Located on the northern coast of the Caribbean island of Hispanola, the province of Puerto Plata is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Dominican Republic. Blessed with beautiful stretches of pristine beaches, lush green valleys, and cradled by a chain of majestic coastal mountains, Puerto Plata was described as "the fairest land under heaven" by Christopher Columbus in 1492. Over 500 years later, the province of Puerto Plata has continued to captivate visitors from around the world with an intoxicating potion of Latin American culture, incredible natural beauty, and the extraordinary kindness of its people. To enter the Dominican Republic most visitors need only a valid passport with two blank pages. At the customs and immigration desk in the airport you will receive a 30-day tourist card (US$10 fee) instead of a visa. By Dominican law, there is also a US$20 departure tax, the cost of which is usually included in your airfare.