Puerto Plata and Sosua City Tour
Duration: Full Day
If you are staying on the Dominican Republic’s beautiful northern coast during your Caribbean holiday, don’t miss this guided tour of Puerto Plata and Sosua. Discover ancient forts and elegant Victorian architecture; Caribbean rum and glorious white-sand beaches. The Amber Coast is a tropical paradise just waiting to be explored.
Spend a cultural morning exploring the old town of Puerto Plata (meaning “Silver Port in Spanish”) during your holiday in the Dominican Republic. Located at the foot of Mount Isabel de Torres along the Atlantic Ocean, this scenic port was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493. Some say it was given its name due to the silvery appearance of the mist above the Isabela de Torres, whilst others believe the shining silver hues of the sea at sunset was Columbus’ inspiration.
The city was officially founded shortly afterwards by Columbus' brother Bartholomew in 1496, but much of the town’s charm stems from its beautiful Victorian architecture, which dates back to the late 19th century. These elegant “gingerbread-style” structures can be found in downtown Puerto Plata but they are rapidly disappearing due to commercial development, so see them whilst you can.
One of our first stops of the tour is the Dominican Amber Museum, which is an excellent example of Puerto Plata’s Victorian architecture. This beautiful restored mansion houses an extensive collection of valuable Dominican amber, which is believed to be the finest in the world. Visitors can also buy souvenirs and gifts here. A walk through the centre of town and the Central Park will lead us to the Church of San Felipe with its simple, but beautiful, white towers.
We will then proceed to the Brugal Rum distillery, which gives visitors a fascinating glimpse of the Caribbean’s rich tradition of rum-making. Learn all about this locally produced spirit, which is made from sugar cane and molasses before being stored in oak barrels. You will get the chance to sample both white and dark rums during the tour.
Our final stop in the town is Fort San Felipe, the oldest fort in the New World, dating back to the mid 16th century. Strategically placed overlooking the harbour, this impressive structure was originally built to defend the city against attacks from French and English pirates, and was later used as a prison. Today the fort serves as a museum, housing many interesting artifacts relating to Puerto Plata’s history. At night, the fort is beautifully illuminated.
After sightseeing in Puerto Plata, we will make our way to the beautiful coastal town of Sosua, where you can shop for souvenirs and haggle at one of the many beachside market stalls. If you would prefer just to relax, however, Sosua boasts one of the most beautiful beaches on the north coast. Sunbathe on soft golden sands or swim in the clear turquoise waters. This diverse tour is a wonderful way to familiarise yourself with the tropical beauty and ancient history of the Dominican Republic’s North Coast.
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