Puerto Plata, or San Felipe de Puerto Plata, is a city in the Dominican Republic with a population of about 130,000. It is capital of the province of Puerto Plata.
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in its center is a Victorian gazebo - double octagonal structure of two levels. The gazebo, which is the symbol of Puerto Plata, (called La Glorieta) was first constructed in 1872 and is located in the center of Parque Central. There are also two statues. One of them is of General Luperón of course. The other statue is Juan Pablo Duarte (January 26, 1813 – July 15, 1876) who was one of the founding fathers of the Dominican Republic. You can feed the pigeons or have your photo taken with the statues or with people in costume. Address: Separation Street, Price: Free
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Gregorio Luperón International Airport (also: Puerto Plata Airport) (IATA: POP) has daily flights to most North American cities. POP is located about 15 minutes east of downtown Puerto Plata. Cibao International Airport (IATA: STI) is about one hour drive from Puerto Plata and has daily flights to many North and South American cities.
As with other airports in the Dominican Republic, a fee for a tourist card will be required upon arrival. You'll buy it at one window and immediately turn around and hand it to an attendant to be scanned and dropped into a box. A departure tax is collected when you fly out.
Taxis from Puerto Plata airport to nearest Playa Dorada hotel complex start from $30 per way.
Puerto Plata is served by at least two intercity bus lines (Caribe Tours and Metro) which connect the city with Santiago, Santo Domingo, and other cities.
There are several options for local transportation between the city proper and the surrounding hotels and resorts.
Taxis are the most expensive option and not really more secure than other choices.
Buses are slower, but the cheapest, and, once you understand the routes, the easiest way to get around.
Guagua are simple minivan for normally 7-8 persons that can be easily packed to 22 persons and 2 roosters! Guagua are the main common transportation system but not really organised; you can stop practically anywhere along the main streets and wait for one to stop and climb up, the fare is normally cheap, but you'll probably have to negotiate with the driver or the door operator. Guagas can often be identified by "Se venda" stickers on the windows and a large rear view mirror pasted to the back door.
Motoconcho or motorcycle taxis can be recognized by their yellow vests. They are a cheaper alternative to taxis if you are comfortable with being a passenger on 2-wheels. They often congregate around "destination" areas like airports, markets.
If you are staying at an all-inclusive resort, chances are that you will have a wide array of foods to choose from. Be adventurous and try some local foods like mashed platanos (starchy banana-like fruit), okra, Yuca (a starchy, sweet, potato-like vegetable), and lots of avocado.
If you are staying at an all-inclusive, chances are that your alcohol is included. It's not very good, but it'll do.
The local brands of alcohol are Brugal (for rum) and Presidente (for beer).
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|Tubagua Plantation Village||Km. 18 Luperon Highway Tubagua, Puerto Plata||Guesthouse||-|
|Hostel Villa Carolina||Virginia E. Ortea No. 9||HOSTEL||80|
|Permaville Volunteer Hostel||Calle PrincipalMunoz In front of Tomar Antigua Restaurant||HOSTEL||-|
|The Yellow House||Calle Principal||Hostel||-|
See also International Telephone Calls
INPOSDOM is the national postal service of the Dominican Republic and unfortunately, although things are getting better, is not known for its fast and efficient services. It takes at least a few weeks for your letter or postcard to arrive in the USA and even longer for Europe or other continents. It costs from RD$3 to North America and from RD$4 elsewhere for standard letters and postcards. Post offices generally are open from around 8:00am to 3:00pm, though in big cities and tourist resort areas there are sometimes longer hours and you can usually give your postcards are major hotels and resorts as well at all times. Stamps are available at post offices, but at many shops and kiosks and some hotels as well. Sending packages is not recommended through the official postal service, and it's much better to use good international courier companies like UPS, TNT or DHL.
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