Puerto Plata Highlights and Golden Beach Escape

Explore Best of Puerto Plata
Price: $59.00
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Shore Excursion Size ? Small
Shore Excursion Type Scenic, Water/Beach
Shore Excursion Duration 4 Hours
Activity Level ? Easy
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided Beverages. Complimentary water and rum punch.
Recommended Dress We recommend wearing weather appropriate clothing over a swimsuit. Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and beach towel.
Restrictions Guests must be able to get in and out of transportation. 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 6 years old.

Puerto Plata Highlights and Golden Beach Escape

You will be met directly at the cruise center, outside of the main gates of the port, with a refreshing bottle of water then whisked away in air-conditioned comfort to paradise.

At the feet of the beautiful Isabel de Torres Mountain and the majestic Atlantic Ocean, Puerto Plata city is located on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic, full of considerable contrasts of mountains, beaches and exuberant landscapes, but also with great historical and entertainment values. As you drive through the bustling city of Puerto Plata, your excursion host will provide you with interesting information regarding the history and culture of Puerto Plata and the Dominican Republic. There will be brief photo stops along the way to Playa Dorada (Golden Beach).

Make a stop at Fort San Felipe for photos and narration on the fort grounds, then continue along the Malecon Beach area, a boardwalk on the Atlantic running alongside of the beach, where you can see the statue of Neptune positioned on a small island. Make your way next to Parque Independencia for a brief history of the Victorian era architecture and for photos. You will enter the Cathedral and also be provided with some free time to explore on your own.

Only a short ride from the historic town is the region's most popular beach. Born as the first tourist destination in the country, Playa Dorada is located on the north coast of the country, surrounded by many interesting and diverse attractions. The coastline is one of the most beautiful in the entire Atlantic Coast, meeting all environmental requirements necessary to merit the recognition of quality, both locally and internationally.

Once at the beach you will be greeted with a complimentary rum punch and warm hospitality. Secluded and romantic, Playa Dorada promises an unforgettable day of swimming or relaxing on the golden sandy beaches along the "Blue Riviera." Beach loungers will be reserved for your convenience while beach beds are on a first come, first serve basis. Additional beverages or a bite to eat are available at the beach bar and restaurant (at an additional charge).

After this relaxing time away at the beach you will return to the cruise center in comfort.

5 Stars4.8 / 5  |  11 ReviewsReview This Tour
Exceeded Expectations
February 18, 2023
This tour exceeded our expectations! We enjoyed a short walking city tour, and, since we were there on a Sunday morning (and New Year's Day to boot!), the ability to wander into a mass being conducted. The beach was the highlight--lovely white sand for a long walk, then we snagged a beach bed and had some snacks and drinks while lazing in the sun. The tour guides kept watch on us and our stuff, making us feel very safe. There was even a small straw market for a bit of souvenir shopping. A great way to start the new year!
Reviewer: Sandy Hubbard
5 Stars
Great Escape
February 15, 2023
Initially getting of the boat and finding your actual tour group was out on the city street from the dock and dozens and dozens of locals hustling and in your face about you need this and that distracting you. And you absolutely have to make sure you are with the right group and they have your name on the list. Everyone is telling you they have your name and will take care of you. I had to get attitude and stick my hand out to tell them to leave me alone. After finding the correct tour van, everything went really well and totally enjoyed the tour of the town and history. But you have to make sure you plan to make time for the beach. It was so nice to lay on the beach in a cabana or chair and sit in the sun talking fellow cruise people laughing and swimming in the beautiful water. While on the beach you weren't bothered by the staff servers, they only came when you waved at them to get drinks and food. It was really nice.
Reviewer: Berne Massett
5 Stars
Great day in Puerto Plata
February 15, 2023
My wife and I greatly enjoyed this excursion. It gave us a quick site seeing visit to the town with a walking tour of the town square, beautiful church, Umbrella street, and the pink alley. All are close together so it is not a long walk, and breaks were provided at several places. Then the final stop was at the Golden Beach. What a view and a great beach accommodations. We loved the bed to relax and enjoy some refreshments. The beach was clean and water was waist high within a short distance into the water. The Shore excursion team provide great communications on pickup and drop off at each stop. Great excursion for seeing 2 sides of the island.
Reviewer: J. McRae
5 Stars
Great tour and beach
February 15, 2023
We had a wonderful day seeing the beautiful area with our tour guide Alex. He did an amazing job with his insight about the island. The beach was great and we felt safe. Wish we had more time! Thanks for the experience!
Reviewer: Mary Burkee
5 Stars
Excellence in so many ways!
February 10, 2023
Fantastic, friendly, knowledgeable tour guide who was very accommodating and flexible with all passengers of this excursion He took time to talk to each of us individually and shared rum punch - a nice welcome!! 😊 He provided history and context at each site and we had just the right amount of time to explore each site. I would definitely rebook this excursion and recommend same to my friends and family!
Reviewer: Wandamaria Lopez
5 Stars
Puerto Plata highlights and golden beach escape.
January 04, 2023
The excursion was informative. Puerto Plata was beautiful. The beach was very nice.The only downside was it was a long walk to meet the excursion group.
Reviewer: Randy Reuter
4 Stars