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    Fuerte de San Felipe

    by marielexoteria Written Feb 27, 2008

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    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.

    Fort of San Felipe One of the side walls
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    El faro (the lighthouse)

    by marielexoteria Updated Feb 27, 2008

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    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.

    El faro
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    Loma Isabel de Torres (Mountain Isabel de Torres)

    by marielexoteria Updated Feb 27, 2008

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    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!

    View of Puerto Plata city Loma Isabel de Torres from El Malec��n View of Ocean World and Puerto Plata city
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    El Malecón

    by marielexoteria Updated Feb 25, 2008

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    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.

    El Malec��n de Puerto Plata
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    Jardín Botánico (Botanical Garden)

    by marielexoteria Written Feb 25, 2008

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    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).

    Cat's tongue plant Cow's tongue plant Forgot the name but they're cute
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    Mount Isabel de Torres

    by ChristinaNest Updated Feb 16, 2006

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    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.

    A ride to the top Puerto Plata and the Atlantic
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    Neptune - God of the Sea

    by ValbyDK Updated Apr 13, 2014

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    Along the malecon, you will on one of the small islands see a statue dedicated to Neptune (the god of the sea in Roman mythology).

    It is said that the statue guards the harbour of Puerto Plata.

    Neptune
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    Catedral San Felipe

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Dec 6, 2008

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    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.

    Catedral San Felipe Catedral San Felipe
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    Estatua de Gregorio Luperón (Luperón's statue)

    by marielexoteria Updated Nov 13, 2008

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    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.

    Gregorio Luper��n's statue
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    The fort

    by ChristinaNest Updated Mar 21, 2006

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    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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