Founded in the early 1500’s, Puerto Plata was designed by Christopher Columbus and his brother, Bartolome. Named for the silvery hues of its natural harbor, the city is surrounded by mountains. Visitors can enjoy the only aerial tramway in the Caribbean and ride to the top of Pico Isabel de Torres, a 793 metre high mountain. The top features a botanical garden.
Another must stop is the Fortaleza San Felipe, a historic Spanish fortress used to protect the city from pirates in the mid 1500’s. Today it is used as a museum.
The north coast is also called the amber coast. Check out the amber museum and see this ancient tree sap that has hardened into a semiprecious stone. Guided tours are available. Enjoy your day listening to merengue, the ever present music of the DR, as you stroll about the city. Be sure to stop on the Malecon (ocean drive) for a Presidente Beer!