A truly wonderful experience that offers the chance to sample and buy a variety of organic Dominican chocolates and chocolates products, along with learning about how it’s cultivated and produced. The factory is located in Puerto Plata’s Luperon higway.

 

Del Oro Chocolate Factory is a fun place to visit with kids in Puerto Plata. Producing organic Dominical Cocoa chocolate, the factory is a great place to satisfy your sweet tooth. While you do get to taste a variety of chocolates, you also discover how chocolate is made using different machinery. The tour of Del Oro Chocolate Factory starts off with a small movie about the chocolate-making process, followed by chocolate sampling at the end of the tour. There is a shop here, where you can buy a number of chocolates to carry back home.

 

Del Oro Chocolate Factory, Puerto Plata

 

The Dominican Republic is well known for their chocolate production, so of course I had to take a Del Oro Chocolate Factory tour.

 

The cultivation, processing and exporting of raw cacao and other cocoa products is a large portion of their economy and they do it well!

 

Del Oro Chocolate Factory, Puerto Plata

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The factory tour is free, but you’ll probably end up spending money while you are there. We were greeted warmly when we first arrived.

 

We started off by sampling rich chocolate brownies and hot chocolate. Then we watched a short video about the history and process of chocolate production.

 

After that, we got to see what cacao looks like at different stages and we saw some of the large equipment that is used to produce their chocolate.

 

The techniques they use to temper it, make for a firmer chocolate that won’t melt too fast on a hot day.

 

Del Oro Chocolate Factory, Puerto Plata

 

Once our questions were answered, our guide escorted us to the gift shop. There is a glass sided, enclosed room filled with chocolate bars.

 

The aroma was the most wonderful thing! It was magical to be completely surrounded by the smell of chocolate.

 

Del Oro produces chocolate bars (white, milk, dark milk, and darks in a variety of percentages) and chocolate candy.

 

Del Oro Chocolate Factory, Puerto Plata

 

They also have hot chocolate mix, brownie mix, cocoa powder and cacao nibs. Their Pirates Booty brand chocolate bars include a touch of Dominican rum.

 

The gift shop also has a good selection of other Dominican products – bath and body products, vanilla, rum, sauces, jewelry, beverages and other ‘touristy’ items.

 

I ended up purchasing chocolate bars, hot cocoa and cocoa powder. The quality is noticeably better than the typical US grocery store cocoa. It’s fresh and full of flavor.

 

There is a shady seating area just outside, where you can relax with a cold drink and fresh baked brownie.

 

Del Oro Chocolate Factory, Puerto Plata

 

Prices are good and clearly listed in US Dollars. Credit cards are accepted. I do attempt to practice my Spanish when I’m traveling, but the friendly staff spoke English.

 

I enjoyed the tour and shopping. It was interesting to see the similarities and differences between the Del Oro factory and the Chocal women’s cooperative. Both produce delicious cacao products, but they are different. I’m glad I purchased both brands.

 

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WHERE TO STAY, 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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