Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

With its sand swept shorelines, adrenaline-pumping water sports, and rich cultural experiences, it’s no surprise the Dominican Republic is a perennial favorite among sun- and adventure-seekers alike. And it all began in Puerto Plata.

As the place that put “the DR” on the maps of travelers with a taste for luxury, Puerto Plata is sometimes overlooked for more “trending” resort destinations. But with its impressive mountain ranges, vast beaches and unique topography, there’s good reason to get reacquainted with this tried-and-true favorite that blends laid back vibes with plenty of play.

In search of relaxation? You’ll appreciate the quieter atmosphere on this end of the island. Feel your cares drift away as you lounge on the golden stretches of Playa Dorada, the beach to visit. Miles of pristine sand and sparkling waters beckon you to stay for the day—easily done thanks to silky warm water temperatures and gentle slopes that make it an ideal swimming beach.

For those who want to feed their inner explorer, Playa Dorada is a prime spot for snorkeling, windsurfing and parasailing. On land, an abundance of daytime excursions await, from waterfall hikes to historical sites to sampling local flavors. A tour of the Brugal & Co. Rum Factory anyone?

And when the day is done, happily retreat to the comfort of your suite at Sunscape Puerto Plato, a 585-room, all-inclusive resort nestled along the Playa Dorada shoreline. Sprawling ocean views and never-ending amenities, including complimentary room service, nine dining options, an 18-hole golf course designed by renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones plus kid-friendly activities, make it easy for adults and families alike to call this glimpse of paradise home. For the week—or two.