Sights from Puerto Plata in the Dominican

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The Fathom cruise I took to the Dominican provided a ton of volunteering opportunities, as well as a chance to see the city of Puerto Plata. These were some of the photo highlights from the trip.

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Arriving at the port was a cool sight, seeing the beach, the clear water, and the locals waving as the cruise ship pulled in.

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A sea turtle display in the port in front of the Fathom Adonia:

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Fort San Felipe is a historic site worth visiting in Puerto Plata.

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The 27 Waterfalls excursion is a must-do for anyone who visits Puerto Plata.

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Another cool side trip is the 8-minute ride up the Teleferico cable car to the top of Isabel de Torres.

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There’s at least one Chinese restaurant in Puerto Plata.

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Drying the shirts in the air.

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La policia patrol near Fort San Felipe.

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I think this is an ATM. Or maybe a bus stop. Or maybe a taxi stand.

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Planting seedlings as part of the reforestation volunteering effort.

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Another volunteering trip to a rural school to tutor kids in English.

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On the way to the school, we saw horses and donkeys being used to deliver milk door to door.

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Hard at work painting a house.

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Local kids we spotted around the city.

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One of the nicer houses in this part of town with a yard.

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I’m excited to hop into the pool on the cruise ship!

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One of Puerto Plata’s most prominent museums is the Amber Museum, which has a big collection of insects trapped in amber from millions of years ago.

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The Dominican is known for its rum production. I took a tour of the Brugal rum factory to see how they manufacture their rum and to check out all the different varieties they offer for sale.

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Scooters are one of the primary means of transportation in the town.

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The cutest doggie in the Dominican!

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About Scott Shetler

Scott is a Chicago-based journalist and blogger who seeks out quirky sights and awesome destinations throughout North America and beyond.

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