Spectacular Puerto Plata
Puerto Plata – Dominican Republic
Located on the northern shore of the Dominican Republic is a quiet little village called Puerto Plata. Dating as far back as 1502 when Nicolas de Ovando; under the direction of explorer Christopher Columbus; established a shipping base and became a leading New World trading port.
Full of European history, San Felipe Fort was built by the Spaniards in the 16th century on the waterfront to fend off the pirates. This 2,000 square meter fort is the oldest standing edifice in Puerto Plata.
The history of Puerto Plata includes Arawak Indians that walked along the same beaches and hunted in the same mountains that you can see today. Slaves escaping from the Americas often found safety on this island paradise. During the 1800s, farmers migrating from Cuba began to plant sugar cane and tobacco. These crops are still a large part of Dominican agriculture today.
Larimar is the native stone of the Dominican Republic. It is a pectolite and found only in the DR. It typically is a blue stone with touches of green and white throughout. Dominican Amber is plentiful and in particular, is considered to be the most valuable in the world because it is 90% more transparent than found in any other part of the world. It is likely you will find a prehistoric insect embedded in the stone. The Dominican Amber has a distinct yellow color, but you can also find it in blue, black, grey or red. You can find Museo de Ambar Dominicano, dedicated to the Dominican Republic’s national stone –located near the center of town (Parque Central) on Duarte Street.
Victorian architecture is plentiful in this area of town. There are approximately 150 late 19th/early 20th century preserved homes and public buildings. Many of the pastel colored buildings have gingerbread motifs and many are embellished with wooden lace filigree.
There is plenty to do and see at this long overlooked vacation destination. Lifestyles Holiday Vacation Resort is quickly becoming a favorite choice among couples and families throughout the world.