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). The cable car will not be available on April 30th to June 15th. During that time, the tour will include a scenic drive up and down the mountain which will give you views of the gardens, Christ the Redeemer experience and will include the beautiful Luperon Museum.
Reviewer: Angela Farris
What a wonderful way to spend a day seeing so much of this area. We had a great trip and saw so much diverse area in our time off of the cruise ship. This is a great way to see a lot of the countryside in a short time. Our tour guide, Henry, was super nice, friendly and entertaining!
Reviewer: Leigh Hart
This was excellent. I would highly recommend Henry, the tour guide. Nothing was too much of an effort. Personable, creative, generous. We saw so many things. Had a chairlift down the mountain . The island is amazing. So beautiful.
Reviewer: Bettye Boone
What an awesome, amazing, fun tour!! We had to walk outside of the cruise center to our bus. It was a 12 minute walk. Worth it if you are healthy!! Once on the tour bus, we met our group and tour guide Victor. He was the best tour guide ever! We learned about the history, culture, vegetation, herbal medicine, politics, Larimar stones that are produced in the Dominican. Local stops, Spanish fortress and photos at the 'Christ the Redeemer statue .Beverages on board. JUST DO IT!!
Reviewer: hal crane
This was a very enjoyable trip as we took a small van which showed us the non tourist part of the island. Although it was along walk in the heat to get to the destination, an air conditioned van and cold water were waiting for us. The park was very beautiful and we were luky we were going down the cable car since there were 20x more people waiting at the bottom to go up. Not all that much to see in the city. The fort was ok and we enjoyed the ride along the bay. Our guide was very polite and kept us on schedule.
Reviewer: Glenda Johnson
Although the walk to the van was quite long the execution was well worth it. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable. He answered all our questions. He knew so much. He allowed us time to take pictures. It was a wonderful experience for me aa this was my first time there. I would recommend this excursion to all.