|Capital||San Felipe de Puerto Plata|
|• Body||9 municipalities|
12 municipal districts
|• Congresspersons||1 Senator |
|• Total||1,852.90 km2 (715.41 sq mi)|
|• Density||250/km2 (660/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC-4 (AST)|
|Area code||1-809 1-829 1-849|
Puerto Plata (Spanish pronunciation: [pweɾtoˈplata], Silver Port) is one of the northern provinces of the Dominican Republic. The area has become an increasingly popular tourist attraction since the late 1990s mainly due to its fine beaches. It borders the Septentrional mountain range to the north (which separates it from Laguna Salada).
Created from the Santiago Province in 1867 as a "maritime district", it became a province in 1907, when maritime districts were suppressed by a new Dominican constitution.