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Historic Town Highlights & Playa Dorada Beach - Puerto Plata provided by Puerto Plata Adventures & Cruise Ship Shore Excursions!

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Historic Town Highlights & Playa Dorada Beach - Puerto Plata

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Updated 17/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Historic Town Highlights & Playa Dorada Beach - Puerto Plata
During tour stops, we will assist our guests in maintaining social distancing standards. Masks will be required in all areas that require close proximity including the cable car, vans and buses. Guests are encouraged to bring their own face protection. Masks available for a nominal fee.
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Updated 17/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
  • You'll get picked up
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  • Pass by
    Amber Cove
    Victorian Times
    Malecon Puerto Plata
  • 1
    Golden Beach (Playa Dorada)
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
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  • 2
    Umbrella Street
    Stop: 3 minutes
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Important Information
4h 15m
  • A bottle of water before leaving the cruise center
  • Complimentary lounger
  • Complimentary sun beds (limited number, first-come, first-serve)
  • Transport by air-conditioned van or mini bus between all sights visited
  • Bottled water
  • Our signature rum punch
  • Entry/Admission - Golden Beach (Playa Dorada)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities (optional for tour guide and resort service staff)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • It is recommended to bring a swimsuit, under lightweight clothing, or resort wear
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Minimum age is 4 years (requires seat - no lap infants/toddlers)
  • Not recommended for those with mobiliy issues due to the walk to the main gates within the amber Cove Port
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Traveler rating
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Amanda l wrote a review Jan 2019
3 contributions
The walk to the shuttle was long and they did try and take us as far back to the cruise port as possible. We saw a couple sights and spent lovely time at the beach relaxing and swimming. Our guide was friendly and knowledge and the rum punch was a added bonus. Yes he did not
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Linda W wrote a review Nov 2018
1 contribution2 helpful votes
We were expecting a fun four hours. Not happening. We drove to Puerto Plata. Milton had told us how wonderful the chocolate was. We wanted to go to the store while stopped to get some and was not allowed. We had to follow the ladies to the restroom across the street but
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Date of experience: October 2018
2 Helpful votes
Response from JulesJ130, Owner at Historic Town Highlights & Playa Dorada Beach - Puerto Plata
Responded 18 Nov 2018
Hello. For the benefit of all readers we wanted to express the following: - None of our Experiences include shopping. We do not promote or encourage shopping for commission. We are all about the Experience and information. The restroom break in town is ample but there is no time for shopping even if we did promote shopping. - This Experience includes a comprehensive look at the Victorian and Historic District as well as 2 full hours at the most lovely beach in Puerto Plata. Nowhere in the tour description/details is shopping stops or opportunities mentioned. - Our Puerto Plata Highlights Experience includes a large seabed with big pillows and a glorious, ocean view (you did not mention this). Rosie lead you to this deluxe accommodation (we are the only ones who have reserved beds for our guests) and assisted you in getting settled. - Rum Punch is not included in this Experience - you received a complimentary beverage from the resort menu - your choice including premium and frozen drinks which was all arranged by Rosie (you did not mention this). - You also received fresh from the tree, bananas and coconut cookies as well as an ice-cold bottle of water upon arrival at our meet location (you did not mention this). - This Experience is a shared excursion and not a private tour. Before we leave the port we remind all guests of our itinerary and specifically advise there is no shopping stops (usually to cheers from our guests). While we take all reviews and feedback very seriously, it appears as though you are disappointed that the tour did not include shopping and that we had to stay to our schedule for the benefit of all guests participating in this Experience. We will use your review for training purposes but kindly be reminded that the feedback system is meant to be a helpful tool - yet - it can also be a weapon. Milton and Rosie wish they could have made you happy during your time with us. We are a family-owned and operated business. We love going to work and the interaction with our guests. Sunny wishes and sandy toes always... The ACA Team
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jldurand2 wrote a review Nov 2018
Plant City, Florida3 contributions1 helpful vote
Not worth the cost.Tour guide, Milton. talked about how safe it was there and in the next breath told us not to speak to any of the locals selling anything. We were not allowed to look in the shops at the beach. They talked about how much better their chocolate was and then
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Date of experience: October 2018
Response from JulesJ130, Fun Coordinator at Historic Town Highlights & Playa Dorada Beach - Puerto Plata
Responded 6 Nov 2018
Hello! Milton and our entire team are disappointed that we did not exceed your expectations. While our destination is safe - as with any, mature tourist destination - there are vendors that can be a bit persistent. As I explained before your group left the port, our Fun Tours and Real Adventures are all about the experience. We do not promote or stop for shopping. As Milton explained, our time at the fort is limited and the vendors disrupt the experience and can put us behind schedule leaving less time to bask in the sun on Golden Beach. As for the beach - once our guests are settled into their complimentary seabed (reserved only for our guests) and are served a complimentary beverage of your choice, you are free to walk along the beach, visit the one, small shop on the beach (that is not on the resort property we visit) or grab a bite to eat from the beach bar and grill. We always ask our guests to let us know if they do decide to browse the shop adjacent to the resort property so we can locate you quickly if needed. Also, our Puerto Plata Highlights and Golden Beach does not include rum punch unless that is what you ordered from the bar as your complimentary drink. These drinks are made to order, not pre-mixed and are served on ice. We do provide our guests with coconut cookies and fresh-from-the-plant - bananas and a cold bottle of water upon arrival to our meet location. If you received a tootsie roll this must have been on Halloween from our Halloween, goodie bag! This was for fun and in addition to our other snacks. Thank you for taking the time to provide your comments. Warm and sunny regards, Jules
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Don N wrote a review Jul 2018
Indialantic, FL2 contributions1 helpful vote
We booked this excursion through Cruises Only during a recent Carnival Cruise. We like to see the sights whenever we visit a place for the first time. Plus, it came with a VIP Beach escape, 2 for 1 in my book! The excursion starts just outside the cruise terminal, a short
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Date of experience: June 2018
1 Helpful vote
Response from Jules J, Fun Coordinator at Historic Town Highlights & Playa Dorada Beach - Puerto Plata
Responded 2 Jul 2018
Thank you, Don! Our Puerto Plata Highlights and Golden Beach is a sweet combination. We are happy that your VIP experience at the beach along with just the right mix of our historic sites and Victorian district was a good experience. Milton and Rosie are indeed passionate about this wonderful and diverse country.Thank you for the stars...we will continue to reach for them :-)
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flash531 wrote a review Feb 2018
Prescott, Arizona118 contributions60 helpful votes
Great directions in advance as to where to meet the tour. Exceptionally well organized. Great guide, Milton, and driver. Drive through tour of Puerto Plata with stop to visit cathedral and then the ancient fort. The beach stop (about 1.5 hours) was great. Bali beds and
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Date of experience: January 2018
Response from Jules J, Guest Relations Manager at Historic Town Highlights & Playa Dorada Beach - Puerto Plata
Responded 21 Feb 2018
Thank you! I remember our "Bali bed" conversation (hope your trip there is fabulous). Having you all as our guests was a sincere pleasure.
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