San Felipe de Puerto Plata, Puerto de Plata, often referred to as simply Puerto Plata, is the capital of the Dominican Republic province Puerto Plata.
The only aerial tramway in the Caribbean is located in Puerto Plata. With it, one can ride up to Pico Isabel de Torres, a 793 meter high mountain within the city. The top of the mountain features a botanical garden and a replica of Christ the Redeemer, the famous statue in Rio de Janeiro.
Puerto Plata has a tropical climate with hot, dry summers and warm, very wet winters , due to its tropical location and winter’s cold fronts that gives it Mediterranean characteristics such as its usually humid winters. Puerto Plata is served by Gregorio Luperón International Airport.
Sports and nature
When visiting Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic, there are many activities to do that the whole family will enjoy.
For the sport-lover, Puerto Plata is home to:
Scuba Diving & Snorkeling, Golf, Windsurfing, Kite-boarding and Deep Sea Fishing.
When the sun sets, the evening brings more ways to play in Puerto Plata. Join the beach parties, listen to live music and dance the night away under the stars and watch fireworks light up a starry night sky.
Culture and history
The city was designed by the brothers Christopher and Bartolomé Columbus, in the 1496 and based on the year 1502 by Frey Nicolás de Ovando.
In its first phase as a Spanish Colony the town was considered the main commercial and maritime port of the island. In 1605 it was depopulated and destroyed by order of Fernando III, to hinder the advance of English piracy.
The Battle of Puerto Plata Harbor, U.S. Marines landed on the island and attacked a French ship and Fortaleza de San Felipe. After capturing the French privateer Sandwich and spiking the guns of Fortaleza San Felipe, US forces retired victorious. This was during the Quasi War, an undeclared conflict between France the United States from 1798 to 1800.
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