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Explore Best of Puerto Plata

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On this active tour you will drive through the city to Fort San Felipe, a historic Spanish fortress built in 1577 to protect the city of Puerto Plata from pirates and other enemies. Here at Puerto Plata's oldest surviving structure, you will enjoy an audio tour of the fort. It is located on a hill at the Puntilla Del Malecon, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean; its strategic location protected the entrance to the city's seaport. The construction of the fort was commissioned by King Felipe II of Spain in 1564, and it was completed in 1577 by Don Rengifo de Angulo, the fort's mayor. Today, the Fortaleza San Felipe serves as a museum showcasing the important role it has played in the history of Puerto Plata, and the Dominican Republic. The Fortaleza houses military artifacts from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Next, you will make your way to Pargue Independicia where your guide will provide you with interesting information regarding the Victorian architecture. The Parque de la Independencia was the first park in the city and its origin lies in four public squares at the intersection of two then newly opened large boulevards, Santafesino and Argentino, the four-part plaza was named Independencia. You will enter the Cathedral and have ample time for photo opportunities.

Re-board your transportation for a fully narrated countryside drive and then begin to ascend to 2,555 feet above sea-level to the summit of Mount Isabela de Torres.

This is Puerto Plata's most impressive geographic feature towering above the city, which will delight you with panoramic views of Puerto Plata from its flat-topped peak. Once at the top, you will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful gardens, see a representation of a typical countryside house or "casa tipica," take photos of the Christ the Redeemer Statue (a smaller version of the one in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), and enjoy the views of Puerto Plata and the Atlantic Ocean.

After your time at the summit, you will take the cable car ride down the mountain for amazing views and then meet your transportation and return to the cruise center.

Please Note: The order of tour may vary depending upon ship's arrival time. A van or bus descent from the Mt. Isabela summit may be substituted for the cable car in the event of high winds or poor weather conditions. Minimum age to participate is 10 years old. This tour is not advised for those guests with limited mobility (those who may use a cane, walker, or wheelchair).

Shore Excursion Size
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Active, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
4 Hours
Activity Level
Shore Excursion Leaves From
An approximately 12 minute walk from the cruise ship. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
Food/Beverage Provided
A snack and beverages are included.
Recommended Dress
We recommend wearing comfortable, seasonal clothing, walking shoes, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
Participants must be able to get in and out of the vehicle, stand, and walk completely unassisted. This tour is not wheelchair or walker accessible, and cannot accommodate guests with mobility issues, or those who have difficulty walking or standing. The minimum age to participate is 10 years old.
4.5 Stars4.5Based On 34 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsBest of Puerto PlataDecember 09, 2018

Reviewer: Nancy Sutherland
Wonderful tour with an excellent guide.

5 StarsOutstandingOctober 18, 2018

Reviewer: Barbara Nell Odland
We absolutely enjoyed our excursion. The guide was excellent. . . so informative and pleasant. We saw so many interesting sites on this tour. I would highly recommend it.

4 StarsAwesome TourOctober 04, 2018

Reviewer: Todd French
The only reason we are not giving this tour a 5 star rating is that it was a healthy walk in the HOT sun out of the Carnival complex, although we were greeted with complimentary water. Don't let that be the reason why you don't take this tour. Our guide, Gamma, was INCREDIBLY knowledgeable and helpful. We also had a driver and assistant whose names we can't remember nor pronounce. We especially loved learning about the different species of plants and vegetation that grew along the mountainside. Gamma knew we were so interested in the native vegetation that we even made a special stop to get FRESH mango and bananas to go along with the rum punches that he also provided. Gamma and his helpers were more than willing to answer any and all questions we posed--political, botanical, financial, historical, cultural, etc. We would take this tour again and recommend you do too!!

5 StarsReview of Explore Best of Puerto PlataOctober 01, 2018

Reviewer: Deborah Janson
We took this tour in Sept. 2018. It was a great tour. The bus was clean and had great air conditioning. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and he spent a lot of time telling us all about the island. We also went on the sky tram where we saw beautiful views of Puerto Plata. They served rum punch and soft drinks on the bus. I would recommend this tour.

4 StarsEntertaining and KnowledgeableSeptember 23, 2018

Reviewer: Marina King
A great tour begins with an entertaining and knowledgeable guide. Ours was that and he kept us interested in the local vegetation during the whole trip. The replica of Christ the Redeemer was great and the cable car ride was awesome with spectacular view of the port.

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