Puerto Plata has much to offer the active traveler. The Dominican Republic is a renowned golf destination and Puerto Plata is home to some excellent courses. The 18 hole Playa Dorada golf course, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., at Victoria Resort Golf and Beach is listed as one of the top 100 golf courses in the world. The nine hole Los Mangos golf course is located within the tropical fruit trees of Costambar village, just outside of Puerto Plata city. Serious golfers may want to make a trip outside of Puerto Plata to another Robert Trent Jones creation, Playa Grande, considered to be one of the best courses in the Caribbean.

The beaches of Puerto Plata are known also for their exciting opportunities for scuba diving. With many shops and dive companies offering equipment and training, both beginners and expert divers alike can enjoy the wonders of the undersea world surrounding Puerto Plata. From shallow reefs and shipwrecks to deep water diving and freshwater cave diving, Puerto Plata’s diving scene is rife with electrifying sights. You may even come into contact with humpback whales or other large sea creatures.

There are a wide variety of fitness classes to choose from near the eXtreme Hotel, not far from Puerto Plata in Cabarete. CrossFit classes, yoga classes, TRX, kickboxing, as well as unlimited open gym time for the health conscious. 

For the adventure tourist or sport enthusiast, learning how to kiteboard or kitesurf is a must. Puerto Plata is 30mins away from the world renound Kite Beach. Check out Kite Lounge, and learn from their IKO Certified instructors. If you get lost along the way, head towards the eXtreme Hotel. Their friendly staff can also help you get sorted.  

There are a range of other sports and activities to enjoy in the Puerto Plata region, including horseback riding at Rancho Montana, hiking, deep sea fishing and more. Tour reps and hotel staff can offer insight into the many possibilities. There are even circus arts classes in Cabarete taught by true professionals in which you can learn skills such as aerial silks, aerial hoops or cerceau, and trapeze. 

There is also a waterpark nearby where you can swim with dolphins.

Ocean World is a good choice for anybody.  A fantastic day out if you have the children with you, loads to do and see.  The dolphins are really looked after and not overworked.  The sea lions are so funny and the bird cages are fantastic.  You can hold and feed the lovebirds and do the same with the parrots.  At the end  of your day there, go the photo shop where you can purchase your pictures with the animals and there are photos of loads of celebs, even Arnold Schwarzenegger!  Such a great day out and a feeling of happiness because you know the animals there are well looked after.  Another is being built down south in Bavaro, Punt Cana.