Explore Best of Puerto Plata

Explore Best of Puerto Plata
Price: $85.00
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Shore Excursion Size ? Small
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Active, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 4 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided Snack, Beverages. Complimentary water, soda and rum punch plus fresh local fruit is provided.
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 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 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 unscheduled cable car maintenance, high winds or poor weather conditions. 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.

5 Stars5.0 / 5  |  19 ReviewsReview This Tour
Puerto Plata a new experience
March 07, 2023
The excursion was a great experience. We especially liked going atop the mount where "the Christ the Redeemer" replica is along with a botanical garden. The guide was very good, as well. It was a bit crazy at the start with a couple of other tours on our van before they were dropped off. We love the SEG Smaller Groups.
Reviewer: Diane
5 Stars
Discovering the Best of Puerto Plata
February 28, 2023
Great tour with Alex and Xander. Very knowledgeable, friendly and eager to please. They showed us several points of interest like the umbrella alley, a fort and the main church in the city's plaza. They exhibited the warm hospitality the Dominicans are noted for by giving each of us a taste of their rhum punch and stopping to buy a bunch of bananas for us to eat. Such thoughtfulness! Highly recommend this tour. If you get Alex or Xander that will be a bonus!
Reviewer: Fem R
5 Stars
Explore Best of Puerto Plata
February 22, 2023
We quite enjoyed our excursion through Puerto Plata, the guide was very knowledgeable and thorough. It was a spectacular view from the top of the mountain with the statue of Jesus, all the way down in the cable car, which was a nice way to descend the mountain, so different than always being on a tour bus. We would highly recommend this trip.
Reviewer: Colleen Mackenzie
5 Stars
Great tour!
January 06, 2023
Great excursion! We had a little trouble finding them because we were looking for Shore Excursion Group on sign, our mistake! Once we looked for the name of the tour and people wearing clothing as described to us, it was easy! There were lots of people with signs for tours of Puerto Plata, so look for the clothing as described to fine them! Then we were put on an air-conditioned bus to wait for the others and off we went for a wonderful day!
Reviewer: Louise Ellen Rathbun
5 Stars
A Must-Do Excursion!
December 30, 2022
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!! This port was the HIGHLIGHT of our cruise. We had THE BEST tour guide, WINSTON, who was very interesting & extremely knowledgeable of his country's history. The stories he shared and scenery/places he took us for photos was INCREDIBLE. This is the MOST MEMORABLE tour and experience of my lifetime. Winston was also very accommodating and compassionate with my 80 y/o mother-in-law, who could not do as much of the walking. Time well spent! EXCELLENT tour and guide staff! MUCHAS GRACIAS for showing us what a treasure your beautiful country is.
Reviewer: Dorry Mitchell
5 Stars
Beyond what we expected
December 26, 2022
It was a longer walk than we expected to reach our departing place, but we survived. The tour guide did a great job giving us details and history and was very pleasant. The bus driver did a good job and we never doubted his driving ability. Would highly recommend!
Reviewer: Harold Paden
5 Stars