Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic – City Guide for Nomads and Expats

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.

 

OVERVIEW

POPULATION: 300,000

WEATHER: Tropical (20-34 °C). Humid in the winter.

MUST DO: Beach! As well as any water-related activities. Oh, do some drinking as well.


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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.

 

NIGHTLIFE IN PUERTO PLATA

6.75/10 

Puerto Plata is pretty standard for resort destination nightlife. Only with more casinos. The best thing to do is to follow the herd to wherever looks exciting.

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 into any loud and busy establishment.

 

SAFETY IN PUERTO PLATA

Puerto Plata is no less safe than any major tourist spots in Mexico. Keep an eye on your belongings and you’ll be alright.

 

COST OF LIVING IN PUERTO PLATA

GROCERIES: Milk (1L)= $1.20   Loaf of Bread= $1.40   Eggs= $1.80   Water (1.5L)= $1.00   Cigarettes= $3.00

TAXI: $4.00

BOTTLE OF BEER: $3.00

HOSTEL DORM BED/NIGHT $30.00 for a cheap hotel room

 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Doesn’t seem to be much available for the short-term traveller. Diving here isn’t great for instance, and hotel jobs are mostly for locals

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

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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