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Top Beaches in Puerto Plata

By Viator, June 2018

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The Dominican Republic province of Puerto Plata may be where Christopher Columbus made his famous landfall in the Americas, but today, the Atlantic-facing region is known for its azure waters, electric-hued coral reefs, and miles of sun-soaked sands. See below for a few of the premier beaches in Puerto Plata.
 
Sosua Beach
This picturesque, crescent-shaped stretch, about 20 minutes east of Puerto Plata by road, fills with both travelers and locals on weekends. Hang out on the white sands, cruise the turquoise waters by catamaran, or explore the underwater park on a snorkeling excursion. 
 
Grand Beach (Playa Grande)
This palm tree-fringed beach may look tranquil, but its waters are not for the faint of heart—Playa Grande some of the biggest swells in Puerto Plata. Those who prefer to hang out on the safety of the sand will find plenty of diversions and deals—beachfront vendors are known to sell fresh-caught lobster lunches for under $20.
 
Golden Beach (Playa Dorada)
Beach-goers who crave a bit of action need look no further than this resort-filled swath of sand, known for its pristine waters and lengthy list of aquatic sports from paddle boarding to snorkeling and deep-sea fishing.
 
Cofresi Beach
Located west of Puerto Plata, Cofresi is known for its calm, swimmable waters, pristine golden sands, and laid-back beachfront restaurants. Right next door, however, is the Ocean World Adventure Park (in case the kids get bored).
 
Cabarete Beach
Travelers looking to learn a new skill—be it windsurfing, kiteboarding, or laser sailing—should make a beeline for this sports-centric beach east of Puerto Plata. The seas are regularly dotted with billowing sails, as both travelers and locals catch air out on the water. The beach is also dotted with small hotels, restaurants, and bars perfect for those seeking shade—or that 3pm Presidente beer.
 
Paradise Key (Cayo Arena)
Paradise Key is not technically a beach but rather a tiny, uninhabited islet off the coast of Puerto Plata where the electric blue sea meets bright white sands. Travelers typically arrive by boat (embarking in Punta Rucia, about a two-hour drive from Puerto Plata) on a full-day excursion. Pull up to the coral-fringed island, dive its crystal-clear waters, and kick back with a local brew—the journey will prove worthwhile.

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Sosua Glass-Bottom Snorkel Tour from Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata, null
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Sosua Glass-Bottom Snorkel Tour from Puerto Plata

Take a beautiful Sosua snorkel tour on a glass bottom boat. This is a great option for those that can't swim because you can view the underwater world through ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Duration: Flexible

From USD $105.00
Jarabacoa White Water Rafting Adventure from Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata, Glass Bottom Boat Tours
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Jarabacoa White Water Rafting Adventure from Puerto Plata

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

An exciting adventure awaits you in Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic, a land of unusual and unspoiled beauty. Explore an inspiring region where the rivers, ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $87.00
Snorkeling Cruise from Puerto Plata with Lunch, Puerto Plata, White Water Rafting
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Snorkeling Cruise from Puerto Plata with Lunch

3 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Go sailing on the Caribbean Sea and snorkel with tropical marine life on this 5.5-hour catamaran adventure from Puerto Plata. While you cruise across the warm ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $79.00
Encuentra Beach, Cayo Paradiso, and Monte Cristi National Park from Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata, Day ... 
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Encuentra Beach, Cayo Paradiso, and Monte Cristi National Park from Puerto Plata

Soak up Puerto Plata's most spectacular scenery during this full-day ocean excursion. Traveling from Isabela to Ensenada Beach, enjoy spectacular views of the ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $150.00
Puerto Plata Party Booze Cruise, Puerto Plata, Lunch Cruises
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Puerto Plata Party Booze Cruise

Cruise the harbor with party goers on a beautiful catamaran.

Location: Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Duration: Flexible

From USD $105.00
Scuba Diving in Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata, Day Cruises
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Scuba Diving in Puerto Plata

Take a dive off the northern coast of the Dominican Republic, and experience its unique world of underwater treasures, sunken undiscovered Spanish galleons, ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Duration: Flexible

From USD $150.00
Sosua Bay Freestyle Catamaran Cruise from Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata, Scuba Diving
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Sosua Bay Freestyle Catamaran Cruise from Puerto Plata

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

The destiny is the picturesque Sosua Bay. Travel to this attractive bay on board a luxurious catamaran where the party is continuous. You will be able to ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.00
Sosua Catamaran Excursion, Puerto Plata, Catamaran Cruises
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Sosua Catamaran Excursion

Don't miss out on a day on Tip Top Catamaran! It's a beautiful day on the ocean. We do two different snorkeling spots, lunch on board, open bar and Sailing ...  Read more

Location: Sosúa, Dominican Republic
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.00
Sosua Bay Snorkeling Tour, Puerto Plata, Catamaran Cruises
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Sosua Bay Snorkeling Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Snorkeling is one of the most exhilarating activities to try in the Caribbean. The clear, warm waters provide an excellent environment to see the marvelous ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.00
Sosua Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Puerto Plata, Snorkeling
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Sosua Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Stand up paddle boarding can offer a fun and relaxing activity that mostly anyone can do, it is also one of the best workouts out there. Join us on a ...  Read more

Location: Sosúa, Dominican Republic
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.00

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