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Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Formerly known as "La Costa del Ámbar", this destination north of Dominican Republic was founded by Christopher Columbus

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Typical food

Dishes you can't miss

Bandera
,Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Bandera Traditional dish made with rice, beans, meat, and fried bananas.

Picapollo,Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Picapollo Exquisite typical dish made with fried and breaded chicken, served with French fries or fried bananas. It is very common as fast food.

Mamajuana,Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Mamajuana Typical beverage based on various ingredients mixed with rum.

Habichuelas con dulce,Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Habichuelas con dulce Typical sweet prepared with beans, evaporated milk, sugar, and cinnamon. You can accompany it with vanilla biscuits.

Typical food of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

The cuisine of Puerto Plata is exquisite, and even though it is based on traditionally simple ingredients, the strong European and Asian influences have inherited a unique mix of flavors to it.
Although most of the typical dishes of Dominican Republic are the same, including the delicious "Bandera", which is prepared with rice, beans, meat, salad, and fried bananas; there are other specialties as the popular "Picapollo", which is fast food based on fried breaded chicken, served with fried plantains or French fries. In this destination, considered the largest in the country, you can enjoy other dishes as "Moro", a mixture of beans, rice, and meat, sometimes accompanied with cod; "Sancocho", which is made with seven varieties of meat and a mixture of cassava, potato, banana, coriander, and other ingredients. "Asopao", a delicious soup of rice, chicken, and tomato with coriander, or with seafood in some regions, commonly eaten after a heavy night out. In addition, all regional dishes are usually accompanied with white rice and delicious "tostones", which are fried green plantains, also known as "guineos".

Among the most popular traditional beverages, you can enjoy the delicious "batidos", which are fruit shakes with water or milk, and ice with sugar; and the refreshing juices, which are freshly prepared with "chinola" (passion fruit), pineapple, and tamarind. However, rum is considered one of the most traditional drinks, other beverages are prepared with it, as the typical "Mamajuana", that can be combined with different ingredients such as cinnamon and sweet clove, as well as fresh seafood as octopus, squid, and shrimp, ideal for adventurous palates.

After enjoying any of these delicious popular dishes, you cannot miss sweets as "habichuelas con dulce", which are prepared with beans, milk, sugar, raisins, and condensed milk, very traditional in Easter; it is usually accompanied with exquisite vanilla biscuits. Another tasty dessert is "Majarete", creamed corn with ground cinnamon; and milk caramel paste, that can be enjoyed by itself or filled with fruits as oranges and guava.

In Puerto Plata you can find a variety of restaurants with different specialties, but The Ponderosa is an excellent option to try the exquisite typical cuisine of this destination, plus it also offers seafood dishes including lobster.

Weather

Useful Tips

  • The climate in Puerto Plata is mainly warm; you should pack light and comfortable clothing, as well as shorts and T-shirts made of cotton.
  • The rainy season in Puerto Plata is quite humid, although not every day is rainy; remember to bring an umbrella.
  • The dry season is the warmest and the sunniest; we suggest you to always use sunscreen and to drink plenty of water.

The weather in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Puerto Plata has a tropical climate with warm and dry summers, and cool and very humid winters. The annual average temperature is 25 °C (77 °F), although the average high summer temperatures record 33 °C (91 °F). Rainfall is quite abundant during the cool season and there is an annual average precipitation of 1,565 mm (61.1 in).

What to bring by season

Rainy season (October to May): the rainy season in Puerto Plata is also the coolest. These months have a nice average temperature of 24 °C (75 °F) and abundant rainfall, especially in November and December, which also have the coolest temperatures, averaging 23 °C (73 °F). The average monthly rainfall is 161 mm (6.3 in), with about 12 rainy days per month; March is the driest month, with only 10 rainy days. During this season you should wear clothes made of quick drying fabrics, as well as a sweater or a light jacket, particularly for the cooler evenings. We also suggest you to use sunscreen and to bring an umbrella or a rain jacket. Remember to bring sunglasses and your swimsuit, as it is not always raining and you can also enjoy the sunny beaches of Puerto Plata. Dry season (June to September): the dry season of Puerto Plata lasts only four months, which are also the warmest, with average high temperatures that reach 33 °C (91 °F) during the day. The average temperature is 27 °C (81 °F) with many hours of sunlight. Rain is not common, although there is an average of 8 rainy days per month, with about 69 mm (2.7 in) of precipitation. These months are ideal for sunbathing, you should wear light clothing, preferably made of natural fibers such as cotton that will help you to stay cool during the warmest days. Remember to always use sunscreen and to bring sunglasses and a hat. The nights are a little cooler, but a light sweater or shawl should be sufficient.

Overview

About Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Puerto Plata, formerly known as La Isabela, was the first European settlement in America. Christopher Columbus named the mountain as Monte Plata, currently known as Monte Isabel de Torres, because of the mountains that crown the summit. The city was officially founded in 1502. The only structure that survived over time is Fortaleza de San Felipe.

The city was burned to the ground after the Dominican Restoration War, which prevented its annexation to Spain, the reconstruction works began in 1865. In 1974, the government launched an ambitious plan to contribute and position Puerto Plata as a renowned tourist destination. The cable car to Mount Isabel de Torres, the restoration of Fortaleza de San Felipe, and the central park, were part of this project.

Puerto Plata offers several interesting places to visit. Banco de la Plata, a place where humpback whales arrive between November and April, is approximately 140 kilometers (87 mi) north. You can also visit 28 Saltos de Damajagua, 10 kilometers (6.2 mi) from Puerto Plata, which is part of the river that descends from the Cordillera Septentrional. This area is known for being a producer of amber and you will find many places to buy jewelry with this beautiful resin.

***The official currency of Dominican Republic is the Dominican Peso (DOP).