It would be unthinkable to go to the northern coast without visiting Puerto Plata. The town was founded at the very end of the 15C and its 16C fort remains well preserved. Fine Victorian abodes (one of which houses the Amber Museum) in the historical centre bear witness to the town's prosperity, while the Malecón is conducive to taking time out and daydreaming as you look out at sea. The surrounding countryside is also worth visiting. Isabel de Torres hill will delight nature lovers, Playa Dorada will suit siesta addicts, while the Parque Nacional Histórico La Isabela will captivate history buffs.