Colonial Beach & Spa

Building By River

Complejo Hotelero Playa Dorada s/n,
Puerto Plata, Dominican