Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

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Puerto Plata: the first European settlement in the Americas

It might be small, but the city of Puerto Plata on the Dominican Republic's northern coast was the first place Europeans settled when Columbus landed in the 15th century. The towering Mount Isabel de Torres is often shrouded in cloud and serves as the city's backdrop, while the lengthy beachfront looks out over the Atlantic Ocean. At its core, you'll find the largest collection of 19th-century architecture in the Caribbean, as well as the old San Felipe Fort. Water sports are big here and when you stay in a Puerto Plata vacation rental, you'll be perfectly placed to try your hand at them all.

Countless water sports in Puerto Plata

You don't need much to have a good time here. Tiptoe down to the beach from your Puerto Plata vacation rental, find a little shading spot and while away the day on the sunny beach, taking the occasional dip in the Atlantic. If you want to get the old blood flowing, there are countless water sports operators plying their trade along the shoreline. You could be bouncing along the water on jet skis and banana boats, or cruising along under the sweeping sail and the orange sun, as it begins to fade behind the ocean's horizon.

Outstretched arms of Puerto Plata

If you fancy a day away from the beach, consider taking the funicular to the summit of nearby Isabel de Torres, where you can see the outstretched arms of the Cristo Redentor, a 1970s replica of Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer. You'll also score some fabulous views down over the island and the ocean beyond. While you're in town, try not to miss a few hours' exploration of San Felipe Fort, a military outpost built in the 16th century. If you're staying in a Puerto Plata vacation rental on a Sunday, you can listen to the sounds of live bands in Central Park.

Long, sunny winter days in Puerto Plata

If you've booked up a Puerto Plata vacation rental between mid-December and February, you're in luck. You'll be rewarded with long, warm and sunny days, best spent stretched out on the beach or splashing around in the ocean while others freeze in the winter snows back home. Annual hurricanes hit the Dominican Republic, but if you fly in between March and May, you'll miss the storms and likely score a bargain on rentals. You'll also be treated to even hotter weather and beaches that have far fewer travelers to contend with.

Puerto Plata is a top spot for marine life

If you're a scuba diver, you've just made the right decision to book up a Puerto Plata vacation rental. The island is known the world over as one of the top spots for marine life. There's no shortage of outfits offering scuba diving days and if you hop aboard one of the daily charters, you'll get face-to-face with some of the most fascinating marine life in the Caribbean. Make sure your goggles don't get steamed up because you're not going to want to miss the sight of Caribbean reef sharks, white spotted eagle rays and southern sting rays.