Puerto Plata travel guide

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You're Going to Love Puerto Plata

With a population of 146,000, Puerto Plata is the largest city in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic by the number of inhabitants. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country. We recommend you stay at least 7 days in order to fully appreciate everything Puerto Plata has to offer.

When to visit Puerto Plata

Puerto Plata in May
Estimated package price
2 travelers
Flight to Puerto Plata
3 nights at hotel
Puerto Plata in May
Estimated package price
2 travelers
Flight to Puerto Plata
3 nights at hotel

How to Get to Puerto Plata


When flying to Puerto Plata, you’ll arrive at Puerto Plata La Union (POP), which is located 9 miles from the city center. Airlines that fly from the United States to Puerto Plata include JetBlue, Qatar Airways and American Airlines. The shortest flight to Puerto Plata from the United States departs from New York and takes around 3h 32m.


Another option to get to Puerto Plata is to pick up a car rental from Santo Domingo, which is about 103 miles from Puerto Plata. You’ll find branches of Dollar and Ace, among others, in Santo Domingo.


Puerto Plata’s bus station is located 0.9 miles from the city center.

Airlines serving Puerto Plata

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British Airways
Good (2,142 reviews)
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United Airlines
Good (3,637 reviews)
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Qatar Airways
Good (1,704 reviews)
Air Canada
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Spirit Airlines
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American Airlines
Good (5,015 reviews)
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Air Transat
Good (131 reviews)
Sunwing Airlines
Good (22 reviews)
Edelweiss Air
Excellent (11 reviews)
Silver Airways
Okay (90 reviews)
interCaribbean Airways
Good (9 reviews)
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Where to stay in Puerto Plata

Average rates range from around $91 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $195 and up for a 5-star experience. There are also lots of vacation rental options in Puerto Plata, with prices from $18 to $2,868 per night. Playa Dorada Beach and Golf Club is the neighborhood with the highest amount of rentals to choose from. On average, vacation rentals in Puerto Plata are about 58% cheaper than a hotel room in the city.

Where to stay in popular areas of Puerto Plata

Most booked hotels in Puerto Plata

Velero Beach Resort
Excellent (8.6, 1497 reviews)
The Ocean Club, a Luxury Collection Resort, Costa Norte
Excellent (9.2, 8 reviews)
Iberostar Costa Dorada
Good (7.9, 390 reviews)
Vh - Gran Ventana Beach Resort
Good (7.8, 386 reviews)
New Garden Hotel
Excellent (8, 9 reviews)
Casa Marina Beach & Reef
Good (7.3, 1927 reviews)

Renting a car in Puerto Plata

Renting a car in Puerto Plata costs $49 per day, on average, or $343 if you want to rent if for 7 days.

It’s generally cheaper to rent your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 3% cheaper than airport locations in Puerto Plata.

Expect to pay $5.34 per gallon in Puerto Plata (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $64.05 and $85.40. The most frequently booked car type in Puerto Plata is Intermediate (Suzuki Vitara/Escudo or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy rental cars (Mitsubishi Mirage or similar) are, on average, 48% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.