Puerto Plata City
Puerto Plata is the third-largest city in the Dominican Republic and is steeped in history having been named by Christopher Columbus as the “Silver City”. The Fortaleza San Felipe is an authentic and historic Spanish fortress, also known as El Morro de San Felipe. It was built in 1577 to protect the city of Puerto Plata from pirates and corsairs.
La Hispaniola, as the island which now includes the Dominican Republic and Haiti is named, was on the main route for Spanish Galleons transporting gold and other precious cargo from South America to Spain. As such it became an ideal location for pirates and corsairs looking to intercept these richly laden vessels and steal the cargo.
The choice of Puerto Plata as a location to buy a property will undoubtedly be very different from a beach town. Puerto Plata is a bustling city more suited to those seeking a less tourist-orientated place to live. Possibly your requirements may be more commercially orientated or you want to be near universities or business centers.
There is a much broader choice of properties in Puerto Plata. Condos, Villas, Townhouses, and mixed commercial and residential properties. For those who do want to mix city and beachfront dwelling the area of Playa Dorada, just to the west of the city, does offer the best of both worlds. If you prefer a more urban lifestyle Puerto Plata offers a wide range of amenities and facilities including the only cable car in the Caribbean, named in Spanish “El Teleferico”.
- 3 Major private clinics
- One public hospital
- 4 Private schools
- 20+ Public schools
- One fire station
- Universities: O&M, UTESA, CURA-UASD, & PUCMM
- Foreign consulates:
American, Canadian, British, German, Dutch, Jamaican, Spanish, Polish, and Italian.
- 3 Mayor supermarkets
- 4 Shopping districts/areas
- 15+ Banks
Nearby attractions include:-
- Ocean World
- 27 Waterfalls of Damajagua
- Playa Dorada
- La Isabela First Settlement of the New World
- Isabel de Torre Tropical Garden Ride to the top on the only Cable Car in the Caribbean
- Fortaleza San Felipe
- Estero Hondo Manatee Sanctuary
- Cayo Arena (Paradise Island)
- Playa Dorada Golf Course By Robert Trent Jones
- City Central Square w/ Victorian Gazebo
Although not a “Tourist Resort” in common with the other North Coast towns Puerto Plata is home to a large number of Cruise Ships and a new and additional cruise ship dock is proposed for the city port area.