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Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic - A Rochester Sister City


Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic - Sister City Since 1997


Fast Facts
Currency: Domican Peso
Sister City Since: 1997
Language: Spanish
Population: 147,000
Visa Requirement:
$10 for tourist card upon arrival

Puerto Plata faces the warm beautiful beaches of the Atlantic. Behind it is Mt. Isabel de Torres, a national park and botanical garden, accessible by cable car. At the top is the Christ the Redeemer statue and a breathtaking view of the city and coastline.

The island of Hispaniola was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1492. Timber from the wreck of the ship "Santa Maria" was used to build the "Nativity Fortress," which was later destroyed by the natives due to the abuses committed by the Spanish. Columbus resolved to build the town of "La Isabela," the first European settlement in the New World, located one hour west of Puerto Plata, today a major tourist attraction.

Puerto Plata has a population of 147,000. Its major industries involve the processing of agricultural products such as sugar cane, rum, tropical fruits, amber jewelry, and tourism. 

Puerto Plata Arts, Cinema and Literature

A Slice of Puerto Plata Here In Rochester Locally and Virtually!

  • Punta Cana Restaurant - Local family-owned restaurant featuring Dominican food. Located on E. Ridge Rd. in Irondequoit.
  • El Latino Restaurant - Local to-go restaurant known for its roast pork. Located on Chili Ave. in the City of Rochester.
  • El Sabor De La Isla Restaurant - Dominican food featuring many traditional dishes. Located on Norton St. in the City.
  • D'Mangu Restaurant - Family owned Dominican restaurant. Located on E. Henrietta Rd. in Rochester.
  • Morir Sonando Recipe - Milk and orange juice drink. Best served cold.
  • Adscene - Free English newspaper available on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic.
  • El Faro - Spanish newspaper for  Puerto Plata
  • Dominican Day Parade- Feb 27th Every Year  
  • University of Rochester Spanish Courses - Spanish course offerings at the University of Rochester.



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