Spend a morning away from your sun lounger and discover the real Puerto Plata! Once a hub for pirates and explorers, the area holds rich culture and history, and you’ll love discovering it with us. We’ll explore the market, visit a gallery and the local museum, learn a little about voodoo, stroll through a local neighborhood and enjoy a freshly prepared traditional lunch with a local family. If you’re looking to immerse yourself in local culture and get a better understanding of the island and its people, this is the tour for you!
One of the best ways to get to know any city is to visit its most popular market. So that’s what we’ll do first on your tour of Puerto Plata. This colourful and noisy place proudly displays the best of Dominican traditions. Here we’ll learn about the exotic fruits and vegetables that grow on the island, the traditional seasonings that are used by locals to give flavour to their dishes and about the raw tobacco that’s been cultivated here for centuries.
Next up, we’ll admire the island’s handicraft credentials at a traditional gallery and you will see jewellery crafted from our national stone, Larimar, which is unique to the Dominican Republic. This is a great stop for a spot of authentic souvenir shopping should you wish to indulge yourself.
We will then move on to discover the religions of our country with a visit to a popular local church. We’ll discuss the continuing practice of the voodoo religion, as well as other religions that were imported from Europe centuries ago.
Next, we’ll get off the tourist trail and take a stroll amongst the locals to explore hidden alleys that hide the true spirit and lifestyle of Puerto Plata. As we walk, you’ll see the local cemetery where many important people have been buried since its inception in 1800. You’ll also see the traditional barbershops, street food stalls that locals love and, in the old market neighbourhood, you’ll learn many unique things about Puerto Plata from your local, expert guide.
We’ll eat a chulito, a deliciously savoury fried treat made with yucca (cassava) that locals just love and you will too!
From here we’ll walk to the historical district, learning about the Victorian-style houses that dot the streets and admiring the typically Caribbean buildings with their bright colours — very Instagram-worthy!
Then we’ll enjoy a refreshing artisanal ice cream at the main square with the pigeons, underneath the beautiful Victorian gazebo symbol of our fair city.
From here we are going to visit the Gregorio Luperon Museum, where you will learn about the everyday lives of the families who lived here 200 years ago, from the point of view of one of our national heroes and former presidents.
After working up an appetite exploring the city and learning about local life in Puerto Plata, we’ll end our tour on a tasty high, with a mouth-watering lunch of traditional local dishes at the home of a local family. Here you will try some specialities of the island, get to know a local family and reflect on everything you have learned during your action-packed morning.
You have definitely earned the right to lounge on your sun lounger this afternoon but if you do want to continue your exploration of the area, don’t forget to ask your local guide for tips on what else there is to see, do and eat in Puerto Plata.
Note that the food samples may vary from tour to tour depending on what is available that day
Pick Up: We can also provide pick-up for an additional fee from Playa Dorada, Costambar and Puerto Plata city hotels. Please contact us after booking for rates.
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Walking/cave tour and shopping tour We did the walking/cave tour with Jose and Luis, and then the shopping tour with Jose a couple days later,... read moreWe did the walking/cave tour with Jose and Luis, and then the shopping tour with Jose a couple days later, and we had a great time. Got to see a lot of places that you'd just pass by if you weren't in the know. read less
A great tour of Dominican life As part of a large group, we hired Jose to give us a tour of Santo Dominica. He was very... read moreAs part of a large group, we hired Jose to give us a tour of Santo Dominica. He was very accommodating and knowledgeable. While we did many tourist things including a trike tour and visit to the caves. My favorite part of the tour was getting to visit where locals enjoyed food and drink. I would definitely recommend this tour!! read less
A full and fun custom tour Jose organized a custom tour for our massively large group, more than two hundred people, organized into nine groups that... read moreJose organized a custom tour for our massively large group, more than two hundred people, organized into nine groups that traveled different routes, but all ending up at the same buffet in a beautiful, colonial hotel.We learned about the history and culture of the place, walking past various buildings, plazas, and monuments, visited the chocolate museum where we got many interesting tastes of different types of chocolate, took a fun respite in the 4D cinema, and got to experience local music and Carnival characters, diablos cojuelos.Jose was an enthusiastic organizer and guide, finding fun extra things to include in our program. The food was very good and the rum and other drinks quite enjoyable.The size of our groups was way too big -- I'd thought we'd agreed on 24 person groups but ended up in 48 person groups where it was impossible for everyone to hear the guide -- and a small number of people didn't get to try everything on the buffet, but overall we were very well taken care of and I'm happy to recommend Jose and his team. read less
Los Haitises private tour was phenomenal! Highly recommend it. Hi! We just came back from the DR and were under time-constraints but we wanted to see as much as... read moreHi! We just came back from the DR and were under time-constraints but we wanted to see as much as we could. We called Jose at Rincones and he was super helpful -- suggested trips to take based on what we wanted to see and also, tailored our trip to Los Haitises to our needs (we had to be back at our hotel by a certain time). With the Los Haitises tour one gets to see: caves, a remote beach, a small town where we stop to have breakfast and another where we stop to have lunch. I highly recommend Rincones and dealing with Jose! read less
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