Day 3, excursion number 2 of vacation in Puerto Plata was a 1/2 day City Tour. We started at the Tropical hotel, part of the Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club and rode in a Mercedes van to our stops: the Puerto Plata Cable car going to Mount Isabel de Torres, The Brugal Factory, Amber Museum, Larimar factory, Independence Park, a Catholic Church, local souvenir shop and Fort San Filipe.
Going up the cable car was pretty scary, as we were literally hanging on the security of the cables. It was about a 5-7 min trip going up and down. We got to see a beautiful view overlooking the city and countryside and it was truly breathtaking. As we reached the top, we learned about early settlements, the mountain’s history and took pictures with a replica Christ the Redeemer Statue.
Stop number two was the Brugal Rum factory. If I had the option to not go in, I wouldn’t; it was pretty boring. The guide gave us a brief rundown of the Brugal company and how much rum is produced and distributed throughout the month and year. We then were escorted into the distillery to see bottles being packaged for 5 minutes. There also was a no video or picture policy inside. The only benefit of the tour was the ability to taste the different rums and purchase at a cheaper price than duty free.
Check my video below showing highlights of the City Tour:
In addition to the Amber Museum and Larimar factory, we took a trip to Independence Park and a Catholic Church. At Independence Park, we learned about “the George Washington of DR”. It was fitting since we came to DR during their Independence month. The square was decorated nicely preparing everyone for the children’s carnival that was being celebrated that week. The church was absolutely BEAUTIFUL. There were mahogany chairs and marble floors. We were informed that the church was recently remodeled after an earthquake some years ago. After the church, we went to a local souvenir shop to see the cigar making process and purchase gifts.
The final stop was to Fort San Filipe, one of the first forts to be built in the Americas to prevent pirates from entering the north coast of the island. It was a pretty big fort with great view of the ports and sea. There was a $3 USD fee to go inside, but after reading reviews saying it wasn’t worth it, I decided not to go in.
What has been your favorite domestic or international city tour?