Located on the northern side of the Dominican Republic, Puerto Plata spans a long, beautiful coastline overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. There are approximately 270,000 people living within the 196 square miles of the city. Puerto Plata is located within the province of Puerto Plata, which is home to just under 1.9 million residents.
Puerto Plata contributes a lot to the economy of the Dominican Republic as a whole thanks to its tourism and agribusiness. Puerto Plata is a major port stop for cruises, giving the city a consistent influx of passengers. Major colleges in Puerto Plata include the University of Puerto Plata and UTESA, also known as the Universidad Tecnológica de Santiago.
Music plays a major role in Puerto Plata’s lifestyle. The Merengue is by far the most popular form of music. The combination of music and folklore is celebrated throughout the Dominican Republic – Puerto Plata hosts an annual Merengue festival featuring music, food, dancing and more.
Puerto Plata has a very large Catholic population and is home to many churches. The Cathedral of San Felipe, which is the mother church of the Diocese of Puerto Plata, was created by Pope John Paul II in 1996. It is famous for its twin towers and Art Deco-influenced exterior.
You’ll find the El Faro Lighthouse, the annual Cultural Festival, as well as the Fort of San Felipe which was originally planned in the 16th century to combat pirates, bandits and other unsavory folk who wanted to pillage the region of Puerto Plata.
Puerto Plata enjoys a tropical climate with hot summers and warm and wet winters. The hottest months are June through October when temperatures reach into the low 90s. The coolest months are January and February when temperatures average in the low 60s, although for most of the year nighttime temperatures are in the 60s. Puerto Plata receives approximately 60 inches of rainfall annually with November, December and January being the wettest months.
Real estate and rentals are less expensive here than in other major cities in the Dominican Republic as well as in hotspots on nearby islands. There are beautiful homes as well as condos and apartments situated along the water that are available to accommodate most budgets and preferences.
Puerto Plata is a beautiful community with a thriving economy. Preserving its history, Puerto Plata has also become a major tourist destination in the Dominican Republic. From businesses and offices to shops, bars, restaurants and more, Puerto Plata is attracting many foreigners and expats.