Puerto Plata appeals to the crowd that prefers less expensive, all-inclusive resorts. More accommodations of this kind continue to be built on this coast, and yet many are still booked solid almost year-round. If you enjoy beige sand that's rarely too hot to walk on, and a never-ending array of water sports, chaises lounges, and meringue music, this is the place for you.
On the north coast of the island, visitors will discover the same beautiful palm trees, turquoise seas and white sands that Columbus found when he first landed over 500 years ago. Puerto Plata, "port of silver", is a bustling port city where you can visit historic Fort San Felipe, San Felipe Cathedral, the Amber Museum, or shop for local crafts.
A few kilometers away, you will discover a golden strip of sandy shore, the Playa Dorada resort area, each with their own style and attractions. Featured here is an 18-hole Robert Trent Jones golf course along with exciting casinos, bars, restaurants and nightclubs.
To the east is Sosua, an area settled by Jewish refugees form Europe more than a half a century ago. This area remains popular for its casual European-style open air restaurants, bars and cafes.