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 each stop. Read more as I share how what we did on the Puerto Plata City Tour.
Puerto Plata Cable & Mount Isabel de Torres
Going up the cable car was pretty scary, as we were literally hanging on the security of the cables. It was 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.
Brugal Rum Factory
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. A benefit of the tour was tasting and purchasing the different rum flavors.
Independence Park and Catholic Church
In addition to the Amber Museum and Larimar factory, we took a trip to Independence Park and the Catholic Church. 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.
Fort San Filipe
Fort San Filipe was one of the first forts to be built in the Americas. As with most forts, its purpose was to prevent pirates from entering the north coast of the island. It was a pretty big fort with a great view of the ports and sea.
Check my video below showing highlights of the City Tour:
What has been your favorite domestic or international city tour?