Historical Puerto Plata Tour
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
- San Felipe Fort and the Malecon: Tour this important historical Dominican monument and the bustling thoroughfare featuring exciting nightlife, shops, and restaurants.
- Amber Museum and Brugal Rum: Explore the Victorian structure that houses an impressive collection of amber; taste the Caribbean's own spirit at a local distillery tour.
- Mountain cable car: Ascend to the summit of Mount Isabel de Torres – more than 2,500 feet above sea level – by teleferico (cable tramway) for unforgettable views of the city.
About This Puerto Plata Tour
Nearly all major coastal cities in the Caribbean have their own fortresses along the oceanfront. Puerto Plata is no exception. Like others on the islands, Forteleza (fort) San Felipe originated on a hill, the Puntilla del Malecon, after King Felipe II of Spain commissioned its construction. Its ideal vantage point helped to warn the town of invading pirates.
Despite the fort's christening of "San Felipe," its namesake King Felipe was never made a saint, but he was a fairly powerful figure. Not only did he rule his home country and nearby Portugal, he was also the reigning monarch of England and Ireland after he married Queen Mary I. He was also lord of the 17 Provinces of the Netherlands, and the Philippines were named after him.
Spain reached the height of its exploration and military power under Felipe II, but it also went into bankruptcy on five different occasions because of all the money it took to subsidize these ambitions. Eventually the Spanish stronghold in the new world loosened, with the Dominican Republic's time for independence arriving in December 1821.
Today the fort is a museum where, as part of this tour, you'll learn about Puerto Plata's storied history. Ride through the Malecon, then marvel at the natural treasures of the Amber Museum. Taste different varieties of rum at the Brugal distillery. Soar up to the top of Mount Isabel de Torres in a cable car and look around what was surely a jewel in King Felipe's colonial crown.
Puerto Plata's Rio tribute
If you take the cable car up Mount Isabel de Torres, you might think that you are in Rio de Janeiro. That's because a replica of the famous Christ the Redeemer statue, a symbol of peace, sits atop the peak, but it's only about half the height of its Brazilian inspiration, 52 feet versus the original's 98 feet. In 2014, it was officially named a sister statue to Rio's original.
Staying at a hotel? Be sure to advise the GoBe Crew so our GoBe Representative, with the displayed logo sign, can meet you in your hotel lobby.
Take extra precautions to avoid too much exposure to the sun. Even on cloudy days, the UV is stronger than you may think.
Must be able to walk approximately 1 mile over even, paved surfaces and walkways. Participants must be able to step in/out of the vehicle without assistance. A cable car ride is also involved.
Cultural, Walking Tour, Bus Tour, Scenic, Shopping
Beverages - Soda & Water
English, German, Spanish, French
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Special Medical Restriction
Minimum age for drinking is 18 years. A cable car ride is involved so Travelers that suffer from vertigo or are afraid of heights must take the necessary precautions.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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