Puerto Plata Province

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).

Puerto Plata
Coat of arms of Puerto Plata
Coat of arms
Location of the Puerto Plata Province
Location of the Puerto Plata Province
Coordinates: 19°44′12″N 70°46′12″W / 19.73667°N 70.77000°W / 19.73667; -70.77000
Country Dominican Republic
Province since1850
CapitalSan Felipe de Puerto Plata
 • TypeSubdivisions
 • Body9 municipalities
12 municipal districts
 • Congresspersons1 Senator
6 Deputies
 • Total1,852.90 km2 (715.41 sq mi)
 • Total470,839
 • Density250/km2 (660/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-4 (AST)
Area code1-809 1-829 1-849
ISO 3166-2DO-18
Postal Code57000
Puerto Plata

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.

Municipalities and municipal districtsEdit

The province is divided into the following municipalities (municipios) and municipal districts (distrito municipal - D.M.) within them:[1]

Municipalities of Puerto Plata Province

The following is a sortable table of the municipalities with population figures as of the 2012 census (the last national census). Urban population are those living in the seats (cabeceras literally heads) of municipalities or of municipal districts. Rural population are those living in the districts (Secciones literally sections) and neighborhoods (Parajes literally places) outside of them.[2]

Name Total population Urban population Rural population
Altamira 26,056 7,889 18,167
Guananico 8,954 3,025 5,929
Imbert 30,514 14,589 15,925
Los Hidalgos 14,589 3,022 11,567
Luperón 20,259 4,989 15,270
San Felipe de Puerto Plata 286,558 247,569 38,989
Sosúa 69,885 19,338 50,547
Villa Isabela 14,889 1,058 13,831
Villa Montellano 19,029 9,009 10,020
Puerto Plata province 490,733 310,488 180,245

For comparison with the municipalities and municipal districts of other provinces see the list of municipalities and municipal districts of the Dominican Republic.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Oficina Nacional de Estadistica, Departamento de Cartografia, Division de Limites y Linderos. "Listado de Codigos de Provincias, Municipio y Distritos Municipales, Actualizada a Junio 20 del 2006" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2007-03-14. Retrieved 2007-01-24.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ Consejo Nacional de Población y Familia. "Censos y Proyecciones de la Población Dominicana por Regiones, Provincias, Municipios y Distritos Municipales, 2012" (PDF) (in Spanish). Retrieved 2010-10-11.[permanent dead link]

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