Puerto Plata, where tourism began in the Dominican Republic, remains one of the favorite destinations for visitors. Its spectacular and extensive landscape combines sea, mountains, green valleys, rivers and a number of beaches. Its fertile soil gives rise to cocoa and coffee plantations, while under the earth, lies the lightest amber in the world.
The cunning explorer, Christopher Columbus knew that there was much to discover on the Atlantic coast of the island, where he eventually found gold deposits, when he saw her from his ship in 1492. Attracted by the clouds shining on the Isabel de Torres Hill that illuminated the Vast blue coast, baptized the area as “Puerto Plata”, and settled in La Isabela with a mixed community of Spaniards and Taínos, the first inhabitants of the island. There he built the first church and his first home in the Americas. You can follow the path of Columbus and travel through these archeological ruins that are now part of a national park.
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