Puerto Plata City Guide
*Submitted by Anon (2013). Information confirmed to the best of my ability.
OVERVIEW: A resort destination that is more varied than Punta Cana. Very nice beaches and a lively party scene. Worth a stop if you're in the Dominican Republic.
WEATHER: Tropical (20-34 °C). Humid in the winter.
SAFETY: Puerto Plata is no less safe than any major tourist spots in Mexico. Keep an eye on your belongings and you'll be alright.
MUST DO: Beach! As well as any water-related activities. Oh, do some drinking as well.
RENT AN APARTMENT IN PUERTO PLATA: $500.00 or more. Puerto Plata is a very hotel-oriented place so it might be tough to snare a cheap apartment.
HOSTEL DORM BED/NIGHT $20.00 for a cheap hotel room.
NIGHTLIFE IN PUERTO PLATA: 6.75/10
Puerto Plata is pretty standard for resort destination nightlife. Only with more casinos. And hookers. The best thing to do is to follow the herd to wherever looks exciting. The chance of hooking-up with a non-pro here is next to none if you don't speak any Spanish.
I recommend: Pure. In with one of the casinos. A good mix of locals and tourists. But you can't go too wrong by wandering in to any loud and busy establishment.
BOTTLE OF BEER: $2.00
CHANCE OF HOOKING-UP IN PUERTO PLATA: 7/10
Fairly decent chance, but a frustrating process. Many of the locals girls are hustlers, and many of the foreign ones are intolerable (I'm including the town of Sosua in this assessment). If you want to meet a Dominican girl, don't count on Puerto Plata to provide. But there is a general sense of licentiousness around here, so sex should not be too difficult to come by if you're standards aren't too high.
***ONLINE DATING: If you're like me and prefer to set up dates before you arrive in the country, I strongly recommend Dominican Cupid.
ARE GIRLS HOT IN PUERTO PLATA?: 6.75/10
There are some nice girls in Puerto Plata/Sosua but again, many are for purchase. On the beaches you'll see plenty of amazing bodies but the faces aren't at San Francisco levels. The only advantage this Dominican city has over others in this department is that you're likely to see a lot more skin.
If you want to meet women in the Dominican Republic, you will need to speak some Spanish.The Pickup Spanish Program is the only course of its kind, designed specifically to teach you Spanish for meeting Latinas in Latin America.
GROCERIES: Milk (1L)= $1.20 Loaf of Bread= $1.40 Eggs= $1.80 Water (1.5L)= $1.00 Cigarettes= $3.00
JOB OPPORTUNITIES: Doesn't seem to be much available for the short-term traveller. Diving here is shit, and hotel jobs are mostly for locals
TAXI: $2.00 or less.
NOTES: Nothing distinguishing it from any other resort town in any other country. Go if you're there, don't if you're not. I'd opt for Playa del Carmen in Mexico if you're looking for this type of fun.
OVERALL RATING: 6.75/10
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