A visit to Mount Isabel de Torres is a must in Puerto Plata. You take the seven-minute cable car (“Teleferico”) ride up the mountainside to the top of Mount Isabel de Torres (792 meters).
On top of the mountain you will find botanical gardens, a statue of Christ (similar to the one in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), a restaurant and several souvenir shops – in addition, of course, to the breathtaking views of Puerto Plata and the surrounding ocean.
I think the best time to go is in the morning, but don’t go if it is a cloudy day!
Admission fee: 200 peso.
This fort was built in the 1500's to protect the city from "undesired visitors" and was used as a prison under the Trujillo dictatorship. It's one of the must sees of the city and has a museum that charges 40 pesos to enter. At the time we visited, the museum was closed so we didn't get to see the exhibitions.
From the fort there's a nice view of El Malecón and the harbor that simply cannot be missed.
There's a lighthouse close to the harbor and the Fort of San Felipe. I couldn't find any information about it anywhere but my guess is that this lighthouse was probably used to light the path to the many ships coming into the harbor.
Going up to the top isn't allowed.
It's a mountain of 3000m of height and part of the Septentrional mountain system (Cordillera Septentrional), which is the second biggest in the country. You can pretty much see the mountain from anywhere, as she keeps the town safe from hurricanes and storms like a guardian angel. The mountain is accessed by cable railway (teleférico), by 4x4 vehicles or by hiking.
Don't miss checking out how beautiful Puerto Plata city looks from the top of the mountain. On a clear day you can see all the way to Ocean World!
The oceanfront view avenue will give you nice views of the Atlantic ocean. Here there's usually people listening to music and dancing, working out or just sitting down with a beer and enjoying the gentle (and sometimes not so gentle) breeze.
At the top of the mountain there's a small botanical garden with around 200 plants. Some plants we saw are cat's tail (rabo de gato), cow's tongue (lengua de vaca), Dominican pine, helechos and patience (paciencia).
Take the cable-car to Pico Isabel de Torres. It's a nice ride over hills covered with thick wild vegetation. There is a big statue of Jusus on the top (like the one in Rio but much smaller). The view up there is breath-taking.
Next to the Parque Central is the Catedral San Felipe. This Victorian cathedral is the largest building downtown and is still in active use today.
Gregorio Luperón was one of the heroes who fought the Restoration war against Spain in 1863 and he was also a president in 1879. His statue is found almost in front of the fort, at El Malecón.
The fort (Fuerte San Felipe) was built after Columbus' arrival in 1492. It's situated on a small penninsular in Perto Plata Bay, close to the centre of the town. There is a small museum inside.
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