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Amber Cove, Dominican Republic

Amber Cove Cruise Center in the Dominican Republic on the Bay of Maimon near Puerto Plata is the Caribbean's newest cruise destination. It was opened in October 2015 by Carnival Cruise Line and cost it $85 million.
Located on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic, Amber Cove has numerous dining and shopping venues, a pool area with waterslides, and many other attractions.
Besides, Amber Cove is a gateway to Puerto Plata.
Puerto Plata or San Felipe de Puerto Plata is a city in the Dominican Republic. It is the capital of the province of Puerto Plata.
Known for its pretty sandy beaches, Puerto Plata is a popular resort destination as well as a great place to meet Dominican people and to shop in local commerce.

Amber Cove, Dominican Republic

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Amber Cove Cruise Center in the Dominican Republic on the Bay of Maimon near Puerto Plata is the Caribbean's newest cruise destination. It was opened in October 2015 by Carnival Cruise Line and cost it $85 million.
Located on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic, Amber Cove has numerous dining and shopping venues, a pool area with waterslides, and many other attractions.
Besides, Amber Cove is a gateway to Puerto Plata.
Puerto Plata or San Felipe de Puerto Plata is a city in the Dominican Republic. It is the capital of the province of Puerto Plata.
Known for its pretty sandy beaches, Puerto Plata is a popular resort destination as well as a great place to meet Dominican people and to shop in local commerce.

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Amber Cove, Dominican Republic: Port Information


Cruise liners dock at the modern cruise center. Everything is within walking distance.

Get around Amber Cove, Dominican Republic


Easy transportation was among the main things to provide when planning this cruise port. 
You can take a taxi, rent a car or book an organized tour to get to Puerto Plata or other attractions in the surroundings. 
As for Amber Cove itself, everything is within walking distance. 

What to see in Amber Cove, Dominican Republic


Puerto Plata has many world's famous attractions to see, such as:

  • Christo Redentor (Monument at the top of​ Parc Nacionale de Isabella de Torres), Parc Nacionale de Isabella de Torres. 8-17 (known for opening late and closing early). Take a funicular (teleférico) to the top of the mountain that sits behind Puerto Plata to see a replica of the original located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. There is also short path to follow with nice views, a cave, and a lagoon which is really just a pool. A guide will try to join you when entering the teleférico lobby even if it may seem like he's just showing you where to go. He works for tips so tell him if you're not interested. 

  • Fortaleza San Felipe (Fort San Felipe), Avenida General Gregorio Luperón (On a peninsula on the northwest corner of the city). Historical fort located by the main bay of Puerto Plata. The smell of diesel exhaust is pervasive since it's right next to the main electric generator for the city, which burns diesel. There are many local vendors who are quite persistent at trying to sell you goods at exorbitant prices, and children also asking for money in their limited English. In front of the fort is a nice grassy area that's good for a picnic overlooking the water.  
  • Live Music (In central park), Central Park, Purto Plata downtown. Live musicians play in the park on Sundays. FREE.   
  • Museo Del Amber (Amber Museum), Calle Duarte 61 (About 100 meters from Parque Central). Amber gems in a nice villa. 

