CofresÃ is a small tourist enclave just west of Puerto Plata, with a nice bay, a family tourist attraction (Ocean World), and a pretty all-inclusive resort, Sun Village. Puerto Plata (Port of Silver) was founded as far back as 1502; reportedly it still has some Victorian-style houses. But today it’s better known as a busy tourist destination with lower-priced all-inclusives. Expect to find popular, mass-market types of places, busy beaches, and familiar brands such as Pizza Hut.
The only aerial tramway in the Caribbean is located in Puerto Plata. With it, one can ride up to Pico Isabel de Torres, a 793 meter high mountain within the city. The top of the mountain features a botanical garden and a replica of Christ the Redeemer, the famous statue in Rio de Janeiro.