La Isabela Historical Park

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Visit the old village of La Isabela, in Puerto Plata, the first european settlement in the Americas.

The old village of La Isabela or Villa Isabela is, due to its history, one of the most interesting places in Puerto Plata and in the Dominican Republic. Villa Isabela and its surroundings were the first european settlements in America, but nowadays, it houses the Historical National Park of La Isabela.


The first settler of the village was Christopher Columbus, who in 1494, during his second travel to America, settled there together with 1500 colonisers. But in 1500, the city was abandoned due to the violent hurricanes that destroyed it. It was not until the 20th Century when this little village was rediscovered, and it acquired a great archaeological value.

Inside the park, they are emplaced the Archaeological Museum of La Isabela and an Interpretation Centre, there, you can get to know, on the one hand, the first buildings; the graveyard, where some of the old inhabitants still lay; Christopher Columbus’s House, and, on the other hand, the lifestyle of the first european settlers.

Another interesting attraction there is Las Américas Temple or Jesus Christ the Evangeliser Sanctuary, which was the first Catholic church in America. This beautiful, little church, which was built on the ruins of the older one, keeps some beautiful, religious relics and paintings on its inside.  

In 1493, Christopher Columbus erected the first intentional European colony in the New World. It was built as a base from which the presence and dominion of the Spanish in the Indies would be established, and it was the American home of Columbus.




The deposit is located on the east bank of the Bajabonico River where it empties into the Bay of La Isabela, about 28 miles west of the modern city of Puerto Plata, on the north coast of the Dominican Republic.




Columbus brought 17 ships loaded with 1,500 men, along with pigs, horses, cows, and other livestock, seeds, and plants to plant, as well as the tools and equipment necessary to start the colony. The settlers included artisans, builders, Franciscan friars, and people from other occupations and social classes.




The town was surrounded by a wall, with a fortified warehouse on one end and the Casa de Colón on the other. It had a plaza overlooking the water, buildings several stories high, and some 200 palm houses that served as housing for the city's inhabitants.











Archaeological evidence shows that there was a second town near the walled town that served as a center for pottery, industry, agriculture, and farms. La Isabela was only populated for 5 years, since deaths from diseases, hard work, indigenous hostilities, famine and rebellions caused its abandonment when the town of Santo Domingo was established in 1496-97.

Archaeologists from the Florida Museum of Natural History collaborated with the National Parks Directorate of the Dominican Republic, and with the Francisco de Miranda National and Experimental University of Venezuela to excavate and study La Isabela, from 1989 to 1999. The results of these investigations are You can see in the Museum of the Park of La Isabela.



• RD$250.00 Older than 11 years old
• RD$150.00 Minors between 5-10 years old



• RD$250.00 Older than 11 years old
• RD$150.00 Minors between 5-10 years old



• RD$250.00 Older than 11 years old
• RD$150.00 Minors between 5-10 years old



You are in the center of the city where the places of interest are close and you can get there by crossing a corner, enjoy every moment with your family or your partner, show your photos to your friends of our beautiful Puerto Plata.





Choosing where to stay in Puerto Plata is very simple, if you are looking for 3 to 5 star hotels they are available for you, if you are looking for comfortable and safe cheap hotels you will also find them, we will leave you a list of 5 star hotels and cheap hotels so that you can make the right decision .

Where to Stay in Puerto Plata

We recommend these resorts around Puerto Plata for the best experience, regardless of your budget:

  • Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Resort : Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Resort is a hotel complex located in Cofresi Beach, at 30 minutes from the International airport (POP). This Complex features a variety of accommodations: Superior, Jr. Suites, apartments; penthouses, Villas, a big selection of restaurants and bars.

  • BLUEBAY Villas Doradas : Blue Bay is an 18-plus all-inclusive resort perfect for couples and groups of friends. Guests enjoy the use of a private beach, with all necessary amenities provided for a day on the sand from seating to shade.

  • Barcelo Puerto Plata : This breathtaking hotel is located right on the magnificent “Playa Dorada” with golden sand and crystal water, which offers the tourist a true Caribbean ambiance. Surrounded by an 18 holes golf court designed by Robert Trent Jones. 15 minutes (18 km) from International Puerto Plata Airport, 10 Minutes (5 km) from Puerto Plata’s Downtown.

  • Senator Puerto Plata Spa Resort : Senator Puerto Plata Spa Resort is the perfect place to enjoy a Premium “All Inclusive vacation” experience. This adult oriented resort combines luxury and sophistication. . It also features large pools and extensive gardens, making it the perfect paradise to relax and enjoy unforgettable moments.

  • Playa Bachata Spa Resort : Playabachata Spa Resort is the ideal place to enjoy a relaxing holiday. At the foot of a coral beach, with stunning mountain views and surrounded by a tropical garden.  

  • Hotel Iberostar Costa Dorada : Located in the majestic beach of Costa Dorada, only 25 minutes from the International Airport Gregorio Luperon, surrounded by lush tropical gardens with fountains of colorful fishes and turtles.

  • VH Gran Ventana Beach Resort : Accented with rich colors and an exquisite mix of Victorian and Caribbean architecture, the VH Gran Ventana Beach Resort offers a savvy all-inclusive choice in Puerto Plata. Consisting of 506 spacious guest rooms and suites, this first-class resort sets the tone for any occasion offering a wealth of onsite amenities and activities.

  • Emotions By Hodelpa Playa Dorada : This five-star resort offers mid-range prices and all-inclusive plans. Breakfast is included for all guests, and the resort has pool and beach access, snorkeling, entertainment, a kids’ club, and spa.








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La Isabela 57000, Dominican Republic (Direction)

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