Puerto Plata Celebrates Opening of Park and Amphitheater

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Puerto Plata Amphitheater
With handmade seats and exquisite design, the esthetic of the amphitheater is second to none. It has a seating capacity of 4,000 seats and 2,000 lawn seats. (Photo By Nick Argires, Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism)

Cruise passengers visiting the Amber Cove cruise port will now have a place for outdoor music and entertainement with the grand opening of the Tourism and Landscape Park of La Puntilla and Puerto Plata Amphitheatre.

Located adjacent to the historic Fort San Filipein, and offering stunning views of the ocean and the North Coast of the Dominican Republic, the Amphitheater will provide seats for 4,000 people, with an additional 2,000 lawn seats. Described by many as “the most current and advanced throughout Central and Latin America” and the amphitheater offers a platform for music, theater, dance performances and movies.

Puerto Plata Amphitheater
Puerto Plata Amphitheater (Photo By Nick Argires, Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism)

With handmade seats and exquisite design, the esthetic of the amphitheater is second to none. The dark teak color of the amphitheater blends into the hillside very naturally with the Atlantic Ocean providing a

The works will generate 150 direct jobs and 600 indirect jobs, in addition to increase the arrival of tourists to Puerto Plata, offering an additional draw of live entertainment.

President of the Republic, Danilo Medina, accompanied by the Minister of Tourism, Francisco Javier García, lead the opening ceremonies during the park’s inaugural event Thursday, July 14.

Delivering the keynote speech, Minister of Tourism, stressed the importance of the work and stating the additional attraction to Puerto Plata and will enrich and strengthen the already growing tourism offerings of the area.

“This project and modern amphitheater were designed to incorporate new elements into tourism in the north coast, and Dominican Republic in general,” said García. “Distinct projects such as this help attract a wider range of tourists and enrich their experience while they are in country, encouraging return visits.”

In addition to García, architect Maribel Villalona addressed the audience to explain the details, design and Puerto Plata has increased in popularity over the past few years. According to officials from the Dominican Republic’s Puerto Plata Tourism Cluster (CTDPP), tourist arrivals surged in 2015 as visitors to the city on the country’s northwest coast increased 11.5 percent year-over year.

Landscape Park of La Puntilla and Amphitheater
Beautiful views, as seen from the Landscape Park of La Puntilla and Amphitheater. (Photo By credit Nick Argires, Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism)

This leap is due in large part to the October 2015 opening of Carnival Corp.’s $85 million Amber Cove cruise port, which is on track to bring 400,000 cruise passengers this year according to CTDPP officials. The operations at Amber Cove, which refers to the region’s historically rich mineral wealth and generous amber reserves, bring an average of 5,000 visitors to Puerto Plata each week. The addition of the amphitheater is yet another reason Puerto Plata will soon be on the top of traveler’s destination lists.

For more information on Dominican Republic’s tourism offerings, visit www.GoDominicanRepublic.com