The fort was built in 1540, becoming the first fort in the "New World". The resulting port became the stopping place for traders between the New World and Europe.
This fort is quite small.This fort use to also be a prison. The cells were very small with very low doors. The view of the sea is remarkable. The brown stones against the blue sea......
It cost us 15 pesos to enter the fort and we had to explore on our own. The museum did not have many artifacts but it was still very interesting. My son thought it was neat to see actual cannon balls. If you climb up one of the turrents (up the very step ladder), you have to be tall in statute to see over the top.
There were a couple of cannons still there, aiomed over the bay.
This was worth the trip. I think my kids appeciated the history. It was not just some picture in a book but an actual fort.
There is a market downtown Puerto Plata where you can find souvenirs, jewels, real vanilla and rhum. It is very nice to go there and you will be welcome by the nice people of Puerto Plata.
Ask the wawa driver to tell you when to step down of the bus (wawa) and give you indication where it is.
Have you ever been to Paradise??? I guess no! I've been there... It's called Paradise Island. This Island is 50 feets by 30 feets of white sand.
There's a lot of tourist there but it worth the price to go do snorkling, drink some rum.
the price may seems expensive 50 $ us but wait to see what's waiting for you!!
Amber is a fossil tree resin from the Miocene age between that sprouted out of trees many years ago, entrapping smal insects and vegetal pieces on its way, most of wich have been well preserved until today.
What the best way to be part of the repuplican republic culture?
Go bet on some coco fighting!!!
Cover charge : 30 pesos
One large Presidente beer : 25 pesos
Bet for the day : 100 pesos
Eat the chicken that you bet on : priceless
you can see more in my COCO fighting travelogue
Get behind the Famous Brugal Rum by visiting the factory. It's not a very long visit, you're on a bridge over the worker and you see the million and million bottles get fill!!!
You can even be a little drunk by only smelling!!
The visit finished, let's go take one or two shots on the degustation table...The best way to start your day...or get over a hang over...
There's also a gift shop were you can buy a 26 oz of the best rum "Brugal Extra Viego" for 35 pesos...they even give you the travel pack when you buy two!!!
Open 9:00 am - noon & 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
Admission is free.
There is a little "mountain" near Puerto Plata called Torre de Isabel, or something very similar. The mountain was named after a Spanish Queen Isabel the second. You can catch a cable car up to the top and walk around. Not much to do up there but there is a nice view, when the peak is not covered in clouds. Also there is a small replica of the Jesus statue in Rio.
The hotel allowed us to use the gear for free each day for 1 hour. There was alot of Coral around the beach at the resort but most of it was dead. There was few fish but we did find shells and star fish. My son enjoyed it alot.
The Carribean sea meets the Atlantic ocean on the east coast of the Dom Rep, and this meeting point is also a place in which Whale watching can seen, there are plenty of tour companies running these trips so looking round and see who`s cheapest.
If your staying in the North side of the island an excursion to Saona island can be exspensive as it requires a flight down to the South side and also a speedboat ride as well but this island is totally worth it, you can go there and get the local`s to climb a tree and pick you a fresh coconut and the white untouched sand with the crystal clear blue sea is to die for.
There is a lot to do in Puerto Plata. Just get in a cab and let you drive around. They will not ask you a lot of money (make the deal before you go) and you can have a look all day around the neighbourhood. Just a short list : Rumfactory of Brugal, The mountain, The Ambermusea, Fortaleza San Felipe, Playa grande and more and more.
In the Dominican you are free to travel. The people are nice and friendly. I have been twice to a lot of things (first in 1996 and later in 1998) and i still loved it.
Like most Spanish - Latin American type of places, most towns have a central park. Puerto Plata is no different. Next to the park is an old church. Outside this church there was a nativity scene set up. It was very nice. Every street around the park had street venders selling everything. Some people will walk up to you and start talking. When they are done, they expect you to give them money because they just explained some history to you and therefore they were like a guide.
This was a nice little park and contained a buff of the founder of the Republic "Juan Pablo Duarte Y Diez 1813 - 1876"
Sosúa town has not much to offer. A sexual haven years ago, now prostitution is still there butgoign down due to a lack of clientele (basically Eastern Germans).
The town has its origins in a United Fruit Company waterfront town created as a plantation base. After that it was populated by 400 Jew families brought by Dictator Trujillo from prewar Germany in 1939 to white down the Dominican race.
You can find a Museo Judío telling the story and a beautiful wooden synagogue. Don´t miss the beach and great places to eat (such as La Roca, quite good prices too; Café Atlántico -Chez Jaime and Central; in Charamicos), El Toro and Jade.
Nightlife in Sosúa is not the best but some cool places have been opened recently: Voodoo Lounge and D' Clásicos, plus Plutus a great classic. Another coffe-time or early drink must: Nativos, also known as El Cubano.
I have never been in a kayak before. Neither has my son. We went out into the water to the point where the waves would break over. With the tip of the kayak pointed into the waves, we would get thrown around and a face full of water each time......My son giggled the whole time.
This was one of our highlites of the trip. We were allowed 1 hour of kayaking a day. It was too bad that we never tried it until our second last day of the trip.
Baptized by Columbus as "Queen Elizabeth ot the Towers" during the Conquest times, this hill is one of the highest points of the northern mountain chain. Its 800 meters (570ft) stand grandly as one of the city's natural limit.
While lying close to the sea, Isabel de Torres is almost permanently covered by clouds.
The park may be accessed via a cable car, the only one of its kind in the Caribbean.
Cable cars are open to the public from thursday trought tuesday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.
Fees: 100RD adults, 50RD childrens
#7 Calle Llibre, Sosua, Dominican Republic, Caribbean
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