About Puerto Plata
San Felipe de Puerto Plata, often referred to as simply Puerto Plata, is the capital of the Dominican province Puerto Plata.It has a population of 496,882.
The fortification Fortaleza San Felipe, which was built in the 16th century and served as a prison under Rafael Trujillo’s dictatorship, lies close to the port of Puerta Plata. The amber museum is also a well-known attraction in this city. La Isabela, a settlement built by Christopher Columbus, is located near Puerto Plata.
In April 1563 the Spanish settlement became notorious when the English privateer Sir John Hawkins brought 400 people he had abducted from Sierra Leone and enslaved. Hawkins traded his victims with the Spanish for pearls, hides and sugars, some gold. This was the start of British involvement in the trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, in which 20 million people were forced into slavery.
Puerto Plata is served by Gregorio Luperón International Airport.
Its topography is escalonada, presenting the city an almost complete view since the port. It limited by the northeast and northwest by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south and southwest by the Hill Isabel of Towers.
It based on a small bay that counts on good shelter, is the largest city of the North seaboard, being the first one in surface, with 562.093 square km.Its sections are: El Cupey, Maimón, Los Mameyes, Sabana Grande, El Toro, Tubagua, Yásica Abajo y San Marcos.The mountain or Loma Isabel de Torres is situated to some 5 km to the southwest of the city of San Felipe. Geographically it forms part of the Cordillera Septentrional, reaching a maximum height of 800 mts above sea level.
Its area covers approximately 20 square km and its zone has as main way of access the highway Don José Ginebra, that leaving the city continues the Western direction passing for them populated San Marcos, Piedra Candela y el Cruce, arriving at a section paved that continues the southeastern direction and that carries directly to the top, permitting the access to Parque Nacional Isabel de Torres declared
Monumento Natural of the Jardín Botánico Nacional Dr. Rafael María Moscoso.