Explore Best of Puerto Plata

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Shore Excursion Size ? Small
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Active, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 4 Hours
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? An approximately 15 minute walk from the cruise ship pier.
Food/Beverage Provided A snack and beverages are included.
Recommended Dress We recommend wearing comfortable, seasonal clothing, walking shoes, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
Restrictions 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 8 years old.

Explore Best of Puerto Plata

On this Puerto Plata shore excursion, you will ascend to 2,555 feet above sea-level to the summit of Mount Isabel de Torres.

Mount Isabela 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 for the drive through the city to Fort San Felipe, home to 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 a fully narrated tour around the grounds 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.

Next, you will make your way to Parque Independencia 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 as well as have some free time in the Victorian square before returning to your cruise ship.

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.

5 Stars4.8 / 5  |  60 ReviewsReview This Tour
March 25, 2020
Enjoyed the tour this was my second time downtown ,enjoyed the history.
Reviewer: Janet McGeein
4 Stars
Great Tour / Great Tour Guide
March 03, 2020
it was a walk from the pier to get to the Tour Bus, but was well worth it. Nice tour, very informative and our tour guide and bus driver were wonderful. So glad we we booked this tour through our travel agency. It was not offered by the cruise ship.
Reviewer: Irene
5 Stars
A great way to see Puerto Plata
February 28, 2020
We had a small group, and a wonderful guide. We went up on a cable car and the view was beautiful. From there to the fort and then into the town of Puerto Plata. The pacing was good, not a lot of climbing around and enough time at each location. I felt that the tour was a good value for the money. About 3 1/2 hours to see a lot. A long walk to meet the tour, as one must exit the port area and walk down a street. They did warn us, but a long walk.
Reviewer: Paula Wills
5 Stars
January 29, 2020
The tour was informative and fun. The tour guide was knowledgeable, friendly and engaging.
Reviewer: Arvena M Shults
5 Stars
Great tour
January 21, 2020
Guide was excellent and saw all the highlights.
Reviewer: Erica
5 Stars
Great tour
January 21, 2020
Very informative tour guide. Loved the rum punch.
Reviewer: Elena
5 Stars