For non-residents, passports and tourist cards are required upon entry into the Dominican Republic. If you are a citizen of the US, visit travel.state.gov for more information on travel documents needed. For Canadian travelers, visit travel.gc.ca for relevant travel information.
Spanish is the official language of the Dominican Republic, though English is widely spoken and understood.
The Dominican peso is the currency of the Dominican Republic, but US dollars are often widely accepted in resort areas.
Climate & Beaches
Puerta Plata weather is tropical and humid with year round sunshine. The temperature is steady around 86 degrees F, with colder temperatures from November to April and warmer temperatures in summer months. Historically most hurricane activity in the Dominican Republic's part of the Caribbean has taken place in the months of August and September.
Cabarete Beach is a hip coastal village that’s known as a worldwide hotspot for kite boarding and wind surfing. Sosua Beach, with its unusual u-shape, sees plenty of tourists and is popular with snorkelers and divers, while Dorada beach is quieter and known for its vividly clear water and bright white sand.
Activities & Attractions
The Brugal Rum Factory teaches you the process behind local rum production, with plenty of samples to go around. The 16th-century San Felipe Fortress is a great excursion for history enthusiasts, while the Mount Isabel de Torres gondola rides are romantic and offer panoramic vistas. The 27 waterfalls tour lets you climb and jump from fall to fall, which is a great option for daredevils and outdoor adventurers. Puerta Plata also has a number of quaint villages to explore, with plenty of shopping and restaurants to dive into.