Puerto Plata – The Capital of the Province

While you’re planning your trip to the Dominican Republic, or if you’re already visiting and looking for a place to go, this blog is for you! One place that often gets overlooked on a traveler’s adventure is the capital city. And why is that? Who wouldn’t want to see the heart and soul of their travel destination? Getting lost and finding your way, especially in the less explored parts of a new place, are a great way to learn about a culture. But why stop there when the capital city of full of the history and life of the place? That is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Puerto Plata. Not only is this a remarkable city, but you will definitely never be without something to do.

One of the most remarkable parts of the city happens to be at the top of a mountain. Pico Isabel de Torres is within the city limits (believe it or not). Atop this beauty is yet another wonder to behold: a breathtaking botanical garden. This beautiful array of wildlife atop the mountain creates a picturesque scene amid the city walls. There is truly nothing like it anywhere else in the world.

What is more interesting, however, is the fact that the city itself is built around the fort. The fort was erected in the mid-1500s in order to keep British and French intruders at bay. The fort still stands in monument to the historical events that took place there. One such event was the onset of the British slave trade, which used Puerto Plata as a point of trade; slave traders would turn over their Spanish slaves in exchange for jewels and other goods.

Like other islands in the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic boasts its carnival. The particular influence in Puerto Plata is that their carnival themes come from Cuban immigrants, though the tradition was founded long before their immersion. Part of the activities during this festive time of year are a series of masks to represent major characters in Spanish folklore. The members dressed for the carnival are likely to be seen with colorful tape around their arms and conch shells around their necks, reflecting the traditions of the other cultures that came together to form the Dominican Republic.

While these are only a few of the exciting things Puerto Plata has to offer, it is easy to see the allure of the city. Puerto Plata, while it is the capital city, is as diverse in it’s opportunities as it’s populous. Head over to TravelSpan.com today to book your non-stop flight to Puerto Plata. And be sure to check back for more fun things to do and interesting facts about Puerto Plata.

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