What to do in Amber Cove, Dominican Republic


If you stay in Amber Cove, you can spend your day relaxing, swimming, sunbathing, riding waterslides, swimming with dolphins, doing sports, and having fun.
If you decide to visit Puerto Plata, you can do:
  • The beach (generic). Rent a lounge chair if you really want to appreciate it. If you don't, the Dominican people will ask you all day long if you want to rent a chair from them. The only advantage of being extremely patient and tolerant is their prices drop down with the time! But like everything else, chair rental prices are also negotiable.   
  • Public beach Puerto Plata (layout in the sun). This beach is very close to the entertaining Wal-Mart of Puerto Plata (La Sirena).    
  • Private RIU beach (layout in the sun), RIU Hotel (15 minutes west of the city center of Puerto Plata). This all-inclusive resort has man-cleared beaches. You can get in through the "guarded" gate. It's said that they require a room key as proof that you are staying there, but if you dress like a tourist they probably won't ask any questions.    
  • Water sports and excursions. There are countless excursion companies, both local and foreign-based offering water sports (water-skiing, banana boat rides, windsurfing, catamaran cruises, etc.) and land excursions ('safari' trips, horseback riding) 
  • Catamaran tour. Sail on a catamaran
  • City tour (Take a city tour), depart from most hotels. You will find that many "vendors" are selling generic "city tours", mostly to visitors of all-inclusive resorts who want to get a more authentic tour of local life and locales.
  • Scuba diving. There are many scuba diving outfits, but the pollution in the area has decimated the underwater environment. Puerto Plata is not the place to scuba dive for this reason. The dive shops operate from Sosua and will pick you up from your hotel. If you're going to be diving more it's better to stay closer to Sosua as it may be an hour and a half drive from the resorts in Puerto Plata and Cofresí to the dive shop.   
  • Charcos de Damajagua (27 waterfalls), Highway 5 past Imbert heading west (Take Highway 5 heading towards Santiago. Continue on the highway for about 20 minutes before passing by Imbert (do not turn left at Imbert!). Stay on the main highway and you will pass over one bridge on your way out of town before climbing a hill. On your way down the hill you'll pass a sign for Ingenio Amistad on your left and will cross another bridge. The road will then turn left and a large sugar cane field will open to your left. Up ahead you will see a large Brugal billboard. Just before the billboard you will see the AGRD kiosk on your right immediately opposite the dirt road entrance to the waterfalls.), (saltosdamajagua@gmail.com). 27 levels of waterfalls, elect to do as many as you like, it costs more to do more. You will be provided with the guide(s) to help you out. They provide life vests and helmets. On the way back down you'll slide down the chutes or jump into the pools. It's a protected area, and many tour companies come here, but you can also get there yourself.   
  • Ocean World, Calle Principal 3, Cofresí (Go west to Lifestyle Resorts, Cofresí, take the left road.). 9-18. The day pass includes a pickup from nearby hotels, the shows (dolphin, sea lion, shark, and bird), some other animal attractions (birds, tigers, iguanas in a terrarium), and lunch. It is a bit pricey but the shows are quite good. You can upgrade to animal encounters, dolphin swims and such.  
  • Malecón (Avenida General Luperón and Avenida Circunvalación Norte). Walk along the Malecón, ie. the 3km beach strip.   
  • Self-Drive the Ruta Panoramica, (Juntion located 7 km west of Puerto Plata Airport) La Ruta Panoramica is a scenic mountain road that connects Puerto Plata on the north coast and Santiago City in the Cibao Valley. On a two hour drive enjoy stops for organic produce, local cheeses, and yogurt. Visit an amber mine where you can buy amber directly from miners, stop in at the coffee-producing town of Pedro Garcia. 

What to eat and drink in Amber Cove, Dominican Republic


Amber Cove has cozy dining venues. As for Puerto Plata:

Eat

  • Entre Amigos, located along the Malecon, which is the road that parallels the ocean in Puerto Plata. It's an excellent restaurant, frequented by tourists.   
  • La Pescada, on the south side of highway 5 (1km west of RIU hotel). This small fish restaurant specializes in sopa del pescado, or fish soup. Have a bowl and put some of their home-made citrus & lime sauce. The owner looks about 18 years old and he's rather friendly and eager to please tourists.  
  • Casa de Queso, (about 3km west of RIU hotel). This small shop makes their own cowsmilk cheese. A round of Danish-style cheese is a good bet, professionally wrapped with a sticker as a label. They also offer a soft cheese they'll put in a plastic bag for you, and a firm, orange, cheddar style one as well. 

Drink

The local brands of alcohol are Brugal (for rum) and Presidente (for beer).

Shopping in Amber Cove, Dominican Republic


Amber Cove has shops with nice souvenirs.
If you are looking for tourist stuff (paints, rum, cigars, t-shirts, etc.) the best place to go is Sosua, about 10-15 minutes from Puerto Plata.
Also good for vanilla and coffee.
  • La Sirena Market (Supermarket), Avenida del Malecón (Avenida General Gregorio Luperón). Get your fix of a Wal-Mart away from home. La Sirena has a very North American feel and a wide selection of products that may be difficult to find in other small shops.   
  • Souvenirs Market, Calle Beller (About a block northwest from Parque Central). Many souvenirs available, none with price tags. 

Safety in Amber Cove, Dominican Republic


The area is safe. However, you should always use your common sense like in any other place in the world.

Language spoken in Amber Cove, Dominican Republic


Spanish is the official language. English is widely understood in tourist places.

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October 17, 2019
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